Paddlesports are a great way to learn new skills, stay active and make new friends. At Port Edgar Watersports we can help you learn and develop your paddlesports skills, with sessions taking place both on site and off site to give you a good range of experience. Once you master the basics, we can take you out on lochs and rivers across Edinburgh and Fife, or you could venture out in the salty waters of the Firth of Forth.

We follow the British Canoeing Paddlepower Scheme, which helps young paddlers progress their skills. Our Go Paddling! course also covers the British Stand-up Paddleboard Association’s Ready to Ride award.

Please have a look at our courses below in more detail and if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us on 0131 319 1820 or email bookings@portedgarwatersports.com

Go Paddling!

This is a 5 day course
Available for 8-12 and 13-16 year olds.
Pre-requisites: This course is suitable for those with no or very little paddlesports experience.

Spend 5 days learning about all sorts of kayaks and canoes – ones you sit in, ones you sit on, ones you stand up on. They’re all fun! There’ll be lots of games and races, and we’ll teach you how to be safe in and around the water. During the week we will work on the BSUPA Ready to Ride Award, the Paddlepower Start and Passport Awards, and may begin the Paddlepower Discover. Depending on weather conditions and group ability, this course may also include a one-day journey in a scenic location.

2017 dates: 3-7 April, 10-14 April, 3-7 July, 24-28 July, 31 July – 4 August
Cost: £239

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Youth Introduction to Whitewater Kayaking

This is a 2-day course for those aged 12-16.
Pre-requisites: water confidence and some kayaking experience. We recommend having taken our Go Paddling! week before coming on this course.

Whitewater kayaking is an exciting sport, and a natural progression for those looking to challenge their kayaking ability. Aimed at young paddlers who want to try something new, this course will look at reviewing and consolidating basic boat handling while enjoying trips on rivers up to Grade 2. In a gradual, supported progression we will build up the grading and difficulty of river trips. The course will be run by qualified instructors, ensuring that participants will gain ability and confidence while being professionally looked after. We ensure that every river-based course is staffed by 2 instructors, such that children never need to be left unattended while we deal with the logistics of a one-way river journey.

2017 dates:  10-11 June, 10-11 July, 7-8 August
Cost: £199

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Youth Improver Whitewater Kayaking

This is a 3-day course for those aged 12-16.
Pre-requisites: some whitewater experience. We recommend coming on our Youth Introduction to White Water Kayaking course before booking on this one.

Following on from our Youth Introduction to Whitewater Kayaking, this course will start by reviewing and consolidating white water skills. Throughout the course there will be an emphasis on safe river-running and decision-making, developing paddlers’ understanding of the environment. We will introduce participants to safety skills, enabling them to become fully supportive members of the paddling group, working together to look after each other. Depending on group ability, we will look at progressing onto rivers up to Grade 3.
We ensure that every river-based course is staffed by 2 instructors, such that children never need to be left unattended while we deal with the logistics of a one-way river journey.

2017 dates: 12-14 July, 9-11 August
Cost: £249

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Youth Introduction to Open Canoeing - 2-day

This is a 2-day  course for those aged 12-16.
Pre-requisites: water confidence
Open canoeing is a great way to get into paddlesports, using stable boats that are great for journeying. Working in a tandem pair, young paddlers will learn key paddle strokes and boat control, as well as building up their teamwork. They will be introduced to basic safety considerations for paddling within a group. Depending on weather and group ability, the course will include journeys on local sheltered waters such as scenic stretches of the Edinburgh canal and local reservoirs.

2017 dates: 27-28 May
Cost: £149

 

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Youth Introduction to Open Canoeing - 5-day

This is a 5-day course for those aged 12-16.
Pre-requisites: water confidence
Open canoeing is a great way to get into paddlesports, using stable boats that are great for journeying. Working in a tandem pair, young paddlers will learn key paddle strokes and boat control, as well as building up their teamwork. They will be introduced to basic safety considerations including weather factors and how to paddle safely within a group. Depending on weather and group ability, the week will include journeys on local sheltered waters such as scenic stretches of the Edinburgh canal, local reservoirs, and possibly a gentle river.
We ensure that every river-based day is staffed by 2 instructors, such that children never need to be left unattended while we deal with the logistics of a one-way river journey.

2017 dates: 17-21 July
Cost: £299

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The Paddlepower Scheme: Junior and Youth Qualifications

The Paddlepower scheme is aimed at paddlers up to the age of around 14. It is based on logged experience and continuous observation, rather than a formal assessment, and can be completed in a range of different craft.

Paddlepower Start: recognises the very first steps in paddlesports

Paddlepower Passport: covers the fundamental concepts of paddlesports, focusing on boat control and water confidence. This award is equivalent to the BC 1* Award.

Paddlepower Discover: aims to develop understanding and practice of paddling skills, including safety awareness. This award is equivalent to the BC 2* Award.

Paddlepower Explore: focuses on introducing young paddlers to the variety of disciplines available within paddlesports, including journeying and competition.

Paddlepower Excel: aimed at older paddlers, this award brings in levels of personal and group responsibility in paddling.

For further information on the these awards please visit the Scottish Canoe Association website here