As an experienced canoe / kayak coach, I was asked to assit in the delivery of the Paddlepower Start Award at Mallards Pike Lake in the Forest of Dean. Each session was a mix of skills instruction, games, fun and in some cases getting wet but each delivered slightly differently to suit the aspirations of each group to enhance the canoe experience. Over the two days, I learnt a few new games which will come in useful for future sessions and I was reminded of the importance of being flexible when running this type of session.
The sessions went extremely well and I’m pleased to advise that all who took part had fun, came away with a host of new skills (paddling. teamwork and communication) and were presented with the Paddlepower Start Certificate. A great result for all concerned!
Some time ago the British Canoe Union (BCU) introduced the Paddlepower award scheme, which is primarily designed to meet the needs of young people and aims to:
- Encourage more young people to participate;
- Provide progression and reward achievement in a wide range of topics;
- Show them all aspects of the sport;
- Provide links to Clubs where their development can be nurtured; and
- Provide a flexible structure for delivery according to venue/situation.
The scheme comprises of 5 Awards to support a young paddler’s introduction and progress in Paddlesport and these are described below.
An entry level award suitable for taster sessions or a s series of sessions.
Paddlepower Passport (Equivalent to 1 Star)
Four progressive levels based on 24 topics which can be grouped into Safety Awareness, Paddling Skills, Varied Experiences, and Supporting Knowledge.
Paddlepower Discovery (Equivalent to 2 Star)
This follows on from Passport with a further 4 levels to take the young paddler to equivalent of 2 star standard.
This provides the paddler with diverse paddlesport experience through participation in events and journeys in the competitive and non-competitive disciplines.
Three levels to test the paddler on all elements of paddlesport including being responsible for self and others, participation in journeys, coaching sessions, training, events/competitions in a variety of disciplines, background knowledge of the sport, access, rules, environmental, nutrition and goal setting.
For further information on the award scheme please click here.