This course aims to provide all paddlers with the tools to solve simple paddling problems, key safety and rescue skills that are required to operate safely and to be able to deal with common emergencies. This one day course must include a minimum of 8 hours’ teaching time and include topics like general theory and planning, safety, rescue protocols, bank-based rescues, boat-based rescues and scenarios including unknown incident.
This award has two purposes - to provide the paddler with the necessary skills to enable them to ensure the safety of themselves and others, and to provide the paddler with the appropriate rescue skills to help themselves and/or others in difficulty.
A First Aid certificate is not a prerequisite, however the holding of a First Aid certificate is strongly recommended for all paddlers.
Boat-based participants need to hold either the British Canoeing Paddle Explore Award or the British Canoeing 2 Star Award or be of equivalent ability, due to the paddling environment and the boat control required to complete the course.
Bank-based participants accessing the course are not required to hold a Personal Performance Award, however they should be prepared to fully participate in all relevant aspects of the course.
Participants should be able to swim in normal paddling clothing which is suitable for the prevailing conditions.Equipment and Kit Information
Paddlesports has been voted the fastest growing water-sport in the UK for the 4th year running and we are proud at sportscotland Cumbrae to be at the heart of these developments. The Centre is in a perfect location for Sea Kayaking and we have a wide range of modern equipment from some the UK’s leading manufactures including P&H Sea Kayaks & Werner Paddles.
Getting wet is unavoidable so we will make sure you have the correct gear. Peak UK wet-suits, wet-suit boots, buoyancy aids, spray decks and cag tops are available for your use and can be dried overnight ready for the next day’s action. You are of course welcome to use any of your own equipment, just run this past your coaching team. Time will be spent on this course talking through appropriate clothing; making sure you are aware of what is best for the sea conditions you are likely to encounter.
You may also want to bring garments such as swim wear, woolly hat and warm socks – even in July! Hot showers are available in the changing areas and accommodation areas so bring a spare towel.
Plastic. The time is right to highlight the devastating effect that plastic is having on our fragile marine environment. In an effort to reduce this burden we are making small steps and ask that our customers refrain from bringing plastic bags or plastic bottles on this course. Pack lunches will be provided and opportunities to fill up water bottles and flasks will be given at the start of the course.×
On arrival check in at our reception which is situated in the main entrance. You will be asked to complete a form with course and emergency contact details. A room key will be issued for residential guests and a brief outline of Centre facilities indicated.
Main timings of our day are:
Lunch: 1230hrs. For residential guests - Breakfast: 0830hrs & Dinner: 1800hrs
All meals are served in the dining area.
Activity times. Your activity will run from 0930 – 1630hrs.
Your instructors will guide you with clothing, activity and the content of the sessions.
Residential Guests: Evenings are generally free time unless your course has specific tutelage incorporated or activities have been pre-arranged.
If you are on a single day course the 0915hrs ferry from Largs to Cumbrae will get you here in sufficient time and plan for the 1730 return crossing.×