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    Paddlesports

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2020 sees continued development of the paddlesports department at Cumbrae.

New courses include Practical Navigation for Sea Kayakers, where we spend equal amounts of time in the classroom and on the water learning about maps, charts, tides and weather and the practical application of these skills. We will also be the first centre in the country to offer Sea Kayak Sailing courses, blending two areas of expertise of the National Centre whilst teaching how to rig, set and utilise the sail to improve the performance of your sea kayak.

We will continue offering 1 day, 2 day and 5 day courses in Sea Kayaking. We also offer a full range of British Canoeing courses in Safety, Leadership, Proficiency and Coaching.

The island is an ideal destination for improving basic skills or for those who want to venture further from shore. With bays and natural harbours and surrounding islands like Bute, Arran & Inchmarnock we are ideally located for introductory and intermediate paddlesport courses.

All our paddlesports coaches teach to highest standard and have expertise in navigation and weather forecasting. We use these areas of expertise in all our courses and aim to make the learning environment as informative, practical and enjoyable as possible.

As well as the calendar of paddlesports courses we schedule we are also happy to create a bespoke course for you, your friends or your family. Please email with any request.

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Discover Sea Kayaking

From £80

A course designed with the novice in mind. We will introduce you to the fundamentals of this popular sport and teach you the skills to allow you to control and enjoy your sea kayak.

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1 day

Discover Sea Kayaking

£229

A course designed with the novice in mind. This 2 day practical course introduces fundamental skills required to control the sea kayak. We may also use this course to refresh any rudimentary sea kayaking skills.

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2 days

Develop Sea Kayaking

£80

This one-day sea kayaking course is designed to help you develop your sea kayaking skills and aims to introduce tactics and techniques associated with controlling your sea kayak with a little more finesse.

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1 Day

Develop Sea Kayaking

From £229

This intermediate sea kayaking course aims to build on your sea kayaking skills and aims to introduce you to tactics and techniques which you may want to consider using in your sea kayaking.

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2 days

Develop Sea Kayaking

£585

This intermediate sea kayaking course aims to build on your sea kayaking skills and aims to introduce you to tactics and techniques which you may want to consider using in your sea kayaking.

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5 days

Discover Sea Kayak Sailing

£229

Sea kayak sailing has grown in popularity and this practical introductory course will teach you the basics to get the most out of your rig and kayak.

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2 days

Discover Stand Up Paddleboarding

From £80

New for 2020!

A course designed with the novice in mind. The aim of this course is to introduce you to the equipment and skills required for stand up paddleboarding.

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1 day

Discover Stand Up Paddleboarding

£229

New for 2020!

A course designed with the novice in mind.
The aim of this two-day course is to introduce you to the equipment and the skills required for stand up paddleboarding.

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2 days

British Canoeing Sea Kayak Award

£229

This award is designed to develop your skills and ability to apply appropriate decision making for an enjoyable and safe day out on the sea.

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2 days

British Canoeing Coastal Sea Kayak Award

£229

This two day Coastal Sea Kayak Award endorses your judgment, decision making and expertise and requires a good understanding of paddling on the sea.

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2 days

British Canoeing Foundation Safety and Rescue Training

£95

This course aims to provide paddlers with the key safety and rescue skills required to operate safely, and to be able to deal with common emergencies.

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1 day

British Canoeing Coastal Navigation and Tidal Planning

£105

This course is aimed at introducing concepts associated with planning day long sea kayak journeys in coastal waters around the UK.

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1 day

British Canoeing Open Water Navigation and Tidal Planning

£105

This course is aimed at developing concepts associated with planning day long sea kayak journeys in coastal waters around the UK.

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1 day

British Canoeing Core Coach Training

£249

The Core Coach Training is designed to support coaches working towards a Coach Award Qualification,or as stand-alone training to support ongoing learning and development.

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2 days

British Canoeing SUP Coach (sheltered water) Training

£249

New for 2020!

Coach the generic skills required for paddling on flat-water and to lay sound foundations for discipline specific development.

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2 days

British Canoeing Canoe and Kayak Coach (Sheltered Water) Training

£249

This training programme is delivered over two consecutive days and focuses on HOW to coach the discipline specific skills and WHAT you will be coaching.

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2 days

British Canoeing Canoe and Kayak Coach (Sheltered Water) Assessment

£140

British Canoeing's Canoe and Kayak Coach (sheltered water) assessment will test your own personal paddling, safety & rescue and coaching skills.

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1 day

British Canoeing Sea Kayak Coach Training

£249

This 2 day discipline specific training course works to develop the sea kayak coaches abilities to teach foundation skills and help paddlers to develop their skills in the moderate sea environment.

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2 days

British Canoeing Sea Kayak Coach Assessment

£140

This one day assessment will focus on the sea kayak coaches abilities to coach foundation skills and help paddlers to develop their skills in the moderate sea environment.

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1 day

British Canoeing Paddlesports Leader Assessment

£140

This will assess the Paddlesport Leader's ability to lead, supervise or facilitate safe and enjoyable trips based on their group’s needs and aspirations.

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1 day

British Canoeing Sea Kayak Leader Training

£385

Learn personal paddling and leadership skills required to lead paddlers on short, single or multi-day journeys moderate tidal water and winds not exceeding Force 4.

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3 days

British Canoeing Paddlesports Instructor

£249

The Paddlesport Instructor qualification is for people whose main focus of work is delivering paddlesport taster/starter sessions within clubs, centres or other organisations.

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2 days