Start Award

First time on the water? This is the award for you!

What is the Start Award?

The Start Award is exactly what it says on the tin, it’s a place to start your paddling journey. If you’re brand new to the sport and really want to learn the basics to get started, then this is the award for you. You’ll cover everything from getting in and out of the boat, what you need to wear and paddling forward.

Who is it for?

Pretty much anyone of any age who wants to learn how to get started on the water. You don’t need any previous experience to take your Start Award, just the desire for fun! You can take the award in any craft, from kayaks, canoes and SUPs.

Where and how can you do it?

We deliver this award on the beautiful Silver Wing Lake near Wraysbury.

What is covered in the Start Award?

  1. Clothing and equipment information, think of it like a crash course in everything you need to physically get yourself on the water, covering all the types of equipment you’ll need
  2. Tips for getting on the water including how to get safely in and out of your canoe, kayak or SUP from different places you are likely to paddle
  3. Learn to paddle with practical skills such as paddling forward, turning and stopping… pretty much everything you need to get started and moving
  4. Staying safe on and off the water, you’ll learn about how to stay safe and make the most out of your paddle session