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We understand that many new members will not have the confidence or experience to paddle at a general club session and would prefer to attend one of our club run introductory courses.

These courses are typically 3 sessions of 2 hours duration. We will guide you through your fist few hours with us and cover all the skills required to give you the confidence to attend a club session and paddle with others to further develop your sills.

Session 1 - Selection and adjustment of the right boat and equipment for you. We have over 100 different canoes and kayaks for you to choose from. We will show you how to get on and off the water and how to paddle and turn the boat.

Paddlers are encouraged to book and attend the Monday pool session (9-10pm) to practise some of the wet skills in a warm and safe environment.

Session 2 - A recap of the all the skills learned in session 1. You will typically go on a short trip around the Liverpool docks, maybe even to the "wheel of Liverpool" or Albert Dock.

Paddlers are encouraged to book and attend the Monday pool session (9-10pm) to practise some of the wet skills in a warm and safe environment.

Session 3 - Typically this is a fun session where you try a variety of boats to widen your experience. These may include open boats, racing craft, slalom kayaks and canoes, sit on tops, sea kayaks, touring boats.
A Flat water award that demonstrates an individual has basic boat control and foundation skills.The one star can be taken in any kind of paddlesport craft (e.g. sit-on-top, slalom C2, polo boat, sea kayak, racing canoe etc.)

LCC Paddle Discovery Award PDF

Physical skills

  • Warm up 
  • Boat checks
  • Lift, carry, launch
  • Forward paddling
  • Steering and control
  • Back Paddling
  • Using edging
  • Stopping boat
  • Getting in and out of boats
  • Journey of 2 hour
  • Emptying boats.
  • Capsize
  • Try other crafts


  • Environment
  • Safety
  • Equipment
  • Possible risk of kayaking, basic dynamic risk assessing.
  • Group awareness
  • Journey planning.

Coaching notes:

  • Warm up: What are the benefits of warming up?  The warm up should be run between the coach and the students.  What games do they know?
  • Boat checks: guided the students with checking over their boats, looking at foot rest, back rest, is the boat in good working order? Encourage them to take the lead but offer support if needed.
  • Lift, carry, launch: Correct lifting method, straight back, lifting with knees not with back. Safe launching methods, talk about possible damage to the environment.
  • Forward paddling: Reinforce the fundamentals of forward paddling, active posture, kinesthetic (feel), connectivity, power transfer (rotation). Basic forward paddling, doesn’t have to be efficient. The student should be able to paddle in a straight line using the right strokes and effective forward paddling.
  • Steering and control:  Effective sweep strokes, good use of the stern rudder. Show the beginnings of a bow rudder.
  • Back Paddling: Show the beginning of back paddling
  • Using edging: What's the difference between and edge and a lean? How can we use edges in our paddling? Try getting the boat on different edges from small too big.
  • Stopping boat: Stopping the boat moving within 4 strokes.
  • Getting in and out of boats: Getting in and out the boat without help.
  • Journey of 2 hours
  • Emptying boats: Safely and effectively.
  • Capsize: Have a go at a capsize.
  • Try other crafts: Rafted canoes/canoes/kayaks


  • Environment: Leave no trace, what issues are there surrounding access?
  • Safety: How to keep others safe on the water. How do we keep each other safe?
  • Equipment:  What safety equipment do we need to carry? I.e. first aid kit 
  • Possible risk of kayaking: Basic dynamic risk assessing.
  • Group awareness: Making sure we stay together as a group. Being aware of how many are in the group.
  • Journey planning: Plan a basic journey, talking about basic risk assessing.

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becoming an independent paddler, for a fun
and safe time on the water. Developing an
understanding of the factors which affect your
paddling; developing your decision making
and practical skills, giving you confidence on
the water.

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