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Engage Watersports Ltd

Taplow Lake, Taplow



01628 671131

British Canoeing Courses


About our Courses

For detailed information about our current courses please select the course of interest from the above menu. If you are interested in something else why not give us a call to discuss your requirements. Our instructors are able to deliver a wide range of qualifications not all of which are listed on the web site.


The majority of our courses are delivered at our private lake in Taplow although we do use the Jubilee River and the Thames to add to the experience. Once you get to three star level we do travel a bit further, pretty essential really if you want to qualify in Whitewater Kayaking or Sea Kayaking!

Paddlesport Instructor Course


This 4 day course is the first step on the paddlesport coaching pathway. It will introduce you to the fundamentals of good coaching practice and helps you to understand and coach technical and tactical aspects of your sport.

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1 Star Award


The 1 Star award is 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, SUP etc.)


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Foundation Safety and Rescue Training (FSRT)


This is a one day course the aim of which is to provide the student with the key safety and rescue skills required to operate safely in a sheltered water environment and to be able to deal with common emergencies.


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2 Star Award


The 2 Star award is an improvement award that helps paddlers develop fundamental paddlesport skills on flat water. The emphasis is on gaining a breadth of experience, creating the desired movement of the boat and developing an understanding into how the paddle, boat and water interact.


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3 Star Awards (Touring)


3 Star Touring level indicates that a canoeist or kayaker can consider themselves as an intermediate paddler rather than a beginner having demonstrated competence as a member of a group paddling in a variety of venues.


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