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Engage Watersports Ltd

Taplow Lake, Taplow



01628 671131

British Canoeing 1 Star Certificate in Paddlesport 

– Course Details


Date and Time 

Saturday 17th March

Saturday 28th April

Saturday 19th May

Saturday 30th June

Saturday 21st July

Saturday 1st Sept

Saturday 20th Oct

If these dates are not suitable, please contact the office and we try and find alternative dates


Duration: 1 day

Start time: 09:00

Finish time: 17:00



The course will be based at Taplow Lake but may also use the Jubilee River which is a few minutes’ walk from the lake. There is parking at the lake or Taplow railway station is 15 min’s walk away (3/4 mile).


Course Programme

The 1 star course is an introductory course that looks at the basic skills needed to control a Kayak, Canoe or Stand up paddle board. It is a clear stepping stone to becoming a paddler. Designed as a basic award the one star is the level you would typically reach after an introductory course of six hours quality water time. The award is obtained by taking the assessment in any style of kayak, canoe or stand-up-paddleboard. Where the test is taken by a doubles crew a variation of bow and stern positions must be demonstrated. For further details on the course please see the One Star Syllabus.


Please note on successful completion of this course there is a £7 (£6 BC members) certification fee payable directly to Canoe England.



Candidates must be water confident and ideally should be able to swim. Although this is desirable it is not essesntial. If under 14 the learning programme of Paddle Power might be more appropriate.


Personal Clothing and Equipment

Engage Watersports will provide wetsuits, spray tops and buoyancy aids and all boating equipment you will need for the course, all of which is included in the price of the course. Each participant will need to bring along swimwear, a towel, shoes you are happy to get wet in, and a rash vest/thermal top or tee shirt to go under the wetsuit. Hopefully it will be sunny so sun tan lotion and a hat would also be advisable. 


Other Facilities

At the lake there are both male and female changing rooms which have a single hot shower within each. Please note we have a reasonably priced café on site that provides hot and cold food and refreshments, if you prefer to bring a packed lunch then that’s fine but we would ask that this is consumed away from the café area if it is busy. A water bottle/hydration system to take afloat/use at the bank side is recommended.

Course Fee


1 Star - £99



(click on date)

17th March

28th April

19th May

30th June

21st July

1st Sept

20th Oct

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Course Instructor - Chris Beal

Your course instructor will be Chris Beal. Chris is Activities Director for Engage Watersports and has been involved in the outdoor / watersports sector for over 12 years. Chris has coached throughout Europe and has experience in teaching a wide range of sports including canoeing, kayaking, sailing, windsurfing, powerboating and Stand-up- Paddleboarding.