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Engage Watersports Ltd

Taplow Lake, Taplow



01628 671131

British Canoeing Paddlepower Discover – Course Details


Dates and Time

2017 Dates to be confirmed**

Duration: 2 days**       

Start time: 09:00

Finish time: 17:00

** Paddlepower Discover can also be run over 4 half days or 6 evenings to suit any group of 4 or more - for further details please contact us 


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

Paddlepower Discover comprises four progressive Levels that encourage the young paddler to focus on particular techniques, skills, and areas of knowledge across the sport. These will significantly develop competencies and raise their standards of achievement in Paddlesport. Adults would achieve similar standards via the 2 Star criteria. A coaching programme of approximately 15 – 20 hours is appropriate for most paddlers.


Please note rather than pay a certificate fee on successful completion of the course candidates are required to buy a logbook (£5) at the beginning of the course. This logbook is then completed by the instructor and is sent by the candidate to British Canoeing on successful completion of the course. British Canoeing will then issue a certificate free of charge.



Candidates must be water confident and ideally should be able to swim. Although this is desirable it is not essential. Have achieved the Paddlepower Passport qualification 

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


Paddlepower Discover - £169



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2017 Dates TBC


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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.