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Engage Watersports Ltd

Taplow Lake, Taplow



01628 671131

British Canoeing Paddlepower Passport – Course Details


Dates and Time

2019 dates to be confirmed shortly

Duration: 1 day**

Start time: 09:00

Finish time: 17:00

** Paddlepower Passport can also be run over 2 half days or 3 evenings to suit any group of 4 or more - for further details please contact us

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



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 Passport comprises four progressive Levels that guides the new paddler from the initial ‘Start’ session through various Topics. These encourage each paddler to achieve recognisable standards in a range of skills and areas of knowledge. Adults would achieve similar standards via the ‘1 Star’ criteria. A coaching programme of approximately 8 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 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


Paddlepower Passport - £99 



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Dates to be confirmed 

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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.