Fife outdoor education


National Governing Body Awards

BC Paddlesport Instructor

This new 2 day course is designed for people whose main focus is to deliver paddlesport taster/starter sessions and short journeys in very sheltered water environments.

The process of completing this qualification aims to help prepare candidates for their first paddlesport instructing role; ‘primed and ready’.

The Paddlesport Instructor qualification is designed for instructors running paddlesport taster/starter sessions within the safety management systems of clubs, centres or other organisations in:

  • Very Sheltered Water environments
  • Craft deemed suitable for a first-time experience

The course will include these main sessions

  • kitting up a group
  • getting afloat
  • initial familiarisation
  • games and activities to support learning
  • using mini journeys to support learning, inspire adventure and explore

Equipping you to deliver safe, enjoyable and rewarding introductory sessions.

During the course you will be assessed on your rescue skills and your personal skills in your chosen craft.

FSRT – Foundation, Safety & Rescue Training

The objective of this Training course is to introduce simple and safe skills that can provide the tools to problem solve simple common paddling scenarios in flat/sheltered water regardless of the craft.

Candidates will learn:

  • Skills which will enable them to ensure the safety of themselves and others
  • Appropriate rescue skills which can be used to help themselves and/or others in difficulty

The course will include these main sessions

  • General theory and planning
  • Bank based rescues
  • Boat based rescues Scenarios


Intro to SUP

Weekends | 11+ | April - Oct 

During this course, you will explore the fundamentals and basic skills of Stand Up Paddleboarding. Learning in a fun, inclusive and safe environment.

You can also achieve the Paddle Start Award.

This course will cover:

  • Personal Kit and Equipment
  • Lifting and carrying, launching and landing
  • Warm ups
  • Forwards paddling
  • Turning
  • Stance
  • Getting back onto your SUP

£20 | 1.5hrs | All Equipment Provided

SUP Safety & Progression

Weekends | 14+ | April - Oct

This course is ideal if you have done our Intro to SUP course or if you have paddleboarded before. The aim of the course is to develop the skills you already have, including some more useful skills, techniques and SUP Rescues. This is the perfect time to troubleshoot and ask questions about SUP. There will be the opportunity to cover the Paddle Discover Award, additional cost of £6 for certification..

This course will cover:

  • Personal Kit and Equipment
  • Lifting and carrying, launching and landing
  • Warm ups · Fundamentals – connectivity, posture, power transfer, feel
  • Forwards paddling
  • Turning
  • Stance
  • Getting back onto your SUP
  • Weather and environment

£30 | 2hrs | All Equipment Provided

Paddlenight Coach

Apri - Oct | 4week block |

Beginner Paddlesport

This course, run over a 4week block, these are designed for individuals with little or no experience of paddling. With the opportunity to try canoe, sit-on and kayak, a fun session will support you in learning the basics on the water by completing the Paddle Start Award. There is no formal assessment, you can progress at your own pace in your preferred craft.

  • Equipment information
  • Clothing information
  • Lifting and carrying
  • Launching and landing
  • Forward and backward paddling
  • Basic turns
  • Use of different boats
  • Sideways movement
  • Rescues and capsizes
  • Turns on the move
  • What next?

Improver Paddlesport

This course, run over 3 evening sessions, is designed for individuals with just a little experience of paddling. You can try canoe, sit-on and kayak, a fun session will support you in progressing skills on the water by completing the Paddle Discover Award. The aim is to improve your basic strokes and techniques on flat water and is suited for people who have completed a beginners course or have some previous paddling experience. This course really helps develop your paddling experience and confidence.

  • What might be handy to buy?
  • Lifting and carrying – how do I transport boats?
  • Launching and landing – beach, jetty, steep bank
  • Forward and backward paddling
  • Stationary turns
  • Turns on the move
  • Decision Making
  • Preparing for self-guided trips
  • Safety & weather · Sideways movement – draw, pry and sculling stroke
  • Rescue skills and capsizes – deep water and self- rescue What next?

Paddlenight Splash

Monday & Wednesday Evenings | April - Oct | 6 - 8pm | under 11 must be accompanied by an adult

The PaddleNight Splash is a fun session which is supervised but not led by staff.

Staff will be on hand to assist you with selecting and launching equipment. They will give you some guidance on where to paddle and any limits. They will be able to give a few top tips on how to paddle but remember this is not a taught course.

Staff are primarily there to keep an eye on participants and ensure the safety of those taking part. As numbers and time allows they may set up a game or a challenge at some point throughout the evening.

If you prefer you can just go for a paddle and practise your own skills.

Age 8-10 years must be accompanied by a participating adult

  • Try different equipment (depending on availability)
  • Sit On Kayaks, Kayaks, Canoes, SUP
  • Fun with friends
  • Try some new skills
  • Paddle round the island
  • Ask the staff to set you a challenge
  • Get wet and have some fun

£10 Adult  | £5 Concession | All Equipment Provided

Discover Sea Kayak

Sea kayaking offers the chance to explore Fife’s amazing coastline. This course is aimed at people who have some experience of kayaking and now want to try sea kayak/touring boats and exploring new venues on the sea. The location for the trip will be confirmed on the day according to the group, tides and weather forecast.

The main emphasis of this day is to become more familiar with equipment and technique relevant to sea kayaking.

  • Lifting and carrying
  • Efficient paddling
  • Manoeuvring sea kayaks
  • Awareness of tides and weather
  • Equipment
  • Paddling in a group
  • Safety
  • Access and environment

Day Trips & Expeditions

Offsite activity from OE Fife