Paddlesports

Fife outdoor education

Paddlesports


NGB Qualifications

Paddlesport Instructor Course

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

Skills Courses

Intro to SUP

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
  • Fundamentals – connectivity, posture, power transfer, feel
  • Forwards paddling
  • Turning
  • Stance
  • Getting back onto your SUP
  • Weather and environment

Progression SUP

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

Guided Paddle SUP – Lochore Meadows

This course will look at the basics of planning a journey and allow you to develop your skills while exploring the Loch. An excellent step before tackling one of our SUP Explore journeys.

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

SUP PACKAGE – 2/3 SUP sessions & SUP Explore Day Trip (20%) off when booked together.

Intro to 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

Paddlesports Beginners

This course, run over 3 evening sessions, is 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?

Paddlesports Improvers

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.

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  • 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

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

Paddlenight Coach

PaddleNight Coach sessions are informal coaching sessions in Canoe and Kayak. We will make use of the British Canoeing Personal Performance Awards as a way for you to track your progress and set your own personal improvement goals. You can improve skills and work towards the awards of your choice. You choose the craft and work at a level that suits your ability and how quickly you want to progress.

The format is quite informal. The instructor will assist you with your equipment choice, the sessions will normally involve a warm up, chat about the evening and any teaching requests. Depending on conditions there will normally be a paddle to different areas of the loch and during the session there will be some teaching of new skills or top tips.

The last part of the session is usually a bit of free time to practise, try something new or just relax on the water.

Age 16+ years

  • Access to a variety of craft including sit on, whitewater kayak, touring kayak and canoe
  • Each week there will be a key skill covered
  • Paddling techniques
  • Equipment
  • Safety & Rescues
  • Journeying skills
  • Canoe sailing
  • Personal Performance Awards

Introduction to Moving Water

If you have some canoeing or kayaking experience, this one day course will introduce you to paddling on moving water up to grade 2. It is aimed at paddlers wishing to progress towards river running and playing on rivers. You will cover moving water techniques, rescue skills and safety information. You are likely to get wet and should be water confident. The emphasis will be on enjoyment and skills development.

  • What to wear and when to use it
  • Lifting and carrying
  • Launching, landing and rafting
  • Forward and backwards paddling
  • Stationary turns
  • Turns on the move
  • Sideways movement
  • Rescues and capsizes
  • Boat and water confidence
  • Safety, access and environment
  • Different boats
  • Moving water skills
  • River rescue
  • River running techniques
  • How to stay dry!
  • What next?

Guided Paddles – Day Trips

  • Explore SUP – Various Coast/river/loch
  • Sea Kayak –Islands of the Forth
  • Touring Canoe –Loch Ard
  • Sea Kayak – The Wild Fife Coast
  • Touring Kayak - Loch Lomond
  • Moving Water Canoe - River Tay
  • Moving Water Kayak - River Tay

Our Guided Paddles offer the chance to explore Scotland’s rivers, coastline and lochs. The day is aimed at people who have some experience of paddlesports and want to enjoy a day trip alongside a qualified and experienced guide.

The main emphasis of this day is to enjoy the journey but some time may be spent practising skills and sharing information.


For more information contact the Outdoore Education Team - info.outdoored@fife.gov.uk