Axe Vale Canoe Club are excited to offer a Saturday morning 10am-1pm Junior Academy session for those 11-15 year olds that would like to do their BC Paddle Awards (in kayak or canoe ) progressing onto their Explore Paddle Award potentially in both craft.
The Paddle Award scheme takes a young persons centred approach to learning. This will mean that the sessions will be fun filled and wet at times. We have chosen a Saturday morning as we feel that this would benefit young people and their families’ lifestyles better; making the learning experience a more positive and less stressful one.
Youth members can still enrol on the week night courses if they so wish, however we feel that the Saturday morning option would be of more benefit for those that fall within this age bracket.
Qualified BCU coaches will run courses. The initial course consists of 8 sessions, which are held on a Saturday morning on the estuary in Seaton. Included in the course fee is Membership of the club for the year, enabling you to carry on coming along on Saturdays until summer sessions end in October. There will be the odd Saturday these follow-on sessions will not be running, however, unless not foreseen, prior warning will be given.
These sessions are progressive and will include both kayak and canoe teaching, and will develop the child at a pace relevant to them as an individual. By the end of the summer season, all members will be ready with the skills to take part in the winter white water paddling season if they wish.
All participants must be able to swim 50 metres, although for assistance, buoyancy aids will be provided. Minimum Age is 11 years old. The club insurance covers third party liability but not personal accident.
In order to pass the initial Paddle Power course, participants will need to attend at least the first 8 sessions.
You will need to bring along: - two sets of clothes (one for canoeing and one to travel home). For canoeing bring suitable clothing and shoes – for example: thin fleece, thermal top (man-made fibre), tracksuit bottoms, lace-up shoes you don’t mind getting wet. - a towel for a shower when you get off the water, - for those who wear glasses, something to tie them on (so they do not get lost in the river). We will provide all the other kit and equipment you need during the course.
On successful completion participants will gain a Paddle Power qualification. With the inclusive club membership, you can continue to attend on Saturday mornings and progress your skills, as well as take part in a number of trips which will be planned for the weekends. Details of future years membership is contained on the application form.
Here is an Information Sheet for use during the course: