a_Forth Canoe Club: 2* Adult Kayak Course - 19th April 2018
19 Apr 18
You are signing up for the Forth Canoe Club's 2* course, this will run from Thursday 19th April - 21st June (from 6.30-8.30pm). This course runs 8 sessions over 10 weeks at a cost of £95.
This is a 2* course designed for over 15's
1 and 2 star awards encourage paddlers to experience the various types of paddlesport available. Paddlers then 'specialise' in particular disciplines from the 3 Star Award onwards. The focus of the 1, 2 and 3 star awards is developing personal skills and gaining independence, while the 4 star and 5 star awards are leadership awards which enable paddlers to lead groups in appropriate conditions.
2* Paddle Courses
Our 2 Star Award is an improvement award which supports the development of fundamental paddlesport skills on sheltered water. It recognises a paddler’s understanding of how the paddle, boat and water interact and their ability to control movement of both canoes and kayaks using fundamental skills.
Candidates must be able to swim 25 metres wearing a buoyancy aid and have experience of:
- Paddling two different craft – surf kayak, closed cockpit kayak, open cockpit kayak, closed cockpit canoe, solo/tandem open canoe, racing boat, wave‐ski, flat‐hulled boat, v‐shaped hull, slalom boat, polo boat, or sea kayak
- Paddling in two different locations – canal, river, loch/lake, or sea. Different parts of large bodies of water can be counted as two different locations
- Competing in two paddlesport competitions – club level event, slalom, polo, sprint, freestyle bell‐boat etc. OR completing two journeys of approx. two hours duration
You can find out more about the award by looking at the Syllabus, Training Notes and the Assessors guidelines on this website:
What is the cost?
Each course costs £95 (this covers your 8 sessions and assessment session).
Your course fees cover the costs of the certification and also cover the cost of membership of Forth Canoe Club, meaning you can come back and enjoy paddling on club nights too.
For insurance purposes any paddler who comes to the club more than 3 times MUST become a club member this is why anyone who signs up for any course automatically becomes a member. FCC are not able to provide a discount for the paddlers who are already members.
How to find us
All courses will run from our boathouse, situated on the bank of the Union Canal at the southern end of Harrison Road. The nearest Postcode is Polwarth Church - EH11 1LU.
What you should bring with you
Consider bringing a bottle of water and a snack with you. In addition you will need suitable clothing for kayaking (a fleece, warm t-shirt/thermal, tracksuit trousers, cagoule/windproof, hat and towel) and a change of clothes and footwear in case they get wet. We encourage you to wear footwear in the kayaks, plimsolls are ideal. If you have a wetsuit then bring that too.
If you have any questions please contact us at
When to arrive
The coaches will be at the venue 15 minutes before the session is due to start but will be busy setting up boats for the session to begin promptly at the advertised time. Please ensure you are changed and ready to start the session on time. Please be aware that the coaches cannot take responsibility for you before the start time of the session.
Why do I have to fill in all these forms?
We appreciate it takes time to complete the forms but we have a requirement to provide our coaches with up to date information about the students they will be coaching - their needs, medical issues and emergency details - please work with us to give our coaches the information they need.
Please be aware that like most sport, canoeing involves a certain amount of risk of physical injury. In order to book on a course you will be asked to accept our terms and conditions and agree to the following:
As part of the sign up process you will be asked to confirm you are the parent or legal guardian of this paddler (if under 18) and will be asked to give consent for Forth Canoe Club to act on your behalf in the event of an incident or illness affecting the paddler (note that grandparents and other relatives can not provide consent for under 18's).
As part of the sign up process you will be asked to give consent for you or, where the paddler is under 18, your child to be treated by a trained first aider and/or medical professional, should this be necessary.
As part of the sign up process you will also be asked to give consent for you or, where the paddler is under 18, your child to participate in all the activities involved in this course, and understand there is a degree of risk involved in these activities.
Forth Canoe Club will keep a record of members’ names and addresses and contact details on a computer accessible to the Forth Canoe Club Committee. Your record may be inspected by contacting the Membership Secretary. We are affiliated to the SCA and will pass on your data for insurance and membership statistics use.