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Canoeing & Kayaking

Here at Tees Barrage we have a passion for paddlesports and offer a number of British Canoeing Accredited courses.

We offer a huge range of courses delivered by our fully qualified and experienced instructors. Our coaches are all highly qualified and have paddled extensively around the UK, Europe as well as in many other worldwide destinations.  Our coaches have a vast array of experience and specialist expertise in many disciplines. They are all extremely friendly, and they are always happy to talk paddling and offer their help, assistance and advice.

All Participants must be aged 8 years and above, and be able to swim 25 metres to partake in our paddlesport courses.

At Tees Barrage White Water Centre we offer the following courses:

Introduction to Kayaking

This two hour entry level course provides the skills to manoeuvre a kayak and focuses on forward, backward, turning stopping and some fun and games. After the course is completed the usual step is to progress onto the British Canoeing Star Awards. One Star would be the next step but a lot of people once completing the Intro look to join a local club to consolidate what they have just learnt.

Cost: £28.00
Duration: 2 hours


Course DateCourse Time
18th August 201810:00am - 12:00pm
28th August 20181:00pm - 3:00pm
23rd September 201810:00am - 12:00pm
27th October 20183:00pm - 5:00pm
3rd November 20183:00pm - 5:00pm
17th November 20181:00pm - 3:00pm
1st December 20181:00pm - 3:00pm


BC 1 Star

This one-day entry level course provides the skills and background knowledge needed to control a kayak, canoe and other paddlesport craft. It focuses on improving the participants ability, experience and awareness of the crafts, techniques and environments they will encounter in paddlesports.

From the One Star, you can step straight up to Two Star. practice of the skills learnt in the One Star course is essential as to give you the strong skill foundations from which the Two Star skills are built.

Cost: £88.00
Duration: 1 Day (10:00am – 5:00pm)

Course DateCourse Time
22nd April 201810:00am - 5:00pm
10th June 201810:00am - 5:00pm
21st July 201810:00am - 5:00pm
5th August 201810:00am - 5:00pm
6th October 201810:00am - 5:00pm

BC 2 Star

This is a two day course working in canoes and kayaks, finishing with an assessment at the end of the 2nd day.

Cost: £150.00
Duration: 2 Days (10:00am – 5:00pm)

Course DateCourse Time
7th & 8th July 201810:00am - 5:00pm
1st & 2nd September 201810:00am - 5:00pm
20th & 21st October 201810:00am - 5:00pm

BC 3 Star

We can run 3 star courses in both canoe and kayak. This award is a progressive skills award and is specific to certain disciplines.

Cost: £155.00
Duration: 2 days

BCU 3 Star Assessment

This is designed for people who feel they have the skills to pass the 3 star award. The session will be with one of our trained coaches who will take you through the syllabus and assess your skills. Please contact for price.

Duration: 1 day


Holiday Course

Try our Paddlesports Courses Adventure Days (Holiday Courses) during your next school holiday break. (A multi activity day, both on the water and on Air Trail high ropes course).

Ages 10-16 only.

Cost: £50.00




Introduction to Canoeing Course

You will be led by one of our qualified instructors who will teach you everything you need to know to get afloat and have a splash in our Canoes.

Aged 8+

Cost: £28.00

Duration: 2 hours


Course DateCourse Time
9th September 201810:00am - 12:00pm
28th October 20183:00pm - 5:00pm
from £28.00 per person
Courses running throughout the year
book an introduction to kayaking course book an introduction to canoeing course book British Canoeing One Star Course book British Canoeing Two Star Course

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