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Paddlesport Courses

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: £27.00
Duration: 2 hours


Course DateCourse Time
3rd February 20183:00pm - 5:00pm
14th February 20181:00pm - 3:00pm
3rd March 20183:00pm - 5:00pm
10th March 20181:00pm - 3:00pm
30th March 20181:00pm - 3:00pm
7th April 201810:00am - 12:00pm
15th April 20181:00pm - 3:00pm
29th April 20181:00pm - 3:00pm
12th May 201810:00am - 12:00pm
28th May 20181:00pm - 3:00pm
2nd June 20183:00pm - 5:00pm
24th June 20183:00pm - 5:00pm
23rd July 20181:00pm - 3:00pm
24th July 20181:00pm - 3:00pm
27th July 20183:00pm - 5:00pm
5th August 201810:00am - 12:00pm
6th August 201810:00am - 12:00pm
18th August 201810:00am - 12:00pm


BCU 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: £85.00
Duration: 1 Day (10:00am – 5:00pm)

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

BCU 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: £140.00
Duration: 2 Days (10:00am – 5:00pm)

Course DateCourse Time
12th & 13th May 201810:00am - 5:00pm
7th & 8th July 201810:00am - 5:00pm
15th & 16th September 201810:00am - 5:00pm
20th & 21st October 201810:00am - 5:00pm

BCU 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: £150.00
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 half term break. (A multi activity day, both on the water and on AirTrail).

Ages 10-16 only.

Cost: £40.00


Course DateCourse Time
11th April 20189:00am - 5:00pm
13th April 20189:00am - 5:00pm
7th May 20189:00am - 5:00pm
31st May 20189:00am - 5:00pm


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 10+

Cost: £27.00

Duration: 2 hours


Course DateCourse Time
13th February 20181:00pm - 3:00pm
1st April 20183:00pm - 5:00pm
27th May 20183:00pm - 5:00pm
21st June 20181:00pm - 3:00pm
from £27.00 per person
Courses running throughout the year
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