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About Us

Fluidskills van and canoe picture are a UK based paddlesports company who work all across the United Kingdom and worldwide.

Headed up by managing director Darren Joy, A British Canoeing level 5 coach the highest award for coaching. We deliver high quality courses using only recognised and established coaches most suited to the coaching you require.
Not only do we offer National Governing Body awards but bespoke courses and trips to suit your paddlesports needs.

Darren Joy

Darren Joy kayak and canoe coach picture

The owner and head coach of Fluidskills, A full time British Canoeing Level 5 Coach the highest award possible for Coaching. 

The twenty years of experience under his boat started from white water and competeing for Great Britain in surf kayaks. Darren has spent many summers in Europe and USA  learning the rivers , Coaching and guiding groups in white water,surf and sea.

kayak or canoe Darren is happy in all environments and this shows in his Coaching, training and assessments.

Darren also is a home nation trainer for Paddles up training and British canoeing for Coaching , safety and rescue and leadership awards. This give him the opportunity to train the trainers with the knowledge and experience he has gained over many years of doing the job for real. 

Helping so many people to rapidly progress their paddling; his enthusiasm for coaching and paddling is infectious. Why not drop him a email and talk about what your aspirations are and let us talk to you about how we can help. 


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Current Courses

Coach Education

Core Coach Training

BC Core coach training (2024-09-28 /£230)