This award is designed to develop your personal paddling and decision making skills so you have a fun and safe day out canoeing.
Your Canoe Award endorses your skill, judgment and decision making when journeying. You will be confident in planning and undertaking canoe journeys on the water in winds up to and including force 3 taking place on grade 1 rivers with simple eddy lines. Your award is a sound basis for building the experience and knowledge associated with the Progressive Canoe Award.
To get the most from our trip you’ll want to be able to control your canoe and manoeuvre as necessary. This might require you to go left or right of an obstruction, go through small gaps, move a short distance sideways, enter or cross eddy lines or flows and prevent a capsize. When journeying we will thinkabout looking where you want to be. ‘Future water’ is a term often used todescribe this. The shape and speed of our track over the water can be affected by whether we are edging or leaning, our trim, how you engage your body, the timing and the type of stroke you choose. We might wish to consider how we can travel in any environment. Can the wind be harnessed to help us and why might we choose a pole instead of a paddle?