Paddlesports Youth 7-15yrs

  • Paddlesports at Hengistbury Head OEC
    Paddlesports Youth 7-15yrs

    Paddlesports offer something for everyone, young or old, for fun or for fitness. Whether you want to try touring, enjoy the stunning riverside scenery, the thrills of negotiating rapids or exploring coastlines caves, this is great way to start.

    In the sheltered waters of Christchurch Harbour, you can learn all the skills you will need for basic paddlesports or more challenging adventures.

  • Paddle Power Start

    Experience Required: None


    Age: 7-15yrs


    This short taster session is an excellent introduction to the world of paddlesports, designed for children with no previous experience, giving you a taste of kayaking. You will play lots of games, which is a great way to have fun but also to start to feel really comfortable in the boat.

    If you are a little unsure about paddlesports, this course is for you. Your friendly instructor will help you every step of the way and with lots of different boats to choose from, we will have the right craft to make you feel comfortable.


    Paddle Power Passport

    Experience Required: None


    Age: 7-15yrs


    Paddle Power Passport is ideal for those with little or no experience. You’ll be on the water most of the day in this highly practical course, learning the basics of canoeing and kayaking. The British Canoe Union 'Paddle Power Passport' has four levels for you to complete, all of which can be gained on this course.

    It will take several sessions to complete all four levels of this award. Your instructor will get you playing games and going for short journeys which is all part of the fun of learning to paddle.


    Stand Up Paddleboarding Beginners Sessions

    Experience Required: None


    Age: 8-15yrs


    Ideal for the young beginner, this course teaches you the fundamental techniques to ensure you are up and paddleboarding by the end of your first session.


    Stand Up Paddleboarding Excursion Trails

    Experience Required: Stand Up Paddleboarding Beginners Session


    Age: 8-15yrs


    Once you have completed your beginners session you can sign up for our excursions which take you further from the Hengistbury Head Centre, allowing a new way to explore the beautiful river.


    Paddle Power Discover

    Experience Required: Paddle Power Passport


    Age: 7-15yrs


    This more advanced course will give you a deeper technical understanding of the sport; it will improve your confidence and ability both in canoes and kayaks, using a variety of techniques in different conditions.

    The British Canoe Union 'Discover' has four levels for you to complete, all of which can be gained on this course. It will take several sessions to complete all four levels of this award. The Tuesday evening practice and explore (youth) is another great way to improve these skills. This course is equivalent to the Adult BCU 2*