What does Paddle Sports offer

The Paddle Sports SASU is a team of people providing water activities for Sections and County events. We can currently offer sessions in kayaking, open canoeing, rafting and bell boating.

KAYAKING – using closed cockpit kayaks, you will learn how to paddle forwards, manoeuvre their craft and play lots of games.

OPEN CANOEING – working in pairs, you will have to navigate your craft together, again learning how to paddle forwards, manoeuvring and playing games as a team.

RAFTING – in small groups, you will have to design and construct your raft before the big float test!  If successful, the team will then have to paddle their raft round a simple course in a time trial against the others.

BELL BOATING – a great activity for all Sections, a bell boat can hold up to 10 participants and 2 instructors.  It involves everyone working together to manoeuvre these large, stable craft upriver before drifting back down stream playing various (very wet) games and activities.  

Be Prepared for Paddle Sports

To participate in kayaking, open canoeing and rafting, participants will need to be confident in water and able to swim 50m whilst wearing a buoyancy aid. Bell boating is great for those less confident in water and non-swimmers (as well as those just wanting a great time on the water!) – please let us know in advance if you have any non-swimmers or participants with additional needs so we can best accommodate them.

To help you prepare for this activity, here is a short list of things you may need to bring/wear or prepare for, before you turn up for your activity:
For all water activities, you must:
• Wear clothing appropriate for the time of year that can get wet, including an old pair of trainers.
• Bring a complete change of clothing and footwear.
• A towel.
• Any refreshments e.g. warm drink / snack
NOTE - wellies, crocks and flip-flops are not allowed on this activity. 

When you book an activity with us, you will be sent a booking confirmation including details of what you will need to bring or wear. 

Paddle Sports Location and Costs

Primarily, activities are run out of our base at Midland Canoe Club in Darley Abbey, Derby.

Due to access restrictions and the transport of large amounts of equipment, we can only run activities at other locations for larger events and by prior negotiation. 

Activities cost £5 per participant with a minimum fee of £60.

Sessions run on Monday evenings and alternate Tuesday and Friday evenings, on a first come, first served basis. We also run a monthly Sunday afternoon session. An email detailing available dates will be sent to Section Leaders at the start of the season and advertised on our Facebook page.  

Contact and frequently asked questions

How can I arrange Paddle Sports for my section? How do I book this?

I'm afraid we currently do not have an on-line booking option for this activity.
Click here to contact the Paddle Sports team and ask them how to book a session.

How do I contact the Paddle Sports SASU to ask them any questions or ask how I can get involved? Click here to contact the Paddle Sports SASU
If you want to join the Paddle Sports team, then we will train you in skills and techniques so you can play a full part in our team. No previous experience necessary, you just need plenty of enthusiasm and energy!
I've got a technical question about Paddle Sports, who should I contact for advice and support? Click here to contact the County Paddle Sports advisor. They will be able to help you with any technical or Scouting related questions.
Where can I find out the current fact sheets and Scouting policies, relating to Paddle Sports?

Scouting UK has published lots of useful information, which is categorised into different type of Paddle Sports.
Click here to see the latest POR and Factsheets, relating to Bell Boating.
Click here to see the latest POR and Factsheets, relating to Canoeing.
Click here to see the latest POR and Factsheets, relating to Dragon boating.
Click here to see the latest POR and Factsheets, relating to Kayaking.
Click here to see the latest POR and Factsheets, relating to Raft building.
Click here to see the latest POR and Factsheets, relating to Stand Up Paddle boarding.
Click here to see the latest POR and Factsheets, relating to Traditional Rafting.
Click here to see the latest POR and Factsheets, relating to White Water Rafting.
Alternatively click here for the full list of Activities and select the one you would like.

What is the National Governing Body (NGB) for Paddle Sports?

British Canoeing. Click here to visit their web site.

Events Paddle Sports Team supports

Please confirm if these events are supported by your activity?

Dove Canoe Race
Peak Camp

Additional Information

Click here for more information and photos/reviews from recent Paddle Sports sessions.

Rob MorleyPaddle Sports Team

Sections supported

Adults / Leaders