PaddlePower: The Paddle-Sport award scheme for Young People

Paddlepower is an exciting scheme that has been designed to meet the needs of young people. It’s colourful and youth centred approach aims to:  

  • Encourage more young people to come into and stay in the sport
  • Provide progression and reward achievement in a wide range of topics
  • Show them all aspects of the sport – both competitive and adventurous
  • Provide signposts into Clubs where their skills and development can be nurtured
  • Provide a flexible structure for delivery according to venue/situation
  • The scheme comprises 5 Awards to support a young paddler’s introduction and progress in Paddle-sport.

I just wanted to say a big thank you for the amazing Paddlepower session my two boys had this morning at Lilydale Lake.  The boys (aged 13 and 10) had an amazing time!  All the instructors were top class and we can’t wait to do it again!


The PaddlePower Awards

PaddlePower Start an entry level award suitable for taster sessions or as part of a series of sessions.

The Paddle Passport is comprised of four progressive levels based on 24 topics which can be grouped into Safety Awareness, Paddling Skills, Varied Experiences, and Supporting Knowledge.

PaddlePower ‘Discover’ follows on from the Paddle Passport with a further 4 levels to take the young paddler to the next level in Paddle-sport skills and knowledge.

PaddlePower ‘Explore’ involves three different levels that take the paddler on an extensive journey exploring a great variety of Paddle-sports, with topics focused on participation in events and journeys in the competitive and non-competitive disciplines.

PaddlePower ‘Excel’ involves three levels that test the paddler on all elements of paddle-sports. These include being responsible for oneself and others, participation in journeys, coaching sessions, training, events/competitions in a variety of disciplines, background knowledge of the sport, water access, rules, environmental, nutrition and goal setting.