Courses

Viking offers members a range of courses for all ability levels. We also welcome non-members and run beginners courses on a regular basis subject to demand. Available courses are at the bottom of this page. Please direct all course enquiries to: courses@vikingkayak.co.uk.

In January 2019, British Canoeing Awarding Body launched the new Personal Performance Awards. They replace the existing Star Awards.

Paddle Awards:

Start Award

The Start Award is exactly what it says on the tin, it’s a place to start your paddling journey. If you’re brand new to the sport and really want to learn the basics to get started, then this is the award for you. You’ll cover everything from getting in and out of the boat, what you need to wear and paddling forward.

You don’t need any previous experience to take your Start Award, just the desire for fun! You can take the award in any craft, from kayaks, canoes and SUPs.

Discover Award

The Discover Award allows you to develop your decision making and practical skills for a fun and safe time on the water, as you become a more skilled and independent paddler. Through this award you will learn how to choose and effectively use equipment, whilst developing an understanding of the factors which affect your paddling.

You don’t need any previous experience to take your Discover Award, just the desire for fun and learning! You can take the award from any craft, from kayaks, canoes or SUPs.

Explore Award

If you want to become independent on the water, go on self-guided adventures and know how to control your craft and stay safe on the water, this is the award for you. If you’ve never been paddling before, it might be worth starting with the Start and Discover awards. In this award you will take ownership of your own decisions and learn to make confidence choices, based on the places you paddle, wind and weather.

Anyone can take the Explore award. Designed to help you gain confidence on the water, it is aimed at any craft, age and ability.

Paddlepower Award

Paddlepower has been designed around the needs of young people – fun, colourful and with easily identifiable progression. There is a colourful Progress Card for young paddlers to record their progress and to encourage them to move to the next stage. On completion of the award the youth sends the Progress Card to British Canoeing to receive a certificate. British Canoeing recommend Paddlepower as most suitable for young people aged 14 or under. For more information on paddlepower email: paddlepower@vikingkayak.co.uk

Discipline Specific Pathway Awards:

Each of the 12 disciplines have 3 levels of awards.

For example the White Water Discipline: White Water Award, Progressive White Water Award & Advanced White Water Award

The 12 Disciplines are: White Water, Canoeing, Surf Kayak, Sea Kayak, Touring, Stand Up Paddleboard, Freestyle, Rafting, Polo, Racing, Slalom, Wild Water Racing.

Safety & Rescue Courses:

FSRT

British Canoeing FSRT – Foundation Safety and Rescue Training – How to save yourself and others. Learn the key safety and rescue skills required to operate safely in a sheltered water environment and to be able to deal with common emergencies.

AFA

British Canoeing AFA – Aquatic First Aid – first-aid and lifesaving skills in an aquatic environment, with particular attention paid to the situations paddlers are most likely to see.

WWSR

British Canoeing WWSR – The White Water Safety and Rescue Training course is designed for all paddlers operating in a moderate to advanced white water environment in either kayak or canoe, and is required for those seeking their  leader award.

Coaching:

Why not give back some of the skills and fun you have had! Learn to teach Canoeing and Kayaking. These courses will run when required. Contact courses@vikingkayak.co.uk for more information.

Paddlesport Activity Assistant

New Paddlesport Instructor

Coach Award

Performance Coach

Coaching Diploma

Upcoming Courses:

Note some of the dates below may not be the first date of the course and the course may already be in progress. Please click on the date to find out more.

Apr
8
Wed
(Suspended) Open Boat beginners @ Viking Kayak Club
Apr 8 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Opportunities to paddle Open Canoes

Viking Members, if you are interested in paddling Open Canoe’s or wish to learn how to, then here’s your chance!

 Beginner’s Open Boat session #2 (Viking members) Wednesday 8th April (6:30pm ~ 8pm)

 

For more information please contact Richard Evans or Andrew Bennett (courses@vikingkayak.co.uk). It would help us if you can let us know you’re coming, thanks.

May
2
Sat
cancelled-Kayak Course @ Viking Kayak Club
May 2 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
cancelled-Kayak Course @ Viking Kayak Club

Beginner Kayak Course, ‘Discover’ Award – CANCELLED

 

Due to COVID-19

 

May
8
Fri
Cancelled Come & Try Session @ Viking Kayak Club
May 8 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Come along to have a go at kayaking and canoeing.
Cost to be confirmed – expected to be £5 for 30 minutes. Minimum age 8 years old.
All canoeing equipment provided
Bring clothes & shoes you can get wet

Viking Kayak Club
Batts Ford
Commercial Road
Bedford
MK40 1QS

www.vikingkayak.co.uk

May
20
Wed
Postponed PaddlePower ‘Discover’ Award – suitable for youths (9 – 14 years) @ Viking Kayak Club
May 20 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

PaddlePower ‘Discover’ Award – suitable for youths (9 – 14 years), beginners or those who have previous paddling experience.

Set of 9 sessions (4 discovering Kayaking; 4 discipline specific sessions in Marathon, Polo, Canoeing, Stand Up Paddle Boarding; 1 Finale!)

Club equipment will be available for use.

Price for non-members £85 (includes 1 year youth membership from the start of the course)

Price for VKC £50 members

Prerequisites

Candidates must be 9 years or older, should be water confident and must be able to swim.

Register for the course via the ‘Join Membership’ links on this website / further details available by contacting Andrew Bennett or via email,  courses@vikingkayak.co.uk

In the unlikely event that there are insufficient numbers enrolled on the course VKC will unfortunately have to cancel the course on the advertised date. In which case a full refund of course fees will be applicable.

If you are exhibiting symptoms typical of flu, a cold or have been in close contact with someone who has the COVID-19 infection, then you should not attend the course. If you have travelled to/from the countries/regions as listed in https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid- 19-specified-countries-and-areas/covid-19-specified-countries-and-areas-with-implications-for- returning-travellers-or-visitors-arriving-in-the-uk you should contact us prior to the travelling to the course.
Cancellation,
In the unlikely event that there are insufficient numbers enrolled on the course or who are able participate on the course due to illness or COVID-19 restrictions, VKC will unfortunately have to cancel the course on the advertised date. In which case a full refund of course fees will be applicable.
If you need to cancel your booking due illness or COVID-19 restrictions then a full refund of course fees will be applicable.
VKC may need to cancel the course, possibly at short notice, due to COVID-19 restrictions in which case a full refund of course fees will be applicable.
May
27
Wed
Postponed PaddlePower ‘Discover’ Award – suitable for youths (9 – 14 years) @ Viking Kayak Club
May 27 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

PaddlePower ‘Discover’ Award – suitable for youths (9 – 14 years), beginners or those who have previous paddling experience.

Set of 9 sessions (4 discovering Kayaking; 4 discipline specific sessions in Marathon, Polo, Canoeing, Stand Up Paddle Boarding; 1 Finale!)

Club equipment will be available for use.

Price for non-members £85 (includes 1 year youth membership from the start of the course)

Price for VKC £50 members

Prerequisites

Candidates must be 9 years or older, should be water confident and must be able to swim.

Register for the course via the ‘Join Membership’ links on this website / further details available by contacting Andrew Bennett or via email,  courses@vikingkayak.co.uk

In the unlikely event that there are insufficient numbers enrolled on the course VKC will unfortunately have to cancel the course on the advertised date. In which case a full refund of course fees will be applicable.

If you are exhibiting symptoms typical of flu, a cold or have been in close contact with someone who has the COVID-19 infection, then you should not attend the course. If you have travelled to/from the countries/regions as listed in https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid- 19-specified-countries-and-areas/covid-19-specified-countries-and-areas-with-implications-for- returning-travellers-or-visitors-arriving-in-the-uk you should contact us prior to the travelling to the course.
Cancellation,
In the unlikely event that there are insufficient numbers enrolled on the course or who are able participate on the course due to illness or COVID-19 restrictions, VKC will unfortunately have to cancel the course on the advertised date. In which case a full refund of course fees will be applicable.
If you need to cancel your booking due illness or COVID-19 restrictions then a full refund of course fees will be applicable.
VKC may need to cancel the course, possibly at short notice, due to COVID-19 restrictions in which case a full refund of course fees will be applicable.
May
30
Sat
Cancelled Beginner Kayak Course, ‘Discover’ Award
May 30 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Beginner Kayak Course, ‘Discover’ Award. 9am until 5pm, at Viking Kayak Club in Bedford.

Experience your first session on the water; learning useful skills for an enjoyable and fun paddling experience. The course aims to provide you with the basic knowledge to enable you to safely get in and out of your boat, make it move and return to your start point.

Then your Paddle ‘Discover ‘Award allows you to develop your decision-making and practical skills, taking you on the next steps towards becoming a proficient and independent paddler. Learn how to choose and effectively use equipment, whilst developing an understanding of the factors, which affect your paddling.

Prices for non-members £80, includes 4 weeks membership from the start of the course.

Price for VKC Members £50, (or equivalent discount off VKC membership fees if you join during or immediately after the course).

Prerequisites

Candidates should be water confident and must be able to swim. If under 14 years, the ‘PaddlePower’ youth programme may be more appropriate.   (Please see VKC calendar for PaddlePower youth courses planned).

(For your information, the old British Canoeing 1-Star course has been replaced by new ‘Paddle’ Awards)

Register for the course via this web site today!

Further details available by contacting Andrew Bennett at  courses@vikingkayak.co.uk

If you are exhibiting symptoms typical of flu, a cold or have been in close contact with someone who has the COVID-19 infection, then you should not attend the course. If you have travelled to/from the countries/regions as listed in https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid- 19-specified-countries-and-areas/covid-19-specified-countries-and-areas-with-implications-for- returning-travellers-or-visitors-arriving-in-the-uk you should contact us prior to the travelling to the course.
Cancellation,
In the unlikely event that there are insufficient numbers enrolled on the course or who are able participate on the course due to illness or COVID-19 restrictions, VKC will unfortunately have to cancel the course on the advertised date. In which case a full refund of course fees will be applicable.
If you need to cancel your booking due illness or COVID-19 restrictions then a full refund of course fees will be applicable.
VKC may need to cancel the course, possibly at short notice, due to COVID-19 restrictions in which case a full refund of course fees will be applicable.
Jun
3
Wed
Postponed PaddlePower ‘Discover’ Award – suitable for youths (9 – 14 years) @ Viking Kayak Club
Jun 3 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

PaddlePower ‘Discover’ Award – suitable for youths (9 – 14 years), beginners or those who have previous paddling experience.

Set of 9 sessions (4 discovering Kayaking; 4 discipline specific sessions in Marathon, Polo, Canoeing, Stand Up Paddle Boarding; 1 Finale!)

Club equipment will be available for use.

Price for non-members £85 (includes 1 year youth membership from the start of the course)

Price for VKC £50 members

Prerequisites

Candidates must be 9 years or older, should be water confident and must be able to swim.

Register for the course via the ‘Join Membership’ links on this website / further details available by contacting Andrew Bennett or via email,  courses@vikingkayak.co.uk

In the unlikely event that there are insufficient numbers enrolled on the course VKC will unfortunately have to cancel the course on the advertised date. In which case a full refund of course fees will be applicable.

If you are exhibiting symptoms typical of flu, a cold or have been in close contact with someone who has the COVID-19 infection, then you should not attend the course. If you have travelled to/from the countries/regions as listed in https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid- 19-specified-countries-and-areas/covid-19-specified-countries-and-areas-with-implications-for- returning-travellers-or-visitors-arriving-in-the-uk you should contact us prior to the travelling to the course.
Cancellation,
In the unlikely event that there are insufficient numbers enrolled on the course or who are able participate on the course due to illness or COVID-19 restrictions, VKC will unfortunately have to cancel the course on the advertised date. In which case a full refund of course fees will be applicable.
If you need to cancel your booking due illness or COVID-19 restrictions then a full refund of course fees will be applicable.
VKC may need to cancel the course, possibly at short notice, due to COVID-19 restrictions in which case a full refund of course fees will be applicable.
Jun
10
Wed
Postponed PaddlePower ‘Discover’ Award – suitable for youths (9 – 14 years) @ Viking Kayak Club
Jun 10 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

PaddlePower ‘Discover’ Award – suitable for youths (9 – 14 years), beginners or those who have previous paddling experience.

Set of 9 sessions (4 discovering Kayaking; 4 discipline specific sessions in Marathon, Polo, Canoeing, Stand Up Paddle Boarding; 1 Finale!)

Club equipment will be available for use.

Price for non-members £85 (includes 1 year youth membership from the start of the course)

Price for VKC £50 members

Prerequisites

Candidates must be 9 years or older, should be water confident and must be able to swim.

Register for the course via the ‘Join Membership’ links on this website / further details available by contacting Andrew Bennett or via email,  courses@vikingkayak.co.uk

In the unlikely event that there are insufficient numbers enrolled on the course VKC will unfortunately have to cancel the course on the advertised date. In which case a full refund of course fees will be applicable.

If you are exhibiting symptoms typical of flu, a cold or have been in close contact with someone who has the COVID-19 infection, then you should not attend the course. If you have travelled to/from the countries/regions as listed in https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid- 19-specified-countries-and-areas/covid-19-specified-countries-and-areas-with-implications-for- returning-travellers-or-visitors-arriving-in-the-uk you should contact us prior to the travelling to the course.
Cancellation,
In the unlikely event that there are insufficient numbers enrolled on the course or who are able participate on the course due to illness or COVID-19 restrictions, VKC will unfortunately have to cancel the course on the advertised date. In which case a full refund of course fees will be applicable.
If you need to cancel your booking due illness or COVID-19 restrictions then a full refund of course fees will be applicable.
VKC may need to cancel the course, possibly at short notice, due to COVID-19 restrictions in which case a full refund of course fees will be applicable.
Jun
17
Wed
Postponed PaddlePower ‘Discover’ Award – suitable for youths (9 – 14 years) @ Viking Kayak Club
Jun 17 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

PaddlePower ‘Discover’ Award – suitable for youths (9 – 14 years), beginners or those who have previous paddling experience.

Set of 9 sessions (4 discovering Kayaking; 4 discipline specific sessions in Marathon, Polo, Canoeing, Stand Up Paddle Boarding; 1 Finale!)

Club equipment will be available for use.

Price for non-members £85 (includes 1 year youth membership from the start of the course)

Price for VKC £50 members

Prerequisites

Candidates must be 9 years or older, should be water confident and must be able to swim.

Register for the course via the ‘Join Membership’ links on this website / further details available by contacting Andrew Bennett or via email,  courses@vikingkayak.co.uk

In the unlikely event that there are insufficient numbers enrolled on the course VKC will unfortunately have to cancel the course on the advertised date. In which case a full refund of course fees will be applicable.

If you are exhibiting symptoms typical of flu, a cold or have been in close contact with someone who has the COVID-19 infection, then you should not attend the course. If you have travelled to/from the countries/regions as listed in https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid- 19-specified-countries-and-areas/covid-19-specified-countries-and-areas-with-implications-for- returning-travellers-or-visitors-arriving-in-the-uk you should contact us prior to the travelling to the course.
Cancellation,
In the unlikely event that there are insufficient numbers enrolled on the course or who are able participate on the course due to illness or COVID-19 restrictions, VKC will unfortunately have to cancel the course on the advertised date. In which case a full refund of course fees will be applicable.
If you need to cancel your booking due illness or COVID-19 restrictions then a full refund of course fees will be applicable.
VKC may need to cancel the course, possibly at short notice, due to COVID-19 restrictions in which case a full refund of course fees will be applicable.
Jun
24
Wed
Postponed PaddlePower ‘Discover’ Award – suitable for youths (9 – 14 years) @ Viking Kayak Club
Jun 24 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

PaddlePower ‘Discover’ Award – suitable for youths (9 – 14 years), beginners or those who have previous paddling experience.

Set of 9 sessions (4 discovering Kayaking; 4 discipline specific sessions in Marathon, Polo, Canoeing, Stand Up Paddle Boarding; 1 Finale!)

Club equipment will be available for use.

Price for non-members £85 (includes 1 year youth membership from the start of the course)

Price for VKC £50 members

Prerequisites

Candidates must be 9 years or older, should be water confident and must be able to swim.

Register for the course via the ‘Join Membership’ links on this website / further details available by contacting Andrew Bennett or via email,  courses@vikingkayak.co.uk

In the unlikely event that there are insufficient numbers enrolled on the course VKC will unfortunately have to cancel the course on the advertised date. In which case a full refund of course fees will be applicable.

If you are exhibiting symptoms typical of flu, a cold or have been in close contact with someone who has the COVID-19 infection, then you should not attend the course. If you have travelled to/from the countries/regions as listed in https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid- 19-specified-countries-and-areas/covid-19-specified-countries-and-areas-with-implications-for- returning-travellers-or-visitors-arriving-in-the-uk you should contact us prior to the travelling to the course.
Cancellation,
In the unlikely event that there are insufficient numbers enrolled on the course or who are able participate on the course due to illness or COVID-19 restrictions, VKC will unfortunately have to cancel the course on the advertised date. In which case a full refund of course fees will be applicable.
If you need to cancel your booking due illness or COVID-19 restrictions then a full refund of course fees will be applicable.
VKC may need to cancel the course, possibly at short notice, due to COVID-19 restrictions in which case a full refund of course fees will be applicable.