The British Canoeing Quality Mark is the National Governing Body's Quality Kite Mark for paddlesports. Holding this accreditation demonstrates the Centre provides very best practice in the running and management of paddlesports activities and is recognised nationally. The Centre's programme includes skills, safety, coaching and leadership courses and qualifications.
The NEW Paddle Awards are for those getting into a boat for the first time, enabling them to feel confident in their chosen craft in a sheltered water environment. The awards help empower the paddler, enabling them to start their lifelong journey into paddlesport. There are three Paddle Awards to choose from:
Your first time on the water ‘having a go’! A fun and enjoyable practical session, introducing you to paddlesport.
Paddle Start (Size: 766.8 KB)
Taking you on the next steps towards becoming an independent paddler, for a fun and safe time on the water. Developing an understanding of the factors which affect your paddling; developing your decision making and practical skills, giving you confidence on the water.
Paddle Discover (Size: 836.0 KB)
Your Explore Award gives you ownership; allowing you to choose where you move next in the world of paddlesport.
Paddle Explore (Size: 688.2 KB)
Personal Performance Awards.
Personal Performance Awards are skills based awards which replaced, the BC Star Award system in January 2019.
The new Personal Performance Awards are designed for paddlers wanting to gain recognition of their learning and development, in the craft and environment they choose.
The process of completing the awards is based on learning. The ethos of ‘supporting the paddler’ is the main focus of all the awards, encouraging individuals in their personal development.
As Personal Performance Award Provider, Haven Banks offers the following courses and awards:
This award is designed to develop your ability to apply appropriate decision making skills for a safe day out white water paddling.
Your White Water Award endorses your skill, judgment and decision making to ensure a successful day on rivers up to grade 2. You will be confident in planning and undertaking journeys on moving water with proficient skills to be in control throughout.
Download the award content for the White Water Awards. White Water Award
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.
Download the award content for the Canoeing Awards. Canoe Award
This award is designed to develop your skills and ability to apply appropriate decision making for an enjoyable and safe day out on the sea.
The Sea Kayak Award endorses your skill, judgment and the decision making required for a successful day on the sea. You will be confident in planning and undertaking journeys on the sea, in winds up to and including force 3 and/or tides up to 1 Knot, using sea kayaks or sit on tops, in tidal or non-tidal environments, with proficient skills to be in control throughout.
Download the award content for the Sea Awards. Sea Kayak Award
This award is designed to develop your ability to apply appropriate decision making skills to an enjoyable and safe day out touring.
Your Touring Award endorses your skill, judgment and decision making required to have a successful day on a river or estuary. You will be confident in planning and undertaking journeys with proficient skills to be in control throughout.
Other National Governing Body Practical and Shore-Based Courses.
Throughout the year there is also a full programme of other National Governing Body training and assessment courses.
- Royal Yachting Association. (RYA)
- Mountain Training England. (MTE)
- Mountain Bike Instructor Award Scheme. (MIAS)
- National Navigation Award Scheme. (NNAS)
- National Indoor Climbing Wall Award Scheme. (NICAS)
- First Aid International. (FAI)