Paddle Sports Staged Activity Badge

The Paddle Sports Staged Activity Badge can be achieved from Stage One through to Stage Four.

To earn the badge, you must complete all the tasks and requirements within a stage and the previous stages. For example, to earn Stage Two, you must complete all elements of both Stage One and Stage Two.

Paddle Sports Stage One

If you already hold the British Canoeing’s Paddle Power Start award then you do not have to complete the options below and can use that award as evidence of your skill.

  1. Identify the different types of paddle craft
  2. Name three places that you could safely go canoeing or kayaking
  3. Take part in a warm-up activity to prepare yourself for canoeing or kayaking activity
  4. Dress properly for a sailing activity showing that you know the importance of buoyancy aids and how to put one on correctly
  5. Take part in a taster session that covers naming equipment using and parts of the boat, getting into and out of the boat safely, balancing the boat, and manoeuvring the boat in different directions including forwards

Paddle Sports Stage Two

If you already hold the British Canoeing’s Paddle Power Passport award then you do not have to complete the options below and can use that award as evidence of your skill.

  1. Lift, carry, and launch a boat
  2. Paddle forward in a straight line
  3. Show that you can steer around a course
  4. Show that you can stop a boat safely
  5. Show that you can exit the boat onto the shore safely
  6. Capsize, swim to the shore and empty the boat of water

Paddle Sports Stage Three

If you already hold the British Canoeing’s Paddle Power Explore Level 7 award then you do not have to complete the options below and can use that award as evidence of your skill.

  1. With help, show more than one safe way for lifting and carrying a boat
  2. Demonstrate two different ways of safely launching the boat
  3. Show you can get in and out of the boat without help
  4. Paddle forwards and backwards in a straight line keeping good posture
  5. Show you can steer a figure of eight course
  6. Capsize, swim to the shore and empty the boat of water
  7. Assist somebody else back into their boat following a capsize

Paddle Sports Stage Four

If you already hold the RYA Youth Sailing Scheme Stage 4 award then you do not have to complete the options below and can use that award as evidence of your skill.

Chose two disciplines from the list below and paddle the boat for at least 200m each:

  • Crew: K2 two-man kayak; K4 four-man kayak C2 two-man canoe; or OC2 two-man canoe with an outrigger
  • Flat water
  • White water
  • Touring
  • Short boat
  • Ergo

Take part in at least two of the following activities that you have not previously tried:

  • Freestyle
  • Marathon
  • Polo
  • Slalom
  • Sprint
  • Surf
  • Time trial
  • Wild water