INTRO TO PADDLESPORTS (KAYAKING) – PART ONE
Arrival time: 9.30am
Finish time: 12.30pm
- Equipment issue and use
- Manual handling
- Safe entry and exit of craft
- Forward Paddling
- Turning the craft.
- Capsize drill and Rescue
INTRO TO PADDLESPORTS (KAYAKING) – PART TWO
Arrival time: 9:30am
Finish time: 12.30pm
- Good posture while paddling
- Full body paddling
- Edge control
- Exit an entry while afloat
- Communication and group control
- Safety considerations while paddling
What boats are used?
We have a wide range of boats including general-purpose kayaks, Sit on tops and Canoes.
Who are these courses for?
For anyone aged 10 and above who can swim 50m and are water confident.
BCU Kayak Course RYA Level 1
Looking for something exciting to do this summer? Then come on down for a session in the safe scenic surroundings of Craigavon Lakes and the City Park. Our Pay and Play facility allows you to hire an open canoe, a stand up paddle board or sit on top kayak and go for a paddle on the lake.
If you would prefer to stay dry why not take a mountain bike around the 10K mountain bike trail or challenge yourself on the pump track or stay on the family friendly tarmac path 5K.
When are these sessions available
Our Sunday sessions are by far the best for hires, as a full range of equipment is accessible. However you can come during the week by prior arrangement.
Who are these sessions suitable for
Families, friends or small groups of all ages and abilities are welcome. Under 16 years old must be accompanied by an adult with no more than 2 children per adult.
Bikes can be hired both during the week and at weekends. These must be booked in advance as they are used by the centre staff for groups and will not always be available.
We have the following bikes available for use:
Mountain bikes, touring bikes, tandems, trikes, piggy back trikes and a buggy for towing small children. Helmets are issued with the bikes and should be worn at all times.
A deposit of a credit card or car keys will be asked for and will be returned when the equipment is returned.
Open: April to October
Times: Arrive 15 mins early
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|15:00 – 16:30||£8||£6|
Rules for Pay and Play
- Users must stay together, minimum 2 people at all times.
- Users must remain in the craft at all times
- Users must not take on additional passengers
- Users must not remove buoyancy aid.
- Users must stay within the designated areas.
- Users must return all equipment issued to them after your session.
- Users must return to the centre at the allocated time.
- Do not cross main lake if powerboats are out.
- There must be one adult per 2 children to participate.
All crafts must be launched from the designated area on the slip way
Participants are asked to bring the following items for water activities: old trainers, swim wear, towel and toiletries. The Centre will provide wetsuits, waterproof tops, buoyancy aids and helmets.
How to book
WHERE DOES THE KAYAKING CLUB MEET?
Craigavon Watersports Centre – for directions click here
WHEN DOES THE KAYAK CLUB MEET
Club sessions run every Wednesday evening from 6-8.30pm
WHAT DOES THE KAYAK CLUB OFFER?
The club offers members the opportunity to get out onto the water to practice their paddling skills under the supervision of one of the Centre’s qualified BCU Instructors and clubs volunteer instructors. For anyone aged 10 and above who has completed our Introduction to Paddlesports Part 1 & 2. We also welcome anyone who has completed a BCU 1 star or the equivalent in the last 12 months.
DO I NEED MY OWN BOAT AND EQUIPMENT?
No, the club uses the Centre’s equipment i.e. boats, wetsuits, cags and buoyancy aids etc. You will need to bring with you the following: swimsuit, old trainers you do not mind getting wet, towel and toiletries.
DOES THE CLUB OFFER MEMBERS THE OPPORTURNTIY TO GAIN BCU QUALIFICATIONS?
The club offers members personal performance awards and safety and rescue certificates.
HOW DO I BECOME A MEMBER?
Having completed our Introduction to Paddlesports Part 1 & 2 or having completed the BCU 1 Star or equivalent in the last 12 months you can fill in a membership form and join. To obtain your membership form call the Centre on 02838326606.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
Daily session fee: £8.00 per adult, £6.00 per concession – Payable each week via booking bug below.
DO I HAVE TO BECOME A MEMBER TO GO PADDLING?
No, please see the Centre’s ‘Pay and Play’ activity here.