Paddlesports – Steer Your Own Course

OPEN WATER IS THE HIGHWAY TO ADVENTURE

Experiencing the scenic Craigavon City Park fro the water is an exciting and fun activity, that’s relatively easy and accessible for everyone. With a wide range of kayak, canoe and stand up paddle board experiences, we cater for beginners right up to those wishing to learn intermediate skills for paddling on moving water. Our coaches are all BCU/CANI qualified and they will ensure you have a safe fun experience.

Paddlesports are an excellent way to make new friends while enjoying being outdoors. Not to mention the great health benefits of improved cardiovascular fitness and increased muscle strength.

KEEPING YOU SAFE

The health and wellbeing of our visitors and staff is our number one priority and we’ve introduced a range of ‘Play Safe, Stay Safe’ procedures to keep everyone safe, well and active. We urge you to check our social media channels and website for all the latest updates on the Covid-19 situation.

EAT, SLEEP, CANOEING – REPEAT!

PAY & PLAY SESSIONS

Our Pay & Play sessions allow you to hire an open canoe, a stand-up paddleboard, or sit-on-top kayak and explore Craigavon Lakes from the water. Our tandem boats enable us to take both young and old, experienced or not, on an adventure the whole family can enjoy and share.

Check our range of activities and combine a paddleboard session with an hour of another water or land-based activity. Our bicycle hire facility is open daily so why not challenge yourself with our 10k mountain bike trail, pump track, or take things or take things at a gentler pace on the family friendly tarmac 5k path.

Our Pay & Play sessions allow you to hire an open canoe, a stand-up paddleboard or sit-on-top kayak and explore Craigavon Lakes from the water. Our tandem boats enable us to take both young and old, experienced or not, on an adventure the whole family can enjoy and share.

Check out our range of activities and combine a paddleboard session with an hour of another water or land-based activity. Our bicycle hire facility is open daily so why not challenge yourself with our 10k mountain bike trail, pump track or take things at a gentler pace on the family friendly tarmac 5k path.

INFORMATION

Families, friends or small groups, of all ages, abilities and experience, are welcome. Children under 16 years old must be accompanied by an adult, with no more than two children per adult.

All crafts must be launched from the designated area on the slip way. You will need to bring a towel, swimming costume or swim shorts, pair of lace up trainers you don’t mind getting wet, waterproof sunblock and a hair band to tie back long hair. The Centre will provide wetsuits, waterproof tops, buoyancy aids and helmets.

You need to be able to swim and are advised to take a mobile phone with you whilst out on the water.

All hire rates are subject to availability so it’s advisable to book in advance and activities are weather permitting

The best availability for equipment hire is on Sunday. However, equipment is available on weekdays by prior arrangement.

Our bicycle hire facility is available throughout the week and must be booked in advance. 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.

You can choose from:

Mountain bikes | Touring bikes | Tandems | Trikes | Piggy back trikes | A buggy for towing small children.

Cafe Incredable at South Lake Leisure Centre is open seven days a week and  has an extensive menu to keep you energised. Showering and changing facilities are available in the centre.

OPENING TIMES & PRICES

Open: April to October

Times: Arrive 15 minutes early

Sessions Standard Concession
13:00 – 14:30 £8.20 £6.20
15:00 – 16:30 £8.20 £6.20

RULES OF 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.

INTRODUCTION TO PADDLESPORTS TASTER COURSE

This two-day course is ideal for those who have always wanted to have a go! The informal setting and friendly staff will ensure you have a fun experience and learn new skills. We have a wide variety of boats to choose from and will make sure you feel comfortable and safe. Once the two-day course is completed, you can join our Kayak Club, continue to gain knowledge and undertake BCU/CANI qualifications

INTRODUCTION TO PADDLESPORTS [KAYAKING] - PART ONE

Arrival time: 9.30am

Finish time: 12.30pm

Cost: £31.00

Syllabus

  • Equipment issue and use
  • Manual handling
  • Safe entry and exit of craft
  • Forward Paddling
  • Turning the craft.
  • Capsize drill and Rescue

INTRODUCTION TO PADDLESPORTS [KAYAKING] - PART TWO

Arrival time: 9:30am

Finish time: 12.30pm

Cost: £31.00

Syllabus

  • 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

OUTDOOR GROUP BOOKINGS

The Centre offers a range of group activities for those who want to bring a party together. These include activities for schools, youth groups, work or team building activities, as well as birthday, stag and hen parties.

Watersports is a brilliant way to help children and young people develop skills in areas such as communication, leadership, problem solving and team work. Our staff have a wealth of experience working with young people from a variety of backgrounds and recognise the value of learning outside the classroom.

OUTDOOR ACTIVITY DAYS FOR CHILDREN

The Centre regularly runs Activity Days, along with multi-day activity camps during the holiday periods. Bring your child along for an action-packed day, filled with land and water adventure and delivered by our experienced team. These days are suitable for children aged 8-15 years of age and please keep an eye on our website and social media pages for details of upcoming events.

Once you have completed our to Introduction to Paddlesports two-day course, you can undertake BCU1 Star award, an introductory award, demonstrating the beginnings of the skills for basic paddling techniques.

You are then encouraged to join our Kayak Club and undertake further qualifications. All canoe and kayak courses are run by British Canoe Union (BCU) qualified instructors. The BCU 2 Star is an improvement award that helps paddlers develop fundamental paddlesport skills on flat water, in canoe and kayak. The emphasis is on gaining a breadth of experience, creating the desired movement of the boat and developing an understanding of how the paddle, boat and water interact. For provision of the BCU 3 Star award and Foundation Safety and Rescue Training, please chat to a member of the Centre team.

INFORMATION ON CLUB SESSIONS - MAY TO OCTOBER

WHERE & WHEN DOES THE KAYAKING CLUB MEET?

Craigavon Watersports Centre [TBC]

Club sessions run every Wednesday evening from 6-8.30pm May- October

WHAT DOES THE 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 Paddle sports 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, wet suits, 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 OPPORTUNITY 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 Paddle sports 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.

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?

Daily session fee: £8.20 per adult, £6.20 per concession – Payable each week

DO I NEED TO BECOME A MEMBER TO GO PADDLING?

No, please see the Centre’s ‘Pay and Play’ activity here.

INFORMATION ON CLUB SESSIONS - NOVEMBER TO MARCH

WHERE DOES THE KAYAKING CLUB MEET?

South Lake Leisure Centre [TBC]

WHEN DOES THE KAYAK CLUB MEET

Club sessions run every Wednesday evening from 8pm – 10pm (November -March)

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 Paddle sports 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, wet suits, cags and buoyancy aids etc. You will need to bring with you the following: swimsuit, shorts , t-shirt, old trainers you do not mind getting wet, towel and toiletries.

DOES THE CLUB OFFER MEMBERS THE OPPORTUNITY 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 Paddle sports 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 028 3832 6606.

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?

Course fee: £40.00 per person  – Each course will run for 5 weeks.

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