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Due to current Covid-19 restrictions, we are unable to take any bookings for the following courses at this time.

We will update this page when we can accept bookings.

Terms and conditions

These new Personal Performance Awards are designed to develop enjoyment, safety and skills for those new to Paddlesport.


Paddle Start Award (1 day)

While it can be intimidating taking your first step into watersports, but there's nothing to worry about, really!  Relax and enjoy time on the water with this award and start with the basics, including an enjoyable practical, hands on experience. Never tried it before? Come and have a go.


Paddle Discover Award (2 days)

Coming later this year

The Discover Award is designed to develop your ownership of paddling, decision making and practical skills for a fun and safe time on the water. Through this award you will learn how to choose and effectively use equipment, whilst developing an understanding of the other factors which affect your paddling, e.g. the environment.


Paddle Explore Award (2 days)

Coming later this year

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.  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.


BC Foundation Safety and Rescue Training (FSRT) (1 day)

 Check availability and book

Cost £85 per person (min 4 to run, max 6)

The FSRT course is designed for all paddlers, irrespective of craft, to learn simple and safe skills that can be applied to all situations. The aim is to provide the paddler with necessary knowledge which will ensure the safety of them and others whilst paddling.  Be prepared, this is a one day course with a large focus on water-based practical skills.  You will get wet! 

  • Must be 14 years of age
  • Must bring a wetsuit/dry suit
  • Must already hold the Paddle Explore award or paddle to that ability
  • This course is a prerequisite for the BC Paddlesport Instructor qualification.


British Canoeing Awarding Body (BCAB) Paddlesport Instructor (2 days)

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This two day combined training and assessment course will support you to run games and activities to support learning and inspire adventure and exploration for new paddlers in stable craft. On this practical course, you will learn skills such as kitting up a group and getting afloat, initial familiarisation activities and how to use mini journeys to support learning. This qualification is open to everyone! 

For specific course details take a look at the British Canoeing website


  • FSRT certificate
    • Reminder - You will be expected to perform a variety of rescues from your chosen craft to ALL the following, kayak, canoe, sit on top and stand up paddleboard
  • Aged 16 or over
  • Home Nation Coach Registration (CR) Form
  • National Association membership 


What to bring

  • Packed lunch
  • Weather appropriate clothing and footwear
  • Note pad and pen


Relevant courses

  • RYA First Aid course - ideal for those who need to validate qualifications for example RYA DI/BCAB Paddlesport Instructor or who are in a position of responsibility
  • Volunteer scheme (ages 15+) -a fun way to develop your skills both on and off the water, meet new friends, and learn about working in a busy watersports centre.
  • Private 1:1 tuition – new to the sport? Or want to develop personal sailing/paddling skills you already have?
  • Schools and groups – Whether it be a fun taster session, team building or to gain a National Governing Body qualification we have can create a bespoke session for you.


  • No refunds given
  • Courses will only run if sufficient numbers are booked
  • A full refund will be given if a course is cancelled by the Council, you will be contacted in advance of the course start date with the options available at that time



Where to go

Wimbledon Park Watersports Centre
Home Park Road
SW19 7HX

We recommend using public transport to get here.


Sat nav post code SW18 5NW takes you to McCluskey's newsagents, on the corner of Revelstoke Road and Elsenham Street, just outside the park.

There is a small pay-and-display car park by Revelstoke Road, but it is often full.

Free car parking is also available at the Wimbledon Park Road entrance (sat nav SW19 6PE). It is a slightly longer walk across the grass to the Watersports Centre.

For more details email

During the Wimbledon Tennis Championships there is no vehicle access to Wimbledon Park for dropping off and collecting. These parking restrictions may be enforced before the start and after the end date of the championships. Please check the All England Lawn Tennis website for specific traffic restrictions.


Courses will only run if sufficient numbers are booked, a full refund will be given if a course is cancelled by the Council.

No refunds or alternative times/dates will be given.

Courses will run regardless of weather conditions; refunds will not be given in the event of bad weather.