Kayak and paddlesports courses for adults

The Weymouth Paddlesports Academy is situated on the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site. It benefits from easy access to a variety of high quality paddling venues to ensure you maximise your time learning rather than travelling. Within 8 miles you'll find sheltered harbours and bays, the fleet tidal lagoon, tidal races, rock hopping and sea caves.

We have a range of boats and high quality coaches to meet your paddling needs.

What we offer

We have a range of activity options for adults. These include courses, bespoke group bookings and one to one sessions. You can also book activities for yourself and your family.

Courses

Our courses are designed to accommodate for a range of abilities, and range from 1 to 4 days. 

If your course runs over a day you can stay at our centre in one of our classrooms for £13 a night. You will need to bring your own bed but you would have full use of our facilities. This includes a kitchen, toilets, showers, drying room and Wi-Fi. We also have a secure car park and boat storage.

Prices include British Canoeing provider fee.

British Canoeing: safety training

British Canoeing: safety training Dates Price
Outdoor first aid course
2 days (16 hours)
Run throughout the year. Contact us for more dates
27 and 28 March 2021 £145
Coastal Navigation and Tidal Planning (CNTP) 8 March 2021
29 March 2021
5 May 2021
28 July 2021
18 October 2021
17 November 2021
13 December 2021
£68
plus £10 provider fee
plus £5/£10 certificate fee
Foundation Safety and Rescue Training (FSRT) 24 March 2021
28 April 2021
28 June 2021
22 September 2021
1 November 2021
£79
plus £5/10 certificate fee

British Canoeing: personal skills

British Canoeing:
personal skills courses
Dates Price
Paddle Start
Taster session in SUP, kayak or canoe
26 and 27 April 2021
2 and 3 August 2021
4 and 5 October 2021
£163
Paddle Discover
Improve skills in SUP, kayak or canoe
26 and 27 April 2021
2 and 3 August 2021
4 and 5 October 2021
£163
plus £6 certificate fee
Paddle Explore
Improve further in SUP, kayak or canoe
26 and 27 April 2021
2 and 3 August 2021
4 and 5 October 2021
£163
plus £6 or £8 certificate fee 
Sea Kayak Award training
or assessment

(formerly 3 star award)
Choose 1 or 2 day course
30 and 31 March 2021
6 and 7 May 2021
26 and 27 July 2021
9 and 10 September 2021
19 and 20 October 2021
15 and 16 November 2021
16 and 17 December 2021
£85 for
1 day course
£163 for
2 day course
+ £10/£20
certificate
fee
Coastal Sea Kayak
Award training

2 day training is 
available on request.
(next level for personal
skills above Sea Kayak Award)
20 and 21 April 2021
26 and 27 July 2021
27 and 28 September 2021
7 and 8 October 2021
29 and 30 November 2021
£85
plus £10/£20
certificate
fee
Surf Kayak Award training
or assessment
4 May 2021
13 September 2021
12 October 2021
£85 
plus £10/£20
certificate
fee
Progressive Surf Kayak
Award training
4 May 2021
13 September 2021
12 October 2021
£85

British Canoeing: leadership courses

British Canoeing leadership courses Dates Price
Sea Kayak Leader Training
2 day course
(formerly 4 star leader/
moderate water leader)
Must hold CNTP certificate
30 and 31 March 2021
6 and 7 May 2021
29 and 30 July 2021
9 and 10 September 2021
19 and 20 October 2021
18 and 19 November 2021
14 and 15 December 2021
£170
plus £10
provider fee
Paddlesport Leader Training
2 day course
19 and 20 April 2021
1 and 2 July 2021
20 and 21 September 2021
4 and 5 November 2021
22 and 23 November 2021
£150
plus £10 
provider
fee

Paddlesport Leader Assessment
2 days

19 and 20 April 2021
1 and 2 July 2021
20 and 21 September 2021
4 and 5 November 2021
22 and 23 November 2021
£170
plus £10 provider fee
plus £39 registration

British Canoeing: coaching courses

British Canoeing
coaching courses
Dates Price
Paddlesport Instructor
Candidates must hold FSRT award
25 and 26 March 2021
29 and 30 April 2021
29 and 30 June 2021
23 and 24 September 2021
2 and 3 November 2021
£179
plus £20 provider fee
Core Coach training 
2 day course
22 and 23 March 2021
22 and 23 April 2021
12 and 13 May 2021
5 and 6 July 2021
14 and 15 September 2021
13 and 14 October 2021
11 and 12 November 2021
£179
+ £20
provider
fee
Sheltered Water Coach
training
 
2 day course
You must have attended 
core or old Level 2
coach training
20 and 21 May 2021
7 and 8 July 2021
16 and 17 September 2021
25 and 26 November 2021
£179
+ £20
provider
fee

Sea Kayak Coach training
2 day course

26 and 27 April 2021
10 and 11 June 2021
30 September and 1 October 2021
8 and 9 November 2021
6 and 7 December 2021
£179
plus £20
provider
fee
Coaching the Mind:
foundation module
(pm) 10 May 2021
(pm) 10 November 2021
£45
plus £10
provider
fee
plus £5/£10
certificate
fee

Recreational courses and events

Course Dates Price

Beginner: learn to kayak, canoe or SUP

26 and 27 April 2021
2 and 3 August 2021
4 and 5 October 2021
£85 or £163

Improver: develop kayak, canoe or SUP

26 and 27 April 2021
2 and 3 August 2021
4 and 5 October 2021
£85 or £163

Learn to sea kayak on a day journey
1 day course

10 May 2021
9 July 2021
6 October 2021
£85 per person

Group activities:

surf
white water
sea
SUP
Mega SUP
on request minimum of 3 people £85 per person

Improver: sea kayak

30 and 31 March 2021
6 and 7 May 2021
26 and 27 July 2021
9 and 10 September 2021
19 and 20 October 2021
15 and 16 November 2021
16 and 17 December 2021
£85 or £163

Advanced: sea kayak

20 and 21 April 2021
26 and 27 July 2021
9 and 10 September 2021
19 and 20 October 2021
15 and 16 November 2021
16 and 17 December 2021
£85

Improver or advanced surf kayak

4 May 2021
13 September 2021
12 October 2021
£85

Classroom navigation/ tidal planning course

8 March 2021
29 March 2021
5 May 2021
28 July 2021
18 October 2021
17 November 2021
13 December 2021
£68

Jurassic Coast sea kayak event:
coaching or guided journeys:
2 day courses

On request includes:

  • coach
  • boats
  • equipment
  • 2 nights' accommodation
£120 per person
minimum 7 people

Accommodation in classrooms

with use of:

  • kitchen
  • showers
  • secure car park
  • boat storage
  • WiFi
£13 per person per night

Sea kayak multi-day expedition to Greece:
5 day course

13 to 22 November (TBC) £850 plus flights (TBC)

Circumnavigate Portland
(previous sea kayak experience required)

10 May 2021
9 July 2021
6 October 2021
£85

One to one sessions

We offer one to one coaching in all activities with our range of high quality and experienced coaches. Maximise your enjoyment and progress with a session that suits your pace and learning style.

Private group bookings

Arrange your own group for recreational paddling or a BC course.

Weymouth Outdoor Education Centre

Email: woec@dorsetcouncil.gov.uk
Tel: 01305 784927
Full contact details

Find the centre


Knightsdale Road
Weymouth
Dorset
DT4 0HS

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