Expeditions and Skills

We run Expeditions on any UK water including Advanced open water and the Sea.  We deliver British Canoeing Union Skills Courses,  and run courses for Schools, Colleges and Duke of Edinburgh Award 


Canoes and kayaks offer a unique and powerful experience for teamwork and personal growth, for sharing experiences and enjoyment. 


We offer taster days, simple trips, skills development and accredited awards as well as Duke of Edinburgh Award expeditions.


We cater for individuals, 1:1 and small group sessions, and select training areas for their sheltered nature before venturing onto more exposed waters. 


We provide all the craft, safety kit and basic equipment, all you need is a full change of clothes and old trainers, (Lunch or food and a flask may help).



Paddlesport SKILLS  Start to Three Star

The Paddlesport Start Award is designed to provide a framework for a paddlers first session. It is very much an encouragement  award and can be used by coaches who offer taster sessions, or as a first session of a series. It is an adult version of Paddlepower start. 

BCU Paddlesport Start Syllabus V3-0 Oct13

BCU Paddlesport Start Training and Assessment Notes V3-0 Oct13

The BCU One Star is a flat water award that demonstrates an individual has basic boat control and foundation skills.The one star can be taken in any kind of paddlesport craft (e.g. sit-on-top, slalom C2, polo boat, sea kayak, racing canoe etc.)

BCU 1 Star Syllabus 

BCU 1 Star Assessment Notes

BCU 1 Star Training Notes

The BCU Two Star is an improvement award that helps paddlers develop fundamental paddlesport skills on flat water. The emphasis is on gaining a breadth of experience, creating the desired movement of the boat and developing an understanding into how the paddle, boat and water interact. 

BCU 2 Star Syllabus

BCU 2 Star Assessment Notes

BCU 2 Star Training Notes

This award develops generic movement skills that can transfer to any discipline and with an assessed journey. 

Three Star  

Successful performance at BCU Three Star level indicates that a candidate can consider themselves an intermediate paddler rather than a beginner. this will be discipline specific with awards in Sea Kayak,  Open Canoe, White Water Kayak, Flat Water (Touring)  Kayak, and some of the competitive disciplines. The three star paddler will be a competent performer in sheltered to moderate water environments and have the ability to paddle unsupervised, with similar standard paddlers on sheltered water. 




Teesoutdoors delivers the full water expedition framework for the Duke of Edinburgh Award on Advanced inland waters and moderate Sea  the framework is a PDF here


D of E Expedition Downloads



Fundamentally this course is designed  for all paddlers irrespective of craft. The objective is to teach simple and safe skills that can be applied appropriately.


BCU Safety and Rescue


Course Aims: 

The course aims to provide the student with the key safety and rescue skills required to operate safely in a sheltered water environment and to be able to deal with common emergencies.These skills will then form the basis of all safety and rescue training throughout the BCU Scheme

Contact us today!

If you have any queries or wish to make an appointment, please contact us:

01642 756785

We are located at:


105 St. Germains Lane.


Redcar, Cleveland. 

TS11 7EL

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