Paddlepower is an exciting scheme that has been designed to meet the needs of young people. Its colourful and youth centred approach aims to:

Encourage more young people to come into and stay in the sport

Provide progression and reward achievement in a wide range of topics

Show all aspects of the sport, both competitive and adventurous

Provide a flexible structure for delivery according to venue/situation

Paddlepower Start

An entry level award attainable after the first introductory session

Paddlepower Passport

Four Progressive levels based on 24 topics. The award is Equivalent to 1 star

Paddlepower Discover

A further 4 levels to take the young paddler to the equivalent of 2 star standard.

Paddlepower Explore

Three further levels take the paddler on an extensive journey exploring the great variety paddle sport.

Paddlepower Excel

A final three levels to test the paddler on all elements of paddle sport.


At Paddlepower Start there is a certificate which is awarded by the coach. For each award after Start there is a colourful 6 page Progress Card for the young paddler to record their progress and to encourage them to move to the next stage. On completion of the award the certificate is attained.

How is Paddlepower Different from the Star Awards?
Paddlepower has been designed around the needs of young people fun, colourful and with easily identifiable progression mapped to the Long Term Paddler Development framework. The BCU recommend Paddlepower as most suitable for young people aged 14 or under and the Star Awards for most paddlers aged over 16.

Diverse Coaching can set up and run a program individualized to you for any of the levels above. Our Coaches have years of experience in delivering paddlepower awards and can help you through all or some of the levels.