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Chester District will once again be running Paddle Sport activities on the River Dee at Chester from Easter to October 2019, including Wednesday Drop-In sessions and two 6 week Paddlepower Passport courses.

There are a range of boats and supporting equipment held at the Riverside Centre in Queens Park. The Centre has male and female changing facilities and is located on the banks of the River Dee with a dedicated launch ramp.

Scouts have a regular booking of the centre on Wednesday evenings from 6:00 pm to about 9:00 pm (depending on available daylight). It may be possible to arrange another evening depending on availability.

Within the Scout rules the River Dee is graded B1 above the weir. Chester weir gives access to an ideal white water introduction and is subject to separate rules. Below the weir the River remains B1 but tidal knowledge is required.

We particularly recommend the 6 week Paddle Power Passport courses for those Scouts and Explorers who wish to obtain a nationally recognised starter qualification, and the General Paddling (Drop In) sessions for those who have the Paddle Power Passport and wish to improve their skills under the guidance of a qualified instructor. Further details are below.

The following activities are available:

Activity Cost
Taster Sessions: an introduction to Canoeing and Kayaking for Scouts and Explorers, meeting the requirements of the Paddlesport Level 1 badge - every Wednesday evening from 3 April onwards £5 per session

Paddle Power Passport: this is the requirement for the Paddlesport Level 2 badge; it is a 6 week course leading to the British Canoe Union (BCU) Paddlepower Passport. 2 courses will be run:
Course 1: Wed 17 Apr to Wed 22 May
Course 2: Wed 5 Jun to Wed 10 Jul

£50 includes BCU Certificate
BCU 2 and 3 Star training and assessment: holders of the Paddlepower Passport and above are welcome to take part in drop in sessions to consolidate skills and receive coaching up to BCU 2 and 3 star: every Wednesday evening from 28 March £5 per session
Bell Boating: two Bell Boats are available for use by groups of Cubs, Scouts or Explorers for an interesting and exciting addition to the programme; Bell Boats can also be used to undertake a day's expedition to explore the upper reaches by arrangement
Leader Support: any Leaders/Adult Helpers working towards activity leadership permits are welcome to join the sessions: every Wednesday evening, start date to be announced free
Introduction to Moving Water: using Chester Weir the skilled coaches can provide coaching of moving water skills and the excitement of white water paddling: every Wednesday evening from 3 Apr onwards £5 per session

Trips and Expeditions: Scouts and Explorers who hold the Paddlepower Passport may take part in these which are announced as they are arranged. Those announced so far are:


Please use email to enquire about any of these activities: scouts@sandstonescouts.org.uk

This page was last updated on 26 March, 2019