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British Canoeing Bell Boat Helm Award

British Canoeing Bell Boat Helm Award

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A Bell Boat is a twin hull, very large and stable open canoe. It can have up to 14 children or 8 adults all working as a team to paddle it.

Bell Boating is fun way to introduce people to paddlesport that has many uses including:

* fun and games
* outdoor education
* expeditions
* competition
* training
* first boating experiences

The Helm Award is aimed at coaches, youth leaders, teachers or anyone wishing to introduce or develop paddlers on a placid water environment.

Minimum age


This course is open to all and requires no previous experience,
Candidates do not need a first aid qualification to attend the course, but they will need one to gain their certification - minimum of 8 hour course.
You need to be aged at least 18 to be a Helm, however 16 & 17 year olds can do the course and become a Trainee Bell Boat Helm.
Lunch is provided as part of the two day course.

As well as the cost for the course, there is also a certification fee charged by British Canoeing.  This is £12 for BC members and £25 for non members.  

We will collect this from candidates upon successful completion of the course, and pay it to British Canoeing when we log the course for certification.

Over the two days the course will cover the following topics:

* use of safety kit
*unloading and loading of a bell boat from a trailer
* steering the bell boat
* rescues
* games and activities
* uses of the Bell Boat
* a brief history of Bell Boating
* safe use of a lock
* educational aspects

View the full British Canoeing course guide.

We work on a ratio of 1:8 students in order to maximise the learning experience, giving people a crew to work with as well as plenty of helming time.