Achievements to date
Seapoint Canoe Centre, a registered charity located in Hythe, has been teaching paddlesport since 1989 and has been hosting thousands of people on canal, river and sea.
Using paddlesport activities, the centre helps people from age 8 and upwards to grow their physical skills alongside character development, working with others, learning to lead and training to coach.
Qualified friendly coaches provide instruction in kayaks every Saturday, 2 hour sessions are designed to help paddlers achieve British Canoeing awards or the equivalent awards on the Paddlepower scheme. Awards include Start, Discover and Explore Paddlesport on the canal, then progress to a Personal Performance Award on the sea. Paddlers are split into groups determined by age and ability. There is often an emphasis on games for the youngest learners and technical skill for those that are serious about paddle-sport.
The centre also offers courses for instructors and paddlesport workshops. It hosts a well-established specialised disability programme every Tuesday during the Summer season.
Paddlesport provides an activity that appeals to those who are not “sporty” or who may not enjoy team sports. This is very important in inspiring the currently inactive to find ways of enjoying exercise. Paddlers always enjoy their time on the water, learning new skills, growing in confidence, perseverance and fitness.
Several paddlers have gone on to train as coaches and volunteer in other ways at the centre. The club has seen one of its youngest members become President of the University of Kent Canoe Club and a British Canoeing Ambassador.
Kent Trust for Youth Sport funding has been used to purchase a new mega Stand Up Paddleboard.
More information about the club can be found on our website.
Since 2008, £142,469 has been awarded to individuals and organisations.