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What our clients say...

"Excellent – to the point, practical and tough. Information given and technical content – good as always."

"Really enjoyed being gently pushed progressively, so felt I improved. Excellent locations to practise."

"Course was well structured, laid back, yet provided the information I need to improve. The Wild River boats were a lot better than I brought along. A new understanding about types of boats and set up. A lot of of guidance given to improve my paddling. Good support and encouragement."


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Progressive White Water Performance Award

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The NEW Personal Performance Awards are designed for paddlers wanting to gain recognition of their learning and development, in the craft and environment they choose.

These awards allow paddlers to improve their skills, working towards the award of their choice, developing their decision making and fundamental skills. There are no dual discipline awards and all of the awards are direct entry, giving the paddler choice.

The NEW Personal Performance Awards could be used to refresh your skills or development in other areas.

From January 2019, the Personal Performance Awards will no longer be directly linked to the Coaching or Leadership awards. 

The changes do not affect current Star Award holders. Any Star Awards taken with British Canoeing will remain recognised.

Progressive kayak

Rest assured that at the end of a Wild River training course your personal paddling and technical understanding will have improved significantly.


Venues for White Water Kayak Leader training include the rivers Leven, Eden, Lune and sections of the Kent.

Which Dagger creek boat would fit you?

Dagger creek boats

Let the experts help you find out.

We understand that boat fitting is crucial to advanced performance. Wild River now has a fleet of the latest models of Dagger white water creek boats, in all sizes. Fitted with the top specification Contour Ergo Creek outfitting, we can find the right boat for you.

Join one of our Progressive White Water Performance courses and get the opportunity to try for yourself, free of charge. Boats must be booked at the time of payment of course fees and are available on a first come, first served basis.

Terms and conditions
Although we do expect the boats to be used for their purpose and therefore some damage can occur, we would ask that you take great care and look after the boats you use. Treat the boat as if it was your own.

We ask that you:

  • Make sure airbags are fully inflated before use.
  • Avoid dragging the boat over sharp rocks.
  • Think about white water moves that have a high chance of impacts.
  • Report any damage as soon as possible.

Should boats get damaged due to negligence by the user we would expect the user to pay for repair or replacement.

Boats are allotted on a first come basis according to the payment date of the course fees. If you want to be sure of paddling a specific boat then full payment of course fees will guarantee this.

Course Dates

Dates to be arranged.

Course fee: £210 (includes the opportunity to try a Dagger white water creek boat. Boats must be booked at the time of payment of course fees and are available on a first come, first served basis).


Direct entry.


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