Paddlesport introductory, safety and British Canoeing awards & courses at Talkin Tarn in Cumbria

Talkin Tarn is the ideal venue for water sports courses, with easy access, high quality equipment and qualified instructors. Warm showers and changing rooms are on hand for you to use. Our online calendar lists our availability for private sessions, awards, and courses. Follow this link and select your ideal activity or course.

From time to time, we arrange some open courses, details of open courses with individual places available can be found here.

Talkin Adventures are a British Canoeing Delivery Partner and courses will be delivered by current, qualified, instructors and coaches.

If you are new to the sport, looking to try before you buy, or wanting to gain some tuition to safely use your new shiny toy, we have something for you! We can also arrange formal safety and rescue training and other paddle courses to help you improve.

Our introductory and Safe SUPing courses are usually private for your small group and will be tailored to suit you. You will be welcome to bring your own equipment or to use ours at no extra cost.

  • Safe SUPing - This training workshop will cover the basics to give you confidence to enjoy the water on your new paddle board. We will take a practical approach as we focus on planning, safety, rescue, equipment choices and environmental factors that you might encounter.
  • British Canoeing Paddle Discover Awards - [Open Canoe, Sit on top Kayak, or Stand Up Paddle Board] An introductory, one-day course, covering everything you need to know to get onto the water. During this practical course we take a look at equipment selection, the paddling environment, effective technique and skills, and basic safety and rescue. This course is a brilliant starting point for any paddler. On successful completion of the course you will receive a British Canoeing Certification.
  • British Canoeing Paddlesport Safety & Rescue Training (FSRT) - Covering a range of safety and rescue skills, in a wide variety of craft, the FSRT provides a sound basis for the safety of any paddler. This course is for competent paddlers, looking to improve their understanding and personal skillset. It is a pre-requisite for coaching progression.
  • British Canoeing Paddlesport Instructor Award - The Paddlesport Instructor Award is a fantastic course, equipping candidates with the skills to run taster sessions with basic tuition, on very sheltered water. Holders of the award will work alongside coaches, and be deployed to run taster sessions to introduce newcomers to the paddling world. Please contact us if you are interested in this award.

For taster and fun group and family sessions please see our calendar for availability or get in touch for more options.



Please see below for details of awards and courses that can be undertaken with Talkin Adventures. If you would like to arrange an award or course for a private group (this includes one to one), then our availability is listed online here.

From time to time, we have open courses with individual places available to book. These will be listed here.


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