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British Canoeing Personal Performance Awards


British Canoeing have competency awards that we run here at Vertical Blue in both Kayak and SUP. Contact us for information.

Vertical Blue Cornwall, SUP adventures

SUP Sheltered Water Award

Hone your SUP skills

The Stand up Paddleboard award is designed for paddlers looking for recognition of their skills and development for a safe day out paddleboarding.

The SUP Sheltered Water Award enables you to understand how to plan and paddle a SUP in Sheltered waters to ensure you have the skills in place for an enjoyable trip.

See the SUP Sheltered Water Syllabus here

Vertical Blue Cornwall, Sea Kayak Adventures

Sea Kayak Award

Safety skills and navigation at sea

The Sea Kayak Award focuses on your paddling and decision making skills for a safe and enjoyable day out on the sea in winds up to force 3 and tides of upto 1 knot.  We can use Sea Kayaks or Sit On Tops for this course while looking at effective forward paddling, negotiating confined spaces and maintaining and changing direction.  We will also cover several different forms of rescues to ensure the safest trip on the sea.

See the Coastal Sea Kayak Award Syllabus here

More information can be found at or get in touch with any questions.



Great place, great staff very friendly and helpful. Definitely coming back.

Karek Koziol

We can totally recommend Ian as a water sports instructor and leader. We had an amazing day sea kayaking. He has everything you need to get the best out of the experience.
Thank you, Vertical Blue.


Ian is a very experienced, knowledgeable and enthusiastic coach. He checks out what you want to achieve, gives detailed feedback to help you improve and summarises what has been covered.
He always offers clear instructions and demonstrates techniques as he describes them. He is encouraging and builds confidence. He works to your skill and comfort level, while also suggesting further challenges and next steps. He is patient in answering questions and teaches with infectious enthusiasm and humour. He is a skilled coach and ensures you get the most out of his courses, so I would happily recommend him as a teacher.