Hot Doggers

We are a Scout club that meets on Monday evenings from April to September at the LOPC for a range of canoe, kayak and bell boating activities.

We provide fun sessions for explorers, scouts, guides, cubs, brownies and beavers. We also provide a range of British Canoeing Paddle Sport Awards for groups wishing to undertake various badges and awards.

We normally have availability for 4 groups of 8 paddlers so please check the calendars below, which have been split into the 4 groups so that you can see what sessions are still open for bookings.

To book a water activities session for a particular date, please use our online enquiry form which can be found by following this link.

Training for leaders who want to gain their adventurous activity permits in canoe or kayak can also be arranged on request.

As well as on Monday evenings, our instructors are available to help your group or district with weekend canoe or kayak expeditions. A selection of scout craft are available for these activities along with a trailer.

Note: Please bring your completed Hot Doggers activity form to your booked session. This can be downloaded from our downloads page.


Compulsory Kit List

Outdoor water activities sessions kit list:
Please make sure your cub/beaver/scout/explorer has appropriate clothing suitable for water-based activities and the weather conditions.  Typically these will be synthetic material rather than cotton and wool which absorb water.

Long trousers, no jeans or heavyweight jogging bottoms.
Warm tops, layers if cold.  Ideally no hoods, but they must be tucked in if present.
Windproof jacket.  Ideally no hoods, but they must be tucked in if present.
Water shoes, pumps or old trainers. No boots, flip flops or wellies.
Hat or cap.
If glasses need to be worn for the activity, please ensure they have a head strap or kneck cord or come with a length of string to tie the glasses to the buoyancy aid.
Towel, shower gel and a full change of clothes to go home in.

Buoyancy aids will be provided and must be worn for all activities.


British Canoeing Paddle Sport Awards

Paddle Start Award
The British Canoeing Paddle Start Award aims to provide you with the basic knowledge to enable you to safely get in and out of your boat, make it move and return to your start point. This is your first step into the world of paddling, ensuring you feel safe, confident and ready to progress to the Discover Award. The start award can be gained after attending a first fun session in any craft and is equivalent to the Scout stage one badge. Cost of the certificate is free!

Paddle Discover Award
Taking you on the next steps towards becoming an independent paddler, for a fun and safe time on the water. Developing an understanding of the factors which affect your paddling; developing your decision making and practical skills, giving you confidence on the water. Usually can be completed over 4 paddling sessions depending on ability and confidence. There are no prerequisites or age restrictions. Cost is £6 per week plus the British canoeing certificate fee of £6. It’s also equivalent to the Scout stage 2 badge.

Paddle Explore Award
Your Explore Award gives you ownership; allowing you to choose where you move next in the world of paddlesport.  Working with a coach you will be able to develop a programme that suits what you need. Learning to make confident choices with this individualised approach. This award recognises your ability to independently paddle your chosen craft in a sheltered water environment. There are no prerequisites or age requirements.

Cost is £6 per session plus the British canoeing certificate fee of £6. Usually completed over 6 paddling sessions depending on ability and confidence.  It’s also equidistant to the stage 3 scout badge.


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