Introduction to Fitness in Paddlesport

Designed for anyone wanting to get fit for paddling, this 20-minute single-module eLearning explains why increasing fitness can benefit you and includes different exercises to try.
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Designed for anyone wanting to get fit for paddling, this 20-minute single-module eLearning explains why increasing fitness can benefit you and includes different exercises to try.

Learn how improving fitness with tailored workout sessions boosts performance, as well as reducing your injury risk from paddling and even increasing enjoyment too. 

You earn 5 CPD points by completing this British Canoeing Awarding Body eLearning. These will be added to your National Association record after completion.

This single-module eLearning covers:

This activity covers an introduction to:

  • How to invest time in fitness
  • Components of fitness
  • Cardio, strength and mobility exercises
  • Introduction to energy systems
  • Considering nutrition and hydration

Why consider fitness?

Paddling requires a combination of flexibility and strength and can sometimes be tough on the body. To train effectively and compete long-term whilst hopefully avoiding injury it is not purely about time on the water. For me, training in the gym and mobility/flexibility work are essential to keep my body healthy and happy and ensure I can kayak for the rest of my life.” Ottilie Robinson-Shaw – multiple World Champion Freestyle Kayaker

I realised a few years ago that my personal fitness was the missing link with my paddling and if I wanted to improve on the water, I needed to put more work in off the water. So I set my focus to improving my fitness through daily running whilst maintaining my strength with regular resistance band exercises. The results have been really dramatic and I feel like I’m flying when I’m out in a boat now.” Chris Brain – British Canoeing National Trainer