Calendar

Jun
18
Mon
British Canoeing Coach Award: Open Water Canoe Refresher and Assessment @ Cross Lanes
Jun 18 @ 8:30 am – Jun 22 @ 5:00 pm

 

British Canoeing Coach Award: Open Water Canoe Refresher and Assessment

 

The Refresher will be a 3 day observation of a Foundation Canoe Skills course. The opportunity to get ideas from benchmark coaching, make substantial notes, ask questions, get feedback on background knowledge, discuss the Assessment Discussion Task, meet the students you will coach on assessment, get excellent technical and tactical templates and debrief each day in the light of your appraisal of the coaching you are observing.

 

The Assessment day will be either the Thursday or the Friday, depending on water conditions.

 

Please click HERE for more details.

British Canoeing Coach Award: White Water Canoe Refresher and Assessment @ Cross Lanes
Jun 18 @ 8:30 am – Jun 22 @ 5:00 pm

 

British Canoeing Coach Award: White Water Canoe Refresher and Assessment

 

The Refresher will be a 3 day observation of a Foundation Canoe Skills course. The opportunity to get ideas from benchmark coaching, make substantial notes, ask questions, get feedback on background knowledge, discuss the Assessment Discussion Task, meet the students you will coach on assessment, get excellent technical and tactical templates and debrief each day in the light of your appraisal of the coaching you are observing.

 

The Assessment day will be either the Thursday or the Friday, depending on water conditions

 

Please click HERE for more details.

Foundation Canoe Skills Training (inc. 3 Star) @ The Hub
Jun 18 @ 8:30 am – Jun 20 @ 5:00 pm

 

Course aims:

 

A complete package, aimed at the paddler who would like to enjoy grade 2 and windy open water, which offers quality personal skills coaching, enhanced technical and tactical understanding and the foundations for a successful paddling career. This is not a dedicated 3 Star Course, it is intended to empower you with the skills to paddle a canoe with style, but we will cover the syllabus and you can have the award if you reach the standard.


  • Open Water Paddling
  • Trim strategies for enjoying your paddling in the wind
  • Deep water strokes
  • Cruising and efficient forward paddling
  • Reverse paddling
  • Open turns on the move; making your correction phase work to manoeuvre the boat
  • Accelerating the boat forwards and backwards
  • Rescues
  • Making critical links between trim and performance
  • Linking strokes for progression
  • Eddy turns and a tactical approach to making attainments
  • Moving the boat sideways
  • Driving the boat across the flow
  • Tight turns on the move
  • Edge stability and performance
  • Checking and setting
  • Tandem
  • Poling: an introduction to the art of enjoying poling!

 

Previous Experience: you are advised to have some experience of simple moving water and windy conditions. Although not a necessity, it will help maximise your experience.

 

Please click Here for more details.

Contact details are included here.

 

 

Jun
26
Tue
Canoe Leader Assessment with Refresher (formerly 4 Star) @ Grandtully
Jun 26 @ 8:30 am – Jun 29 @ 5:00 pm

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Canoe Leader Assessment with Refresher

Pre-requisites: Have completed a 4 Star Canoe Training/Canoe Leader Training previously.

Prior to you joining the relaxed and supportive assessment we will offer you a 2 Day Refresher Phase to ready you for it in the most ideal of circumstances. Imagine  being put through your paces by a level 5 coach who has over 20 years of course delivery at this level and is right on top of their game. You will get a day out in the wind on open water and a day on the river. Where possible we will also provide you with real paddlers to lead as we run through exactly what you need to know for an assessment.

Relaxed and Supportive Assessment: Following the first two days Refresher our job is to assess you with all the rigor the award deserves and no corners will be cut. However,  we are also committed to providing you with a stress free experience, and we are very good at it.

 

Assessment is available separately.

 

Details here

 

Email for details kenhughescourses@aol.com

Cheers,

Ken

Jun
30
Sat
British Canoeing Canoe Leader Training (formerly 4 Star) @ Grandtully
Jun 30 @ 8:30 am – Jul 3 @ 4:45 pm

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BC Canoe Leader Training

Course aims:

 

“Successful performance at this level indicates a candidate has the personal skill and leadership ability required to lead a group of up to 4 competent paddlers (not including themselves), on river trips of grade 2 and on open water with winds up to force 4.”.

We will seek to cover the whole breadth of the Canoe syllabus while running some of the classic sections of the Tay and the surrounding area.

What can you expect?

  • A review and refining of your core white water technique; building your critical technical, tactical and psychological skills.
  • Coaching key open water skills in a windy, dynamic environment. Offering you the skills to both lead and enjoy such conditions.
  • Dynamic Leadership and decision making models that make you a more sophisticated leader in both environments.
  • The very best Level 5 standard coaching you can get from us.
  • Accurate, targeted and insightful feedback.

The syllabus is available from the Canoe England web site or kenhughescourses@aol.com

 

Pre-requisites

 

  • Good BCU 3 Star standard in appropriate craft and a good range of experience paddling on grade 2 and in wind of at least force 3.
  • WWSR is necessary for assessment, but not training. If you need this ask us.
  • Registration with British Canoeing (or own home nation) using an LR Form is necessary for the assessment, but not training.

Personal Equipment: Candidates should bring the appropriate equipment for their own needs: If you need a kit list please request one

The rivers and venues we choose will be determined by the water levels and will reflect the required outcomes of the course. You should be prepared to travel to find suitable water.

More details here

Following the training you will get a preferential invitation to one of our 2 day refresher courses. These fill up very quickly and places are often hard to get. These are organised immediately prior to an assessment run by an independent assessment provider. We can sign-post you to these assessments which are run by providers we trust to give you a welcome relaxed and supportive experience. The refresher will get you up to speed and very much in the zone for success.

If you are not ready for an assessment the Refresher will allow you to take the next step in your consolidation and provide valuable feedback on your progress. You will be able to review the action plan you got from the initial Canoe Leader Training Phase.

Cheers,

Ken

Jul
14
Sat
British Canoeing Coach Award Core Training @ The Hub
Jul 14 @ 8:30 am – Jul 15 @ 5:00 pm

 

British Canoeing Coach Award Core Training

Please click Here for more details.

Contact details are included here.

 

 

Jul
16
Mon
3 Star White Water Kayak Training and Assessment @ Barnard Castle
Jul 16 – Jul 17 all-day

3 Star White Water Kayak Training and Assessment

This is where you build your foundation for future paddling, so be very careful who does this course for you.

Want to be able to break down all the skills to be able to further develop following the course?

Want to be able to understand the discipline to coach it in a better, more focused way? We can help if you are a Level 2 or 3 Trainee with coaching tips,  a greater technical and tactical awareness and benchmark examples of coaching practice.

We will do all of that for you!

You will need a great foundation on which to build your skills. This is it! Do not underestimate the value of good coaching at this level; it works and will influence your progress later in harder environments.

Just want the course to improve your boating? It does that too.

Carving on a stable edge, driving and accelerating, rolling and supporting, dynamic changes of direction, surfing small waves, blending your strokes, linking moves, developing attentional focus and tactical awareness; it’s all in there for you.

Need a little extra before your 4 Star? These are great for that.

kenhughescourses@aol.com

Jul
18
Wed
British Canoeing Coach Award: White Water Kayak Discipline Specific Training @ Cross Lanes
Jul 18 @ 8:30 am – Jul 19 @ 5:00 pm

 

British Canoeing Coach Award: White Water Kayak Discipline Specific Training

 

Please click HERE for more details.

Sep
1
Sat
British Canoeing Coach Award: White Water Kayak Discipline Specific Refresher and ASSESSMENT @ Cross Lanes
Sep 1 @ 8:30 am – Sep 2 @ 5:00 pm

 

British Canoeing Coach Award: White Water Kayak Discipline Specific Refresher and Assessment

Please click HERE for more details.

Sep
4
Tue
British Canoeing Coach Award Core Training @ The Hub
Sep 4 @ 8:30 am – Sep 5 @ 5:00 pm

 

British Canoeing Coach Award Core Training

Please click Here for more details.

Contact details are included here.

 

 

Sep
12
Wed
British Canoeing Coach Award Discipline Specific (Advanced Water) Canoe Training @ Inchree
Sep 12 @ 8:30 am – Sep 16 @ 5:00 pm

 

British Canoeing Coach Award Discipline Specific (Advanced Water) Canoe Training

 

This course covers both the Disc Spec (Advanced) Canoe Disciplines (Open Water and White Water Canoe)

 

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Sep
25
Tue
High Performance Canoeing @ Fort William
Sep 25 @ 3:02 pm – Sep 28 @ 4:02 pm

 

High Performance Canoeing

This is for Canoeists who would like to raise their game, improve their skills and paddle some of the most challenging grade 3 rivers in the area.

Pre-requisites:

 

Good Grade 2 White Water experience. All your own paddling kit. This is for Traditional Canoes not OC1.

 

 

Course Element Outline Sample Programme (all is water dependant)

 

Pre-Course Prep aration We provide a range of materials and preparatory work so you can maximise your learning experience during the course. Previous candidates have been very enthusiastic about the value and extended learning opportunity.
Day 1 Developing Core White Water Skills We will select a venue that allows us to explore the key foundation skills necessary for successful white water paddling.

 

Working with an active edge, acceleration, power generation, power transfer, dynamic changes of edge and direction, glide-phase principles, edge stability, trim for performance and Cross deck options. We will strip back your technique to build new foundations.

Day 2 Applied Skills Development

 

A river that suits the application of learning from day 1. Perhaps the Allen, if it is running.

 

Strategies, safety, challenging moves, sequencing moves.

Day 3 Applied Skills Development The South Tyne, Upper Wear, Leven or Nith.

 

Big rapids and big moves. The river running does not get better than this. You will get the chance to test your new paddling style against a real Scottish test-piece for canoes.

Day 4 The Let’s go Steeper Day Somewhere perhaps canoes do not very often go!

 

It all builds up to this. Not just a run down, but a coaching day that offers style as well as excitement, key tactics and great photos.

 

Course De-brief. Off the water for 1530 to discuss how great we have all been and discuss future adventures.

Post Course Feedback and Advice Written Feedback is offered for each candidate so you can reflect and further self-develop your paddling.

 

Should you want advice on your paddling we are available to offer assistance. You buy into one of our courses and you get the on-going support.

 

Equipment: If you are paddling regularly and have experience of G3, the likelihood is that you know what to bring. If in doubt, please ask for a kit list.

 

Warm wishes,

 

Ken

 

Email for details: Kenhughescourses@aol.com

Oct
2
Tue
British Canoeing White Water Leader Training (formerly 4 Star) C1/OC1 and White Water Kayak @ Barnard Castle
Oct 2 – Oct 5 all-day

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Are you wanting to lead others? Would you like the very best training to prepare you for an assessment? We can do that for you. We will cover the critical leadership skills and make the link between your personal skills and the requirements of the award. You will leave the course a better leader and paddler with a clear action plan for further improvement. Not sure whether you are ready; try our 3 Star Courses where we can raise your skill level to the necessary standard.

What can you expect from our White Water Leader Courses?

A wide range of leadership strategies to offer you all the tools you need to keep a group safe on the river. You get the chance to practice and get expert feedback throughout your training. A decision making model on which to build your leadership skills. A key focus on making the connection between your personal skills and leadership.

To this end we will build on your foundations to raise your performance in simple boofing, surfing waves, side-surfing friendly stoppers, driving your boat, tactical understanding, using river features and paddling simple sections on grade 3.

All of our candidates leave us with a greater skills level. Excellent venues and rivers. We have the very best venues for these courses and our selection is carefully managed to ensure you develop both as a leader and paddler.

 

The Tees, Swale, Upper Wear and Upper South Tyne are all high quality runs.

 

Warm wishes,

 

Ken

Oct
6
Sat
British Canoeing Coach Award: White Water Kayak Discipline Specific Refresher and ASSESSMENT @ Cross Lanes
Oct 6 @ 8:30 am – Oct 7 @ 5:00 pm

 

British Canoeing Coach Award: White Water Kayak Discipline Specific Refresher and Assessment

Please click HERE for more details.

Oct
10
Wed
Scotland: Creeks and Classics River Tour @ Fort William area
Oct 10 @ 8:45 am – Oct 14 @ 5:00 pm

Scotland: Creeks and Classics River Tour

 

Pre-requisites: Grade 3 White Water experience. A good roll would be useful. All your own paddling kit.

 

Course Element Outline Sample Programme (all is water dependant)

 

Pre-Course Preparation We provide a range of materials and preparatory work so you can maximise your learning experience during the course. Previous candidates have been very enthusiastic about the value and extended learning opportunity.
Day 1 Developing Core White Water Skills We will select a venue that allows us to explore the key foundation skills necessary for successful white water paddling.

 

Working with an active edge, acceleration, power generation, power transfer, dynamic changes of edge and direction, glide-phase principles, edge stability, rolling. We will strip back your technique and build new foundations.

Day 2 3 Dimensional Paddling: Boofs and Drops The Etive

 

Left and right boofs, straight boofs, flares, landings, posture, rock slides, planning flight. It’s all in here for those who wish to be a little more 3 dimensional about their paddling. If you have been on the Etive before, you may not have run it like this.

Day 3 Applied Skills Development

 

A river that suits the application of days 1 and 2. Perhaps the Morriston.

 

Strategies, safety, challenging moves, sequencing moves,

Day 4 Applied Skills Development The Middle Orchy

 

Big rapids and big moves. The river running does not get better than this. You will get the chance to test your new paddling style against a real Scottish test-piece.

Day 5 Steep Creeking Day ALLT A’ CHAORAINN!

 

It all builds up to this. Nor just a run down the slabs, but a coaching day that offers style as well as excitement.

 

Course De-brief. Off the water for 1430 to discuss how great we have all been and discuss future adventures.

Post Course Feedback and Advice Feedback is offered for each candidate so you can reflect and further self-develop your paddling.

 

Should you want advice on your paddling we are available to offer assistance. You buy into one of our courses and you get the on-going support.

 

Email for all the details: kenhughescourses@aol.com

 

Ask about excellent group discounts! Ask about dates for your own group too.

 

Best wishes,

 

Ken