Calendar

Jun
8
Thu
3 Star Canoe @ Ellerton Park and Barnard Castle
Jun 8 @ 8:00 am – Jun 9 @ 4:00 pm

 

 

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

Want to be able to understanding the discipline to coach it in a better, more focused way?

We will do all of that for you!

We can also help if you are a Level 2 Trainee with coaching tips,  a greater technical and tactical awareness and benchmark examples of coaching practice.

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 dictate a huge amount of your progress later in harder environments.
Just want the course to improve your boating? It does that too.
Paddling with skill and confidence in the wind, driving and accelerating, supporting, dynamic changes of direction, 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.

There are now Tandem elements to the Canoe 3 Star. We will ensure you develop a host of great skills in both solo and tandem. Great if you just want a coaching course to become a better paddler!

 

Email for details kenhughescourses@aol.com

 

Cheers,

Ken

 

Jun
29
Thu
British Canoeing Canoe Leader Assessment (formerly 4 Star)-Scotland @ Barnard Castle, the Sills
Jun 29 @ 8:30 am – Jun 30 @ 5:00 pm

Tandem Sequesnce

 

BC Canoe Leader Assessment

Pre-requisites: Have completed what will have been called 4 Star Canoe Training previously.

Relaxed and Supportive Assessment: 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.

Before you start the Assessment Programme we will make sure you get all the information you need and want. We are open to any questions and will offer advice in the weeks and/or months prior to the course.

 

Email for details kenhughescourses@aol.com

Cheers,

Ken

Jul
1
Sat
British Canoeing Canoe Leader Training (formerly 4 Star)-Scotland @ Grandtully
Jul 1 @ 8:30 am – Jul 4 @ 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.”.
* Before you even start this course we are offering you the chance to join us for 2 FREE days: Come and paddle as part of the led group on the Assessment (16th and 17th) which precedes the Training. That way you will find out what an assessment is all about and it will contextualise your training.

 

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 Canoe England (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.

 

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.

Email for details kenhughescourses@aol.com

Cheers,

Ken

Jul
15
Sat
3 Star White Water Kayak Training and Assessment @ Barnard Castle
Jul 15 – Jul 16 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
17
Mon
White Water Safety and Rescue @ Low Force
Jul 17 @ 8:30 am – Jul 18 @ 5:00 pm

 

White Water Safety and Rescue

2 days of great coaching to improve your awareness of all the safety and rescue principles

Also available by arrangement.

Come and join us for the most fun you can have on the river. We will make sure you enjoy yourself by deliberately throwing yourself into the river!

This is a pre-requisite for 4 Star, but is open to all paddlers with some white water experience. Look after your friends, fellow club members and paddling buddies with the training you get from this course.

What can you expect from this course?

More confidence around white water!

Safe Swimming and Self Rescue strategies. To make sure you can make those critical swims into the eddy and across the flow.

Skilled use of Reaching and Throwing Rescues.

Boat based rescue in Canoe, OC1 or Kayak.

Wading, in-water techniques and dealing with foot-entrapment.

Strategies for removing trapped/pinned boats.

Live bait rescues and the use of the PFD Harness.

You will leave with a clear idea of where you need to further develop to meet your personal aspirations and the tools to be safer on the river.

kenhughescourses@aol.com

Sep
6
Wed
Advanced Water Endorsement Training (Canoe) @ Fort William area
Sep 6 @ 8:00 am – Sep 10 @ 4:00 pm

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We tried this 5 day version of the AWE Training in September 2013 and April 2014; it was an instant success for both the candidates and students alike! So now we do two a year.

It covers the training for both AWE Canoe Awards; Open Water and White Water, in substantial depth.

We can only take 4 candidates, so do not delay.

The AWE further extends your MWE (or old Level 3) remit to the advanced water environment once you have gained your 5 Star. Having coached canoes, kayaks, OC1s and C1s in advanced conditions for 17 years we know a few things you might like to know!

 

By splitting it into the 2 advanced environments, you can concentrate on either or both. Expect to cover all the paddling and traditional skills. There is a stand alone training course for each followed by consolidation and assessment.

 

To support your development following our high quality and comprehensive training we offer the chance to observe 5 Star Training and/or Assessment Courses, as well as other observation opportunities. Candidates continue to access support and advice throughout their consolidation period when the deem it necessary.

We offer stand alone training courses for Open Water or White Water (Traditional Canoe), but many candidates choose to complete our 5 Day Training Package that covers both. These are based in Fort William to access the range of excellent venues that run year-round.

Want a course that is tried and tested, that makes all the links, that gives you the answers? That’s us!

 

Email for details: kenhughescourses@aol.com

 

Warm wishes,

 

Ken

Sep
19
Tue
British Canoeing Advanced White Water Leader (formerly 5 Star) Refresher and Assessment Programme (WW Kayak, C1 and OC1) @ Fort William area
Sep 19 @ 8:30 am – Sep 22 @ 5:00 pm

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The Refresher and Assessment are an excellent combination and many of our candidates choose to do these together as a package to increase they chances of passing.

 

Why do a Refresher?


Getting to know the other candidates helps a great deal with eliminating the cold feeling you get at the start of an assessment. We will make sure you understand exactly what is expected of you during the assessment and get you ready for the paddling and leadership.

You will receive a breakdown of the syllabus to base your development on before you arrive at the Refresher Training. Our job is then to fine tune your performance prior to a relaxed and supportive assessment.

 

Assessment is available separately. 

 

The White Water and OC1 Awards are virtually identical and can be run together.

The action planning process begins as soon as you book and we will help/advise you as to best build your log book of experiences before you join us.

Email for all the details you need kenhughescourses@aol.com

Best wishes,

Ken

British Canoeing Advanced White Water Leader Training (formerly 5 Star) for White Water Kayak, C1, OC1 and White Water Sit-on-top @ Fort William area
Sep 19 @ 8:30 am – Sep 20 @ 5:00 pm

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Dynamic leadership skills are key to leading in an advanced environment and are linked to highly proficient personal skills. When you leave this course you will have a clear picture of what is expected of you and an action plan to help you achieve it.

The Advanced White Water Leader Training and being led on the Assessment to contextualise your learning and broaden your experience is an excellent combination and many of our candidates choose to do these together as a package.

 

Want a little more? Check out our 2 Day Creeks, Drops and Classic Moves (6th and 7th May) and/or 5 Day Scotland: Creeks and Classics Tour Courses if you want extra preparation and more skills.

 

The action planning process begins as soon as you book and we will help/advise you as to best build your log book of experiences before you join us.

 

Email for all the details you need kenhughescourses@aol.com

Best wishes,

Ken

Sep
23
Sat
Creeks, Drops and Classic Moves @ Fort William area
Sep 23 @ 8:00 am – Sep 24 @ 4:00 pm

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Creeking Course

Get some solid Scottish technical classics under your belt, while getting some expert coaching. It is simply as great as that!

Come and get a comprehensive introduction to more three-dimensional rapids. You will develop key skills for enjoying these types of rapids. It can be a head game though: we will empower you with some of the most effective psychological tools to make your paddling highly effective in these steep environments.

Building to boof and boofing for success,
Dynamic changes in direction, trim and edge,
Paddling dry lines and staying on the high water,
River tactics and group safety,
Developing power generation and transfer,
Setting the boat and body up to achieve an outcome: reducing the reliance on the blade,
Flares and rock slides,
The Psychology of paddling white water.

 

This is an excellent course to prepare for your 5 Star Award, but great on its own too!

Email for all the details you need kenhughescourses@aol.com

Best wishes,

Ken

Sep
25
Mon
Advanced Water Endorsement White Water Assessment @ Fort William
Sep 25 @ 8:30 am – 4:45 pm

Advanced Water Endorsement Assessment in White Water (Kayak and/or OC1)

 

These are not generally scheduled, but available by arrangement. However, we have one on the 6th May 2016.

 

This is preceded by a Creeks, Drops and Classic Moves Course if you would like to do an observation immediately prior to the assessment day. It will also allow you to profile the students as the candidates from the Creeking Course will stay on for you to coach them.

 

Email for details and to begin action planning towards your assessment: kenhughescourses@aol.com

 

Best wishes,

Ken

Sep
30
Sat
Moderate Water Endorsement White Water Training @ Barnard Castle
Sep 30 @ 8:30 am – Oct 1 @ 5:00 pm

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Moderate Water Endorsement White Water

We would like to invite you to our sought after MWE Courses.

With “the best pre-course preparation advice I have ever come across” and an approach that promotes learning, enjoyable coaching and success with real, hand-picked, students, it is no wonder we are the first provider people look to for these courses.

These courses are for those of you who are serious about your coach development. Our breadth, and considerable depth, of experience across a range of disciplines helps to complement the latest coaching concepts.

We run a training phase that is over 2 days. This is to ensure you get all the technical and tactical understanding you need to be successful during the final assessment day and a great coach when you leave us. We explore a range of coaching that includes simple stoppers, surf-waves, tight sequences, boulder rapids and closed/open environments and boofing ledges.

The afternoon of the second day is very important as it offers you the opportunity to coach, hand-picked, real students who are super keen to learn. You then take the same students into the relaxed and supportive assessment day.

Before you even arrive for a course we provide you with our unique support material to fully prepare in the best possible way. You will review your coaching behaviours, investigate coaching options across a variety of features, write technical and tactical templates and set personal goals for the programme. This has proved to be very popular with our candidates; they have stated it contributed to their depth of learning and success on subsequent assessment.

When you contact us for information, ask about our much envied success rate!

Email for details kenhughescourses@aol.com

Cheers,

Ken

Oct
3
Tue
High Performance Canoeing in Scotland @ Fort William
Oct 3 @ 3:02 pm – Oct 6 @ 4:02 pm

 

High Performance Canoeing in Scotland

 

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 Lower Roy, if it is running.

 

Strategies, safety, challenging moves, sequencing moves.

Day 3 Applied Skills Development The Gary.

 

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
10
Tue
British Canoeing Canoe Leader Training (formerly 4 Star)-Scotland @ Grandtully
Oct 10 @ 8:30 am – Oct 13 @ 4:45 pm

P1030481
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.”.
* Before you even start this course we are offering you the chance to join us for 2 FREE days: Come and paddle as part of the led group on the Assessment (16th and 17th) which precedes the Training. That way you will find out what an assessment is all about and it will contextualise your training.

 

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 Canoe England (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.

 

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.

Email for details kenhughescourses@aol.com

Cheers,

Ken

Oct
18
Wed
Scotland: Creeks and Classics River Tour @ Fort William area
Oct 18 @ 8:45 am – Oct 22 @ 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 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.

 

Email for all the details: kenhughescourses@aol.com

 

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

 

Best wishes,

 

Ken

 

Oct
31
Tue
Advanced Canoe Leader (formerly 5 Star) Refresher and Assessment Programme @ Barnard Castle and Ullswater
Oct 31 @ 9:00 am – Nov 5 @ 5:00 pm

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Advanced Canoe Leader (formerly 5 Star) Refresher and Assessment Programme

Pre-requisites: Have completed your 5 Star Canoe Training previously.

4 Days of great Refresher Training. We prepare you in the very best way for the advanced water environments to either move seamlessly into the assessment at the end of the programme or go away and get further practice with real purpose with a great check list from which to reference your progress.

The relaxed and supportive assessment at the end of the programme is a real extension to your training. Our job is to make sure you have all the opportunity you need to show us what you can do. To help facilitate this we will make sure you have real paddlers to lead.

Refresher and Assessment are available as a 6 Day Package. No one does this better than us and no one has our success rate!

You could access the Refresher or the assessment separately. If you are coming for the refresher why not stay and paddle as part of the led group on the assessment to extend your experience.

Email for details kenhughescourses@aol.com

Best wishes,

Ken