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Apr
23
Mon
High Performance Canoeing @ Northern England
Apr 23 @ 3:02 pm – Apr 26 @ 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

May
4
Fri
British Canoeing Coach Award: White Water Kayak Discipline Specific Training @ Cross Lanes
May 4 @ 8:30 am – May 5 @ 5:00 pm

 

British Canoeing Coach Award: White Water Kayak Discipline Specific Training

This course is suitable for C1 and OC1.

Please click HERE for more details.

May
6
Sun
Advanced White Water Safety and Rescue @ Fort William area
May 6 @ 8:00 am – May 7 @ 4:00 pm

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If you have completed the Standard WWSR Course and are paddling on grade 3/4, then this is exactly the course for you if you would like to enhance your safety and rescue skills.

This is not only for 5 Star candidates!

Technical ropework, casualty management, safety on steep ground, advanced water paddling strategies, in-water techniques, advanced use of live-bait/self-rescue/throwlines/reaches and chase boating in teams.

Email for details: kenhughescourses@aol.com

Cheers,

Ken

May
8
Tue
British Canoeing Advanced White Water Leader (formerly 5 Star) Refresher and Assessment Programme (WW Kayak, C1 and OC1) @ Fort William area
May 8 @ 8:30 am – May 11 @ 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

May
23
Wed
British Canoeing Coach Award Discipline Specific (Advanced Water) Canoe Training @ Inchree
May 23 @ 8:30 am – May 27 @ 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)

 

Click HERE for details.

Jun
24
Sun
British Canoeing Coach Award: Open Water Canoe Refresher and Assessment @ Cross Lanes
Jun 24 @ 8:30 am – Jun 25 @ 5:00 pm

 

British Canoeing Coach Award: Open Water Canoe Refresher and Assessment

 

Please click HERE for more details.

Jun
26
Tue
British Canoeing Coach Award: White Water Canoe Refresher and Assessment @ Cross Lanes
Jun 26 @ 8:30 am – Jun 27 @ 5:00 pm

 

British Canoeing Coach Award: White Water Canoe Refresher and Assessment

 

Please click HERE for more details.

Jul
19
Thu
British Canoeing Coach Award: Open Water Canoe Refresher and Assessment @ Cross Lanes
Jul 19 @ 8:30 am – Jul 20 @ 5:00 pm

 

British Canoeing Coach Award: Open Water Canoe Refresher and Assessment

 

Please click HERE for more details.

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)

 

Click HERE for details.

Nov
19
Mon
Advanced WWSR for Canoes @ Barnard Castle
Nov 19 @ 8:30 am – Nov 20 @ 4:30 pm

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AWWSR for Canoes

This is not a British Canoeing Course; however a certificate will be issued at the end of the course to confirm you have completed the training.

BC do not yet have an AWWSR for Canoes. This is not stopping us recognising that there are those of you who paddle on grade 3 in canoes who would like to get some great training in the safety and rescue techniques essential for advanced conditions!

So if you would like to up your game for the grade 3 environment, we can help.

All paddlers are encouraged to consider this excellent course if they paddle canoes on advanced white water, and/or have completed the WWSR Course and would like an extension to that training.

Venue: River Tees area

 

Pre-requisites:

The course takes place on grade 3 water. Candidates should be confident in their ability to paddle on that grade, although portage/lining options will always be available. In addition the course requires some swimming; course participants should be confident swimmers.

The syllabus for this course covers the following:

Using the boat as a rescue platform. V-Hoists, tracking and rafts. There is much less need to be in the water on a line when paddling Canoes.

A broached boat is hard to remove at the best of times. We include a range of technical ropework, but put the emphasis on being clever with its application rather than just applying force.

Stabilising and extricating an entrapped paddler. Preacher-pins, trapped legs and boats folding are all hazards. We look at the essential kit, techniques and outfitting your canoe to deal with these.

Skilful use of the self-rescue/swim-line. Get slick and quick and make self-rescue look cool!

Moving boats around on difficult terrain, in gorges and safely managing the group on steep river banks.

Safe Paddling Strategies. Options for negotiating complex rapids safely and preventing the problem in the first place. The canoe offers options other craft do not; we will maximise these and send you away with a range of useful possibilities.

Casualty management.

Like the AWWSR, we would normally expect you to have completed the standard BCU WWSR, but you are free to chat it through to ascertain how suitable this course is for you and we welcome questions.

We already have 2 of the 6 possible candidates booked.

A little story from a candidate:

“Hi Ken,

Last weekend myself and Mark paddled the tees again. I managed to pin/wrap my boat round the rock at the end of the sloping weir below the lido. After a brief panic and seeing pound sighs before my eyes we put what we had learned into action. After attending your AWWSR course and re evaluating our kit, we both had pulleys, slings and throw lines on our person. We tried straight pull, vector, single pulley and eventually a Z drag which easily shifted the 15ft boat full of camping kit and water from the rock.

It popped back into shape with some creases to show how much it had wrapped.

Without your course the boat would still be there today, as it was impossible to shift with just a rope which would have been the case a year ago. There is nothing like the real thing to put skills into action.

So thanks again for the course as without it I would be boatless and angry with myself for not attending a course sooner. I will heartily recommend your courses to everyone I meet who asks about the creases in my boat

Feel free to use this mail or any portion of on any comments sections you have on websites

Yours gratefully, Andy.”

 

Please email for details kenhughescourses@aol.com

Best wishes and safe paddling,

Ken