Calendar

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)

 

Click HERE for details.

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

 

Oct
21
Sun
British Canoeing Advanced White Water Leader (formerly 5 Star) Training, Refresher and Assessment Programme (WW Kayak, C1 and OC1) @ Fort William area
Oct 21 @ 8:30 am – Oct 26 @ 5:00 pm

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Advanced WWSR and Training 21st to 24th (why not stay on and be led diring the assessment at no extra cost)

Refresher 23rd and 24th

Assessment 25th and 26th

 

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

Nov
1
Thu
White Water Leader Assessment with Refresher OC1 and White Water Kayak (formerly 4 Star) @ Barnard Castle
Nov 1 @ 8:30 am – Nov 4 @ 5:00 pm

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White Water Leader Assessment with Refresher OC1 and White Water Kayak (formerly 4 Star)

Pre-requisites: Have completed a 4 Star OC1/White Water Kayak Training previously, 16 hour first aid, current LR Form, WWSR.

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.

Email for details kenhughescourses@aol.com

Cheers,

Ken

Nov
6
Tue
Advanced Canoe Leader (formerly 5 Star) Refresher and Assessment Programme @ Barnard Castle and Ullswater
Nov 6 @ 9:00 am – Nov 11 @ 5:00 pm

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

Pre-requisites: Have completed your ACL/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!

The Refresher could be available as a Training; please ask.

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

Nov
13
Tue
British Canoeing Canoe Leader Training (formerly 4 Star) @ Barnard Castle
Nov 13 @ 8:30 am – Nov 16 @ 4:45 pm

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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.

 

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

Nov
22
Thu
British Canoeing Coach Award: White Water Kayak Discipline Specific Training @ Cross Lanes
Nov 22 @ 8:30 am – Nov 23 @ 5:00 pm

 

British Canoeing Coach Award: White Water Kayak Discipline Specific Training

 

Please click HERE for more details.

Nov
27
Tue
Advanced Canoe Leader Training (formerly 5 Star)
Nov 27 @ 8:45 am – Nov 30 @ 5:00 pm

 

The best training from the best coaches; that’s us.

4 Days of great indepth Training. We prepare you in the very best way for the advanced water environments to move seamlessly into the consolidation period before your assessment. You go away and practice with real purpose with a great check list/action plan from which to reference your progress.

 

A relaxed and supportive assessment is very important and should be a real extension to your training. Our job is to make sure you have all the opportunity you need to ready youself for the assessment experience.

If you would like a Refresher before an assessment we can do that for you as well. Ask for details.

Refresher and Assessment are available as a 6 Day Package to allow you to plan your progress and goal-set towards a set date.

No one does this better than us and no one has our success rate!

We have a Assessments throughout the year and will invite you to paddle as part of the led group to deepen your experience and get a flavour of what ir is all about.

 

Would you like that little bit extra? Well, we can help with that. What about doing our Advanced WWSR Course for Canoes to make a great addition. Details are on this site or on request.

Email for details kenhughescourses@aol.com

Best wishes,

Ken

Dec
6
Thu
Canoe Leader Assessment with Refresher (formerly 4 Star) @ Barnard Castle, the Sills
Dec 6 @ 8:30 am – Dec 9 @ 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.

 

Email for details kenhughescourses@aol.com

Cheers,

Ken

Dec
11
Tue
Advanced Canoe Leader (formerly 5 Star) Refresher and Assessment Programme @ Barnard Castle and Ullswater
Dec 11 @ 9:00 am – Dec 16 @ 5:00 pm

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

Pre-requisites: Have completed your ACL/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!

The Refresher could be available as a Training; please ask.

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