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Course Calendar.

This is a list of courses that are running at the moment and the number of people who are already booked on these courses. To book a place, scroll down to the appropriate course and click the Download booking & info. button to download a booking form. Then click the Book now button and pay a deposit to confirm your booking. If there are no dates in this section Then we are not running any courses at the moment, But if you would like to book a course for a group, then please contact us.

Deposit can be paid online through PayPal, by clicking the Book Now Button. Bank transfers and cheques will also be accepted if that is your preferred method of payment. See booking forms for details

BCU Courses.

 

White Water Safety and Rescue (WWSR).

 

 

The WWS&R training course is designed for all paddlers operating in a moderate to advanced white water environment in either kayak or canoe. In addition, the training is also required for those seeking their 4 star leader (white water or open canoe) award.

The objective is to provide the underpinning knowledge and teach simple and safe practical skills that can be applied appropriately.

Course Aims:

  • To improve individuals awareness of safety skills in the river environment.
  • To teach personal survival skills.
  • To teach throw line rescue techniques.
  • To understand the need for structure in an emergency situation.
  • To outline basic rescue protocols that prioritize the safety of the individual above all others.
  • To introduce & develop the ‘clean rope’ principle.
  • Please note due to the nature of the course, A lot of time will be spent emerged in the water, therefore appropriate clothing is advised.

Pre-requisites. Due to the paddling environment and boat handling skills needed, Candidates must be confident in their ability to paddle on grade 2 water. They must also be confident in swimming in a moving water environment and be a minimum of 16 years of age.

BCU White Water Leader Award Assessment WW Kayak

Cost £150pp.

Course Aims “Successful performance at this level indicates that the candidate has the personal skill and leadership ability to lead a group of up to 4 competent paddlers (not including themselves) in moderate conditions. The emphasis is on the application of suitable techniques, Leadership and boat control on up to grade 2/3 water in real situations".

Pre-requisites
  • First Aid award (minimum 2 days).
  • 4 Star Training proof of at least 2 days logged experience.
  • Full Membership from your Home Nation (BCU, WCA, SCA etc).
  • Have completed a White Water Safety and Rescue course within the last 3 years.
  • Previous Experience The candidate must provide evidence of a minimum of 24 varied, quality river days as a leader/assistant leader on grade 2-3 water as well of being led as part of a team. (Log book evidence must be shown)
  • Completed and stamped LR form from the BCU.

 

 

BCU white water kayak leader training (Formally 4 Star).

 

Cost £150pp None Residential.

Course Aims “Successful performance at this level indicates that the candidate has the personal skill and leadership ability to lead a group of up to 4 competent paddlers (not including themselves) in moderate conditions. The emphasis is on the application of suitable techniques, Leadership and boat control on up to grade 2/3 water in real situations".

Pre-requisites should be at a solid 3 star level and have experience and evidence in paddling on moderate water up to grade 2/3

Development Courses.

 

 

2 day Dynamic & Active Blade Skills course.

This 2 day Skills course is a must for any improver to intermediate paddlers water looking at more modern, and up to date techniques to apply to there river running strategies. We will focus on your balance, acceleration, angles, drive and power strokes and when to apply & also look at Active blade techniques for river running, break ins/outs and ferrying all essential for you to become a more efficient, in control and confident peddler with your river running skills.  Pre-Requisites be very comfortable on Grade 2 and experience of running Grade 3.

Cost £150.00,  None residential

Dynamic River Skills course.

 

This 1 day Skills course is a must for any improver to intermediate paddlers water looking at more modern, and up to date techniques to apply to there river running strategies. We will focus on your balance, acceleration, angles, drive and power strokes and when to apply & also look at Active blade techniques for river running, break ins/outs and ferrying all essential for you to become a more efficient, in control and confident paddler with your river running skills. We will use Video analysis and observation to see your progression and at the end of the day you can be rest assured you will be going home with a whole new set of tools to add to your development.

Must be happy on grade 2/3 water. A WW roll an advantage but not essential.

Cost £80.00,  

 Long Term Development coaching course. (WW KAYAK)

Long term development is a process for the student to be coached and mentored over a period of time to develop their white water kayak skills from cognitive to antonymous learning. (Made simple instead of thinking about it your skill and understanding will become natural)

This is a top professional course and is one of a kind which no other providers are offering and is a rare and fantastic opportunity to be mentored by Andy Holt BCU level 5 coach who will run the course to suit the individual’s needs and learning style. So is this you? I want to get better, not sure what im doing, Is it right? I don’t seem to be progressing, I’m scared!, frustrated, Lacking motivation then this course is for you and also a great course for coaches and/or river leaders wanting to move up the ladder as well.

Course overview.

There will be two courses running. One for Intermediate paddlers looking to move up to advanced water and one for Improver paddlers wanting to move up to good intermediate level. These courses will be 8 sessions over 4 weekends or weekdays spread over a four month period for paddlers to develop.

All the sessions will be practical on the river including on the first half day an observation and analysis session from myself to see where you are and your needs to move forward. Then we will work on a skill base set on TTPP (technical, tactical, psychological and Physical) Looking at each element with lots of practice and understanding. Also very important for your learning we will include a long term development plan, progression chart, action plan, goal setting short and long and regular feedback including video analysis from myself on your progression.

Ratios are only 1 to 4 so you will get plenty of top quality coaching time and feedback.

Improvers who are happy on grade 2 and wish to move upto grade 3/3+ Dates TBA

Intermediates who are happy on grade 3 and moving upto 3+4 Dates TBA

Cost of the course Is £650 pounds.

Excludes accommodation and kit hire.

New Dates coming soon

 

 

 

 

The Next Step, Grade 3/4 skills course.

Is this You? 

You are now a good intermediate paddler and confident and comfortable with your skills on grade 2/3 water, however, when it comes to running those tricky class 3/4s there is still hesitation in your mind. Maybe this is a lack of understanding on the hydraulics, The Line in; the key strokes needed to clean the rapid or could be just your self-belief. So now you need The Next Step course.

This 2 day course will give you technical and tactical understanding and will focus on your perfect line in, The speed needed (if any) using features within the rapid, Dynamic key strokes and when to apply, Boofing and stopper skills, Active Blades, Timing, Balance and most of all your self-belief and positivity. A great course for any recreational paddler or 4 star and 5 star aspirants wanting to improve their grades and skills by stepping it up.

Must be happy on grade 3/3+ with a good WW roll.

Cost £150 per person none residential,

Boofs and Key strokes.

This 2 day course is designed to improve your technical and tactical river skills as well as psychological understanding. We will focus on that perfect boof stroke, looking at speed, timing, posture, balance and nailing the landing   We will use video analysis and observation to see your progression and at the end of the course you can be rest assured you will be going home with a whole new set of tools to add to your development.  

 Must be happy on grade 2/3-3+ A WW roll an advantage but not essential.

The Course is none residential; however there are plenty of Hotels, B&Bs bunkhouses and campsites in the area.

Dates and Venues to be arranged 

2 day Course £150.00.   1 day courses available for £80