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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.

 BC 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 white water leader (kaykak or open canoe) award.

The objective is to provide the underpinning knowledge and teach simple and safe practical skills that can be applied appropriately which include how to safe paddle, rescue oneself and others along with kit in a moderate white water environment and manage rescue situations.

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.

19th-20th (Mon/Tue) October 2020 North Wales

Cost £175 which includes certification fee.

 

BCU White Water Leader Award Assessment WW Kayak

Cost £175pp.

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).
  • White water leader 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.

 

Date TBA

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

Cost £180pp 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

Dates TBA

Cost £175

 

BC Advanced white water kayak leader training & assessment (Formally 5 Star).

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 Advanced conditions. The emphasis is on the application of suitable techniques, Leadership and boat control on up to grade 4/5 water in real situations".

For training you need to hold the WW leader award, or old BCU level 3 and be solid on grade 3 with experience of grade 4

Pre-reqs for assessment  Advanced white water & safety and rescue award, 2 day first aid course, and proof of experience on grade 4/5.

Dates & Venues TBA

Cost £180 per course

 

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 £175.00,  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 £90.00,

 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 8 sessions spread over 3 or 4 months doing 2 days at a time for you to consolidate and 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 & action plan, goal setting short and long and regular feedback including video analysis from myself on your progression.

There will be 2 courses running one for Improvers/progressive boaters already happy on grade 2+/3- (Dart Loop, Dee, Lower Tryweryn etc) and looking at getting more comfortable and confident on grade 3/3+

Also a progressive/advanced course already very happy on grade 3/3+ ( Most of upper Dart, upper Tryweryn, Kent etc) and wish to fine tune and move into grade 4/4+ territory

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

First 2 days on each course will be based in North Wale if Covid restrictions allows if not then Devon or Lakes, after that we will arrange other venues to suit the team which could be North/South Wales, Devon, Lakes or Yorkshire

Dates

Improver/progressive

7th-8th Jan (Thurs/Fri) venue North Wales
6th-7th Feb (Sat/Sun) venue TBA
25th-26th Feb (Thurs/Fri) venue TBA
20th-21st March (Sat/Sun) venue TBA
 
Progress/advanced
9th-10th Jan (Sat/Sun) venue North Wales
4th-5th Feb (Thurs/Fri) venue TBA
27th-28th Feb (Sat/Sun) venue TBA
18th-19th March (Thurs/Fri) venue TBA

Cost of the full course (all 8 days) Is £675 pounds. excludes accommodation & kit hire.

 

 

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.

Dates TBA

Cost £175 per person none residential,

Boofs, Drops & Creeking course.

Get to grips with the steep stuff

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 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.

Venue TBA

Dates TBA

2 day Course £175