White Water

The thrill of white water is one of the attractions of canoeing for many paddlers and this winter I am pleased to offer training for individuals and small groups to develop white water paddling skills in either canoe or kayak (or both!). Working with up to six paddlers each day, I will introduce you to the skills needed to move your boat with ease and confidence on up to Grade 2/3 water on some of Britain’s finest white water rivers.

Course are pitched at two levels – introductory and intermediate. For introductory courses, candidates should be confident in their ability to manoeuvre their boat on flat water while for intermediate courses candidates should have 2 Star standard skills in their chosen craft.

Intermediate kayak courses will include the opportunity for candidates who meet the pre-requisites to be assessed for the 3 Star White Water Kayak award. Please note a certification fee of £25 (£12 British Canoeing members) is payable to British Canoeing on successful completion of the assessment. For further details of the award syllabi, training and assessment standards visit https://www.britishcanoeing.org.uk/go-canoeing/build-my-skills/#star-awards.

Personal clothing and equipment:

Candidates will be expected to bring their own boat and paddle(s) to the course together with a spray deck (if appropriate), buoyancy aid and a helmet. Clothing needs to be appropriate to the conditions forecast for each day of the course but a wet or dry suit is recommended! Please also bring personal paddling equipment, including a canoe pole, throwline and towline or tow system if you have these.

If you are seeking assessment please also bring your British Canoeing membership card (or evidence of national association membership) and logbook.

Course dates:

04-05 November Introduction to White Water Canoeing, Devon, £tbc per person, contact: andy@andymcoaching.com, tel: 07730 852760

27-28 January Intermediate White Water Canoeing, South Wales, £149 per person, contact: andy@andymcoaching.com, tel: 07730 852760

10-11 February Intermediate White Water Kayaking, Devon, £149 per person, contact: andy@andymcoaching.com, tel: 07730 852760