Paddlesports

From beginners to 1 and 2 star and onto moving water...

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“Introduction to kayaking”

Learn the introductory skills of kayaking, the strokes used to paddle and manoeuvre the craft, discovering and learning about the equipment and water environments you’ll be in. The day is delivered over a scenic river trip (weather dependant) using the natural flow of the river overseen by a qualified BCU coach.

During the day we will look at the following to ensure to get the maximum out of the experience.

  • Personal equipment Correctly fitted buoyancy aid, correct fit of boat, paddle length
  • Personal Paddling Skills – Lifting, carrying and launching, forward paddling, steering and controlling, return to the bank and get out
  • Rescue Skills – Capsize the craft and be rescued or swim to the shore (whichever is most appropriate to the craft and conditions), emptying boats

All rescue skills will be performed at the end of the day and will be dependant upon prevailing weather conditions.

The day is delivered over a scenic river trip (weather dependant) using the natural flow of the river overseen by a qualified BCU coach.

This course needs a minimum of 4 people to run, to discuss prices for individuals or less than 4 please contact us for a price at info@rockriver.co.uk

Please note that prices are for instruction and guiding only and do not include accommodation, transport and meal costs. We can provide recommendations for accommodation if required. By paying through PayPal you are accepting our Terms and Conditions. Please include your name in the payment reference and submit a booking form.

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“Introduction to canoeing”

Learn the introductory skills of open canoeing, the strokes used to paddle and manoeuvre the craft, discovering and learning about the equipment and water environments you’ll be in. The day is delivered over a scenic river trip (weather dependant) using the natural flow of the river overseen by a qualified BCU coach.

During the day we will look at the following to ensure to get the maximum out of the experience.

  • Personal equipment Correctly fitted buoyancy aid, correct fit of boat, paddle length
  • Personal Paddling Skills – Lifting, carrying and launching, forward paddling, steering and controlling, return to the bank and get out
  • Rescue Skills – Capsize the craft and be rescued or swim to the shore (whichever is most appropriate to the craft and conditions), emptying boats

All rescue skills will be performed at the end of the day and will be dependant upon prevailing weather conditions.

The day is delivered over a scenic river trip (weather dependant) using the natural flow of the river overseen by a qualified BCU coach.

This course needs a minimum of 4 people to run, to discuss prices for individuals or less than 4 please contact us for a price at info@rockriver.co.uk

Please note that prices are for instruction and guiding only and do not include accommodation, transport and meal costs. We can provide recommendations for accommodation if required. By paying through PayPal you are accepting our Terms and Conditions. Please include your name in the payment reference and submit a booking form.

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“British Canoeing – One Star”

Ready to make the transition in to paddlesport and gain a skill award? We offer the British Canoeing 1 Star award.

Aim

The British Canoeing 1 Star is a clear stepping-stone to becoming a paddler. Designed as a basic award, the 1 Star is the level people would typically reach after an introductory course of 6 hours quality water time.

Prerequisites

Candidates must be water confident, and ideally should be able to swim (this is desirable but not essential). If under 14 the British Canoeing Paddlepower program may be more appropriate.

Technical Syllabus

  • Personal Paddling Skills – Lifting, carrying and launching, forward paddling over a distance of 100m, steering and controlling, return to the bank and get out
  • Rescue Skills – Capsize the craft and be rescued or swim to the shore (whichever is most appropriate to the craft and conditions), emptying boats
  • Safety, Leadership & Group Skills – Personal risk management, awareness of others, provide evidence of 1 journey of about 1 hour (3 km) duration (this could take place during the assessment)
  • Theory – Equipment, safety, wellbeing, health and first aid, access, environment

 This information is taken directly from the British Canoeing 1 Star Syllabus, a full copy and further information about the award can be found here.

This course needs a minimum of 4 people to run, to discuss prices for individuals or less than 4 please contact us for a price at info@rockriver.co.uk

Please note that prices are for instruction and guiding only and do not include accommodation, transport and meal costs. We can provide recommendations for accommodation if required. By paying through PayPal you are accepting our Terms and Conditions. Please include your name in the payment reference and submit a booking form.

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“Basic kayak skills”

Learn the introductory skills of kayaking, building on the  fundamentals of paddlesport, posture, connectivity, power, feel. Transferring these fundamentals into the strokes used to paddle and manoeuvre the craft.

During the day we will look at the following to ensure to get the maximum out of the experience.

  • Personal equipment Correctly fitted buoyancy aid, correct fit of boat, paddle length
  • Personal Paddling Skills – Lifting, carrying and launching, efficient forward paddling, steering, manoeuvring in a confined space, moving sideways, preventing a capsize, turning, returning to the bank and getting out, securing
  • Rescue Skills – Capsize, swim and self-rescue; rescue a capsized paddler

All rescue skills will be performed at the end of the day and will be dependant upon prevailing weather conditions.

The day is delivered at a flat water (weather dependant) environment overseen by a qualified BCU coach.

This course needs a minimum of 4 people to run, to discuss prices for individuals or less than 4 please contact us for a price at info@rockriver.co.uk

Please note that prices are for instruction and guiding only and do not include accommodation, transport and meal costs. We can provide recommendations for accommodation if required. By paying through PayPal you are accepting our Terms and Conditions. Please include your name in the payment reference and submit a booking form.

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“Basic canoe skills”

Learn the introductory skills of kayaking, building on the  fundamentals of paddlesport, posture, connectivity, power, feel. Transferring these fundamentals into the strokes used to paddle and manoeuvre the craft.

During the day we will look at the following to ensure to get the maximum out of the experience.

  • Personal equipment Correctly fitted buoyancy aid, correct fit of boat, paddle length
  • Personal Paddling Skills – Lifting, carrying and launching, efficient forward paddling, steering, manoeuvring in a confined space, moving sideways, preventing a capsize, turning, returning to the bank and getting out, securing
  • Rescue Skills – Capsize, swim and self-rescue; rescue a capsized paddler
  • Safety, Leadership & Group Skills – Personal risk management, awareness of others

All rescue skills will be performed at the end of the day and will be dependant upon prevailing weather conditions.

The day is delivered at a flat water (weather dependant) environment overseen by a qualified BCU coach.

This course needs a minimum of 4 people to run, to discuss prices for individuals or less than 4 please contact us for a price at info@rockriver.co.uk

Please note that prices are for instruction and guiding only and do not include accommodation, transport and meal costs. We can provide recommendations for accommodation if required. By paying through PayPal you are accepting our Terms and Conditions. Please include your name in the payment reference and submit a booking form.

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“British Canoeing – Two Star”

Completed your 1 star and ready to take you paddlesport to the next stage? We offer the British Canoeing 2 Star award.

Aim

Successful performance at this level indicates that the paddler can use fundamental paddlesport skills on flat water to control movement of both canoes and kayaks, and have an understanding of how the paddle, boat, and water interact.

Prerequisites

Candidates must be able to swim 25 metres wearing a buoyancy aid.

Candidates must have experience of:

  • Paddling two different craft (e.g. surf kayak, closed cockpit kayak, open cockpit kayak, closed cockpit canoe, solo/tandem open canoe, racing boat, wave-ski, flat-hulled boat, v-shaped hull, slalom boat, polo boat, or sea kayak)
  • Paddling in two different locations (e.g. canal, river, loch/lake, or sea; different parts of large bodies of water can be counted as two different locations)
  • Competing in two paddlesport competitions (e.g. club level event, slalom, polo, sprint, freestyle, bell-boat etc.) OR completing two journeys of approx. 2 hours duration

Note – If under 14, the British Canoeing Paddlepower program may be more appropriate.

Craft

This award is obtained by demonstrating performance in both a kayak and a canoe. Any style of kayak or canoe is permissible, e.g. open cockpit, sit-on-top, v-shaped hull or flat bottomed etc. (Each person in a doubles crew must perform each task from both the bow and stern).

Technical Syllabus

  • Personal Paddling Skills – Lifting, carrying and launching, efficient forward paddling, steering, manoeuvring in a confined space, moving sideways, preventing a capsize, turning, returning to the bank and getting out, securing
  • Rescue Skills – Capsize, swim and self-rescue, rescue a capsized paddler
  • Safety, Leadership & Group Skills – Personal risk management, awareness of others, an assessed accompanied sheltered water journey
  • Theory – Equipment, safety, wellbeing, health and first aid, access, environment, planning

 This information is taken directly from the British Canoeing 2 Star Syllabus, a full copy and further information about the award can be found here.

This course needs a minimum of 4 people to run, to discuss prices for individuals or less than 4 please contact us for a price at info@rockriver.co.uk

Please note that prices are for instruction and guiding only and do not include accommodation, transport and meal costs. We can provide recommendations for accommodation if required. By paying through PayPal you are accepting our Terms and Conditions. Please include your name in the payment reference and submit a booking form.

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“Introductory moving water skills – kayak”

Learn the introductory skills of white water kayaking,  moving into  moving water we will develop the necessary skills to move and position your craft in this demanding environment.

During the day we will look at the following to ensure to get the maximum out of the experience.

  • Personal equipment Correctly fitted buoyancy aid; correct fit of boat; paddle length; rescue equipment; fitted airbags
  • Personal Paddling Skills – Reading moving water; hydrology; ferry gliding; reverse ferry gliding; breaking in and out of flows; appropriate speed, angle and position; trim of craft; carving; hazard identification
  • Rescue Skills – Capsize, swim and self-rescue; rescue a capsized paddler; rescuing equipment
  • Safety, Leadership & Group Skills – Personal risk management; awareness of others; CLAP

The day is delivered on the river Ure (levels dependant) a classic grade 2 environment overseen by a qualified BCU moderate water endorsed coach.

This course needs a minimum of 4 people to run, to discuss prices for individuals or less than 4 please contact us for a price at info@rockriver.co.uk

Please note that prices are for instruction and guiding only and do not include accommodation, transport and meal costs. We can provide recommendations for accommodation if required. By paying through PayPal you are accepting our Terms and Conditions. Please include your name in the payment reference and submit a booking form.

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“Introductory moving water skills – canoe”

Learn the introductory skills of white water canoeing,  moving into  moving water we will develop the necessary skills to move and position your craft in this demanding environment.

During the day we will look at the following to ensure to get the maximum out of the experience.

  • Personal equipment Correctly fitted buoyancy aid; correct fit of boat; paddle length; rescue equipment; fitted airbags
  • Personal Paddling Skills – Reading moving water; hydrology; ferry gliding; reverse ferry gliding; breaking in and out of flows; appropriate speed, angle and position; trim of craft; carving; hazard identification
  • Rescue Skills – Capsize, swim and self-rescue; rescue a capsized paddler; rescuing equipment
  • Safety, Leadership & Group Skills – Personal risk management; awareness of others; CLAP

The day is delivered on the river Tees at Barnard Castle (levels dependant) a classic grade 1-2 environment overseen by a qualified BCU moderate water endorsed coach.

This course needs a minimum of 4 people to run, to discuss prices for individuals or less than 4 please contact us for a price at info@rockriver.co.uk

Please note that prices are for instruction and guiding only and do not include accommodation, transport and meal costs. We can provide recommendations for accommodation if required. By paying through PayPal you are accepting our Terms and Conditions. Please include your name in the payment reference and submit a booking form.

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