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Canoeing Courses:

Of all the activities offered by Steve he is probably best known for his canoesport coaching. Steve is one of the UK's busiest course providers, running a broad range of BCU coaching and leadership courses every year. He is renowned for his innovative and highly learner-centred approach and has been a keynote speaker the BCU's Level 5 Coach conference.

Steve is extremely experienced and well qualified in all three disciplines and is very keen to ensure that you receive the best possible provision. So whether you're interested in trying canoeing or kayaking for the first time, enjoying an amazing expedition in idyllic surroundings or honing your skills or qualifications, Steve will be able to help you.

Free Open Canoe CoachingEnquiries and Booking

Free Open Canoe Coaching

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Free coaching days are available to developing paddlers across a range of coaching and leadership courses. The candidates for these awards will provide the coaching/leading on water appropriate to the award under the supervision of the trainer/assessor.

Check the pdf for dates and course levels.

Call or email Steve if you are interested in these opportunities.

Dates: Any advertised leadership or coaching course. Look up the dates of your preferred boat and level.

Cost: Free


Introduction to CanoeingEnquiries and Booking

Introduction to Canoeing

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Ever wanted to paddle your own canoe? Ensure you make it up the creek with a paddle with our expert support.

Don't forget there is free coaching available for novices on BCU Level 2 Coach assessment days. Check the dates on those pages.

This one day introduction will seek to build your confidence and show you how to manoeuvre the boat in our idyllic Lakeland environment. You can try paddling double or solo.

Dates: Bespoke by arrangement at any time

Cost: 225 per day for 4 people maximum


Canoeing DevelopersEnquiries and Booking

Canoeing Developers

For those with prior paddling experience who want to challenge themselves a little more. This one day course will help build your confidence and skills and aid you to become independent in your boat.

Don't forget there are free paddling days available, depending on your standard, on BCU Level 2 Coach assessments and 4 Star Leader assessments.

Dates: Bespoke by arrangement at any time

Cost: 225 per day for 4 people maximum


BC Coaching Processes Course Enquiries and Booking

BC Coaching Processes Course

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The Coaching Processes course provides an excellent base on which to build your coaching no matter what your discipline or present standard.

Skill Acquisition and Coach Education are Steve's academic specialisms and he is keen to run this course at an advanced a level as possible. You won't get better guidance anywhere!

Whilst this is a BCU course, it is generic to all learning situations and attracts people from a wide range of disciplines and backgrounds.

Steve's ability to extend the content means clients are usually fully challenged and engaged by what they discover on this 2 day course.

All courses are in Cumbria unless otherwise noted though Steve can run bespoke courses anywhere - call to discuss this with him.

Dates: 18-19 Dec 2017

Cost: 195


Open Canoe Expedition in Assynt (NW Scotland) Enquiries and Booking

Open Canoe Expedition in Assynt (NW Scotland)

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If you're interested in a self-sufficient, multi-day journey by canoe across the most remote part of NW Scotland then this is just the trip for you. Traversing Assynt between the towering peaks of Cul Mor and Suilven you can escape to the real world. This is not a technically difficult trip and is suitable for a range of skill levels paddling either solo or tandem.

NEW: Steve will be offering BC's Guide modules as optional extras for anyone interested during sea kayak and canoeing trips. This will entail additional time and cost but will be much cheaper than taking the modules individually. The modules will not interfere with the trip if you are not taking them.

Dates: 14-18 May 2018.

Cost: 425 (550 if the 3 BC Guide modules are included).


Canoe expedition on the River Nahanni in NW CanadaEnquiries and Booking

Canoe expedition on the River Nahanni in NW Canada

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This 2 week expedition in the NW territories is being run in the Summer of 2017 from Rabbitkettle Lake to Lindberg Landing. The price includes float planes in to the start point, all outfitting, food during the trip and the shuttle back to Fort Simpson.

You should be a good three star canoe standard to join the trip, though it will be run in 17' tandem prospector canoes so there is a little latitude if you are paddling with a competent partner.

The Nahanni is a stunning, and very remote, wilderness trip. It is an iconic canoe journey. We have scheduled time for days off to walk, relax and sightsee during the trip - and we will have to portage some of the major river features such as Virginia Falls (image).

The trip will be run by Martin McCarthy and Steve, please contact us to discuss the trip if you are interested.

** This was an amazing trip for all concerned. Martin and Steve are intending to run future wilderness journeys and are likely to choose a North Canadian venue for a 2019 expedition. Please let us know if this will interest you as places are taken up quickly.

Dates: 24 July - 6 Aug 2017 (not including any travel time to or from Fort Simpson)

Cost: 3650.00 (This was the Nahanni trip price)


BC Canoe/Kayak Foundation Safety and Rescue Award Enquiries and Booking

BC Canoe/Kayak Foundation Safety and Rescue Award

This 1 day course trains and assesses basic safety and rescue procedures on flat water. It is a prerequisite for BC Level 1 & 2 Coaches.

NB: If you do this course the day prior to your UKCC Level 1 training with Steve you will receive a discounted rate.

See the BCU website for the full syllabus.

Dates: On request at any time

Cost: 90 on advertised courses


BC Level 2 Coach Training CourseEnquiries and Booking

BC Level 2 Coach Training Course

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This is the 4 day training course for the BC Level 2 Coach award. It is a generic award covering all disciplines. You need to hold the Level 1 award (or have received APL from BC) plus 3 star in a canoe and kayak discipline.

Dates: By arrangement for groups of 6-12

Cost: 320


BC Level 2 Coach Transfer CourseEnquiries and Booking

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This course is either a one or two day orientation for direct entrants to the BC coaching scheme at Level 2. It covers the Level 2 course content, requirements and assessment process.

It is available to those with old Level 2 Coach awards and above or to those who gain APL from BC. In all cases candidates must have a completed registration and have a stamped CR form before they can attend.

Dates: By arrangement

Cost: 100 (1 day), 195 (2 day), 200 per day 1:1


BC Level 2 Coach AssessmentEnquiries and Booking

BC Level 2 Coach Assessment

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This course assesses the practical and written elements of the BC Level 2 coach award. Please ensure you are fully conversant with the prerequisites before enrolling. This day is usually quite long as the paperwork elements take significant time to complete.

If you would like to have your assessment on-site you will need to call to discuss arrangements to host the course.

As with all Steve's courses, he will be very happy to discuss the assessment with you in advance to ensure you are fully aware of the requirements.

Dates: 30 Nov 17 and by arrangement.

Cost: 150 on open course dates or bespoke by arrangement


BC Moderate Water Endorsement Training (OC)Enquiries and Booking

BC Moderate Water Endorsement Training (OC)

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This prepares you to coach in moderate water conditions under exactly the same remit as the old and new BC Level 3 Coach Awards.

You need the new UKCC Level 2 Coach award and the discipline specific 4 Star Leader award OR apply for accredited prior learning from the BCU.

Consult the pdf and the BCU website for full details.

Dates: 18-19 Nov 17

Cost: 195


BC Moderate Water Endorsement Assessment (OC)Enquiries and Booking

BC Moderate Water Endorsement Assessment (OC)

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This is the single day coaching assessment for this BC award. Your ability to assess and coach clients in Grade 2 moving water and/or exposed open water with winds of Force 4 will be examined.

Please read the accompanying pdf and the BCU website for full details; it is critical that you meet all the prerequisites before enrolling. In particular, you must have registered with your home nation on Form CR for this assessment in advance. You are not permitted to undertake the course otherwise.

You can take this assessment on a 1:1 basis or as part of a group of between 2 and 4 candidates.

Dates: 21 Dec 17. Call for bespoke courses.

Cost: 150 (For between 2 and 4 candidates), 225 for 1:1 assessments.


BC 3 Star Open Canoe TrainingEnquiries and Booking

BC 3 Star Open Canoe Training

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The BC 3 Star Open Canoe training course is undertaken in a gentle, applied environment rather than as a series of disconnected technical elements. This personal ability award is a prerequisite for Level 2 Coach training. Please go to BC's website for the full syllabus.

Dates: This course is available on demand at any time.

Cost: On application


BC 3 Star Open Canoe AssessmentEnquiries and Booking

BC 3 Star Open Canoe Assessment

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This course will test the elements covered in training and listed in the syllabus. Please ensure you meet all the requirements before enrolling. Check the BC website for full details

Dates: Available on demand at any time

Cost: On application


BC White Water Safety & Rescue CourseEnquiries and Booking

BC White Water Safety & Rescue Course

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This course aims to provide Grade 2 white water paddlers with all the knowledge and skills required to prevent, avoid and deal with river incidents. It is a prerequisite for those wishing to undertake Inland 4 Star Leader assessments.

As with First Aid training, this certificate will be valid for 3 years.

Dates: 1-2 Nov 17

Cost: 195


BC Canoe Leader Training (formerly 4 Star)Enquiries and Booking

BC Canoe Leader Training (formerly 4 Star)

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The BC Canoe Leader award entitles holders to lead competent others on exposed open inland water and on grade 2 rivers.

Whilst it is not a coaching award it is a prerequisite for the Moderate Water Endorsement which will permit coaching in this environment.

Dates: 25-26 Nov 17

Cost: 195


BC Canoe Leader Assessment (formerly 4 Star)Enquiries and Booking

BC Canoe Leader Assessment (formerly 4 Star)

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This course will examine your skills and abilities against the BC Canoe Leader syllabus.

Dates: 9-10 Dec 17 / 24-25 Mar 18

Cost: 195


BC Advanced Canoe Leader Training Enquiries and Booking

BC Advanced Canoe Leader Training

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This 2 day, 1 evening course covers personal paddling, expeditioning and group leadership and management on grade 3 rivers and exposed open inland water day and night. Whilst the BC 4 star award (now Canoe Leader) is the only official prerequisite, in reality you need to be confident to paddle grade 3 water to gain maximum benefit from this course. BC 4 star/Canoe Leader does provide a much better progression to this level.

PLEASE NOTE: BC stipulates that this course may only be run in appropriate, advanced environments - a move Steve wholeheartedly endorses. He will always cancel or postpone this course if these conditions do not exist.

Dates: Contact Steve for information

Cost: 275


BC Advanced Canoe Leader Assessment Enquiries and Booking

BC Advanced Canoe Leader Assessment

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This 1 evening, 2 day assessment examines your ability to safely and effectively canoe on grade 3 rivers and exposed open inland water day and night and to lead others in this advanced environment on extended journeys.

PLEASE NOTE: BC correctly insists that only assessments run in a genuinely advanced environment will be valid. Keep up to date with all the new developments by visiting BC's website.

Dates: On demand at present

Cost: 275


BC Advanced Water Endorsement TrainingEnquiries and Booking

BC Advanced Water Endorsement Training

This 2 day BC qualification training course is set to replace the, now discontinued, Level 5 Coach award. It will exist in both White Water and Open Water versions and both courses are required if you wish to operate in both environments.

The award will permit the holder to coach and lead people of all abilities in any open canoeing environment as appropriate.

Steve will be employing his standard, learner centred approach to this course and will be encouraging his candidates to do likewise. Attending Steve's Coaching Process course will be very beneficial to anyone considering this award.

Dates: Bespoke by arrangement for 2-4 candidates.

Cost: 195


BC Advanced Water Endorsement Assessment (Open Water or White Water)Enquiries and Booking

BC Advanced Water Endorsement Assessment (Open Water or White Water)

This is a one day advanced water coaching assessment. You will be coaching clients of an appropriate standard in your chosen discipline and environment.

These assessments can run with 1 or 2 candidates only and are available on a bespoke basis at any mutually convenient time as well as any dates advertised here.

Dates: On demand by arrangement

Cost: 150 per head if 2 candidates, 225 for 1:1 assessments


British Canoeing Guide ModulesEnquiries and Booking

The BC Guide award is designed for individuals working on and running extended paddlesports trips home and abroad. It is open to all BC members though it is necessary to have held and used a BC leadership award for at least two years before being endorsed as a Guide.

Five 1 day modules are available, aspirant Guides must take a minimum of three. They then follow a period of mentored practice before being signed off as a Guide when they meet the required standard. There is no formal assessment.

Full details can be found on BC's website

Dates: Individual module dates likely early 2018. Modules are run as part of sea kayak and canoe trips, see those pages for dates.

Cost: 100 per day module or included in price if taken as part of a sea kayak or canoe trip.


 

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