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Sea Kayaking 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 wide 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 at the BCU 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 for the first time, enjoying an amazing expedition in idyllic surroundings or honing your skills on white water, Steve will be able to help you.

Free Sea Kayak CoachingEnquiries and Booking

Free Sea Kayak Coaching

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Free coaching days are available to developing paddlers during coaching and leadership training and assessment courses. The candidates for these awards will provide the coaching/leading in conditions commensurate with the course under the supervision of a trainer/assessor.

Check the pdf for dates, level and boat type.

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

Dates: Check the pdf for upcoming dates and levels

Cost: Free


Introduction to Sea KayakingEnquiries and Booking

Introduction to Sea Kayaking

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A one day introductory course for novices to this fantastic activity. If this is something you've always wanted to try Steve aims to provide you with a stress free experience to set you on your way.

Dates: Run on a bespoke basis at any time

Cost: 225 per day for 4 people maximum (4 people max in advanced water situations).


Sea Kayak DevelopersEnquiries and Booking

Sea Kayak Developers

A single day course for those with some prior experience in kayaks. We will run a exciting though non-stressful adventure to help you develop your mental and physical skills in this amazing activity.

Don't forget that, depending on your standard, you can access free paddling days on both 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 CourseEnquiries 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. 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 challenged and fully engaged by what they discover on this 2 day course.

Dates: 18-19 Dec 2017

Cost: 195


Sea Kayak Week Enquiries and Booking

Sea Kayak Week

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Steve's sea kayak trips provide adventure holidays to some of the world's great paddling destinations. Recent trips have been to Skye, Orkney, Shetland and the Hebrides and all have been fantastic.

You don't need to build up your carbon footprint in your escape 'from the madding crowd' when you have such wonders on your own doorstep.

Please call Steve to discuss this or any other provision, he'll be delighted to hear from you.

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: 11-15 June 18 / 18-22 June 18. The current likely venues are either Shetland or SW Ireland.

Cost: 425 (550 including 3 BC Guide modules


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 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 Assessment Enquiries and Booking

BC Level 2 Coach Assessment

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This course assesses the practical and written elements of the BC 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 assessment courses, he will be more than happy to discuss the course with you in advance to ensure you are fully prepared.

Dates: 30 Nov 17 and by arrangement.

Cost: 150 on open course dates or bespoke by arrangement


BC Moderate Water Endorsement Training (Sea)Enquiries and Booking

BC Moderate Water Endorsement Training (Sea)

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This BC course prepares and qualifies you to coach in seas matching British Canoeing's moderate water definition under exactly the same remit as the old and new BCU Level 3 Coach Awards.

You need the Level 2 Coach award and the discipline specific 4 Star Leader award plus post qualifying experience OR apply for accredited prior learning from BC.

Consult the pdf and the BCU website for full information

Dates: Autumn courses available soon

Cost: 195 for 3-4 candidates, daily rate for 1-2.


BC Moderate Water Endorsement Assessment (Sea)Enquiries and Booking

BC Moderate Water Endorsement Assessment (Sea)

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This is the single day coaching assessment for this BC award. Your ability to assess and coach clients in Moderate Seas with winds of Force 4 will be examined.

Please read the accompanying pdf and the BC website for full details; it is critical that you meet all the prerequisites before enrolling.

Dates: 13 Dec 17 or call for a bespoke course.

Cost: 150 (2 to 4 candidates), 225 for 1:1 assessments


BC 3 Star Sea Kayak TrainingEnquiries and Booking

BC 3 Star Sea Kayak Training

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This course covers the elements of the new Sea Kayak award at this level. Please check the BC website for a full syllabus

Dates: On demand at any time

Cost: On application


BC 3 Star Sea Kayak AssessmentEnquiries and Booking

BC 3 Star Sea Kayak Assessment

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This course will assess the elements covered in training and as listed on the BC syllabus for this award.

Dates: 23 Apr 17, and available on demand

Cost: On application


BC Coastal Navigation & Tidal Planning CourseEnquiries and Booking

BC Coastal Navigation & Tidal Planning Course

This course covers the theoretical elements of marine navigation in sea kayaks, weather, journey planning, pilotage and much more. It is a pre-requisite for the Sea Kayak Leader award and it (or an acceptable equivalent) must be held before the practical Sea Kayak Leader award training.

Dates: 19 Oct 2017

Cost: 100


BC Sea Kayak Leader Training (previously 4 Star)Enquiries and Booking

BC Sea Kayak Leader Training (previously 4 Star)

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The aim of this 3 day (including the preceding Tidal Planning day) BC Sea Kayak Leader training course is to ensure sufficient personal skills and knowledge to be able to lead coastal journeys in moderate sea conditions. It will cover tidal planning, personal paddling, safety and rescue, boat and equipment, environmental knowledge and leadership.

If you already have the tidal planning element then you need only do day 2 and 3 i.e. the two dates listed here. Please note that the tidal planning course is a prerequisite for the training course.

Dates: 20-21 Oct 17

Cost: 195 (295 including the Coastal Navigation course)


BC Sea Kayak Leader AssessmentEnquiries and Booking

BC Sea Kayak Leader Assessment

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A 2 day practical assessment under the BC syllabus of your ability to paddle safely and effectively whilst leading a competent group in moderate, coastal sea conditions. This award is a prerequisite for Advanced Sea Kayak Leader, MWE Sea and L3 Sea Coach.

Dates: 4-5 Nov 17

Cost: 195


Advanced Sea Leader preparation courseEnquiries and Booking

Advanced Sea Leader preparation course

This three day course, which will include a night paddle, is designed to assist those working towards Advanced Water sea kayak leader (old 5 Star sea). It is not a formal training course which means we can be more flexible to deal with individual needs. It's open to anyone working towards this award irrespective of whether they have done the training or not. You must have all your own equipment and boat suitable for AW. You must also be competent to paddle effectively in AW conditions.

Dates: 13-15 Apr 18 (Oban area)

Cost: 300


BC Open Water Navigation CourseEnquiries and Booking

BC Open Water Navigation Course

This course will introduce concepts and skills required to navigate from your sea kayak in more challenging sea conditions, poor visibility and when remote from recognisable features.

It is a prerequisite for the BC Advanced Sea Kayak Leader training and assessment. It will generally be offered the day before Advanced Sea Kayak Leader training so that the content can immediately be practiced and put to good use.

Dates: By arrangement

Cost: 100


BC Advanced Sea Kayak Leader TrainingEnquiries and Booking

BC Advanced Sea Kayak Leader Training

This is the advanced sea conditions leadership and personal paddling training course. It is a very valuable course for sea kayakers wanting to develop their skills and awareness in more challenging conditions as well as for those who wish to become qualified to lead others in this environment day and night.

You must hold the Sea Kayak Leader award or the old Level 3 Sea Kayak Coach award as a minimum to enrol on this course. The Open Water Navigation course is required before training and will be run the day before this course for those who would like to do it.

Dates: New date Autumn 2018 or call to arrange.

Cost: 250


BC Advanced Sea Kayak Leader AssessmentEnquiries and Booking

BC Advanced Sea Kayak Leader Assessment

This two day, one evening course will assess your personal paddling, open sea navigation, safety & rescue and group leadership in advanced sea conditions day and night against British Canoeing's syllabus.

Dates: 28-29 April 2018 (Oban area)

Cost: 250


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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