Skill Acquisition paper published

Human Movement Science

Steve has just had his latest academic paper published in Human Movement ScienceSteve’s research examined the impact of a distal versus a proximal external attentional focus in continuous, open skills – that is, skills which have a repetitive action and in which the participants have to respond to external variables beyond their control (e.g. weather, water conditions, opponents etc.).  Steve’s work demonstrated the importance of a prescribed distal focus if performance is to be optimised.

Elsevier (the publishers) have provided a free to access share link for the first 50 days of publication, so if you are interested in understanding more about critical issues in skilled performance, irrespective of skill level, age, gender and so forth, then have a look here: https://authors.elsevier.com/a/1c12LcBxf01X0 .

The link will work until December 25th, after that time only the abstract will be visible as Elsevier will then only make it available through purchases and subscription services.  If you have any questions about this or other skill acquisition issues please contact Steve.  You can also consider coming on Steve’s signature Skill Acquisition course which is packed with evidence based information to aid your learning, as well as the learning of anyone whose skills you are helping to develop.

By |November 8th, 2020|Skill Acquisition|Comments Off on Skill Acquisition paper published

Sea kayaking the Cumbrian Riviera

Private sea kayak guiding in Cumbria

St. Tropez? Well, not quite, though paddling back into Whitehaven harbour at dusk with a stunning sunset might make you wonder.  A great day out was had all the way around St Bees Head to Fleswick Bay and back with a private client in early November sunshine.  We had spectacular scenery, exciting seas under the cliffs at high water and the whole place to ourselves.  We were also pleasantly surprised to find that Whitehaven outer harbour now boasts a new launching ramp for small craft, making it much easier to get to the water either by carrying boats from the adjacent parking or by using a trolley.

Steve offers private coaching and guiding in sea kayaking, canoeing, white water kayaking, mountain walking, climbing and caving.  If you are interested in trying a new activity or developing your skills he’ll be pleased to hear from you and happy to help.

By |November 8th, 2020|Sea Kayak|Comments Off on Sea kayaking the Cumbrian Riviera

Canoe Leader assessment

Canoe Leader Training

Steve has put on an additional British Canoeing Canoe Leader assessment for the 19th & 20th December.  The course has plenty of interest but some spaces are still available if anyone is in need of this course.  As with all assessments, Steve will be very happy to discuss the course with candidates in advance so they know what will be expected and how the two days will be run.  The assessment will be based in Cumbria; the exact venues will be based on the weather and conditions at the time, though Steve will be able to give you an idea of potential venues.

By |November 1st, 2020|Canoe|Comments Off on Canoe Leader assessment

Sea Kayak Leader assessment

Sea Kayak Leader Assessment

Steve is putting on an additional Sea Kayak Leader assessment course for the 28th & 29th November based in Cumbria.  There are enrolments on the course but spaces are still available.  The details are up on the website (click here), though please get in touch for more comprehensive information and to discuss the course with Steve.

UPDATE: Due to the latest Covid-19 lockdown we will not be able to run this Sea Kayak Leader assessment on the dates above.  We’re currently looking at rescheduling the course once we’re permitted to operate again and will post the new dates as soon as they’re available.  In the meantime, if you are interested in this course please get in touch for a discussion and so that we know what dates will work best for you too.

By |October 28th, 2020|Sea Kayak|Comments Off on Sea Kayak Leader assessment

Yukon canoe expedition

Wind River Canoe Expedition 2022

Due to the ongoing coronavirus situation, we’ve decided to postpone our canoe expedition down the Wind River in the Canadian Yukon until the summer of 2022.  Whilst we have sufficient interest, both we and our potential clients are still concerned about committing to the trip due to the lack of a resolution to the pandemic in the short term.  We are hopeful we’ll have both a vaccine with a high effectiveness coupled to high takeup of it by 2022 which will permit us to travel more safely.  To replace this trip in 2021 Steve is going to run his Assynt canoe trip in May, as well as an additional week-long canoe expedition in the Outer Hebrides in the subsequent week.  Details are posted on the canoe expeditions page – please get in touch if you are interested in these amazing, remote canoe journeys.

By |October 24th, 2020|Canoe|Comments Off on Yukon canoe expedition

Sea Kayak Leader training

Sea Kayak Leader training

Following a successful Coastal Navigation course which, for the first time, was run both in person and simultaneously on Skype, we had an exciting weekend on the Sea Kayak Leader training course.  Day 1 saw a 10m tide at Roa Island with fast currents and rapidly changing water levels providing entertaining conditions for the trainees.  We also had some great encounters with the Atlantic grey seals, though it was disturbing to see one with a tight band of some kind of waste round its neck which it clearly couldn’t escape from, and another which had lost most of a flipper – possibly from a propeller.  It reminded us, if we needed it, that human activity and waste is having a devastating impact on our oceans and how sea kayakers can see up close and first hand the damage.  On Day 2 we went to St Bees where we had wind and waves at the top of the award remit giving us an exciting day under the 100m high sandstone cliffs.  Overall we had a great breadth of environments and conditions, so thank you to everyone who came to do their courses with us.

Next up we have Sea Kayak Leader assessment at the end of the month, followed by Canoe Leader training in early November.  Space is still available on both events so please get in touch if you are keen on either course.

By |October 19th, 2020|Sea Kayak|Comments Off on Sea Kayak Leader training

Advanced Sea Kayak Leader training and assessment

Advanced Sea Kayak Leader assessment

We ran our Advanced Sea Kayak Leader training and assessment courses from the Isle of Seil and had a great time in a wide variety of exciting and challenging conditions day and night.  The courses were full to bursting, so thanks are due to everyone who decided to take their course with me as well as to Dave Brown for co-staffing them (and for the blog photo).  Many thanks also to Michael at Argyll Kayakers Cove for going to great lengths to make his site Covid-19 safe and for allowing us to use it.  The next Advanced Sea Kayak training course will likely be in the spring, though assessments for all British Canoeing leadership awards are changing from January 2021: I’ll post a separate blog in due course to explain that as I start to advertise those courses, though do feel free to contact me in the meantime for details.  Our next sea kayak events are a Coastal Navigation course and Sea Leader training from the 16th to 18th October, followed by Sea Kayak Leader assessment on the 31st Oct – 1st Nov weekend.  Canoe Leader courses are also coming up soon so please check the website for details.

By |October 12th, 2020|Sea Kayak|Comments Off on Advanced Sea Kayak Leader training and assessment

Sea Kayak trip to Skye

skye_sea_kayak_trip

Many thanks to everyone who came on the sea kayak trip to the Isle of Skye last week; we had a fantastic week in a wide range of environments and locations: Macleod’s Maidens, Loch Coruisk and the huge cliffs of Dunvegan Head were all highlights.  The wildlife also obliged and we had many sightings of sea eagles (flying, perching and feeding), peregrines, shoals of fish, lots of jelly fish species (lions mane jelly in photo) and amazing bioluminescent creatures – which I initially thought to be lightbulb sea squirts but now think may be comb jellies.  Thanks are due also to Syrus and Matt at Kinloch campsite in Dunvegan for looking after us so well and for coping with our last minute rearrangements and requests to ensure everything operated within the updated Covid-19 rules.  Next up we have Advanced Sea Leader courses on Seil and Sea Leader training and assessment in Cumbria.  Next year’s sea kayak trips are set to include a two week trip to Shetland (in June most likely), along with some other weeks away in amazing places.  Keep an eye on the sea kayak trip page for updates or get in touch for a chat about these fantastic adventures.

By |September 20th, 2020|Sea Kayak|Comments Off on Sea Kayak trip to Skye

Sea Kayak trip to Arran

Sea Kayak trip Arran

Trips and courses have now tentatively resumed with a really successful sea kayak week on Arran.  Despite everything from horizontal rain storms to hot sunshine we had great days out paddling from Lamlash, Whitefarland, Lochranza and Sannox – thanks to everyone who came on the trip.  We were well looked after by Elaine at Middleton’s campsite in Lamlash and it was good to catch up with Ian and David from Arran Outdoors while we were there – the adjacent photo is by David Lydon who spotted us paddling by Marvin Elliott’s seal in Corrie.  The old Clyde paddle steamship Waverley came past us into Lamlash Bay which was a great sight though, unfortunately, it later ran into the pier in Brodick denting the bow and causing quite a commotion.  The next adventure is a sea kayak trip to Skye starting on the 14th September followed by Advanced Sea Kayak Leader training and assessment courses on Seil at the end of the month, so we’re hoping for fabulous weather and no midges – we can dream!

By |September 6th, 2020|Sea Kayak|Comments Off on Sea Kayak trip to Arran

Keswick Guided Walks

Keswick Guided Walks

We have set up Keswick Guided Walks as a new website to specifically cater for anyone interested in personalised guided walking and scrambling, summer and winter.  We’re also offering natural history and environmental walks to draw on Steve’s expertise in these areas.  Navigation training and practice, campcraft, equipment and all other mountain skills are available.  Whilst the activities are centred on Keswick, Steve is more than happy to consider specific requests for support further afield. He also offers via ferrata trips in the Italian Dolomites.

If you would like our support and guidance for your mountain adventures please contact Steve at steve@stevebanksoutdoors.co.uk or call 07796 213817.  He’ll be pleased to hear from you and will do his best to help.

By |August 22nd, 2020|Keswick Guided Walks, Mountain|Comments Off on Keswick Guided Walks
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