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Canoeing Courses:

Of all the activities offered by Steve he is probably best known for his paddlesport coaching. Steve is one of the UK's busiest course providers, running a broad range of British Canoeing courses every year. He is renowned for his innovative and highly learner-centred approach.

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.

Skill Acquisition & Coaching Process Course Enquiries and Booking

Skill Acquisition & Coaching Process Course

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Steve's Skill Acquisition 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!

This course 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: 7-8 July 18 / 20-21 Dec 18

Cost: £195


Canoe expedition on the Keele river in NW CanadaEnquiries and Booking

Canoe expedition on the Keele river in NW Canada

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We are offering a two week paddling trip down the Keele river in NW Canada in summer 2019 for up to 10 clients. We'll use float planes to transport you to the start point for this classic trip through the Mackenzie mountains to join the Mackenzie river. It is suitable for competent paddlers, though less experienced folk are welcome if sharing a boat with a capable canoeist as it is not a technically demanding trip. Click on the pdf link for more details and feel free to call Steve for a discussion or to reserve your place. The journey will be in 17' tandem canoes.

Also, have a look a last year's Nahanni trip details to get a feel for our adventure holidays.

Dates: Trip departs Norman Wells, NWT, Canada 29th June 2019 finishing in Norman Wells on 14th July.

Cost: £3850


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 three of 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: 2019 dates will be released in due course.

Cost: £425 (£550 if the BC Guide modules are included - see separate page).


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 ran in the Summer of 2017 from Rabbitkettle Lake to Lindberg Landing. The price included float planes in to the start point, all outfitting, food during the trip and the shuttle back to Fort Simpson.

We had ten paddlers of all standards on the trip, including relative novices paddling with competent partners. All had a fantastic experience.

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

The trip was run by Martin McCarthy and Steve, please contact us to discuss the up coming Keele river trip if you are interested.

Dates: This trip is shown for information purposes. We have a trip planned down the Keele River in NWT in June & July 2019. See the separate listing and pdf for that adventure.

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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: 3-4 Nov 18

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: 17-18 Nov 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: 27-29 Nov 18

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 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: £95 on advertised courses


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: 6-7 Nov 18

Cost: £195


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


British Canoeing Guide ModulesEnquiries and Booking

British Canoeing Guide Modules

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 https://www.britishcanoeing.org.uk/courses/guide/

Dates: 27-31 Aug 2018 (Glenuig Inn): Three modules as part of extended trip so they can be run as practically as possible.

Cost: £100 per day module or included in price if taken as part of a sea kayak or canoe trip at £550


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


Free Open Canoeing DaysEnquiries and Booking

Free Open Canoeing Days

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Free canoeing days are available to developing paddlers across a range of training and assessment courses. The candidates for these awards will provide the 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


 

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