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Bespoke canoe coaching & guidingEnquiries and Booking

Bespoke canoe coaching & guiding

If you would like personalised coaching or guiding to get the most from your canoe then Steve will be pleased to help you.

Please get in touch to discuss your needs. Steve will wish to assess your current standard and aspirations in order to provide the best possible experience for you.

Dates: By arrangement

Cost: £250 per day for up to 4 people.

Canoe expedition on Coulonge River, Quebec, CanadaEnquiries and Booking

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This canoe expedition will travel from Lac au Barrage to Fort Coulonge over two weeks in July 2020. It travels through remote northern Quebec and will entail a self-sufficient trip paddling tandem through stunning wilderness. Outfitting and food is provided during the trip as is transport to the start and accommodation on the first and last evening. The trip is suitable for competent canoeists and those less experienced who are paddling with a competent partner. Please see the pdf for more information and call for a discussion if you're interested. It should be the trip of a lifetime!

Dates: 9-23 July 2020

Cost: £2975

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.

For those interested we are also offering all five British Canoeing Guide modules at no extra cost as part of this trip. This represents a saving of at least £500 compared to taking them separately. The modules will not affect the trip experience for those not taking them.

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. Trip shown for information.

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: 11-15 May 2020

Cost: £450 (£575 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.


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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