Articles - Get on a Canoe or Kayak Course!

Tom Turner in the green
Tom Turner in the green
Canoe and Kayak UK - Posted on 18 Mar 2009

No matter how long you’ve been paddling, or how much experience you have one of the great things about our sport is that you never stop learning. Booking on to a course is a great way to add new tools to your skills box, or to refresh and sharpen up those that you already have. It’s also a brilliant way to meet like-minded people and to swap ideas.

First Aid
A basic knowledge of first aid is a must-have skill for all paddlers, so a first aid course makes perfect sense. But why not crank it up a few notches and take a more in-depth course. It’s a good feeling knowing that in an emergency you’ve got that little bit more knowledge to help out your paddling buddies in a time of need.

Learn To Roll
Although not essential being able to roll is a very valuable skill to possess, and it’s really not that hard once you know how. There are plenty of courses available for both kayakers and canoeists and why stop at one style of roll, you could learn the front and reverse screw roll, the C-to-C roll or even to ditch the paddle all together and learn to hand roll.

Introductory Courses
Also known as ‘taster’ courses allow you to give various styles of canoeing and kayaking to see if you enjoy it and want to take it further. You’ll learn about the various styles of boat and learn the basics to get you moving on the water. Come rain or shine these are always great fun.

Canoeing or Kayaking For Families
There are plenty of courses now available aimed at the entire family, and what better way to learn and have a whole heap of fun than with your nearest and dearest?

BCU Star Tests
The British Canoe Union runs the coaching scheme in the UK and their Star Test awards are respected all over the world. They range from an entry level right up to advanced paddling in demanding conditions and have been designed to help people progress in to the coaching scheme, and maybe even become a coach themselves in the long run. They are usually run over a single day, or a weekend for more advance awards. As well as actual assessments there are also plenty of training courses to prepare you, and hone your skills for the tests themselves.

Coastal Navigation
An essential skill if you want to undertake your own trips on the ocean. Charts, tides, weather it all sounds rather daunting but a course will help you break it all down, increase your knowledge and understanding and get to grips with those salty sea dog skills.

Safety & Rescue
No matter how good, and careful you think you are, sooner or later something is going to go wrong. Having a solid working knowledge of safety and rescue techniques and the ability to form a plan quickly is a duty that you owe to yourself and anyone that you paddle with. The smallest incident can quickly grow in to a serious event if it’s not dealt with properly, so attending a rescue course is a must.

River Leader
If you paddle with a club or group of friends it makes sense to learn the skills that will allow you to lead a group down the river safely. Paddling styles, group dynamics, equipment, incident management and how to spot and prevent potential hazards before they occur, there’s certainly a lot to consider. It’s often a demanding course but ultimately very rewarding.
 
Steep Creeking or Freeriding
The style and type of water that modern day paddlers enjoy has changed a lot over the years, and more and more paddlers want to challenge them selves on steep whitewater. This type of paddling demands an additional group of skills and it makes sense to learn them in a controlled course rather than out of control half way down a scary run.

Symposiums
There are many sea kayaking and open boat symposiums that occur around the UK and these fantastic places to meet other paddlers and to learn new skills or take in a skills workshop or lecture, or two.

 

If you Found this article useful take a look here, for more great on-line features

Back to Training



3 comments so far...

1.david witter
12 Jul 2010 06:38
I live in Argyll Scotland. I use a Wheelchair and would like to find a kayaking course / holiday for disabled people.
2.li min
26 Dec 2010 06:08

Buy hookah pipes,<a href="http://www.hookahmake.com/">cheap hookah</a>, hookah for sale and hookahs for sale at the cheapest prices - Today get 6 FREE hooka tobacco samples only at Hookah Hub.Buy hookah for sale, hooka pipes,<a href="http://www.hookahmake.com/">cheap hookah</a> and hookahs for sale at lowest prices online.Sahara Smoke Co. offers exceptional deals on hookahs and hookah products on their website.The rest of our website is temporarily down. For additional information, please visit The <a href="http://www.hookahmake.com/">hookah</a> on Facebook.However, we are happy to announce that you can still hear many of your favorite tru3style radio DJs here at<a href="http://www.hookahmake.com/">cheap hookah</a>. Please take a look at the DJ ... Not only do they offer cheap hookahs from 35USD on a regular ...Buy <a href="http://www.hookahmake.com/">cheap hookah</a> including Mya & Khalil Mamoon Pipes.Are you looking for cheap hookahs for sale? Many people enjoy the pastime of smoking a<a href="http://www.hookahmake.com/">hookah</a> with friends and are looking for a good deal on one.Finding cheap Hookah Hoses doesn't mean buying the first cheap or ugly hookah you find. You need to consider the quality difference between ..You can prezent your hookah on this website by posting a photo of it. The blog section contains a lot of information and news about hookah pipes, shisha and ..We want to welcome everyone interested in <a href="http://www.hookahmake.com/">hookah</a> to the world wide web's first official informational community. Hookah Addicts will provide ...<a href="http://www.hookahmake.com/">hookah</a> may be more harmful than smoking cigarettes. Find out why.New Years Eve 2011.
3.li min
26 Dec 2010 06:09

Buy hookah pipes,[url=http://www.hookahmake.com/]cheap hookah[/url], hookah for sale and hookahs for sale at the cheapest prices - Today get 6 FREE hooka tobacco samples only at Hookah Hub.Buy hookah for sale, hooka pipes,[url=http://www.hookahmake.com/]cheap hookah[/url] and hookahs for sale at lowest prices online.Sahara Smoke Co. offers exceptional deals on hookahs and hookah products on their website.The rest of our website is temporarily down. For additional information, please visit The [url=http://www.hookahmake.com/]hookah[/url] on Facebook.However, we are happy to announce that you can still hear many of your favorite tru3style radio DJs here at[url=http://www.hookahmake.com/]cheap hookah[/url]. Please take a look at the DJ ... Not only do they offer cheap hookahs from 35USD on a regular ...Buy [url=http://www.hookahmake.com/]cheap hookah[/url] including Mya & Khalil Mamoon Pipes.Are you looking for cheap hookahs for sale? Many people enjoy the pastime of smoking a[url=http://www.hookahmake.com/]hookah[/url] with friends and are looking for a good deal on one.Finding cheap Hookah Hoses doesn't mean buying the first cheap or ugly hookah you find. You need to consider the quality difference between ..You can prezent your hookah on this website by posting a photo of it. The blog section contains a lot of information and news about hookah pipes, shisha and ..We want to welcome everyone interested in [url=http://www.hookahmake.com/]hookah[/url] to the world wide web's first official informational community. Hookah Addicts w
Pages: 1 All

Want to comment on what you've seen?

You must be logged in to leave a comment. You can log in here.
If you don't have a user account please register.

Recently Added Features

Sea Kayak Head to Head Test - The Taran Sea Kayak V The Inuk Sea Kayak

15 May 2012

Sea kayaks have one of boating’s oldest pedigrees. While river kayaks mutate into new shapes with every season, their ocean cousins still carry those ancient Eskimo looks. But that doesn't mean that s

Canoeing & Kayaking Trips in the Lake District

23 Apr 2012

The Lake District is surely most famous for the spectacular walking it offers in its hill and fells, although it is becoming an increasingly popular destination for canoeists and touring kayakers alik

How to Repair Inflatable Kayaks & Inflatable Canoes

28 Mar 2012

A Canoe & Kayak UK Quick-Guide to Repairing Your Inflatable Kayak or Inflatable Canoe

How to Care For Your Inflatable Kayak or Inflatable Canoes

28 Mar 2012

A Canoe & Kayak UK Quick-Guide to Caring For Your Inflatable Kayaks & Inflatable Canoes...

All You Need to Know About Joining Your Local Canoe Club

25 Mar 2012

Every year more and more people sample the delights of canoe & kayaking through come-and-try-it days, taster courses and adventure holidays, but once you’ve been bitten by the bug, where do you go fro

10 Reasons to GO on a Canoeing or Kayaking Course

13 Mar 2012

One of the great things about canoeing & kayaking is that there’s just so much to learn and experience they can never get boring. To help you get more out of your time on the water. is to GO on a cano

Others in this Category

All You Need to Know About Joining Your Local Canoe Club

25 Mar 2012

Every year more and more people sample the delights of canoe & kayaking through come-and-try-it days, taster courses and adventure holidays, but once you’ve been bitten by the bug, where do you go fro

How to Get Articles Published in Canoe & Kayak UK

31 Jan 2012

A Canoe & Kayak UK guide on how to write better articles about your paddling adventures and how to get your stories published.

Get Your Kids Canoeing & Kayaking

03 Feb 2011

The Canoe & Kayak UK Guide to family canoeing & kayaking fun on the water.

Stars in Their Eyes - The Open Canoe BCU 1 Star Award

27 Oct 2010

An easy to understand to taking and passing you British Canoe Union Open Canoe 1 Star Award

Top Tips for Sea Kayakers on Coastal Navigation

26 Aug 2010

Here’s a quick list of top tips for sea kayakers' that you might consider trying during these cold and dark winter evenings.

Canoe & Kayak UK’s Top Tips for Camping Trips

06 Apr 2010

Wild camping is a great thing to do; it’s fun and gives a real sense of adventure and getting back to nature. And luckily for us, as paddlers, canoes and kayaks are the ideal craft for accessing some