Foundation Safety and Rescue Training – Only one place left!

This course is free to club members (apart from certificate fee) who are volunteering as rescue kayakers at the Great Scottish Swim on Saturday 26 August 2017. Otherwise the fee for club members for this course is £30. This course is the British Canoe Union Safety course that all other safety courses are built on and is often a prerequisite for future development. The next course will take place on Loch Lomond on Sunday 13 August 2017. There is only one place left on this course. This course is designed for all paddlers irrespective of craft. The objective is to teach simple and safe skills that can be applied appropriately across a variety of paddlesport craft including kayaks and canoes.  These skills will then form the basis of all safety and rescue training throughout the BCU Scheme. The course aims to provide the student with the key safety and rescue skills required to operate safely in a sheltered water environment and to be able to deal...
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Foundation Safety and Rescue Training

Sandy is running this course oh Saturday 14 May 2016 at Loch Lomond. Participants should be of 2 star standard, they don't necessarily have to have the 2 star award. There are only six places available at a discounted rate for club members,this is a valuable day's training at a cost of 30 per head. The course is described as follows: Course aims - This training course aims to provide paddlers with the key safety and rescue skills required to operate safely and to be able to deal with common emergencies. These skills form the foundations for safety and rescue throughout British Canoeing qualifications. The award has two purposes: To provide the paddler with the necessary skills which will enable them to ensure the safety of themselves and others To provide the paddler with the appropriate rescue skills which can be used to help themselves and/or others in difficulty Course philosophy ?- Fundamentally this course is designed for all paddlers irrespective of their chosen...
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River Trips – Spring/Summer 2016

I have published the dates for a number of river trips which I will be running between April and July 2016 with two aims in mind: I want to provide a varied programme of river trips to allow  club members to develop their experience and their river paddling expertise whilst in the company of an experienced Coach and River Leader I want to provide coaching and training that will allow club members to gain and practise the skills required to pass the BCU 3 Star Award in White Water Kayak. I plan to have a progression over the year and to frequently re-visit skills in each trip so that it isn't necessary to attend all the trips to be prepared for the assessment. However the more you attend, the more prepared you shall be! The rivers I am looking to include are the Teith, the Doon, the Clyde, the Tay, the Nith, the Avon, the Awe and the Ayr. Any comments, questions or concerns, give me...
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Foundation Safety and Rescue Course – Sunday 13 September 2015

There are still spaces available for this course. This course is designed for all paddlers irrespective of craft. The objective is to teach simple and safe skills that can be applied appropriately across a variety of paddlesport craft including kayaks and canoes.  These skills will then form the basis of all safety and rescue training throughout the BCU Scheme. The course aims to provide the student with the key safety and rescue skills required to operate safely in a sheltered water environment and to be able to deal with common emergencies.  - See more at: http://canoescotland.org/courses-training/bcu-safety-training#sthash.o2tELjiB.dpuf Contact Sandy for further details 07962226280  ...
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River Paddling over the winter

Hi Looking at the following dates for river trips Sunday 23.11.14 Sunday 07.12.14 Sunday 14.12.14 Sunday 28.12.14 Sunday 11.01.15 Sunday 25.01.15 Sunday 08.02.15 Sunday 22.02.15 Sunday 08.03.15 Sunday 22.03.15 These will be open to kayakers and open boaters and will be tailored to suit the people taking part. The trips will lead up to a long weekend around Easter- time which will be more of an expedition type paddle, descending a river or rivers over several days. ...
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Firth of Clyde Four Star Training

An intrepid team of Lori, Antje, Colin, Misha, Graham and Tony met early on the Saturday after the club ceilidh the night before, ready for a weekend's paddling and learning with Calum McKerral, the coach for the weekend.  The four star course was partly subsidised by the West Dumbartonshire Sports Council grant we had received to help develop the clubs trip leading skills and a £25 contribution from the attendees was the contribution cost of the 2 days coaching. First things first - an equipment check...maps? - only 3 of us had brought some, compasses - only 2 of us;   - fortunately Calum had brought spares.  Next a planning check - who knew the high and low water times... just Lori, Antje (who had copied Lori's answers) and Tony. Finally a dry suit check - everyone but graham who had 90% of a dry suit - one foot missing but craftily sealed with electrical tape. During the Saturday we practiced / learnt .... towing...
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