British Canoeing – Canoe Leader Training
Would you like the confidence to lead a group of friends or peers on an open canoe adventure?
As a Canoe Leader you will have the ability to do this, you and your group would be qualified for the following activities:
Paddle a grade two (three) river in solo or tandem canoe
Paddle across a lake one kilometre wide in solo or tandem canoes in wind up and including force 4
Sail open canoes in wind up and including force 4
Pole up or down a section of appropriate river
The foundation of good leadership in paddlesport is personal skill, as it allows you to focus all your attention on the group. Once a leader is comfortable in the environment they can easily help and instruct others. On our training course we will help you improve your personal paddling to let you move around the river or lake thoughtlessly. As you do this you will have plenty of time to think about the group and plan what they should do. This will allow you to match the technical skill of your group to the difficulty of the river or lake and then make a safe decision as how to lead them.
Rest assured that at the end of a Mountain Water Expeditions training course your personal paddling and technical understanding will have improved significantly.
We will give you demonstrations of best leading practice and allow you to try them with the support of an extremely experienced coach at your side. We will give you as much freedom to make decisions as you want while always being there to help if necessary.
We feel that three/four days are needed to allow enough time to cover the Canoe Leader syllabus and adequately prepare students for the full range of activities involved in the moderate environment in canoe. However for those people who feel that they already have a significant of the knowledge in the syllabus we run a small number of two day courses. It is not possible to cover all the syllabus in any depth in two days so we would suggest that this is appropriate for students who already hold other outdoor leadership qualifications and perhaps more specifically another Leadership Award.
Skills looked at during Canoe Leader Training
What equipment to carry
Logistics for river and lake journeys
Matching venues and journeys to the skill level of the group
Strategies for leading in moderate water and when to use them
Communication skills beyond signals and briefing
On open water
Group management and how to use trim adjustments to make life easier and improve group control
Effective use of the variety of forward strokes to move efficiently
Improvised sailing and the problems that can occur
Rescues of solo, tandem and rafted canoes
On the river
Line choice for different abilities and solo or tandem boats
Applying CLAP to the river environment
Personal paddling skills and technical understanding
Using river features effectively
Slowing the canoe to aid manoeuvring
Canoe appropriate rescue techniques
Poling and lining
Rescues of solo, tandem
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