Build the skills and confidence to go and have your own canoeing adventures. We will cover all elements of canoe journeying via a wild camping journey through lochs, moorland and forest.
This will include planning, paddling skills, safety and rescue, navigation, camp craft, cookery, portaging, poling, lining and incident management.
Galloway is a hidden gem, accessible and yet with a truly remote feel far away from the noise of traffic and light pollution.
Expect to see red deer, otters, ospreys and red kites by day and the stars by night.
This is a short introduction to using the open canoe as a craft to allow you to journey. Our canoe expedition skills course has been put together to allow you to attend such a course with minimum interruption to your busy working life.
The course is two and a half days long and will cover the following elements to allow you to expedition under your own steam.
Canoe Based Skill and Safety:
Efficient paddle strokes for travelling
Efficient turning and control strokes
The ability to work as a team in a boat
Decision making on open water
Understanding weather and, in particular, wind and fetch
Dealing with a capsize
Deep water rescue techniques
Packing a canoe and adjusting its trim
The merits of different packing systems in different circumstances
The art of portaging (a true wilderness skill)• Introduction to poling
Campcraft, Cookery and Expedition Skills:
Choosing and organising your campsite
Expedition/group tarp systems and knots
Choosing cookery equipment for canoe journeys
Choosing food and devising menus for canoe trips
Everyday wilderness axe skills
Personal equipment for canoe journeys
Emergency equipment for canoe journeys (and how to use it)
Camping by the loch side – 1 night spent in a remote wildness campsite.
This expedition is suitable for those with little canoeing experience as well as experiencedpaddlers who prefer a guided trip. Please note that there will be some portaging on this expedition.
|Trip Dates||Course/Activity||Location||Price||Book Now|
|24th to 26th March 2020||Canoe Expedition Skills||Galloway||£ 275|
|Mon 2nd Nov – Thur 4th Nov 2020||Canoe Expedition Skills||Galloway||£ 275|
The price of the trip includes; canoe/camping equipment (excluding sleeping bag and camping mat), coaching and guiding, camping fees, expedition type food on the second evening.
What we include
A single point of contact at Mountain Water Expeditions to provide you with consistent support throughout your experience.
Pre information pack with lots of helpful advice, kit lists etc
Camping fees for the expedition• Use of group kit (free of charge – see below)
Supervision from experienced and helpful coaches
Waterproof Rucksack / Barrel (if needed)
Rucksack liners (if needed)
All relevant canoeing and safety equipment
We provide the following essential group kit free of charge:
Tents (If needed)
Stoves, pans and fuel
What we do not include
Transport to and from the starting point
Personal kit and accident insurance
Items of personal expedition kit that are not mentioned above for example sleeping bags, sleeping mats, waterproof clothing, wetsuit boots etc
Any fees payable to British Canoeing for any BC award obtained
British Canoeing Qualifications
There is a possibility that on this training course you will be able to achieve certain British Canoeing Personal Performance awards along with certain elements of the British Canoeing Guide award.
Your coaching/instruction for the above awards is covered within you course fee you will however be required to pay the additional costs associated with the certificate and providers fees which are payable to British Canoeing.
For further information or to book a place on this open canoe expedition
skills course please email email@example.com