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Club & Volunteer Conference 2017

Date: 
21/04/2017 to 23/04/2017

Update 05/04/2017: due to a some cancellations/changes there are a couple of beds available and some spaces for a few workshops. Please register on the link below (if there are no options showing it means the workshops are fully booked). 

The annual Club Volunteer Conference will take place in 2017 between 21st - 23rd April, at Glenmore Lodge. 

This highlight in the calendar is an action packed weekend to support club members from across Scotland. We have workshops suitable for complete beginners, aspiring coaches, club officials and committee members. Previous events have attracted around 100 volunteers from clubs throughout Scotland. 

The main conference takes place all day Saturday and Sunday with a range of workshops. There is also an optional dinner at 6pm on Friday, followed by workshops on Friday evening. 

As this is a subsidised event to support SCA Affiliated Clubs all delegates must be SCA Individual Members and a member of an SCA Affiliated Club. The SCA is very grateful to all the volunteers involved in delivering the event. 

All packages include British Canoeing certification fees (where applicable). 3* fees are normally £12 for members, £25 for non members, FSRT and Foundation modules are £5 for members, £10 non members.

Camping is not available this year, however you can attend as a residential or non-residential guest. 

Location

Glenmore Lodge The sportscotland National Centre in the heart of the Cairngorm’s is again partnering us in delivering this event. Use of their equipment, excellent facilities and helpful staff are reasons enough to go back year after year! 

Cost

  • Residential (includes B&B on Fri and Sat nights, packed lunch on both days, Sat dinner, refreshments, cake, t-shirt): £125.00 until 31/01/2017, £140.00 after
  • Non-residential (includes lunch both days, refreshments, cake, t-shirt): £75.00 until 31/01/2017, £85.00 after
  • Day Delegate (includes lunch on your chosen day, refreshments, cake, t-shirt): £40.00 until 31/01/2017, £45.00 after

Friday night dinner is available to all and also to non-residential participants on Saturday night (£15.00 extra per meal). 

Registration

To secure your place at the weekend, click HERE to register. Last year, the residential spaces sold out before the end of January so we expect there to be high demand again for these places. Book now to avoid to disappointment!

Workshops

We have many different workshops to choose from so there is something for everyone! Take a look at the full workshop descriptions below. Registration is from 5pm on the Friday, followed by dinner (optional) and workshops. There are options for full day or half day workshops on both Saturday and Sunday. 

***Update: Demand has been exraordinarily high for all Rolling and Sea Kayak workshops. If the workshop is not showing on the booking form it means that workshop is full.***

Saturday & Sunday

3* Open Canoe This is a 2 day course aiming to cover the 3 star canoe syllabus. There is no requirement to get assessed, but is an option over the 2 days. Our trainers will work with you developing your knowledge, understanding and performance in the canoe against the 3 star syllabus. This would be perfect for those that need time in a canoe to consolidate and develop their performance at this level.
3* Sea Kayak This is a 2 day course aiming to cover the 3 star sea kayak syllabus. There is no requirement to get assessed, but is an option over the 2 days. Our trainers will work with you developing your knowledge, understanding and performance in sea kayak against the 3 star syllabus. This would be perfect for those that need time in a canoe to consolidate and develop their performance at this level.

 

Saturday All Day

Improver WWK This is a workshop for grade 2 white water kayakers looking to move onto grade 3. Those who are nervous on grade 3 and would like some help would also get a lot from this workshop. 
Sea Kayak Rough Water Control This is a workshop for sea kayakers who need help in the rough stuff. If you paddle at 3 star standard (no requirement to hold the award) then let us take you onto rougher water and help you with your sea reading, boat handling and tactics for when the sea is doing its best to push you about.
Sea Kayak Improvers This is a workshop that will cover essential skills for taking more responsibility during a paddle. From planning the day, running the logistics and then on water skills such as manoeuvring, positioning as well as general paddling skills. It is a busy day! 
Improver Canoe - River Solo G1/2 If you have some canoe skills but would like to get more control on the river then here you are – your perfect masterclass to help you master your craft! Spending time as a solo paddler on grade 1/2 water where river skills such as crossing currents, precision lines, accuracy and of course understanding of trim will all be on the agenda.
Getting into Surf Kayaking Here you go – surfs up! Get to the beach and learn how to catch those waves.    
SUP Improvers Plenty of paddlers have been getting into SUP. Now here is your chance to have a day with a coach developing control, power and finesse in your paddling. The day will also cover essential skills of dealing with common incidents.
Women's WWK Masterclass An all women day on the river. Looking at developing control and finesse in your paddling so you can style the lines with ease and confidence. You should be at 3 star standard (no need to hold the award) to take part in this workshop.
Tandem Canoe - Open Water to River G1/2 The canoe is a wonderful versatile craft. A weak link in canoe coaching is how much time we spend tandem. This workshop aims to put that right. We will look at roles and responsibilities of the crew to be able to paddle in both open water and rivers. We will aim to use Loch Insh then paddle down the Spey to Aviemore. Suitable for those of 2 star standard and above.

 

Saturday Half Day - AM

Feedback & Coaching Behaviours A half day workshop for coaches that covers the critical area of feedback. Different types of coaching delivery can lead to the need for different types of feedback. This workshop will look at the different types of feedback and create links between the differing coaching behaviours used and the feedback mechanisms to aid the paddlers in their development.
Coaching Rolling This workshop is aimed at those who coach or aid others with their roll. We will look at building up progressions, practices and exercises that can help you to help others.
Strength & Conditioning A workshop to look at how we can prepare ourselves better for paddlesports. No previous experience in this area is required. 
Open Water Rescues A workshop to take your rescues out into open water. This is a practical workshop that aims to look at simple and effective ways to deal with paddling incidents in the open water. Suitable for all craft and for those that are 2 star standard and above.
Coaching Rescues All paddlers should be able to deal with simple paddling scenarios. If you are coaching others or helping others in how to do rescues then this workshop aims to look at ways to help with the progressions for coaching rescues. 
Kayak - Forward Paddling Clinic Forward paddling is the most essential of skills. This workshop is aimed at improving our technique. We will spend time out on the loch improving our understanding and practices to drive the kayak further for longer. Suitable for any kayak and paddlers of all levels.

 

Saturday Half Day - PM

Improver Rolling Got a roll that needs refinement? Then here you go the workshop that aims to help you get to the next level. 
Games Sense A workshop aimed at how we can use games to aid us in improving our performance for when it matters. Learn about the theory then put it into practice. Suitable for all crafts and all paddlers.
Putting the Fundamentals into Action Suitable for all paddlers and all craft. This half-day workshop will take place out on the loch and aims to help  you put the fundamentals into your paddling. We will cover critical areas of balance – using good posture and connectivity, agility – using posture, power transfer and connectivity, coordination – using posture and connectivity. These along with the ability to feel and work with the water will get you control and mastering your craft.
Stroke Work for Canoeists What’s in a name – Indian stroke, J stroke, Knifed J, Box stroke, Pitch stroke! Let us help! Develop a deeper understanding of the strokes and learn how they how work so that you can add more options for moving your canoe. Whether you are tandem or solo this is for you. Suitable for those that have done some canoeing and above.
Feedback & Coaching Behaviours A half day workshop for coaches that covers the critical area of feedback. Different types of coaching delivery can lead to the need for different types of feedback. This workshop will look at the different types of feedback and create links between the differing coaching behaviours used and the feedback mechanisms to aid the paddlers in their development.
It's All About Structure How do you structure your paddling practice time? This workshop aims to give you plenty of options. Whether you are a coach or not this one is for you. Suitable for all craft. This workshop will cover a bit of theory but aims to give you a way to practice that aids your development.

 

Sunday Full Day

3* WWK This one day workshop aims to cover the 3 star white water kayak syllabus. There is no requirement to get assessed, but is an option. Our trainers will work with you developing your knowledge, understanding and performance in white water kayak against the 3 star syllabus. This would be perfect for those that need time in white water kayak to consolidate and develop their performance at this level.
Leading WWK Trips This workshop is for those that are 3 star standard and above (there is no need to hold the award). It sets out to help look at critical leadership skills to help have successful trips. Everyone can be a leader, if you have some knowledge of how then you can be more useful for the trips that you are taking. Reading the environment, tactics for running the river, communication strategies and positioning will all be covered.
Leading Sea Kayak Trips This workshop is for those that are 3 star standard and above (there is no need to hold the award). It sets out to help look at critical leadership skills to help have successful trips. Everyone can be a leader, if you have some knowledge of how then you can be more useful for the trips that you are taking. Reading the environment, tactics for journeying, communication strategies and positioning will all be covered.
Leading OC Trips This workshop is for those that are 3 star standard and above (there is no need to hold the award). It sets out to help look at critical leadership skills to help have successful trips. Everyone can be a leader, if you have some knowledge of how then you can be more useful for the trips that you are taking. Reading the environment, tactics for running the river, tactics for dealing with wind, communication strategies and positioning will all be covered.
Surf Kayak Development Done some surf kayaking before? Here you go – an opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of the surf zone. Reading the environment, tactics for catching and riding the waves along with managing the environment will all be covered.
Practical White Water Rescues If you spend any time on white water then come and look at some top tips and handy hints for dealing with simple, common scenarios. Regardless if you have done the WWS&R or not, regardless of canoe or kayak then this one day workshop is for you. 
Incident Management at Sea This one day workshop out on the sea aims to look at simple scenarios that happen at sea and how we may solve them. This is for sea kayakers who are at 3 star standard (not required to hold the award) who would like some top tips and handy hints for problem solving while on sea journeys.
OC1 - What's It All About Spend a day in short specialist canoes. This workshop is for those who have started to show interest in this growing aspect of the sport. 

 

Friday Evening

Safeguarding Essential training for individuals on how to create and keep a fun, safe paddling environment for the safety of all.
Event Safety A British Canoeing / SCA workshop looking at the areas to run safe and effective events. 
Coaching the Mind Foundation module covering key aspects of mental skills training. Covering the psychological aspects of paddling will help you understand how to improve yours or others performance through mental skills training.
Coaching Young Paddlers Foundation module looking at issues when coaching young paddlers. What do we need to know and how to ensure that the sessions meet the needs of young paddlers.
Swimming Pool Foundation module - This module aims to offer practical advice and guidance for gaining access to swimming pools, and for getting the most out of pool sessions. It is designed to equip coaches with a good working knowledge of paddlesport activities taking place within a swimming pool environment.
Paddle Ability Foundation module looking at helping coaches be more inclusive when introducing paddlesports.
Fitness Foundation module -  It is designed to introduce competition and recreational coaches to the key concepts of fitness – training, nutrition and physiology.
Mentoring Foundation module – The module intends to equip coaches with a definition of modern mentoring. Identifying its principles, elements of best practice and the vocabulary which current mentor education embraces.
Rolling Improvement An evening spent looking at improving your roll. Whether you can roll every time or have a shaky 50/50 roll then let’s look at some common faults and ways to rid them from your performance.

 

Sunday Half Day - PM

Developing your Kayak Coaching A half day workshop for kayak coaches that could do with more ideas to add to their tool box.
Fundamentals of Paddlesport Foundation module – this module aims to introduce and develop coaches understanding of what adds to quality to paddlers performance, observation skills and practices that can be used to develop performance.
Traditional Skills for Canoeists All canoeists tend to need to work on their traditional skills. This half day workshop will cover ropes and poles. If the conditions and time allow then sails as well. Suitable for all canoeists.
Improvers SUP Done SUP before? Then this is for you. This half day workshop will help with developing power and control on the board.
Rolling Games Rolling is fun. Let us show games that we can play. These may just seem to be silly fun but you will see how they can develop a strong reliable roll in no time at all. Suitable for all, although if you have a roll (however shaky) or are coaching rolling you will get more from it.
Beyond FSRT Done your FSRT? Then here is a workshop that aims to recap and then build on those skills. This workshop can / will be tailored to individual needs. Suitable for 2 star paddlers (not required to hold the award) and beyond and is desirable (not essential) if paddlers have completed the FSRT.

 

Sunday Half Day - AM

Developing your Canoe Coaching A half day workshop for canoe coaches that could do with more ideas to add to their tool box.
Beyond FSRT Done your FSRT? Then here is a workshop that aims to recap and then build on those skills. This workshop can / will be tailored to individual needs. Suitable for 2 star paddlers (not required to hold the award) and beyond and is desirable (not essential) if paddlers have completed the FSRT.
Fundamentals of Movement Foundation module – this module is all about understanding the 3 concepts that underpin the Fundamentals of Movement in Paddlesport (Balance, Coordination and Agility). Suitable for all craft.
Rolling Progressions Struggling with your roll? Or do you have to help others who are struggling. Let us help with variety of tasks and games that will aid in progressing the roll.    
Games Sense A workshop aimed at how we can use games to aid us in improving our performance for when it matters. Learn about the theory then put it into practice. Suitable for all crafts and all paddlers.
Introduction to SUP A half-day workshop to introduce you to the delights of Stand Up Paddling. This is suitable for all!