The workshop topics listed below are intended as a guide, and coaches will happily tailor the sessions to the needs of the participants - just let us know when you register about your experience, strengths, and areas of development you'd like to work on.
Rough Water Handling Skills – Improve your personal performance in more challenging conditions.
Introduction to Sea Kayaking – Learn how to paddle a Sea Kayak and be safe on the sea. Kayaks are available for hire from a variety of sources and should be arranged in advance by anyone wishing to participate in this workshop who doesn't’t have their own.
Confident Kayaking – This workshop aims to meet a variety of needs.
- Are you more experienced in other paddle disciplines & wish to try sea kayaking?
- Have you had a break from paddling for a while & wish to brush up on your skills?
- Do you need to regain confidence on the water?
Let us know what aspect of your paddling you lack confidence in, and we’ll do our best to help you feel more confident & relaxed.
Towing & Rescues – This workshop is for people who have very little or no experience of towing & rescues. Expect to get wet during this workshop. Equipment - Please bring a towline with you.
Greenland Rolling Skills – A relaxed session which builds up confidence with immersion and recovery by using foundation skills of traditional Greenland rolling. The session will help you build some basic skills and drills to take away and develop further. Whether you paddle with a Greenland paddle or Euro blade understanding traditional skills can change your attitude to immersion and develop an alternative roll which does not rely on force applied to the paddle blade. You will work in pairs, start with land drills and take turns at supporting and practicing.
Equipment - Dry suit (plenty of warm under-layers that don’t compromise flexibility too much), hood and snorkel mask or goggles and nose clip are useful. Other things which you might have which are useful are a well-fitting spray deck, a paddle which is adjustable to zero feather, a paddle float which you might want to practice with at home following the workshop. This is a Roll DVD by Cheri Perry and Turner Wilson made by Justine Curgenven – Cackle TV is recommended to watch along with some YouTube videos 1
Advanced White Water - Read and run the river giving you the skills to read and run in the advanced environment. This workshop will suit those ladies comfortable on Grade 3 and wanting to push forward.
Freestyle - Play the river with Bridget Thomas. Saturday we hop on the Garry with coaching by our very own ex world freestyle champ! This workshop will suit those looking to get into that play hole and start to style it!
Intermediate White Water - Looking to develop skills on grade 2/3? This workshop will suit those developing their skills and will split into 2 groups to suit your needs.
Introduction to White Water - Are you a touring or sea paddler but not so sure about rivers? This is the workshop for you. We will be exploring the fundamentals of river paddling and trying out a little bit of the bouncy stuff. We will work with you to further develop your edge control, entering and leaving the current, crossing the flow and telling your boat what you want it to do. Using connections and power transfer is vital on the river and we will fully explore those topics. Throughout the day we will be working as a supportive group, managing anxiety and finding out individually what works.
Traditional Canoe Skills - Come and explore a day of Traditional Open Canoe skills looking at:
- J-stroke, Indian stroke, knifed J-stroke.
- Running prys and hanging draws
- Tracking and lining
- Solo and rafted sailing
- Using the canoe and tarp to build a bivi
- Use of trim
The day will be build around the groups request on the day.