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White Water Safety and Rescue training

Dave Hill reflects on a recent White Water Safety and Rescue course When the WWSR course was mentioned to me it conjured up images of the days when I’ll be using ropes and pulleys to pull a pinned boat off a rock on a class 5 rapid someplace exotic. In reality, that may never happen […]

Wilderness first aid

Imagine you’re casually strolling through Regents Park and you come across a man stumbling around drunkenly holding a large branch, another sprawled out in a tree, a women lying on the floor seemingly unconscious with another screaming holding her head – what would you do? This was exactly the scenario presented to us on our […]

River leader assessment

For the first time in months we were heading to North Wales and it was raining. It was raining hard and there was more rain forecast. Gemma and I were heading up the motorway. Off to Bala to meet up with Hannis and undertake our River Leader (formerly 4 Star) Assessment. We were excited by […]

Ty Nant Outdoors  – Level 1 Coaching Course

Hannis Whittam describes two sunny, wet, windy, warm and cold weekends in North Wales where he attended a Level 1 Coaching Course with Ty Nant Outdoors. The Course was led by Andy Turton and he was assisted by Trys Burke. The course covered a variety of things, some of which were new to me, some […]

Hannis’ new favourite eddy hopping system

At the end of January six of us (Adam, Amy, Birtles, Ryan, The Don and myself) went on a four star training with Andy Turton (Ty Nant Outdoors). We weren’t lucky with rain and the Tryweryn wasn’t releasing so we did the training on the mighty Dee. I thought the training was good and worthwhile […]

Giraffes, gorillas and mice

Steffi went for her Moderate Water Endorsement training and encountered giraffes, gorillas and mice. Who would have thought that coaching white water skills can be a matter of story telling and visual/mental pictures. The level 2 coaching seemed to have been a burden of paperwork, sprucing up on technical knowledge and passing on that knowledge […]

White water training – the next steps

I’ve been messing about in kayaks all my life but until this year I wouldn’t have called myself anything more than a blow in. After joining Regents this year and going on my first real moving water trips I really have caught the bug. It might be hard for experienced moving water paddlers to remember […]

Coaching matters

On Sunday 9th April I took part in a ‘Coaching Matters’ course at the Sea Cadets base in the Royal Albert docks in East London, opposite City Airport on the North side of the dock. It was organised by Sam Saunders, Regional Coaching Representative. To see about the course and to see what RCRs do […]

The Upper Dart … on scrape

So we seem to joke that Regents paddle things lower. All jokes aside this has a tendency to be true. Although instead of rolling ones’ eyes at our ambition to paddle most levels, I’d like to say that at least we’re optimists. My first run down the upper dart was in fact when it was […]

Advanced White Water Safety and Rescue with Flow Free Coaching

At some point in your paddling career you may decide it’s time to push your kayaking into new territory. This may come in the form of paddling harder, more challenging rivers, accessing more remote locations or assuming more responsibility for other people on the river. With these new challenges comes the potential for different kinds […]