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Don’s account of his White Water Kayak Leader assessment

I’d like to share my experiences from recently completing the new 2-day British Canoeing (BC) assessment, White Water Kayak Leader (previously call 4 star white water kayak). The BC web site provides details, but the main aim is to be able to lead a group of four paddlers of BC 3 star standard on river […]

Don’s first aid tips

Mark Donaldson on the importance of first aid training for kayakers In December I took a 2-day outdoor first aid course, the type recognised by British Canoeing as suitable for kayakers who will often be outdoors and not immediately accessible to emergency services. Since kayaking this is the second time I’ve taken such a course, […]

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 […]