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Canoe Performance Award

Canoe Performance Award

£ 210

Cumbria

weather coniston water
Beginner
Lessons & Courses, Certifications
Cumbria
Max. group size: 6
Cancellation: Strict
£ 210

Activity Highlights:

This course will run on 2-3 May 2024. Please contact us to discuss other dates if those on the calendar do not suit. We are happy to put on a course for a small group.

Overview:

There are three main elements to open canoeing technique – boat, body and blade. If you get the boat right, the body and blade will have to do less work. Once we get the body right then the blade falls into place.

Open canoe paddling is the most diverse paddlesport discipline because we can explore a variety of environments from the seat of an open canoe. Performance canoeists have a good understanding of how to move a canoe in open water, in wind up to force three and on easy white water.

One of the joys of open canoe paddling is the fluidity and grace with which a 16ft craft can be guided, through the skill of a paddler, with one long blade. To attain this skill can at first be difficult, but at Wild River we can help you to begin mastering the art!  We will teach you more than just strokes. We will show you good techniques and make sure you know when and how to apply them.

Course Content:

We will cover all aspects of the syllabus helping you to acquire the basic skills for open canoeing. Like all our coaching we aim to give you straightforward options that will work in all environments.

We will look at the following during the course:

  • Forwards paddling for cruising and accelerating.
  • Backwards for slowing down or reversing.
  • Steering in close quarters.
  • Moving sideways.
  • Harnessing the wind to aid you on open water journeys.
  • Using river features to move around the river.

You can attend our course as a training session or as an assessment, or perhaps both. You will receive two days of coaching in the skills needed for open water and white water paddling on grade two rivers.  All candidates leave the course with a clear, precise and personalised action plan; safe in the knowledge that they have a range of techniques that are effective and safe.

Location:

This course will take place in Cumbria. For the majority of our courses the meeting points / venues will vary depending on weather conditions and water levels. The most commonly used lakes are Ullswater, Derwentwater and Windermere. Favourite spots would include Glenridding at the southend of Ullswater, the river Eden north of Penrith, Middle Derwent near Keswick, Lune near Kirkby Lonsdale, Kent through Kendal and the Leven near Newby Bridge.

Please note: we will only run this course if we have 3 participants so send in your interest!

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What's Included:

Includes the use of our fleet of canoes and paddles.

Frequently Asked Questions

There are no age restrictions.

No, this is a direct entry course.

How it works: 

  1. Make a booking.
  2. The centre will accept your booking, usually within an hour or two.
  3. Pay for the booking to confirm it.

If you have specific questions, please put them in the comments section, and the centre will answer before you pay.

If something isn't right or if there are no dates available, then send us a message in the live chat.

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Cancellation Policy

Flexible

  • You can cancel until 48 hours before your booking for a full refund
  • If you cancel after that, you’ll pay 50% up to 24 hours beforehand and the full amount after 24 hours 

Moderate

  • You can cancel until 5 days before your booking for a full refund
  • If you cancel after that, you’ll pay 50% up to 48 hours beforehand and the full amount after 48 hours 

Firm

  • To receive a full refund, you must cancel at least 14 days before their booking
  • If you cancel between 7 and 14 days before your booking, you’ll pay 50% of the cost
  • If you cancel less than 7 days before the booking starts, you’ll pay the full amount

Strict

  • To receive a full refund, you must cancel at least 30 days before your booking
  • If you cancel between 7 and 30 days before your booking, you’ll pay 50% of the cost
  • If you cancel less than 7 days before the booking starts, you’ll pay the full amount
  • You can also receive a full refund if you cancel within 48 hours of paying, if the cancellation occurs at least 14 days before the booking starts