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Open Canoe Expedition Training Week in the Lake District

£ 585

Coniston, Lake District

Open Canoe Expedition Training Week in the Lake District
Coniston, Lake District
Max. group size: 8
Cancellation: Strict
£ 585

Activity Highlights:

Our Open Canoe Expedition Training Week will be running from 5th-10th October 2024. Designed for those eager to dive into the world of canoe expeditions, this course equips you with the skills to become fully self-sufficient in the wilderness. Through real-world learning at a basecamp setting, gain the confidence to plan and undertake your own canoe adventures.

Key Details

  • 2024 Dates: 5th-10th October 2024
  • Price: £585 per person
  • Location: Dodgson Wood, Lake District
  • Instructors: Richard and Adam

Key Skills

  • Equipment & Packing: Learn to select and pack gear efficiently, balancing between necessity and comfort.
  • Open Water Journeying: Master navigation and paddling strategies for efficient travel across lakes and lochs.
  • Campcraft, Food & Cooking: Understand the essentials of outdoor living, from shelter setup to meal preparation.
  • Safety and Incident Management: Develop skills to manage emergencies and ensure safety on the water.

Course Breakdown

Our course is broken down into 5 key modules across the 5 days:

  1. Equipment & Packing
    Focusing on how to choose and pack your gear, ensuring everything is waterproof and secure.
  2. Open Water Journeying Skills Part One
    Covers efficient paddling techniques and navigation on open water.
  3. Campcraft, Food & Cooking
    Explores various outdoor living options and cooking methods.
  4. Staying Safe & Dealing with Mishaps
    Teaches how to handle unexpected situations and emergency procedures.
  5. Open Water Journeying Skills Part Two
    Applies learned skills in a practical journey, emphasizing advanced navigation and paddling.

Location

The course is based in Dodgson Wood, nestled in the scenic Lake District, providing an ideal environment for comprehensive expedition training with direct access to some of the finest waters in England.

Accommodation

Participants will stay in a basecamp setup at Dodgson Wood. You’ll need to bring your own camping gear, including a tent and sleeping equipment, to fully experience the expedition lifestyle.

Prerequisites

No previous canoeing experience is required, but participants should be ready for physical activity and have a keen interest in outdoor adventure. The course is designed to cater to varying skill levels, ensuring a rich learning experience for everyone.

Why Choose Us

Led by seasoned adventurers Richard and Adam, our training week offers unparalleled insight into canoe expeditions, backed by decades of experience across diverse environments. With a focus on practical skills, safety, and fun, we ensure that participants leave ready to embark on their own canoeing adventures, with the option to gain British Canoeing Awarding Body Guide Modules.

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What's Included:

  • Comprehensive training in canoe expedition skills
  • Expert guidance from experienced instructors
  • Use of canoes and paddling equipment
  • Campsite fees at the basecamp location
  • All meals and communal cooking equipment
  • Access to training materials and resources

What's Not Included:

  • Personal camping gear (tent, sleeping bag, etc.)
  • Travel to and from the basecamp location
  • Personal clothing and footwear suitable for canoeing and camping
  • Any personal snacks or special food items outside of provided meals
  • Personal insurance for outdoor activities

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Module 1: Equipment & Packing

  • Objective: To master the art of selecting and packing the right equipment for canoe expeditions.
  • Content:
    • Assessing equipment needs based on trip duration, environment, and personal comfort.
    • Exploring lightweight versus luxury gear options to balance efficiency and comfort.
    • Techniques for waterproofing and securing equipment in canoes.
    • Hands-on practice in packing canoes for balance, accessibility, and safety.

Module 2: Open Water Journeying Skills Part One

  • Objective: To develop efficient paddling and navigation skills for lake and loch travel.
  • Content:
    • Techniques for efficient paddling in open water, including stroke refinement and endurance building.
    • Strategies for navigating different weather conditions, utilizing or avoiding wind effectively.
    • Practical navigation skills, including map reading, compass use, and GPS navigation on water.
    • Exploration of diverse water bodies, identifying key features like islands, coves, and beaches.

Module 3: Campcraft, Food & Cooking

  • Objective: To learn essential campcraft skills and outdoor cooking methods.
  • Content:
    • Comparison of different shelter options: tents, tarps, and hammocks, and their situational benefits.
    • Selection and use of sleeping systems: roll mats, thermarests, and other options for comfort and practicality.
    • Food planning and preparation: ration packs versus fresh food, considering nutritional needs and trip length.
    • Cooking methods: pros and cons of gas stoves versus campfires, with hands-on cooking practice.

Module 4: Staying Safe & Dealing with Mishaps

  • Objective: To prepare for and manage potential incidents and emergencies.
  • Content:
    • Risk assessment and planning to prevent common mishaps.
    • Techniques for handling canoe capsizes and other in-water emergencies.
    • First Aid training tailored to wilderness settings and common paddling injuries.
    • Incident management strategies, including emergency extraction and evacuation procedures.

Module 5: Open Water Journeying Skills Part Two

  • Objective: To apply and expand upon the journeying skills learned, with a focus on complex navigation and decision-making.
  • Content:
    • Advanced paddling techniques aimed at enhancing efficiency and control in challenging conditions.
    • Complex navigation scenarios, integrating various strategies and decision-making processes.
    • Planning and executing an extended journey, applying all learned skills in a real-world setting.
    • Opportunity for personalized feedback and advice on future expedition planning and skill development.

Adam Robson and Richard Moses lead the course, both seasoned in the canoe expedition field with extensive British Canoeing qualifications. Their expertise includes advanced whitewater and open water coaching, backed by over 10,000 miles of expedition experience globally.

The training is held at Dodgson Wood in the Lake District, a secluded site ideal for immersive canoe training, with easy access to excellent waters.

Participants can use their own gear or borrow our canoes and paddling equipment. Personal camping gear, like tents and sleeping bags, needs to be brought by attendees.

All meals for the week are included. As a group, we’ll collaboratively prepare and cook meals, integrating campcraft skills into the training experience.

Absolutely. Please inform us in advance of any dietary restrictions, and we will tailor the meal provisions accordingly.

Attendees successfully completing the course can earn British Canoeing Awarding Body Guide Modules, contributing towards becoming an Accredited Canoe Guide, along with a certificate of participation.

Participants should have a moderate level of fitness, comfortable with physical activity and able to handle multiple days of outdoor living and canoeing.

You should bring personal camping equipment, outdoor clothing suitable for variable weather, waterproof gear, and any personal items for the week-long stay. We will provide a detailed packing list nearer to the time.

Yes, we provide post-course support including feedback, advice on further training, and recommendations for planning your own expeditions.

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  • Where applicable, deposit payments are non-refundable.

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  • 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.
  • Where applicable, deposit payments are non-refundable.

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  • If you cancel between 7 and 30 days before your booking, you’ll pay 50% of the cost.
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  • 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.
  • Where applicable, deposit payments are non-refundable.

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