Paddlesport Touring Leader Training

£ 200

Cumbria

Paddlesport Touring Leader Training
£ 200

Activity Highlights:

Training Dates (Cost £200): 

  • 14-15 March 2024
  • 5-6 October 2024
  • 25-26 November 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.

To book the assessment for after this training, scroll down to other courses by this centre and find ‘Paddlesport Touring Leader Assessment’.

Assessment Dates:

  • 18-20 March 2024 (£270)
  • 2-3 December 2024 (£270)
  • We can organise a 1 to 1 assessment for £350

Overview

Paddlesport touring leaders can lead participants on trips in large pieces of open water and easy white water rivers. This is the perfect leadership award for experienced leaders who operate on the larger lakes of Cumbria and on simple white water rivers.

On our training courses we look at:

  • Pre-trip information gathering.
  • Trip planning and predicting weather and conditions.
  • Safety briefs for mixed fleets in open water and slow moving rivers.
  • Group control for mixed fleets in a variety of environments.
  • Sailing set ups.
  • Games for journeys.
  • Wind and current awareness.
  • Leading groups in safe but inspirational ways.
  • Towing options.
  • Rescues of different craft in open water and simple white water.
  • Incident management.
  • Benchmarking and improvement of personal paddling skill.

Pre-requisites for assessment:

There are no formal pre-requisites for leader training but candidates should have a level of personal skill relevant to the moderate water environment.

  • Prior to assessment all candidates must register with British Canoeing. The cost of registration is £40.56 and includes certification.
  • Full National Association Membership.
  • Valid (within 3 years) 2 day British Canoeing recognised First Aid Award.
  • Valid (within 3 years) Safeguarding Training recognised by British Canoeing.

Location:

This courses 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 and the most commonly used rivers are Eden, Leven and Lune. 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.

Why do this course:

Paddlesport Touring Leaders are certified to guide participants on:

  • Open water journeys up to 500m from the shore.
  • In conditions with winds up to force 4 (less than 18mph).
  • Slow-moving rivers up to grade 1, including occasional short grade 2 rapids and simple, safe weirs.
  • Areas with tidal movement up to 0.5 knots.

This certification encompasses all open water in the Lake District under suitable wind conditions and most open waters in England and Wales. Notable river journeys include easy sections of the River Eden, Middle Derwent near Keswick, Upper Derwent from Grange to Derwentwater, River Lune below Kirkby Lonsdale, and River Kent from Burneside to south of Kendal.

Who Can a Paddlesport Touring Leader Work With?

Paddlesport Touring Leaders are equipped to guide paddlers of any craft who need environmental support. They can lead mixed or uniform craft groups, utilizing their experience to determine group sizes, with six solo or four tandem crafts considered large groups.

 

Submit a booking request to register your interest today, you can ask any questions you may have before paying! 

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There are no formal pre-requisites for leader training but candidates should have a level of personal skill relevant to the moderate water environment.

Prior to assessment all candidates must register with British Canoeing. The cost of registration is £40.56 and includes certification.

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