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Kayaking & Canoeing

What is Kayaking?

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Kayaking has become one of the fastest growing adventure sports and is an incredibly diverse sport that appeals to individuals with a wide range of interests and abilities.

The three main types of kayaking are recreational paddling, touring/sea kayaking and whitewater kayaking.

Recreational Kayaking is ideal for individuals looking for a low impact recreational experience that can be done on ponds, lakes and slow moving rivers.

Touring/Sea Kayaking is an activity for individuals that live near an ocean or a larger body of water. Touring boats are longer, faster and designed to travel greater distances.

Whitewater Kayaking is a great activity for individuals interested in paddling rivers. Whitewater paddling offers a tremendous variety of recreational experiences ranging from scenic paddles to raging whitewater. Most whitewater paddlers fall in the middle, kayaking for a mixture of scenery, exercise, and adventure. The latest revolution in whitewater kayaking is the world of play boating. With this paddlers have the option to drive to a surf wave hop in the river and get a work out with out the hassles of driving shuttle or finding paddling partners.

Kayaking Myths:

"Kayaking is an extreme sport." Kayaking like all adventure sports has inherent risks. However with education and instruction you can learn to be safe and proficient on the water. The majority of paddlers choose the lower impact recreational levels of the sport.

"Kayaking is only for young people." Kayaking can be a low impact sport requiring less physical strength than most other outdoor sports, such as biking, hiking or skiing.

How do I get Started?

Step 1: Kayaking requires a basic foundation of skills in order to be safe and proficient. By taking an introductory workshop you can expedite your learning curve and acquire information and skills that might otherwise takes months even years to attain.

Step 2: Decide what type of kayaking appeals to your goals and interests. Be sure to talk with your instructors, they are a knowledgeable resource that can help you identify the proper type of kayaking that is right for you.

Canoes:

Canoe differ from kayaks in that they are paddled with a single blade and most designs are open with paddlers kneelling inside as opposed to the seated kayaking position. Canoes can be used for all of the above types of kayaking and are the craft opf choice for a great number of expeditions due to the superior load carrying capabilities.

At the Wild Lodge we offer instruction and trips in both Kayaks and Canoes.

Course Options

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The Wild Lodge is surrounded by all kinds of water, and the facilities for paddlers wishing to either learn or improve skills are top notch. We’ve an on site pool, a great training section of grade II rapids + whitewater playwave, a grade 3 whitewater river and three lakes within 10 minutes of the lodge.

All the equipment you use on your course is modern and well maintained and you can try out all kinds of canoes and kayaks during your stay. So if you’d like to learn to paddle, improve your technique quickly, or just get out there on the water, pick a course from our programme and call or drop us a mail.

Most tuition is based from the Wild lodge, however there are some advanced courses that require other locations.

Discover Kayaking

A weekend based from the Wild lodge designed to give you an enjoyable introduction to kayaking. You'll cover everything from what clothing and equipment to choose right up to basic rescue skills, not to mention plenty of paddling. By the end of the weekend you'll have all of the foundation skills to confidently progress in your new sport.

Previous Experience: None

Discover Canoeing

A weekend based from the Wild lodge designed to give you an enjoyable introduction to Open canoeing. You'll cover everything from what clothing and equipment to choose right up to basic rescue skills, not to mention plenty of paddling. By the end of the weekend you'll have all of the foundation skills to confidently progress in your new sport.

Previous Experience: None

Discover White Water Kayaking

A weekend designed to introduce you to the thrills and spills of white water. You'll cover everything from clothing and equipment to foundation white water skills. By the end of the course you will have tackled your first white water and have the confidence to tackle the rapids under your own steam. Previous Experience Confident flat water paddler with the ability to manoeuvre your craft with ease, able to perform a confident and controlled capsize.

Intermediate Kayaking

Two day course on grade II and III white water designed for kayakers who have some white water experience but lack the confidence to move on to the intermediate course. Whether you have limited experience on moving water, you've had a knock in confidence due to a 'big swim', or you've simply been 'out of your boat' for a few years, this course is an ideal confidence booster. Initially you'll spend time consolidating your existing paddling skills before developing your balance and moving on to more advanced techniques. You will also enjoy a more in-depth insight into river reading, rescue and further develop your roll. The course should help you become more comfortable and relaxed on the water so you'll enjoy your paddling more than you ever thought possible.

Previous Experience: Some white water experience, able to perform a flat water roll.

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Intermediate Canoeing

Two day course on grade II and III white water designed for kayakers who have some white water experience but lack the confidence to move on to the intermediate course. Whether you have limited experience on moving water, you've had a knock in confidence due to a 'big swim', or you've simply been 'out of your boat' for a few years, this course is an ideal confidence booster. Initially you'll spend time consolidating your existing paddling skills before developing your balance and moving on to more advanced techniques. You will also enjoy a more in-depth insight into river reading, rescue and further develop your roll. The course should help you become more comfortable and relaxed on the water so you'll enjoy your paddling more than you ever thought possible.

Previous Experience: Some white water experience, able to perform a flat water roll.

Intermediate White Water Kayak

Two day course on grade II and III white water designed for kayakers who have some white water experience but lack the confidence to move on to the intermediate course. Whether you have limited experience on moving water, you've had a knock in confidence due to a 'big swim', or you've simply been 'out of your boat' for a few years, this course is an ideal confidence booster. Initially you'll spend time consolidating your existing paddling skills before developing your balance and moving on to more advanced techniques. You will also enjoy a more in-depth insight into river reading, rescue and further develop your roll. The course should help you become more comfortable and relaxed on the water so you'll enjoy your paddling more than you ever thought possible.

Previous Experience: Some white water experience, able to perform a flat water roll.

Rolling Clinic

Using our pool, lake and river, we will help you develop a strong, dependable roll in a variety of conditions.

Previous Experience able to perform a confident capsize.

Basic Playboating # 1

Freestyle is about having fun, total control and expression. If you've always wanted to shred a wave, spin360s in a hole, do cartwheels or flatspins - we can help. This relaxed weeekend will give you the elementary skills required to start to build your freestyle repetoire. We will cover surfing a wave, getting comfortable in a hole and the starting moves of freestyle.

Previous Experience: Able to perform a elementary roll

Basic Playboating # 2

Intended as a follow on from weekend 1 we will move onto flat spins and cartwheels and more freestyle moves

Previous Experience: Able to perform a confident roll

Advanced Playboating

Hone your freestyle skills and add new ones to your repetoire with our advanced freestyle weekend led by our guest playboat instructors.

Previous Experience: Able to perform a confident roll, surf and basic hole/wave moves

Basic River Rescue

This course is a must for any moving water paddler. 2 day course designed to teach the fundamentals of resue and safety, concentrating on rescues of self and others. We also look at recognizing hazards (and what to do about them)

Previous Experience: Water confidence and good swimming ability

Basic Whitewater Rafting Experience workshop

This course introduces the basics of handling a whitewater paddle raft on moving water. Basic strokes and drills will be covered along with elementary rescue techniques.

This course is useful for teaching professionals expecting to lead extra curricular trips using outside providers, trainee raft guides and indiviudual rafters planning to start running elementary rivers.

Previous Experience: Water confidence and good swimming ability.

Advanced Whitewater Rescue

This course builds on the basics covering in the basic weekend and goes on to cover more advanced rescue techniques, dealing with entrapments and setting safety on sections of whitewater.

Previous Experience: Basic Whitewater rescue skills, EFR or similar qualification.

BCU Qualifications

BCU - British Canoe Union

We run a number of courses under the British Canoe Union Star Award scheme. Which provides the support and encouragement paddlers need to get out and go paddling. The one and two star awards are generic, encouraging paddlers to experience the various disciplines of paddle sport available, three star specialises and Four and Five Star are leadership awards enabling paddlers to lead groups in appropriate conditions.

The Star Award Scheme best suits paddlers aged 16 and over.

Note: All course listed below are under the NEW BCU course outlines, those wishing to continue or complete courses under the recently suceeded guidelines should email us for more information.

All the following courses provide you with a personalised action plan, designed to guide you towards a successful outcome and ongoing development.

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One Star: A Flat water award that demonstrates an individual has basic boat control and foundation skills. The one star can be taken in any kind of paddlesport craft (e.g. sit-on-top, slalom C2, polo boat, sea kayak, open canoe etc.)

Two Star: An improvement award that helps paddlers develop fundamental paddlesport skills on flat water. The emphasis is on gaining a breadth of experience, creating the desired movement of the boat and developing an understanding into how the paddle, boat and water interact.

This award is significantly different to the old 2 star, with a change to develop generic movement skills that can transfer to any discipline and with an assessed journey. Assessors

Three Star: Successful performance at this level indicates that a candidate can consider themselves an intermediate paddler rather than a beginner. Unlike the existing award this will be discipline specific with awards in Sea, Surf, Canoe, WW Kayak, FW Kayak and some of the competitive disciplines. The three star paddler will be a competent performer in sheltered to moderate water environments and have the ability to paddle unsupervised, with similar standard paddlers on sheltered water. The new award will look similar in structure to the existing 4 star, but with the skills applicable in an easier environment

Four Star: This discipline specific test is designed to indicate that the candidate has the skill level to safely paddle and lead other competent paddlers on sections of moderate water. A four Star paddler will have the all round paddling ability, safety, rescue and basic leadership required to undertake trips on sheltered - moderate water with a group of paddlers able themselves to be able to operate in a self-sufficient manner. The new award looks much the same structurally to the old 5 star, but the personal skills and leadership reflect an easier environment.

Five Star: At this level the holder has the personal, leadership and safety skills required to lead groups, (in formal and informal settings) in discipline specific advanced environments. The new award looks much the same structurally to the old 5 star, but the personal skills and leadership have been updated in line with current developments where appropriate.

Foundation Safety and Rescue Training.

This is an essential safety course for paddlers wanting to explore the possibilities of paddlesport in sheltered water environments. The course aims to provide key safety and rescue skills required to operate safely and be able to deal with any common emergencies that may arise.

White Water Safety and Rescue Training.

The BCU WWSR training course is designed for all paddlers operating in a moderate to advanced white water environment in either kayak or canoe. In addition, the training is required for those seeking their 4 star leader (white water or open canoe) award.

Advanced White water safety and Rescue Training.

The Advanced WWS&R training course is designed for all paddlers operating in advanced white water environments. In addition, the training is required for those seeking their 5 star leader (white water) award.

The course syllabus still needs to be confirmed by the BCU and is currently not available release dates will be announced on our news section.

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