On Sunday, I was providing a British Canoe Union 3 Star Canoe Assessment on the River Severn. I usually run these courses over two days to give candidates the best possible foundation to pass the assessment. However, in this case the candidate was quite an established canoeist and he opted to attend a one day assessment.
Over the course of the day we looked at all aspects of the syllabus although with little or no wind it was more of a discussion on improvised sailing rather than a practical application. The support strokes provided a bit of entertainment in that when demonstrating a high brace support I promptly fell out of the boat – well it wasn’t my normal boat and that’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it. I am also pleased to say that the candidate passed with flying colours and I wish him well on his paddling journey, which judging from the feedback received (shown below in italics) is likely to kick off very soon.
“CHMAS provided me with a superb day on the river. Chris’s approach was different to other canoe instructors I have worked with in the past, being more focussed on detail, adjustments and practical tips that make paddling more efficient. He is clearly aware of the latest developments in open canoeing, and we had some interesting discussion about new rescue methods and other matters. The day really inspired me to put my new skills into practice!”
If you would like to see a few photographs from the day then please click here.
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