Last weekend, I was working for my good friends at ProAdventure providing a 3 Star Canoe Training & Assessment Course.
We used, the Llangollen Canal, Llyn Tegid and the Upper River Dee as venues for the course and a very enjoyable one it proved to be too. After discussion, the format of the two days was as detailed below:
Day 1 – Llangollen Canal
Due to the weather conditions, I opted for a day on the Llangollen Canal looking at:
- Quiet boat;
- Fundamentals applied to each stoke – so posture – connectivity – power transfer & feel;
- Differences between various J strokes;
- Tandem paddling; and
- Rescues – done dry.
It proved to be an ideal choice of venue and by the end of the day their was a significant improvement in all the candidates.
Day 2 – Llyn Tegid & Upper River Dee
Upon arrival at Llangower Point, I could not have wished for better conditions on Bala Lake to:
- check on retained skills from the day before by way of a journey;
- look at improvised sailing;
- introduce the concepts of poling;
- look at the moving water elements (cross a simple flow) on the Upper River Dee; and
- assess the wet rescues.
I had also intended to make a brew and toast some marshmallows using the Kelly Kettle but unfortunately, I had forgotten to pack a key ingredient – a means to light it but we still had the marshmallows anyway.
I am pleased to say that all the candidates passed the assessment and went away grinning like Cheshire Cats and of course a personalised development plan. I had a cracking two days on the water and judging by the feedback received so did the candidates
JR – 3 Star Canoe 8&9 November
‘Thanks very much for an extremely informative and enjoyable couple of days. I learned a lot and know a bit more about some of the areas to work on in the coming months.’