3 Star Canoe

Looking at power creation

Looking at power creation

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.’

If you would like CHMAS to provide this type of course for you and your group then please take a look at canoeing page to find out more by clicking here.

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