On Sunday and Monday, I was working for my friends at Tynant Outdoors to provide a three star canoe training and assessment course.
Our venue for the first day was the Llyn Tegid (Bala Lake), where I was able to assess the clients fundamental skills and develop an action plan for a successful outcome for the assessment. During the day we looked at trimming the boat for the conditions, forward paddling (active posture, trunk rotation & power transfer & acceleration), turning the boat (sweep strokes, inside & outside pivot turns) and moving sideways. Then, towards the end of the day we looked at canoe poling, improvised sailing and rescues. It was a long day but the output was well worth the effort.
Our venues for the second day was to be the Llangollen Canal to build on the skills learnt the day before and the River Dee to look at the moving water skills. The session on the canal was well received and as well as developing the skills learnt the previous day we looked at backwards paddling (reverse J strokes, cross deck backwater strokes) and J stroke variants. Y the end of the morning both clients were looking quite polished indeed.
The River Dee was a little higher than expected so to keep withing the syllabus, I needed tto be a little creative to make sure I didn’t over use the same spot the various exercises. During this session we looked at moving water elements of the syllabus, which are crossing the flow (ferry gliding) and breaking in / out of the current using the theme of SALE SET (Speed, Angle, Landing/ Launch point & Edge – Stroke, Environment & Timing). To finish off the session we looked support strokes and as both candidates were keen to progress to the next award we looked at the use of swim lines in a moving water environment.
I’m pleased to say both clients passed their 3 star and I had a really great two on the water.
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