I love sea kayaking.
I love the Isle of Wight.
I love coaching people.
It’s always a pleasure therefore to be asked to deliver coaching and courses for groups. When the group is a multinational conglomerate from Greece, Portugal, Germany, Chile, the UK and Austria it becomes a challenge, and I like a challenge!
The aim of the week was to deliver a whole suite of British Canoeing courses which included some of the brand new coach awards. We succeeded in running the Core Coach, Sea Coach Discipline Specific Training, Coastal Navigation, Moderate Water Leader training and, only just, a Moderate Water Leader assessment – the weather nearly got the best of us on that last one, but a quick bit of jiggling the timetable around and some rescheduling of meetings and ferries and we managed it.
The team spent the week in a stunning rented house in Totland, which I’m sure vexed a few locals, to have a continuous stream of soggy sea kayakers flowing through the quiet street. It was extremely comfortable, although the ongoing and relentless discussions (read: arguments) on the appropriate temperature that the heating should be set at provided much, and continued amusement for ‘those of me’ not staying at the house.
We ran the week very much as a workshop type event. The more experienced and higher trained helped those of less experience, which added a really supportive feel to the 9 days. Those who were newly trained coaches achieved ‘logged experience’ and mentoring support in running coaching sessions for the others.
… And the conditions for the week were awesome! High wind, huge swell, flat calm, almost glassy surfaces, awesome surf and stonking tides.
Next year we will be running another course for the same group, and we’ve added a sheltered water week based in West Sussex next year as well which will include SUP for them as well.
If you’d like a similar week for your club or group then get in touch and we’ll put it together.
Owen Burson (Chief Adventure Officer)
Get in touch | firstname.lastname@example.org | 01983 755838