Dartmoor Development Days

If you’re looking for an exciting way to spend your winter, consider joining our moderate water-guided development days and experience the thrill of navigating through grade 2/3 rapids of South West. Our experienced and certified coaching team is committed to helping you improve your paddling skills and achieve your goals, regardless of your experience level.

Whether you’re trying white-water rafting for the first time or you’re an experienced paddler looking to advance your skills, our team has got you covered. We teach you the best techniques to navigate the rapids safely and confidently and help you master the loop to take your skills to the next level.

The advanced group is limited to only four participants, so you can be sure to receive personalized attention and coaching. Our team will work closely with you to identify your strengths and weaknesses and provide you with the most effective feedback to improve your skills.

Each day, the spaces will be available to anyone unless a private group has made a booking.

Take advantage of this opportunity to challenge yourself and have fun outdoors this winter. Sign up today to join our moderate water-guided development days and take your paddling skills to the next level!

What's Included

  • One days of coaching.

Prerequisites

We recommend being at a 3* standard or being comfortable on grade 2/3 for this course.

If you’re unsure whether or not this course is for you, please give us a call or drop us a message, and we’ll help guide you down the correct path!

Other Info

Boats and equipment can be hired for an additional cost. Please enquire when booking and we can give you a price breakdown.

 

MINIMUM NUMBERS AND WATER LEVELS:

When in natural river environments, the course may be moved location or postponed if we do not have the correct conditions.

Courses run on man-made venues do not include your water fees in the booking cost.

If you’re looking for an exciting way to spend your winter, consider joining our moderate water-guided development days and experience the thrill of navigating through grade 2/3 rapids of South West. Our experienced and certified coaching team is committed to helping you improve your paddling skills and achieve your goals, regardless of your experience level.

Whether you’re trying white-water rafting for the first time or you’re an experienced paddler looking to advance your skills, our team has got you covered. We teach you the best techniques to navigate the rapids safely and confidently and help you master the loop to take your skills to the next level.

The advanced group is limited to only four participants, so you can be sure to receive personalized attention and coaching. Our team will work closely with you to identify your strengths and weaknesses and provide you with the most effective feedback to improve your skills.

Each day, the spaces will be available to anyone unless a private group has made a booking.

Take advantage of this opportunity to challenge yourself and have fun outdoors this winter. Sign up today to join our moderate water-guided development days and take your paddling skills to the next level!

What's Included

  • One days of coaching.

Prerequisites

  • Comfortable paddling on rivers graded 3/4
  • A White Water roll isn’t essential but highly recommended

If you’re unsure whether or not this course is for you please give us a call or drop us a message and we’ll help guide you down the correct path!

Other Info

Boats and equipment can be hired for an additional cost. Please enquire when booking and we can give you a price breakdown.

 

MINIMUM NUMBERS AND WATER LEVELS:

When in natural river environments, the course may be moved location or postponed if we do not have the correct conditions.

Courses run on man-made venues do not include your water fees in the booking cost.

Introduction To White Water Safety

The Introduction to White Water Safety course is designed to support paddlers to become effective group members on grade 2 water. This one day course is suitable for anyone starting out on their white water paddling journey, wanting to explore the role of an effective group member and learn simple strategies and safe skills that can provide the tools to solve common paddling issues. Topics covered include Clothing and equipment, the White Water environment, preparing for the river trip, Swimming techniques and many more. Paddlers will rescue from their preferred craft, which can include kayaks, canoes and stand up paddleboards.

The Program

The Introduction to White Water Safety is a 6-hour programme that consists of 9 modules. This can be delivered in a day or as a series of modules and is available to all ages.

Motivations and decisions:

    • Ours and others’ motivations
    • Collaborative support
    • Selection of river to match motivations

Clothing and equipment:

    • Craft overview, safety considerations, and features
    • Clothing and equipment worn
    • Additional safety equipment

The White Water environment:

    • Understanding water features
    • Recognising water features
    • Hazards on the river

Preparing for the river trip:

    • Appropriate clothing and craft for the river trip
    • Safety protocols
    • River brief

Swimming techniques:

    • Defensive swimming
    • Aggressive swimming
    • Changing direction

Choosing how to help a swimmer:

    • Supporting the swimmer
    • Wading
    • Reaching
    • Receiving a throwline

What to do when we swim:

    • Stay safe
    • Roll up, push/move away
    • Nudge
    • Attaching a line

Kit retrieval:

    • Paddle retrieval
    • Assisting others

Reflections and Skills Checklist:

    • Reflections from the course
    • Reflections on own learning and areas for development
    • Skills checklist

Prerequisites

Participants need to either hold the relevant British Canoeing Awarding Body Personal Performance Award or equivalent ability in/on their preferred craft due to the paddling environment and the boat/board control required to complete the course.

Recommended Equipment to bring

The following is a list of recommended equipment, if you do not have specific equipment please do not go out and buy, this course is a great chance to learn about equipment and try it out before purchasing your own:

  • Mobile phone in a waterproof case (fully charged)
  • Whistle
  • Knife
  • Saw for canoeists
  • Sling or tape, with or without a karabiner
  • Small first aid kit
  • Group shelter
  • Spare clothing
  • Food and drink


Paddlesport Touring Leader

What Is the Paddle Sport Touring Leader?

The Paddle Sport Touring Leader will allow you to lead trips and journeys on moderate inland waters for a range of mixed craft! You can work independently or be deployed by an organisation to do these trips.

The new award has an optional training course which is available through Rock The Boat Activities. This is designed to support you in your development in leadership and group skills, personal skills, rescue skills and theory all in the moderate inland environment. We will work with you to identify clear action points to support your progress towards a successful assessment.  This training course can vary between 2 – 5 days,  the longer course giving you more time to practice and develop your skills. 

 

To become a paddle sport touring leader you will need to attend an assessment. The assessment takes place over a typical paddling day, depending on the logistics relating to accessing the suitable environments you and your assessor might agree on a longer assessment. The assessment  will involve you displaying all the appropriate personal skills, leadership and group skills, rescue skills  as well as underpinning background knowledge. 

We will help guide you through the prior planning for the assessment, discussing logistics with you and ensuring their are participants to lead on the day.  We believe in a relaxed, enjoyable stress free assessment, with you at the heart of the process!

Prerequisite

You will need these:

  • Safeguarding Training (dated within last 3years).
  • First Aid (dated within last 3 years and appropriate to this award)
  • Full National Association Membership
  • You need to be at least 16 years of age to register

To become a Paddlesport Touring leader there is no requirement to have a formal personal performance award or safety award  however you need to be able to independently paddle on open water, rivers up to and including short stretches of Grade 2.

River Skills – Canoe

Come and join our introduction to river skills if you want to introduce your flat water canoe skills and develop them in a natural river environment. We will tailor the course to help achieve your personal goals and develop your skills in the following areas:

  • Personal Paddling Skills
  • Safety and Rescue 
  • Canoe set up

The course can be held at different locations all over the UK.

Whats Included

  • 2 days of coaching on natural rivers.
  • Your coaches will be developing an individualised action plan for you throughout the course. These are designed to help further your skills after the course is complete.

Prerequisites

We recommend that you are competent at paddling a canoe on flat water to be able to go on this course.  If you are unsure whether or not this course is for you please give us a call or drop us a message and we’ll help guide you down the correct path!

Other Info

Boats and equipment can be hired for an additional cost. Please enquire when booking and we can give you a price breakdown.

Come and join our progressive canoe river skills course if you are eager to take your canoeing to the next level. Throughout this course our coaches will work with you to help achieve your own personal goals whether that’s to learn new skills or develop existing ones. The course is aimed at developing the following areas:

  • Personal Paddling Skills
  • Decision Making
  • Safety and Rescue 

This two day course can be held at different locations all over the UK.

 

  • 2 days of coaching on natural rivers.
  • Your coaches will be developing an individualised action plan for you throughout the course. These are designed to help further your skills after the course is complete.

Prerequisites

We recommend that you are competent at paddling a canoe on flat water to be able to go on this course.  If you are unsure whether or not this course is for you please give us a call or drop us a message and we’ll help guide you down the correct path!

Other Info

Boats and equipment can be hired for an additional cost. Please enquire when booking and we can give you a price breakdown.

Private Coached Sessions

At Rock The Boat Activities we are able to offer a diverse range of personal coaching sessions, from one off sessions, to annual and biannual plans working with all aspects of your paddling on and off of the water. Whatever your paddling goals we are here to help

Our aim is to tailor the private session to your specific needs, you will receive feedback and a modern style of coaching with a fun structured layout to develop your skills.

Bespoke Options

We offer our coaching in a variety of different disciplines such as:

Freestyle Kayaking, Canoeing, Kayaking and Stand Up Paddle Boarding

Here are areas we can help develop you in:
Confidence Building
Physical Training and Fitness / Fitness for Paddlesport
Leadership
Safety
Decision Making
BC Awards – whether you are going for a leadership or coaching award or wanting to achieve a personal performance award with us
Coach Mentoring
Long Term Paddler Development Programmes

Location

We have specific locations in our calendar below however we pride ourselves in being a mobile activity company so choice of location can also be down to you but prices may vary.

 

For further details about choosing the right location and session for you please contact us info@rocktheboatactivities.co.uk

Paddlesport Leader

If you’re looking to become a Paddlesport Leader, the optional Paddlesport Leader training is available to support you in your development of the required skills. On this practical course, you will explore leadership skills and the associated personal skills and safety and rescue skills. You will be supported in identifying an appropriate action plan to support your progress towards a successful assessment. Courses typically range from two to five day programmes, with longer courses giving you more time to practice and develop your skills.

There are no prerequisites to the Paddlesport Leader training so just book on and progress your skills!

Recommended Equipment to Bring

Personal paddling equipment is encouraged

If you need any equipment then please get in touch prior to the course. Email Info@RockTheBoatActivities.co.uk

To become a Paddlesport Leader, you will need to complete a one day, mainly practical assessment. The will include displaying participant focused leadership skills, personal paddling skills and rescue skills, as well as underpinning background knowledge, understanding and experience.

Prerequisite

  • Valid 1 day First Aid training
  • Full Home Nation Association Membership
  • Aged 16 or over at the time of assessment

Foundation Safety and Rescue Training

When on the water accidents can happen and it’s best to be prepared and have the skills to help if required. The FSRT is designed for all paddlers, coaches and volunteers working around the water. It can be completed as a bank-based or boat-based course.

This course will teach simple and safe skills as a foundation to further safety training in British Canoeing.

On completion of this course you will have skills to ensure your safety and the safety of others, as well as rescue skills to help yourself, or others in difficulty.

To participate on this course you must:

  • Be able to swim in normal paddling clothes
  • Hold the 2 star award or have equivalent ability, except for bank-based participants
  • There is no longer an age restriction on this course
  • As an AALA licensed provider we can deliver this course to under 18’s

Prerequisites

  • 2 Star (if a boat-based participant)
  • Be able to swim in normal paddling clothes

Recommended Equipment to bring

The following is a list of recommended equipment:

  • Towline OR tow system
  • Throwline
  • Webbing (sewn or unsewn sling) and large karabiner
  • Whistle
  • Knife



White Water Safety

This 2-day course is aimed at those paddling as peers and covers a range of topics that include emergency planning & procedures, chase boating, equipment rescues and scenarios and much more. This course is designed to support paddlers to be independent participants on grade 2(3) white water rivers. Paddlers can access the course with their preferred craft which can include kayaks, rafts, canoes and stand-up paddleboards.

Please note, this course replaced the White Water Safety and Rescue course (WWSR) on the 1st November 2023, however both the WWS and WWSR are recognised as pre requisites for the relevant qualifications e.g White Water Leader, Raft Guide Grade 2 etc

The White-Water Safety course is a 2-day programme that consists of 9 modules:

MODULE 1 – MOTIVATIONS AND DECISIONS
  • Understanding motivations to participate
  • Selection of river to match motivations
  •  Practical matters
MODULE 2 – RIVER TRIP
  •  Pre checks
  •  Collaborative support and vision
  •  Settling in
  • River running strategies
  •  Equipment considerations
MODULE 3 – EMERGENCY PLANNING & PROCEDURES
  • What additional equipment do we take
  •  Locating your position
  • Calling for assistance
  •  Walking out
MODULE 4 – REVIEW AND REFLECTIONS
  •  Reflections on your own learning and areas for development
MODULE 5 – CHASE BOATING AND EQUIPMENT RESCUES
  • Chase Boating
  • Paddle Rescues
  • Boat Rescues
  • Reuniting
MODULE 6 – SWIMMING AND RESCUES
  •  Swimming
  •  Rescue a swimmer from a craft
  •  Rescue a swimmer using a throwline
  •  Rescue a swimmer from a stopper
MODULE 7 – RETRIEVING PEOPLE AND EQUIPMENT
  • Wading
  •  Swimming
  •  Quick release buoyancy harness
  •  Support from the bank
  • Extracting methods
MODULE 8 – SCENARIOS
  •  Setting the scene
  • Scenarios
MODULE 9 – REVIEW AND REFLECTIONS
  •  Reflections on own learning and areas for development

It aims to teach simple and practical safety skills that can be applied appropriately to a moderate whitewater environment. Using a range of simulated scenarios this training course teaches safe paddling strategies and a variety of different rescue skills

Prerequisites

Due to the paddling environment and the boat control required to participate in this training course, candidates should be:

  • Confident in their ability to paddle on grade 2 water
  • Confident swimming in normal paddling clothing suitable for a moving water environment
  • There is no age restriction to the WWS course. Where providers choose to allow participants under the age of 18 to attend the course, appropriate safeguarding measures must be implemented and due attention paid to the enhanced legal responsibilities and potential risks. The safety and welfare of those under the age of 18 is paramount.

A First Aid certificate is not a prerequisite. However, holding a First Aid certificate is strongly recommended for all paddlers.

Recommended Equipment to bring

The following is a list of recommended equipment:

  • Towline OR tow system
  • Throwline
  • Webbing Sling
  • large carabiner x3
  • Whistle
  • Knife


Discover Canoeing

If you’re looking to discover the wonderful world of Canoeing then this is for you. This course will teach you a step by step process from correctly fitting equipment, setting up your Canoe.

Once you’ve hit the water with one of our professional coaches they’ll run through essential fundamental techniques to manoeuvring your craft.

What's Included

  • Professional Coaching
  • Canoe
  • Paddle
  • Bouncy Aid
  • Helmet

What to bring

  • Suitable clothing appropriate for the time of year, we will give more details on the booking confirmation email.
  • Towel & change of clothes
  • Closed toe footwear

Sheltered Water Canoe and Kayak Coach

If you’re looking to coach canoeing and kayaking on sheltered water, this two day training focuses on how to coach the technical and tactical skills for canoe and/or kayak paddlers in a sheltered water environment. The course will help you plan and deliver safe, enjoyable, progressive coaching sessions and you’ll explore specifics to help you coach some typical learners relevant to you and the sheltered water environment.

Prerequisites

  • Core Coach Training
  • Full Home Nation Association Membership

Recommended Equipment

Personal paddling equipment for sheltered water environment.

If you need any equipment then please get in touch prior to the course. Email coaching@RockTheBoatActivities.co.uk

To become a Sheltered Water Canoe and Kayak Coach, you will need to successfully complete a one day, mainly practical assessment. This will include assessment of your practical coaching and safety and rescue skills; supplemented with professional discussion and questioning.

Prerequisites

  • Core Coach Training
  • Canoe and Kayak Coach (Sheltered Water) Training
  • Coach Award E-Learning
  • Assessment Check In

Evidence of minimum standards of deployment:

  • Valid 1 day First Aid Training
  • Safeguarding Training
  • Full Home Nation Association Membership
  • Aged 16 or over at the time of assessment