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.

British Canoeing Sea Kayak Leader

This British Canoeing Sea Kayak Leader Training Course based in Devon is a comprehensive program taking you through the British Canoeing Sea Kayak Leader Training syllabus, and helping you on your journey of gaining the knowledge, skills, and confidence you need to become a competent and safe sea kayaker leader.

The course is suitable for those who have previous kayaking experience and are comfortable paddling in moderate tidal sea conditions. You’ll be taught by experienced and highly qualified coaches who are passionate about sea kayaking and have a wealth of knowledge about the UK coastlines.

During the course, you’ll cover a range of topics, including:

  • Personal paddling techniques: You’ll learn efficient paddling techniques that will help you cover more distance with less effort. You’ll also learn how to turn your kayak quickly and efficiently in different conditions. You’ll develop your boat handling skills and learn how to navigate through more challenging conditions, such as wind, waves, and currents.
  • Navigation and planning: You’ll learn how to plan and navigate routes using charts, maps, and GPS, and how to interpret weather forecasts, tides, and currents to make safe and informed decisions.
  • Safety and rescue techniques: You’ll learn how to manage risks and how to perform rescues in different scenarios, including self-rescue, assisted rescues, and group rescues.
  • Leadership and group management: You’ll learn how to lead a group of paddlers in moderate conditions, including group dynamics, communication, and decision-making.

The course is delivered over 2 practical days. You’ll have the chance to practice your skills in a variety of conditions, including calm water, wind, waves, and currents. You’ll also have the opportunity to explore the stunning coastline of Devon and experience some of the most beautiful and secluded locations in the UK.

At the end of the course, our coaches will provide you with feedback to help you on your journey towards your British Canoeing Sea Kayak Leader Assessment, where you’ll be assessed on your skills and knowledge. Once you pass, you’ll receive your certification, which will enable you to lead groups of paddlers in moderate conditions.

Our Sea Kayak Leader Training Course in Devon is an incredible opportunity to develop your kayaking skills, explore the beautiful coastline, and meet like-minded people. If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.

The British Canoeing Sea Kayak Leader Assessment is designed to evaluate your ability to lead groups of paddlers on coastal journeys, using effective navigation and safety techniques. Our experienced assessors will evaluate your leadership skillspaddling proficiencyrescue techniques, and overall knowledge of sea kayaking.

Official training is not mandatory for this assessment however we would expect each candidate to have taken suitable actions on their journey to assessment to meet the requirements of the assessment. We would recommend the experience of a minimum of 20 journeys of at least 3 hours each, in a variety of moderate sea environments not exceeding force 4 winds. You should also hold a valid first aid certificate, have valid safeguarding training, completed the BC Coastal Navigation and Tidal Planning course, and hold an on-the-water British Canoeing Membership.

The assessment takes place over one day and includes a range of practical, on-water assessments. You will be evaluated on your ability to lead groups on journeys in moderate sea conditions, your proficiency in navigating effectively, and your knowledge of safety and rescue techniques.

Upon successful completion of the assessment, you will receive the British Canoeing Sea Kayak Leader Award. This award is internationally recognized and highly respected, and will enable you to lead groups of paddlers on sea kayaking expeditions in a safe and effective manner. At Rock The Boat Activities, we pride ourselves on providing an engaging and challenging learning experience for all our students. Our experienced and knowledgeable coaches will provide you with feedback that will help you achieve your goals as a sea kayaker.

LEADERSHIP REGISTRATION:

Registration is a process for leaders who are planning to attend a Leadership Assessment course. The purpose of Registration is to confirm you hold all prerequisites, it’s quick and confirmation is sent straight to your inbox*. This should then be shared with the assessor to confirm eligibility for assessment. It also gives you peace of mind that you have everything you need in place and you can focus on enjoying your assessment. Please do not try to Register unless you hold all prerequisites:

  • Safeguarding Training (dated within the last 3 years).
  • First Aid (dated within the last 3 years and appropriate to this award)
  • Coastal Navigation and Tidal Planning
  • Full National Association Membership

*as long as you meet the prerequisites, you will be automatically sent confirmation of your Registration.

WHAT DOES REGISTRATION COST?

Registration costs vary a little depending on the qualification and where you live, for more information you can read the Registration Guide here.

HOW DO I REGISTER?

  • You will need to be an On the Water British Canoeing Member – join now British Canoeing Membership (On the Water)
  • You need to be at least 16 years of age to register
  • Coastal Navigation and Tidal Planning
  • Safeguarding Training (dated within the last 3 years).
  • First Aid (dated within the last 3 years and appropriate to this award)
  • Once you’re a member, you access your membership portal and register through the dedicated platform
  • For more information, you can use our Registration Guidance here.

So, if you’re seeking to advance your skills as a sea kayaker and become a qualified Sea Kayak Leader, this British Canoeing Sea Kayak Leader Assessment is the perfect opportunity for you. Get in touch with us today to find out more and to book your place on the assessment. We look forward to seeing you on the water!

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.

Freestyle Coach

If you’re looking to coach Freestyle, this two-day training focuses on how to coach the technical and tactical skills for Freestyle paddlers. The course will help you plan and deliver safe, enjoyable, progressive coaching sessions and you’ll explore the specifics to help you coach some typical learners and athletes relevant to you and Freestyle.

This Discipline Specific Training focuses on HOW to coach the discipline-specific skills and WHAT you will be coaching. The training explores how to coach technical and tactical skills. The course will help coaches plan and deliver safe, enjoyable progressive coaching sessions and explore specifics to help coaches coach some typical athletes/learners relevant to you/your discipline. The course will cover the content delivered in your core training but out in the discipline-specific environment.

This course will have elements of classroom contact with 80% of the course being water-based.

The syllabus is based on the knowledge, understanding and skills that the coaches need to ensure the athletes/learners in their care are appropriately provided for. This includes:

  • assessing athlete/learner performance and needs
  • designing and delivering progressive practise/training sessions to meet these needs
  • managing safety
  • creating an enjoyable motivating learning environment
  • skills to support your own personal learning and professional development

Course Layout

Day 1: You, your peers and the provider will be out playing with ideas and theories while getting to grips with the environments in the eyes of a freestyle coach. This day is all about giving it all a go.

Day 2: We will have real students arrive for you to give it all a go! A great way to try new ideas and concepts with the ongoing development of a training course happening.

Prerequisites

  • National Association membership
  • British Canoeing Core Coach Training
  • 17 years or older

Recommended Equipment

  • Freestyle Craft (If water-based)
  • Personal Paddling Equipment
  • Any safety equipment you would carry on the water
  • Lunch and water
  • note pad and pen

To become a Freestyle 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
  • Freestyle Training
  • Coach Award eLearning
  • Assessment Check In

Evidence of minimum standards of deployment:

  • Valid 2 day First Aid Training
  • Safeguarding Training
  • Full Home Nation Association Membership
  • Aged 16 or over at the time of assessment

White Water Kayak Coach

If you’re looking to coach white water kayak on moderate water, this two day training focuses on how to coach the technical and tactical skills for white water kayakers. This practical based course will help you plan and deliver safe, enjoyable, progressive coaching sessions and you’ll explore the specifics to help you coach some typical learners relevant to you and the white water environment.

This Discipline Specific Training is a mostly practical two day course. The training is designed for those working towards a Coach Award and is also suitable as stand-alone training. Please note, for the Open Water Canoe, Sea Kayak, Surf Kayak, White Water Canoe, White Water Kayak options, you will need to complete the relevant Leadership Award ahead of the Discipline Specific training. 

The Independent and Supplementary Learning includes completion of the Coach Award eLearning, which can be accessed by completing a CR Form. Alongside face-to-face training, coaches need to learn and develop their craft out in the field. We consider this to be a critical element to support coach development and we aim to provide some guidance to help you steer your way through this. During your development period (and in preparation for assessment) it is important that you engage in activities that help you:

  • practice and refine the application of theory to practice
  • develop as an effective learner
  • develop the depth and breadth of your discipline-specific experience and knowledge
  • develop your understanding, depth and breadth of supporting knowledge
  • develop your personal coaching philosophy

Prerequisites

  • Core Coach Training
  • White Water Kayak Leader
  • Full Home Nation Association Membership

To become a White Water 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
  • White Water Kayak Coach Training
  • White Water Kayak Leader
  • Coach Award E-Learning
  • Assessment Check In

Evidence of minimum standards of deployment:

  • Valid 2 day First Aid Training
  • Safeguarding Training
  • Full Home Nation Association Membership
  • Aged 16 or over at the time of assessment

Rockstars

 

 

 

 

Do you want to progress your freestyle skills?

 

 

 

Freestyle kayaking is at the heart of Rock The Boat Activities, not only for the diversity it offers, but also the social, physical and travel opportunities it brings.

The ‘Rockstars’ programme is our monthly clinic, delivered by well known and experienced coaches who not only teach but also compete or hold sponsored roles as paddlers.

This program is designed for you to access the long term, supportive coaching you need to help you reach your goals in freestyle kayaking. Along the way you will learn about new venues, water hydrology, that next move as well as meet like minded paddlers, building your own community of freestylers.

  • Under 18’s
  • Looking at progressing skills on the water
  • Learning how to surf features
  • Progressing tricks
  • Over 18’s
  • Looking at progressing skills on the water
  • Learning how to surf features
  • Progressing tricks
  • Completing tricks on multiple features
  • Learning how to link trick together
  • Progressing run plans and competition paddling
  • Developing a style

What we can offer you.

Different venues across the UK where you can develop your skills.

A personal development personalized for your progress on and off the water.

Support at events and competitions.

Invites to our trips

Fun and progressive coaching

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 (doing it in a big boat counts we can teach the little boat tweaks)
  • Confident swimming in normal paddling clothing suitable for a moving water environment
  • Solid roll (at least 3 out of 5 attempts is a good goal)
  • Professional delivery by our coaching team
  • AALA licensed activities (license for working with under 18’s in adventurous activities)
  • Long term coaching supporting paddlers
  • Social interaction with other developing freestyle paddlers
  • Personal paddling equipment, including:
    • Boat
    • Paddle
    • Buoyancy-Aid
    • Helmet
    • Spray-Deck
    • Dry Gear
    • Shoes
  • Dry clothes and shoes for off the water
  • lunch to keep your energy up
  • A drink to bring on the water with you

(Equipment can be hired from RTBA, please contact us if you require any prior to the course date)

for more information or any questions contact us at: info@rocktheboatactivities.co.uk

Advanced White Water Award

This award is designed to advance your white water skills and your ability to make appropriate decisions for safe days out white water paddling on rivers of grade 4-5. As an Advanced White Water Paddler you will have extensive experience of white water rivers. Your experience will include paddling a wide variety of rivers with different flows, volumes and gradients.

Other information

Although not prerequisites, these awards provide appropriate acknowledgement of personal skills for paddlers wanting to attend Coaching & Leadership qualifications. Achieving these awards ahead of the relevant qualification will enable you to focus on the course content, rather than being concerned with your personal skills.

White Water Award: Paddlesport Leader, Paddlesport Instructor or Kayak Coach (Sheltered Water)
Progressive White Water Award: White Water Kayak Leader or White Water Kayak Coach
Advanced White Water Award: Advanced White Water Kayak Leader, White Water Kayak Coach (Advanced Water) or Performance White Water Kayak Coach



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Rock The Boat Rambles

With some of the most beautiful English countryside on our doorstep. The Surrey Hills definitely won’t disappoint, with kilometer after kilometer of breathtaking scenery to explore. So come along and let’s ramble with Rock the Boat.

What's included

  • Professional guiding

What to bring

  • Suitable clothing appropriate for the time of year, we will give more details on the booking confirmation email.
  • Walking boots
  • Waterproofs
  • Money for Coffee & Cake!!



Sandstone Classic Climbs

Who is it for?

Being based in the South East of England can mean that we spend a lot of our time climbing at indoor gyms, which is perfect for training, but what are we really training for?

To get outside of course!

We are lucky enough to have some of the best Sandstone crags in the UK just around the corner. We have Harrisons Rocks, Stone Farm and High Rocks, to name just a few, all in Surrey and Sussex. Our aim is to give everyone the opportunity to experience our incredible local crags safely and to grow the outdoor climbing community.

What this course is all about

  • This course will be bespokely designed around your ability level and climbing experience.
  • Specific crags and routes can be identified and used to tailor our session plans around your development.
  • We will use our knowledge and experience to guide you through some of the most renowned sandstone climbs in the South East.
  • We can work closely and coach your climbing skills and techniques.

What you need to bring

  • A sensible pair of closed toe trainers, which need to be firmly attached to your feet, either by laces or velcro. If you have your own climbing shoes that would be ideal
  • Something to drink
  • Packed lunch/snacks – it’s hungry work!
  • Weather appropriate clothes:
      1. If it’s sunny, please bring sun cream as we will be outside all day. Also bring a top that covers your shoulders
      2. If it’s cold, please bring warm layers and a waterproof jacket as we will be exposed to the weather for the day

We will be providing all climbing equipment/PPE including; harnesses, helmets, ropes, belay devices, anchors etc., so you do not need to any specialist equipment.

If you have your own equipment please feel free to bring it with you. All personal equipment will be inspected by our instructors prior to the course and we reserve the right to refuse it’s use if we deem it to be unsafe/not fit for purpose.

Minimum age is 8 – If there is a member of your group who is under this age, please send us a message via our enquiry page as we may be able to make exceptions.

Course Variations

This can either be a 1 or 2 day course. We can travel to various different crags depending on what you’re looking for.

Our prices start from £70 per person / day (based on 1:4) and £165 for one-to-one coaching.

Pricing may vary depending on group size and location. More accurate figures will be available on enquiry.

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Devon Classic Climbs

Who is it for?

Climbers have become a little bit of an indoor breed in recent years and our goal is to bring us back outside to enjoy some great rock faces in the South West.

There are incredible climbing crags located all across Devon so whether we’re down on the South coast, in the middle of Dartmoor or based on the North coast, we’ll never be short of great routes.

What this course is all about

  • We will cover all the essential skills required to keep you safe as you progress with your climbing
  • This course will be bespokely designed around your ability level and climbing experience.
  • Specific crags and routes can be identified and used to tailor our session plans around your development.
  • We will use our knowledge and experience to guide you through some interesting climbs that will challenge your skills and endurance.
  • We can work closely and coach your climbing skills and techniques.

What you need to bring

  • A sensible pair of closed toe trainers, which need to be firmly attached to your feet, either by laces or velcro. If you have your own climbing shoes that would be ideal
  • Something to drink
  • Packed lunch/snacks – it’s hungry work!
  • Weather appropriate clothes:
      1. If it’s sunny, please bring sun cream as we will be outside all day. Also bring a top that covers your shoulders
      2. If it’s cold, please bring warm layers and a waterproof jacket as we will be exposed to the weather for the day

We will be providing all climbing equipment/PPE including; harnesses, helmets, ropes, belay devices, anchors etc., so you do not need to any specialist equipment.

If you have your own equipment please feel free to bring it with you. All personal equipment will be inspected by our instructors prior to the course and we reserve the right to refuse it’s use if we deem it to be unsafe/not fit for purpose.

Minimum age is 8 – If there is a member of your group who is under this age, please send us a message via our enquiry page as we may be able to make exceptions.

Course Variations

This can either be a 1 or 2 day course. We can travel to various different crags depending on what you’re looking for.

Our prices start from £70 per person / day (based on 1:4) and £165 for one-to-one coaching.

Pricing may vary depending on group size and location. More accurate figures will be available on enquiry.

Book your course now



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