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


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.

Kayak School

Are you wanting to get passionate about kayaking or wanting to keep growing your passion in kayaking?

We have our NEW Kayak School running in different locations in the UK, choose from our Intro to Flat Water or Intro to White Water

Duration

4 Week Programme
3 Hour sessions
Every Sunday

Intro to Flat Water

This school will give you all you need to know for starting out. From correctly fitting safety equipment, choosing the right size and how to set up your kayak, to safely getting on the water.

Once you’re on the water one of our experienced coaches will run through the essential techniques to get you manoeuvring your craft with ease and fluidity.

Prerequisites

This school is for beginners wanting to learn how to kayak!

Intro to White Water

Looking for an introduction to whitewater kayaking? Interested in taking your flat water or whitewater centre paddling skills to the real rivers? During this school we will be focusing on the fundamentals of paddle sports and building your skills to successfully negotiate your way down grade 1/2 white water rapids with confidence.

Throughout these sessions our coaches will work with you to hone your existing skills and introduce you to white water specific paddling techniques to help you towards your paddling goals.

Prerequisites

We recommend being competent on flat water at a 2 star/explore award standard.

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!

Equipment

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

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

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.

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

Progressive White Water Award

Your Progressive White Water Award endorses your judgement, decision making and expertise and requires a good understanding of paddling on grade 3-4 rivers. You should be confident planning and undertaking journeys on a variety of white water rivers. Your confidence should be based upon both proficiency in skills and a broad appreciation of surroundings and environmental context. Your award should be seen as a sound basis for independently building the experience and expertise associated with Advanced White Water Award holders.

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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