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Coaching and Instruction

Professional and Friendly Tuition from Wye Canoes

As highly experienced instructors and being an Approved British Canoeing Centre, we can offer a range of courses to help you improve your Canoeing or Kayaking skills, whether it is to achieve a British Canoeing qualification or just to learn how to be safe paddling for your own enjoyment. We can offer bespoke one-to-one instruction through to courses tailored to cover a range of skills from the basic introduction through to the more advanced white water sessions. We can also train people in Rescue Emergency Care First Aid see all the details below:

One-to-One Canoe or Kayak Instruction

Canoe & Kayak Tuition & Instruction on the River Wye

Our one-to-one Canoe or Kayak coaching gives you top quality instruction and feedback. With just you and the coach you can focus on particular elements and develop at your own pace rather than a group.

Our Paddlesport instructors are extremely well qualified and very highly experienced with many years of developing and inspiring paddlers around the world.

 

  • Only £190 to have your own professional Canoe or Kayak instructor for the day one-to-one!

To request more details or to book just call us on 01600 890027 or visit our contact page.

Introductory Courses

Introduction to Kayaking

We run a range of introductory courses for both canoes and kayaks, from half-day or full-day taster sessions to introduction to whitewater days. The courses are for anyone who wishes to try out the sport of Canoeing or Kayaking in a safe a professional environment in one of the most stunning locations in Britain. For the taster sessions you will learn efficient paddling techniques and how to control your canoe or kayak and some fun water based games.

  • A great taster session for the complete novice.
  • Canoes can be paddled by one or two people
  • Half day intro sessions can be in either canoe or kayak
  • Full day intro sessions can be in either canoe or kayak or a mixture of both
Canoe and Kayak Coaching and Instruction on the River Wye

For for those wishing to further their skills in Canoeing and Kayaking or to broaden their moving water skills, we have the Introduction to Whitewater course. The aim of these courses are to introduce paddlers that already have some experience on flat water their first taste of white water and build their confidence in grade 2/3 rivers. Based in Symonds Yat we are perfectly placed to teach the necessary skills to negotiate safely and effectively through moving water. Do be prepared to get wet though, but you will come away with a great sense of achievement after a day with our highly experienced instructors.

Course Dates:

  • Check Latest Events Page or Call for dates for the following:
  • Introduction to Canoeing or Kayaking
  • Introduction to White Water Canoeing or Kayaking
  • Only £35pp for half day
  • Only £70pp for full day

2 and 3 Day Open Canoe Courses

2 and 3 Day Open Canoe Courses on the River Wye

Why not advance your canoeing skills on one of our improver courses. Our two and three day Open Canoe Courses will take you from basic flatwater paddle skills to reading and running white water and the three day course includes a short expedition to higher grade white water to finish the course and put all those new canoeing skills to the test.

Course Dates:
The course is based at beautiful Symonds Yat near Ross-on-Wye in Herefordshire and covers the following:

  • Boat Control, Forward, Backwards, Sideways, Sideways on move
  • Turning
  • Trim & Edge Support Strokes
  • Morphology
  • Safety Signals
  • Breaking In / Out
  • Ferry Gliding
  • Setting
  • Tracking & Lining
  • DAY 1 – Flat water skills (Symonds Yat)
  • DAY 2 – White water Skills (Symonds Yat Rapids)
  • DAY 3 – Grade 2/3 white water (Day trip on the River Usk)
The Final day for the 3 day course will be a trip on the fantastic River Usk in Brecon of about 7 miles on Grade 2/3 white water putting all the skills learnt in the previous 2 days.
  • Excellent bunkhouse accommodation is available for £25pp per night here at Wye Canoes Ltd.
  • Equipment hire included
  • Only £149pp for 2 day and £195pp for a 3 day Open Canoe Course!

BC Foundation Safety and Rescue (FSRT)

Fundamentally this course is designed for paddlers and coaches irrespective of their chosen craft, or as may be the case for coaches, as either a boat based or bank based Coach. The objective is to teach simple and safe skills that can be applied appropriately.

Course Aims:

The course aims to provide the participant with the key safety and rescue skills required to operate safely and to be able to deal with common emergencies.

These skills will then form the basis of all safety and rescue training throughout the BC scheme.

The award has two purposes:

  • To provide the paddler, boat based or bank based Coach with the necessary skills to enable them to ensure the safety of themselves and others
  • To provide the paddler, boat based or bank based Coach with the appropriate rescue skills to be used to help themselves and/or others in difficulty

Pre-requisits:

  • Due to the paddling environment and the boat control required the candidate paddler or boat based coach would need to either to hold the Two Star Award or be of that ability
  • The bank based coach accessing the course would not be required to hold the two Star Award, however, they should be prepared to fully participate in all relevant aspects of the course
  • Be able to swim in normal canoeing clothing suitable for the prevailing conditions
  • A first aid certificate is not a pre-requisite; however the holding of a first aid certificate is strongly recommended for all paddlers
  • Be of a minimum age of 14 years
  • As a British Canoeing Course – up to date BC membership is required

Equipment:
The following is a list of recommended equipment required for the participant in this course to have.

  • Towline or Tow System
  • Throwline
  • Sling
  • Whistle
  • Knife
  • Only £90pp

Course Dates:

For More Information Please Visit:
British Canoeing – BC Foundation Safety and Rescue Training (FSRT)

There are limited places on this course! To book your place please contact us on 01600 890027 or send us an email from our contact page.

BC White Water Safety and Rescue (WWSR)

BCU White Water Course

This course is ideal for those who are proposing to paddle whitewater on a regular basis. You will be going through various throwline techniques and spend quite a lot of the time in the water, so a drysuit or wetsuit is a must. Day two will be more scenario based and you will get the chance to lead a group as a guide and your first aid skills will be put to the test too. The two day course is excellent fun and a sense of achievement is guaranteed.

This training is required for anyone seeking to advance to a 4 Star Leader award.

The objective is:

  • To improve individuals awareness of safety skills in the river environment
  • To teach personal survival skills
  • To teach basic throw line rescue techniques
  • To understand the need for structure in an emergency situation
  • To outline basic rescue protocols that prioritise the safety of the individual above all others
  • To introduce and develop the ‘clean rope’ principle

Pre-requisits:
Due to the paddling environment and the boat control required, each candidate must be:

  • Confident in their ability to paddle on Grade 2 water
  • Be confident in swimming in normal canoe clothing suitable for a moving water environment
  • A first aid certificate is not a pre-requisite; however the holding of a first aid certificate is strongly recommended for all paddlers
  • Be of a minimum age of 16 years
  • As a BC Course – up to date BC membership is required

Equipment:
Although we can provide canoes / kayaks and paddles if required, the following is a list of recommended equipment required for the participant in this course to have.

  • White Water Buoyancy Aid
  • Dry Kit – either dry trousers and top or dry suit – a wetsuit can be worn with cags over the top but bear in mind you will be in the water for 80% of the course and a lot of people have had to quit the course due to inappropriate dress and getting too cold.
  • Decent footwear for the conditions
  • Warm Base Layers (NOT COTTON)
  • Lunch and Warm Flask
  • A sling or length of tape 3-5mtr long
  • A throwline 15mtr min
  • 1 Screw gate karabiner and one snap gate
  • River Knife
  • Towel and Warm Clothes for after
2 Day Course

  • 25th & 26th February 2017
  • Location – River Usk
  • Excellent bunkhouse accommodation is available for £20pp per night
  • Only £150pp for a 2 Day Course & Certificate!

Course Dates:

For More Information Please Visit:

British Canoeing - White Water Safety and Rescue Training

To book your place please contact us on 01600 890027 or send us an email from our contact page.

BC Coaching Courses

BCU Canoeing Courses on the River Wye

The Coaching Awards have been up-dated and developed to meet with the needs of today’s coaches and to provide them with better recognition within the UK sports industry. These developments have been based on findings from both the Paddlesport Review and Long Term Paddler Development Review and reflect current best practice within UK Paddlesport and Canoe Coaching.

The result is a dynamic coaching pathway which benefits both recreational and competition coaches and their students, providing them with structure and support as they progress. The new awards offer national accreditation by the BC, the UKCC (UK Coaching Certificate), and the National Qualifications Framework.

BC / UKCC Level 1 Certification in Coaching Paddlesport

This is the first step on the paddlesport coaching pathway. It will introduce you to the fundamentals of good coaching practice and help you to understand and coach technical and tactical aspects of your sport.

The Level 1 award is for those new to paddlesport coaching. The award is not discipline specific and is therefore suitable for coaches who wish to work with paddlers from any of the competitive and non-competitive paddlesport disciplines. The level 1 coach can plan, deliver, and review short coaching sessions; normally with the support of a more qualified coach. They can work with paddlers at any stage of development; receiving specific training to coach paddlers in their first year of activity and to run taster sessions.

Pre-requisits:

  • As a BC Course – up to date BC membership is required
4 Day Course

  • Location – Symonds Yat West near Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire
  • Excellent bunkhouse accommodation is available for £20pp per night.
  • Only £250pp for a 4 Day Course & Certificate!
Previous Experience:

You will need to hold BC 2 star (New style assessed in both Canoe and Kayak) and Foundation Safety & Rescue (FSR), both of which we can organise (contact us for details). A first aid certificate is recommended though not required.

You must contact British Canoeing and complete any pre-course administration and paperwork prior to attending the course, and bring all paperwork with you.

For More Information Please Visit:
British Canoeing - BC  UKCC Level 1

To book your place please contact us on 01600 890027 or send us an email from our contact page.

BC 1 Star Canoe and Kayak

Course Aims:

This award is a stepping stone to becoming a paddler. A basic award the one star is typically the level reached after a solid day of coaching by one of highly experienced instructors.

Craft:

The award is obtained by taking the assessment in either a kayak or a canoe, or even as a pair, where a doubles crew takes the test; each person must perform each task from both the bow and stern.

Pre-requisites:

  • Candidates must be able to swim 25 metres wearing a Buoyancy Aid.
  • Be 14 or over
  • As a BC Course – up to date BC membership is required

Course Covers:

  • Lift, Carry and Launch canoe & kayak
  • Efficient forward paddling over 100m
  • Steering and controlling
  • Moving sideways
  • Return to the bank and get out
  • Capsize and rescue drills
  • Emptying boats
  • Personal risk management
  • Awareness of others
  • Equipment
  • Safety

Course Dates:

BC 2 Star Canoe and Kayak

Course Aims:

This is an improvement award that helps paddlers develop fundamental paddlesport skills on flat water. The emphasis is on gaining a breadth of experience, creating the desired movement of the boat and developing an understanding into how the paddle, boat and water interact.

Craft:

The award is obtained by taking the assessment in both a kayak and a canoe. Any style of kayak or canoe is permissible e.g. open cockpit, sit on top, V shaped hull or flat bottomed etc. Where a doubles crew takes the test, each person must perform each task from both the bow and stern.

Pre-requisites:

  • Candidates must be able to swim 25 metres wearing a Buoyancy Aid.
  • As a BC Course – up to date BC membership is required
  • Have experience of paddling two different craft:
  • e.g. surf kayak, closed cockpit kayak, open cockpit kayak, closed cockpit canoe, single open cockpit canoe, racing boat, tandem open cockpit canoe, wave ski, sit on top, flat hulled boat, v-shaped hull, slalom boat, polo boat or sea kayak.

IN
2 different locations e.g. Canal, river, lake/loch, or sea, (different parts of large bodies of water will count as 2 locations)

AND
2 local competitions e.g. Club events, slalom, polo, sprint, freestyle, Bell boats etc.

OR
2 Journeys – Any journey of 2 hour + duration

Course Covers:

  • Lift, Carry and Launch canoe & kayak
  • Efficient forward paddling
  • Steering the canoe or kayak
  • Moving sideways
  • Preventing a capsize
  • Turning
  • Return to the bank and get out
  • Securing
  • Capsize, swim & self rescue
  • Peer rescue
  • Personal risk management
  • Awareness of others
  • Equipment
  • Safety

Course Dates:

REC First Aid Courses

Wye Canoes REC First Aid Course

If you are planning on spending time out on the water then a First Aid Course is a good idea, our Rescue Emergency Care First Aid Course is tailored towards outdoor sports and will teach you valuable skills that can be applied not only to water based activities but to a range of outdoor pursuits such as climbing, skiing, mountain biking, hiking etc.

Our course is authorised by Rescue Emergency Care:

Rescue Emergency Care (REC) is a well known and respected first aid training organisation founded in the mid 1980s by Dr Robert Phillips while working in remote healthcare and adventure rescue services. REC was set up to provide a comprehensive and flexible training programme that extends the competency of the participants. This unique style of first aid training has been delivered by REC trainers throughout the UK and Europe for over 20 years.

Philosophy:

REC believes that access to first aid and trainer training should be inclusive and ensures that individuals from all walks of life can take the opportunity to train or be trained in first aid. REC specialises in training the trainer so that organisations can fulfill their own training needs. The courses are practical and innovative which brings a fresh dimension to learning first aid.

Mission Statement:

Rescue Emergency Care strives to provide candidates with a unique learning experience that is completely relevant to their needs, with specific environmental and work place considerations.

Approvals:

Our courses have been the popular choice of the Sports Governing Bodies including the British Canoe Union, British Association of Snowsport Instructors, Mountain Leader Training award, Royal Yachting Association, ASSI, British Orienteering Federation and by most outdoor activity governing bodies for many years.

REC is also approved by the Health & Safety Executive both in the UK and Northern Ireland, allowing us to deliver the 4-day First Aid at Work course and the 2-day First Aid at Work Refresher course.

A range of different courses are available from beginner through to advanced level for all participants. We have also developed more specialised courses to meet the demands of our clients.

The REC First Aid course covers the following:

  • Vital Signs
  • Emergency Action
  • Airway Management
  • Unconsciousness
  • Choking
  • Drowning
  • Bleeding
  • Breathing
  • Rescue Breathing & CPR
  • Shock
  • Fractures & Dislocations
  • Spinal Injury
  • Casualty Handling
  • Common Illness
  • Problems from Excessive Heat & Cold
  • Excellent bunkhouse accommodation is available for £20pp per night
  • Only £100 per person for a 2 day First Aid Course! (plus £5 for your certificate)
Course Dates:

For more information, course dates or to book either call 01600 890027 or email us.

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Booking Information (Guided Trips, Instruction or Courses)

A 50% non-refundable deposit will be taken to hold the booking.

  • Full payment is due 14 days before booking date.
  • Cancellations made by the customer within 14 days will get no refund, full payment is due if not already received.
  • Whilst every reasonable attempt will be made to deliver trips, Wye Canoes Ltd reserves the right to cancel or modify the trips due to safety considerations and factors beyond our control.
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Based At (Meeting Point): Pay & Display Car Park, Symonds Yat West Leisure Park, Symonds Yat West, Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire HR9 6DA
Registered Office & Contact Address:
Hillcrest, Symonds Yat, Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire HR9 6BN
Phone: 01600 890027
Mobile: 07789 895082
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