Canoeing

SCHOOLS

Canoeing is a great sport to encourage teamwork and balance. The paddlers sit or kneel in the canoe and use a single bladed paddle to propel the canoe. The canoes can also be paddled solo and you will need to master the “J” stroke quickly to keep the canoe on course. We have a fleet of 8 Venture Canoes in polyethylene in three different lengths and two Grumman Canoes in aluminium. The canoes can be used by one or two (or three at Primary age) paddlers.

Our canoe sessions are generally in 2 hour slots and can be tailored to suit your schools or groups requirements and can include activities linked to the Key Stages curriculum. On the first session, we start with a thorough safety briefing and get everyone paired up and kitted out with buoyancy aids, canoes and paddles. We cover how to use paddles, capsize drill and parameters of the session before we get on the water. On the water, the first session normally covers forward and backward paddling, emergency stops, turning on the spot, followed by a few challenges and some team games such as Bulldog or Leapfrog. Canoeing can be difficult on windy days, but we will offer alternative craft or activities to suit the conditions.

Sessions can be a “one-off” taster, such as above, or a series of sessions leading to a BC award. For the Introductory Level 1 Canoe Course / BC Paddle Discover Award we would recommend 4 x 2 hour sessions (Primary Schools) or 3 x 2 hour sessions (Senior Schools). The journey element can be done around the reservoir, or at extra cost, we can meet your group at the Grand Union Canal, Harefield for a river trip, finishing off on some moving water. We can provide the  Intermediate Level 2 Canoe Course / BC Paddle Explore Award for Senior Schools over a period of 6 x 2 hour sessions and you will need an additional river trip added to cover the journey element. To access higher levels of the BC Awards system, we would recommend joining the Phoenix Canoe Club who run regular training trips to UK white water rivers including the Lee Valley White Water Centre plus some exciting expeditions overseas.

Check out our Phoenix Outdoor Centre – Schools & Groups Price List – 2020 or for more details and bookings contact:

Centre Activities Manager – Mark Underwood – 07854 655968 / mark@phoenixoutdoorcentre.co.uk

Centre Development Director – Phil Atkinson – 07837 585798 / phil@phoenixoutdoorcentre.co.uk


INTRODUCTORY LEVEL 1 CANOE COURSES 2020

The Introductory Level 1 Canoe Course is the minimum requirement for entry to the Club (or old 1 Star). This teaches the foundation strokes used in canoeing and is a basic introduction to the sport. The first session starts at 10:00am and finishes at 4:00pm. The second session is a river trip which is normally run on the Grand Union Canal at Harefield and we meet at the club house at 10:00am and return around 5:30pm.

We ask that you attend both sessions of the course to avoid affecting the group’s and your own progress. If you don’t manage to reach the standard required during the two days we will offer further coaching to ensure you reach the required level. 

The course meets or exceeds the requirements of the British Canoeing Paddle Discover Award. For more details on the Paddle Discover Award click HERE and then click on the appropriate award to download.

Cost: £90 – Introductory Level 1 Canoe Course for 9-17 year olds and full time students. You can join the Club at less than half price at time of booking or by the end of the course for just £30. Membership provides free access to regular recreational sessions on Sunday afternoons and discount prices for a range of courses and trips. Junior members need to be Club members to access offsite whitewater trips and training.

Cost: £110 – Introductory Level 1 Canoe Course for seniors (18+). You can join the Club at less than half price at time of booking or by the end of the course for just £40. Membership provides regular access to recreational sessions on Sunday afternoons and discount prices for a range of courses and trips.

Course Dates for 2020:

  • Course A – Sundays 26th April & 3rd May 2020
  • Course B – Sundays 7th & 14th June 2020
  • Course C – Weekend 18th & 19th July 2020
  • Course D – Weekend 12th & 13th September 2020

All above courses include the following:

  • Use of club equipment
  • 2 x 6 hours coaching
  • Award assessment and access to BC Paddle Discover Award certificate (at cost price)

Some comments from new members on our introductory courses:

“Lovely friendly club. Instructors very patient”.

“A brilliantly led course. I felt safe and fully briefed at all times. It was challenging for me but am so pleased I did it as it gave me a sense of achievement”.

“A very friendly welcoming club for a beginner”.

“I have been very impressed by the skilled and friendly coaches who give such enthusiastic and dedicated service to the club. They create a really nice and welcoming atmosphere. I hope in time I will be able to find a way to give something back to the club. I also really like the mix of ages of the people kayaking together and am appreciative that an older beginner like myself is welcomed”.

“Great course. Thanks to the team for giving up their time so generously”.

“Really enjoyable. Fun and very friendly, welcoming club”.

Book the Introductory Level 1 Canoe Course here:

Introductory Level 1 Kayak or Open Canoe Course

Bookings shut 1 week before the event


INTERMEDIATE LEVEL 2 CANOE COURSES 2020

The Intermediate Level 2 Canoe Course  gives you ownership: allowing you to choose where you move next in the world of paddlesport. The course 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 of how the paddle, boat and water interact.

The course is completed by taking an assessment in a canoe on a river trip.  Holders of the Intermediate Level 2 Canoe Course / BC Paddle Explore award are able to take part in a wider choice of club activities including trips to the River Wye, River Derwent, Lee Valley Whitewater Centre, Introductory Surf Course and the Foundation Safety & Rescue Training.

The river trip and assessment will be held at either the Fisheries on the Grand Union Canal or the River Beane at Hertford.

We will have a good selection of coaches to get the best out of you on the course and we see this as a big stepping stone in your paddling.

The Intermediate Level 2 Canoe Course meets or exceeds the requirements of the British Canoeing “Paddle Explore Award”. For more details on the Paddle Explore Award click HERE and then click on the appropriate award to download. We can provide successful paddlers with access to British Canoeing “Paddle Explore” registration which you can use to obtain a Certificate.

Cost: £120 – Intermediate Level 2 Canoe Course for Club Members 9-17 year olds and full time students (£140 for non-members)

Cost: £140 – Intermediate Level 2 Canoe Course for Club Members seniors (18+) (£160 for non-members)

Course Dates for 2020:

  • Course A – Weekend 4th & 5th July 2020 – River Trip & assessment – Sunday 19th July 2020
  • Course B – Weekend 3rd & 4th October 2020 – River Trip & assessment – Sunday 25th October 2020

Book the Intermediate Level 2 Canoe course here:

Intermediate Level 2 Kayak or Open Canoe Course

Bookings shut 1 week before the event

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