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Intermediate Open Canoeing - White Water (5 Day)

Intermediate Level - 5 days | Prices from £545.00

Course Rating: 5.0 Rated 5.0 out of 5 based on 7 reviews

Building on existing skills, the aim is to develop a solid foundation of solo and/or tandem techniques for grade 2 white water, turning you into an independent paddler. Equipment, river reading, journeying skills, safety and rescue are all covered. Our coaches will be developing your paddling skills throughout the course on a variety of rivers and journeys

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Dates & Prices

26/08/19
Cost (with accommodation): £670.00
Cost (no accommodation): £545.00
16/03/20
Cost (with accommodation): £670.00
Cost (no accommodation): £545.00

Is It For Me?

This course is geared for the canoeist who is starting to get to grips with white water paddling. To get the most out of this course then you should have had experience on Grade 2 and open water lochs in slightly windier conditions, with 20 days canoeing experience. In addition to this you should be looking forward to consolidating these skills and developing your ability and knowledge to canoe in more challenging environments.

Course Aims

Building on existing skills, the aim is to develop a solid foundation of solo and/or tandem techniques for grade 2 white water, turning you into an independent paddler. Equipment, river reading, journeying skills, safety and rescue are all covered. Our coaches will be developing your paddling skills throughout the course on a variety of rivers and journeys.

Course Content

You will usually be in a group of no more than six with one instructor. Meeting your instructor on the first morning provides an opportunity to discuss people’s experience and aspirations, which along with the weather forecast and water levels will enable us to plan the week ahead with you.

Day one we will help you sorting out any boats or paddling gear you need to borrow from us, and then we will head off to a local river. This could well be a section of the Spey that will give a good warm up day and enable us to introduce some coaching and safe journeying themes. For the rest of the week we will paddle the rivers and lochs that offer us the best water and conditions that are at the appropriate grade for the group.

Whilst on these journeys we will be able to spend time coaching and developing your personal paddling, there may be an opportunity for video coaching as well. We will be looking at additional canoe specific skills to help you leave the course feeling confident to safely paddle in similar environments with friends. As part of this safety and rescue is essential and we will look at a variety of aspects of this during the week.

In addition to this you will benefit from your instructor’s wealth of knowledge of additional canoe paddling venues around the UK, and more than likely the rest of the world. Stories will be told and hopefully you will leave inspired and with knowledge to confidently take your paddling to other parts of the UK and beyond.

What Will I Need?

Glenmore Lodge has a large and very comprehensive store of up to date clothing and equipment. You are welcome to use your own equipment and pick and choose odd items from the store. Your instructor will want to check that personal equipment is appropriate for the activity.

If you are thinking about buying equipment but are not too sure what to get we would advise you to come and try our equipment and then make your purchases after the course. We have a range of most equipment items you can try during the course and there is advice on hand from other students as well as the staff.

Our open boats are all new from Hou Canoes, Wenonah and Venture Canoes.

Our paddling clothing is from Peak and we have a wide range tailored to your discipline.

We use a range of paddles from Grey Owl, Downcreek, Endless River and Werner Paddles. There are specialist additional open boating items such as paddles, poles and sails.

GLENMORE LODGE CAN SUPPLY:

  • Buoyancy aids
  • Helmets
  • Spray decks
  • Cags
  • Wet suits
  • Wet suit bootees
  • Small drybags
  • Dry suits (only for out of season kayak courses)
  • Paddling Trousers
  • Pogies
  • Paddling Neoprene Gloves/mitts
  • Towlines
  • Split Paddles

EQUIPMENT YOU NEED TO BRING WHICH WE DO NOT HAVE IN THE STORES.

Listed here are the essentials; this is not an exhaustive list.

  • Informal clothing for leisure wear
  • Insulating layers – at least two mid weights
  • Fleece/insulated jacket
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Hat & gloves***
  • Vacuum Flask & Water Bottle ***
  • Box or bag for packed lunch.
  • Blister kit/ small first aid kit
  • Personal toiletries & medications (towels are provided)
  • Sun cream – you just never know! ***
  • Sunhat and sun glasses & cord
  • Insect repellent – it may be midgey!***
  • Spare towel
  • An alarm clock
  • Waterproof notebook ***

Glenmore Lodge has a pool, gym & climbing wall, so don’t forget your swimming/gym/climbing kit!

Items marked *** are available in our shop subject to availability.

Remember the price is all inclusive

We want our customers to easily know what their course will cost, up front and in the open. Accommodation on the night before and the nights during your course, pick up from the train station (Friday and Sunday evenings only), breakfast, lunch, cake break and dinner are all included. All transportation on the course, centre facilities & any equipment you borrow are also part of the package.

Course Pre-Requisites

20 days open canoeing with 5 days on Grade 1/2 moving water.

Course Rating: 5.0 Rated 5.0 out of 5 based on 7 reviews Read all reviews

Very enjoyable and constructive course.
Julian Donnelly/KathGill Reviewed on 25/04/2016
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I was the least experienced member of the group but was made to feel welcome and given first class instruction and guidance in great locations.
Peter Thorpe Reviewed on 25/04/2016
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I've given 5 stars all through because I had no complaints about any aspect...I would have liked a couple more days though!
Jane Sargent Reviewed on 24/04/2016
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Fantastic instructor, who made the most of the poor conditions-next time please ensure that there is more water around ;-)
Phil Gudgin Reviewed on 26/10/2015
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Apologies if I booked on the wrong level of course - I clearly had significantly less experience that the others in the group. Having said that, I felt the instructor did a great job at handling / coaching a mixed ability group.
Lindsay Evans Reviewed on 25/10/2015
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A great week! Mark was an excellent instructor managing the different levels in the group well and ensuring everyone got what they wanted from the week. I lacked confidence in my white water skills in a canoe but left the week feeling like I could tackle a grade 2 river on my own. Accommodation/food was excellent. Thanks for a great week and thanks to mark for challenging and encouraging us throughout.
Helen Denny Reviewed on 25/10/2015
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Excellent! I learnt much and had a great time while doing so.
Hugh Ellacott Reviewed on 25/10/2015
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What’s included on your course

  • Instruction
  • Use of kit
  • Shuttle bus to Glenmore Lodge (departs Aviemore station 5:20pm on Friday and Sundays)
  • Packed lunch and afternoon tea each day
  • In-course transport

What’s included if you choose the residential option – As above PLUS

  • Bed in shared en-suite room – available from 3pm on day before your course starts *

(Single rooms may be available for a supplementary charge, please ask at reception when you arrive)

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner for each course day (except one day and back-to-back courses)
  • Use of the facilities at Glenmore Lodge
  • Linen is provided along with a towel, you may wish to bring an extra towel if you would like to use the facilities or are on a paddlesport course

Arriving at Glenmore Lodge

  • For more information on travel to the Lodge click here
  • Your first inclusive meal is breakfast (7:45 -8:30am) An evening meal is not provided on your arrival night, but bar meals are available in our Lochain bar 5pm to 9pm (5-7pm on Mondays and Tuesdays)
  • Packed lunches are collected at breakfast
  • On Mondays and Saturdays only there will be a 10 minute welcome talk at 8.15am, on other days you will meet your instructor at 9am. The daily programme of your course will be discussed with your instructor when you first meet, taking into account aspirations and prevailing weather conditions

On your last day

  • Check out time is 10am on the final day of your booking, we have changing areas, showers and left luggage facilities on site
  • All courses will finish by 5pm
  • On Fridays and Sundays we offer a drop off to Aviemore station, leaving Glenmore Lodge at 5pm, please contact us at least 24 hours in advance if you would like to book this service

*some exceptions – see detailed course notes

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