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Discover White Water Kayak (2 Day)

Introduction Level - 2 days | Prices from £235.00

Course Rating: 5.0 Rated 5.0 out of 5 based on 1 reviews

Time spent in the pool, loch and river on the first day will prepare you for a river trip on the second.  This course will introduce you to essential paddling skills, equipment, safety procedures and an understanding of moving water. By the end of the course you will have had a taste of paddling on moving water with a clear idea of how to improve and what to do to carry on white water paddling.

 

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Dates & Prices

20/04/19
Cost (with accommodation): £285.00
Cost (no accommodation): £235.00
22/06/19
Cost (with accommodation): £285.00
Cost (no accommodation): £235.00
06/07/19
Cost (with accommodation): £285.00
Cost (no accommodation): £235.00
17/08/19
Cost (with accommodation): £285.00
Cost (no accommodation): £235.00
07/09/19
Cost (with accommodation): £285.00
Cost (no accommodation): £235.00

Is It For Me?

This course is aimed at anybody who is keen to develop the skills to kayak white water rivers. To get the most out of this course you should be water confident, but there is no requirement to have been in a kayak before. As part of the learning process getting wet and capsizing is inevitable, so come prepared for a bit of getting wet as well as a lot of fun and learning. If you want two days with plenty of opportunity to learn to paddle whitewater and develop skills to have the confidence on up to Grade 2, then this is the course for you.

Course Aims

This course will provide the paddler with experience of paddling a variety of Grade 1 and 2 rivers. In addition to this the two days will focus on safe river running strategies, white water safety and rescue as well as developing your personal paddling skills for white water. Getting solid white water kayaking foundations skills from our top coaches will ensure a lifetime of white water adventures, there is not a better way to start.

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 day’s activity with you.

Day one we will help you sort out any boats or paddling gear you need to borrow from us. Then we will make use of our local loch, Grade 1 river section and pool to start learning the essential skills and develop your confidence in the environment. For the next day we will paddle a river that offers us the best water and at the appropriate grade for the group’s needs, hopefully this should include some Grade 2. The two days could involve the following rivers: Spey, Ness and Findhorn.

Whilst on these rivers we will be able to spend time coaching and developing your personal paddling. In addition to this we will be looking at developing your safe river running skills to help you leave the course feeling confident to safely paddle a similar grade of river with friends. As part of this white water safety and rescue is essential, there may be an opportunity to look at a variety of aspects of this during the day as well.

Glenmore Lodge has a purpose made kayak rolling pool. This will be available for use in the evening, so over the weekend we can help you start to develop a roll, which is a essential skill for any white water paddler.

In addition to this you will benefit from your instructors wealth of knowledge of additional white water 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.

We have a range of some of the latest river kayaks from Wavesport, Pyranha and other top manufacturers.

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

We use a range of paddles depending on the activity, Lendal and Werner for sea kayaking and Werner for river/surf kayaking and canoeing. 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

No previous experience required.

Water confidence.

Course Rating: 5.0 Rated 5.0 out of 5 based on 1 reviews Read all reviews

Amazing course and really well led.
Derek Page Reviewed on 16/08/2016
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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

Can’t find what you’re looking for? Check our FAQ’s here or contact us on enquiries@glenmorelodge.org.uk or 01479 861256

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