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The Power of Positive Language for the Canoe and Kayak Coach

The Power of Positive Language for the Canoe and Kayak Coach I know a climber who keeps falling off a crag doing the same move, and yet it’s a move well within her capability.  Everything’s ok as she climbs up to that point.  Then, as she prepares for that move she say’s to herself, ‘I […]

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Aiding Effective Learning for the Canoe and Kayak Coach

Aiding Effective Learning for the Canoe and Kayak Coach I’m always really curious about how students perceive the information shared with them.  I was speaking with several people recently who had all been taught the same things but by different coaches.  I found it really interesting that they formed completely different opinions about the content […]

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Open Canoe Improvised Sailing

Sailing Rafted Canoes At a recent Four Star Leader Training course in the North East the group experimented with rafted improvised sailing rigs and were able to test them out for real in winds of Force 4 and gusting Force 5.  The group had a lot of fun, and we spent some time discussing the […]

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Rapid Anxiety Elimination Process – A Video Demonstration for Canoeists and Kayakers

Rapid Anxiety Elimination Process – A Video Demonstration for Canoeists and Kayakers As part of my canoe and kayak coaching, I use sports psychology, hypnosis and neuro linguistic programming (NLP) to improve sporting performance.  I’ve noticed that as people develop their paddling skills, the thing that seems have the biggest impact on their performance is […]

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Focus, Attention and Sports Psychology for Canoeing and Kayaking

Focus, Attention and Sports Psychology for Canoeing and Kayaking My canoe and kayak coaching brings me into contact with many paddlers aiming to improve their sporting performance.  One key area that separates high performing athletes from others is their ability to focus and pay attention to the right things at the right times. Fortunately, this […]

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Guaging Skill Aquisition from Observable Behaviour

Observing The Skill Level of Canoeists and Kayakers One challenge faced by canoe and kayak coaches is guaging the level to which a skill has been aquired by a student.  The abililty to do this is particularly important when undertaking a personal skills assessment of students, as students are usually required to show a ‘skilled’ […]

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Beaufort Scale – a Guide for Canoeing and Kayaking

Beaufort Scale – a Guide for Canoeing and Kayaking Before going out on the water, canoe and kayak coaches and group leaders often need to plan taking into consideration the weather forecast they have obtained.  So it can be really useful to be able to judge what water conditions to expect based on a given […]

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Rescuing a Pinned Canoe

Pinned Canoe Rescue Canoeists and kayakers have many ways to rescue a pinned canoe.  This clip shows the recovery of a canoe pinned on the River Tyne.  After attaching a line it was clear that the boat couldn’t be simply pulled off the rock.  The rope was used to set up a simple Z-drag to […]

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Canoe and Tarp Bivi

Setting up a Bivi with a Canoe Tarp For many canoeists, canoeing is all about travelling and living outside.  So have you ever wondered how to set up a bivi using your canoe and tarp and live and sleep in comfort?  You can set this up quickly and easily and the end result is one […]

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Canoe Rescues On Open Water

Open Water Canoe Rescue Many canoeists practice deep water and self rescues so they can recover after an accidental capsize.  Many people also wonder if these work in ‘real’ conditions – can you do a solo recovery in rough water and wind?  The answer is ‘yes’!  This short clip was filmed in Force 5 (gusting […]

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