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Open Canoe Self Resuce

Canoe Self Rescue Technique – the Capistrano Flip At a recent Advanced Water Endorsement course we looked at some self rescue techniques.  One method which can work well with practice with unloaded canoes is a version of the Capistrano Flip.  This technique has been adapted and can be seen here in this video. Some things to […]

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Targetting our Coaching Beyond TTPP

Overcoming Blocks In Learning Whenever I coach I aim for my students to experience a long term change and improvement.  To achieve this, it is important that I target my coaching appropriately.  Many coaches target their coaching using the BCU ‘TTPP Model’ (Technical, Tactical, Psychological or Physiological).  Sometimes, whatever we do in terms of TTPP, […]

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Sea Kayak Incident Management Training

At the recent Sea Kayak Expedition Gathering we ran some Incident Management training sessions. Here are a couple of videos showing some of the work we did with the RNLI. For details of sea kayak training, rescue and incident management courses contact me at

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Trim and Canoeing

How to Trim a Canoe The ability to ‘trim’ a canoe appropriately is a fundamental skill for any canoeist who wishes to paddle efficiently.  However, it can sometimes seem to be a bit of a ‘dark art’ as conflicting factors such as wind, direction of travel and flow of water all need to be balanced […]

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Adapting Your Sea Kayak Towline

Tailoring Your Sea Kayak Towline Towlines are one of the most important pieces of kit when leading and coaching on the sea.  I use a waist mounted line which gives me the flexibility to pass it on to other group members and keep me ‘out of the system’.  As I frequently paddle different kayaks it […]

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Using Language to Inspire Confidence

Effective Language for Canoe and Kayak Leadership We all know that confident leadership can inspire the rest of the group and help canoeists and kayakers perform at their best – but what can we do to come across as being confident? We need to be confident in our decisions, and confident in our instructions.  We […]

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Briefing Check List for Leaders

For the BCU Four and Five Star Leader awards, candidates need to have a simple and effective brief for the group they are leading. Sometimes, it seems like there are so many things to remember that it can help to have a mental checklist to make sure that everything is covered. One way to remember […]

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Learning Something New to Overcome Bad Habits

Language and Communication for Canoe and Kayak Coaches It’s a lot easier to learn something new than to re-learn something and overcome bad habits or inappropriate schema.  Coaches know this, and students know this too, so the very mention of ‘re-learning’ means an uphill challenge before we even start coaching.  So how can coaches use […]

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The Focus of Canoe and Kayak Leadership

Decision Making for Canoe and Kayak Leaders Have you ever wondered how really good leaders make the right decisions?  How do they know when to stop the group and put them in a safe place while they paddle something or scout ahead?  How do they know when to stop the group and change strategy? One […]

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Goal Setting For Paddlers

Setting Your Paddling Goals Research shows that those who set goals have a greater chance of being successful in their pursuits.  Yet very few of us set personal goals about our canoeing and kayaking.  Here’s one way of doing this simply and easily – using the benefit of hindsight. Find a quiet place where you […]

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