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West Coast Kayak Challenge

West Coast Sea Kayak Fundraising Challenge In March 2011 Bruce Jolliffe will be travelling by sea kayak up the west coast of Scotland from Largs to Stornoway.  In doing so, Bruce will be raising funds for a range of good causes.  In particular, Bruce is raising funds for organisations involved in cancer care and the […]

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Using Questioning to Generate Intrinsic Feedback Within our Students

Questioning Skills for Kayak and Canoe Coaches ‘Questioning’ is widely used by coaches and has many purposes.  However, questioning needs to be used carefully.  Poor use of questioning can be a bit like shooting in the dark.  I use a model of questioning to allow students to recover information either from outside of their current […]

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Continuing Professional Development

Excellence in Canoe and Kayak Coaching Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is becoming more important in all areas.  It even spills into many of our recreational activities such as kayaking and canoeing, where we have requirements to attend coach update days or find other ways of keeping up to date. I’m a strong believer in keeping […]

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Kayak Forward Paddling Technique

Efficicient Kayak Forward Paddling Technique Forward paddling a kayak efficiently requires good technique.  Sea kayakers can learn a great deal from racing kayakers who have developed forward paddling technique to a fine art. There is a great deal of misunderstanding about forward paddling technique.  Many people are confused about which foot to press with, and […]

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Learn to Canoe and Kayak Using “Deliberate Practice”

Using ‘Deliberate Practice’ when Coaching Canoe and Kayak Skills Research shows that you can learn to canoe and kayak more effectively by using “Deliberate Practice”.  There is nothing controversal about the idea that expertise will only be achieved through a great deal of practice, but “Deliberate Practice” has two key components. time and energy from […]

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Estimating Paddling Time For Any Distance

Sea Kayak Navigation When sea kayaking, we often need to work out how long it will take to paddle a set distance as part of our trip planning, or when we need to change our plan during the journey.  Assuming that we are not affected by wind or tide we can use the following quick […]

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Power Transfer and Trunk Rotation in Kayaking Fundamentals

Power Transfer and the Fundamentals of Paddlesport When coaching sea kayaking I frequently see a lot of confusion about exactly what trunk rotation is, and what is all that talk of ‘pedaling’ with the feet about?  The term ‘trunk rotation’ implies that the torso rotates, but what is the relationship between trunk rotation and pedaling […]

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Canoeing and Kayaking Leadership – is that all a group needs?

White Water Canoe and Kayak Leadership I’ve taken part in numerous canoe and kayak training and assessment courses – skills courses, coaching courses, BCU courses, update courses – and all stress the importance of good leadership in outdoor adventurous activities. Leadership is the topic of articles and chapters in books – it almost seems that […]

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All in Rescue/Swamped Rafted Canoe Recovery

Rescuing a Swamped Canoe Raft Many people raft canoes together on open water, perhaps thinking that the additional stability offered by the raft provides a greater margin of safety.  This may be true in some circumstances, but rafting canoes does create additional hazards which should be considered. Should your raft become swamped, then you have […]

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The 4MAT System – the Easy Guide to Learning Styles when Kayak and Canoe Coaching

Canoe and Kayak Coaching Learning Styles The 4MAT System – the Easy Guide to Learning Styles when Kayak and Canoe Coaching Introduction The 4MAT system allows you to easily meet the learning styles of your students.  Many people find it useful because it is an easy structure which you can incorporate into all of your […]

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