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5 years on...how things have grown!

So I thought it's long overdue a quick blog! Sorry to all of you who follow me but since I went self employed in August 2012 thing have gone... well ballistic! 

I spent the first few years developing this coaching business and it grew and grew. I went from delivering British Canoeing courses up to 3 star, to now delivering a whole host of British Canoeing personal skills awards and leadership awards, including the new Paddlesport Leader Award. 

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Leadership equipment in our 4 Star environment

I often get asked on BCU 4 Star White Water training courses can you provide a kit list of things we'd need to carry when leading our groups in a moderate water environment. Rather than keep writing one I thought a quick blog on the subject would be more appropriate. So here's the list of kit we'll need:

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We made it on the telly!

Today we concluded our two day BCU 3 Star Touring Kayak award at Doe Park Activity Centre in Yorkshire for Carnegie Great Outdoors. We had some last minute visitors - the usual for a Tuesday morning - some local school kids, the Mayor and Mayoress of Bradford, a roving BBC Radio Leeds reporter and a film crew!

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New Member of Team Canoe Kayak Trader: Paul Bull

Well it's official - I'm now a member of Team Canoe Kayak Trader!!

I'm really excited about this opportunity to work with such a large, Midlands based organisation and join their Team of sponsored paddlers. The fit between myself and Team CKT is great - the ethos is perfect - Canoe Kayak Trader and Leam Boat Centre work across a wide spectrum of paddlers and disciplines - supporting paddling from grass roots upwards - big tick for me!. I also have to say that their shop and customer service is also second to none - knowledgeable and helpful staff ready and eager to answer your questions. More can be found out about Team Canoe Kayak Trader by clicking here.

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Seeing the light – a 2 Star course with Paul Bull

Well here's this weeks article and I've not had to write a word of it! Thanks Russell for your review of our two days out on the water together!

There is nothing quite so revealing as coming out of the darkness into the glow of morning’s light especially if you have got used to being in the dark. It takes time to adjust, but once there everything takes shape and familiar things can be seen again. And so I began my 2 Star on Rudyard Lake in North Staffordshire with Paul Bull a professional paddlesport coach and all round good to know sort of a guy. At the age of 66 and a half I have more than 40 years experience paddling one boat or another, I did not think I was completely in the dark but my old 2 Star was really old and my skill level did need a bit of attention.

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The Beaufort Scale

As we head into the realms of open water canoeing, keeping an eye on the wind and it's effects on our environment are incredibly important. In order to assess the wind and it's impact on open water and sea conditions, the Beaufort Scale is used.

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