Coaching & Skills Courses

Inverness Canoe Club offers a variety of courses throughout the year, enabling members to develop their personal skills, as well as embark on the UKCC coaching pathway. For more on how ICC aims to help its members, particularly with regard to leadership and coaching skills, please see here.

A brief summary of upcoming courses is given below. Dates will also be put into the events calendar and will be announced by email.


Upcoming courses/training:

Introduction to Paddlesports Course. If you want to give paddlesports a try then this course might be for you. 8 training sessions, 2 in the pool and 6 outside on the Caledonian Canal, are followed by trips on the river and sea in order to put your newly learned skills into practice. Various dates, March-May 2018 (18 places). *COURSE FULL*

BCU 2* skills course. 6 sessions, including kayaking and canoeing. For the BCU 2* syllabus, please see here. Tuesday and Thursday evenings, 19th, 24th and 26th April, 1st, 3rd and 10th May, 18:30 - 21:00 at Muirtown Basin, Inverness (6 places). *COURSE FULL*

Introduction to SUP (Stand Up Paddleboarding). By the end of 2 sessions of two hours each day on Saturdays 28th April, 12th and 19 May you should have skills equivalent to BCU 1* level (6 places). *Cancelled due to lack of interest*


Courses and training so far this year:

Outdoor First Aid, 2 Day Course, 6th-7th January 2018 (12 places).

Practical Trip Planning for Sea Kayakers, 4 evening sessions, 26th January-23rd February 2018.

Pool Session: Intro to SUP (Stand Up Paddleboarding), 9th February 2018 (18 adult/16 child places).

Pool sessions, 6th October 2017 - 9th March 2018. 4 blocks of 4 coached sessions each (12 adult, 8 childrens places in each block).


Courses run in 2017:

Outdoor First Aid, 2 Day Course, 14th-15th January 2017 (12 places).

Introduction to Paddlesports Course (12 places) and ‘Refresher’ Course (18 places). If you want to give paddlesports a try for the first time or have done some paddling in the past, but would like to refresh your skills, then these courses might be for you. This year we are offering the possibility of a weekend option for the Refresher course (12 places) or weekday evenings for both Introductory (12 places) and Refresher courses (6 places). Various dates, March-May 2017. 

Level 1 Coach Award, 3-4th and 10-11th June 2017, Muirtown Basin, Inverness (6 places). 

Introduction to Paddlesports Course, 26th and 27th August 2017, Muirtown Basin, Inverness (8 places).

Introduction to Paddlesports Course, 26th and 28th June, 3rd and 5th July 2017, Muirtown Basin, Inverness (8 places).

BCU 2* skills course. 6 sessions, including kayaking and canoeing. For the BCU 2* syllabus, please see here. August-September 2017 (6 places).

VHF Radio Protocols refresher, 20th September 2017, Inverness Aquadome.


Courses run in 2016: Introduction to Paddlesports Course, ‘Refresher’ CourseLevel 1 Coach AwardWhite Water Improver course3* sea training/assessment4* Leader sea training/assessment, 4* Leader Open boat training, Foundation Safety and Rescue Training, VHF course and Outdoor First Aid. We also ran a Coach Development Day and the first ICC Paddlefest, as well as pool sessions through the winter.


If you have any suggestions for future courses/training (whether following a BCU syllabus, or focusing on specific skills, such as rescues or incident management, etc), please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

N.B. The Scottish Canoe Association Club and Volunteer Weekend at Glenmore Lodge, 20th-22nd April 2018, is also an excellent (low cost) source of training. Please see here for details.


All courses require ICC membership. 


Updated 14/02/2018


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