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.
Pool sessions started on 5th October 2018 - just turn up to practice with your peers or, if you want to concentrate on a specific skill, such as rolling, book a block of 5 coached sessions here. 12 adult and 6 child places are available in each block of coached sessions. For more detail on pool sessions, please see here.
There will be an introduction to Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP) on 14th December 2018. To book, please follow this link.
VHF Radio Protocols refresher. Evening course, Inverness Aquadome. *Date to be announced*
SAVE THE DATE: 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.
The dates are:
- Friday 22nd and 29th March, Inverness Aquadome, 9-10.30pm
- Wednesday 3rd April
- Wednesday 24th April
- Friday 26th April
- Wednesday 1st May
- Wednesday 8th May
- Friday 10th May
The outdoor sessions will take place from 6.00pm to be on the water for 6.30pm-8.30pm each evening. All will be based on the Caledonian Canal at the Muirtown Basin, Inverness.
Day trips: all participants are encouraged to go on a minimum of 2 trips, usually 1 in a sea kayak and 1 on the river. There will be a choice of six dates:
Sea kayak day trips:
- Saturdays 27th April, 11th May and 18th May
- Sundays 28th April, 12th and 19th May
*Booking will open closer to the time*
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).
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).
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).
BCU 3* Sea Kayak Training. 2 full day sessions and 2 evening sessions. Sat-Sun 16th-17th June and Tue eves 19th and 26th June (6 places).
Introduction to SUP (Stand Up Paddleboarding). By the end of 2 sessions of two hours each day on Saturdays 15th and 22nd September, you should have skills equivalent to BCU 1* level (6 places).
BCU 3* Sea Kayak Training. 2 full day sessions, Sat-Sun 15th-16th September (6 places).
BCU 3* Sea Kayak Training. 2 full day sessions, Sat-Sun 22nd-23rd September (6 places).
RYA Short Range Certificate Course VHF marine radio course. Sat 22nd September with a short assessment on Sun 23rd September (allowing some overnight revision) at North Kessock Life-Boat station.
WWSR (White Water Safety and Rescue). WWSR training is designed for all paddlers operating in a white water environment, either in a kayak or canoe. ? October (6 places).
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’ Course, Level 1 Coach Award, White Water Improver course, 3* sea training/assessment, 4* 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.
N.B. The Scottish Canoe Association Club and Volunteer Weekend at Glenmore Lodge, run each year in April, is also an excellent (low cost) source of training. Please see here for details.
All courses require ICC membership.