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Sunday, 22 February 2015 15:53

Level 1 Coach Award Course

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Tuesday, 10 February 2015 08:52

Coaching & Skills Courses

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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.

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, run each year in April, is also an excellent (low cost) source of training. The SCA also runs many other subsidised coaching and skills courses. Please see here for details.

All courses require ICC membership. 

 

Upcoming courses/training:

Pool sessions. 4th October 2019-13th March 2020. 4 blocks of 5 coached sessions each (6 adult places focussing on learning to roll, 8 childrens' places in each block) - or just turn up to practice on your own or with your peers, with coaches available to provide tips. 

Introduction to Paddlesports Course. Various dates, March-May 2020 (18 places). 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 course starts with 2 pool sessions, Friday 20th and 27th March. The outdoor sessions will start after Easter, with day trips taking place at weekends during May. To book, please follow this link.

Traditional Canoe Skills. Sundays 23rd February, 15th March and 5th April 2020. 3 informal sessions focussing on rafting, sailing, tarpology, bushcraft - and much much more! To find out more, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Sea skills training. 18th-19th April 2020, location TBC nearer the time. Training for paddlers wanting to gain their sea kayak award (old 3*), aimed at those wanting to paddle with the Club's non-coached groups, and the Coastal sea kayak award (old 4*), aimed at paddlers looking to advance their skill level in conditions and tempo. Led by Ian Bowler and Euan Avery. To find out more, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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. 6 June 2020 (6 places). To book, please follow this link.

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. 6 June 2020 (6 places). To book, please follow this link.

 

Courses and training so far this year:

Outdoor First Aid, 2 Day Course. 11th-12th January 2020 (12 places).

Paddle-Ability, 3hr classroom workshop. 25th February 2020. To support our work in encouraging all abilities to paddle including those with disability the Club is hosting an SCA course called Paddle-Ability. The aim of the module is to modify attendees’ perceptions of people with disabilities; their attitude towards this sector of the population, and; to consider how they may adjust their coaching / approach to be more inclusive. For details, see here. All members are welcome to attend. Kindly subsidised by SCA, so free to members.

 

Courses run in 2019:

VHF Radio Protocols refresher. 23rd January 2019. Evening course, Kessock RNLI. 

Practical Trip Planning for Sea Kayakers. 30th January 2019. Evening course, Kessock RNLI. 

Core Coach Training. 2nd-3rd February 2019. *To express interest in future opportunities, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.*

Outdoor First Aid, 2 Day Course. 16th-17th February 2019 (12 places). 

Traditional Canoe Skills. Sundays 20th January, 24 February, 10th and 24th March 2019. 4 informal sessions focussing on rafting, sailing, the use of poles around camp, efficient portaging - and much much more!

Intermediate/Advanced WW skills weekend. 16th-17th March 2019 and 14th-15th September. One day will be for intermediates on grade 2/3 and the second day for advanced on 3/4. *To express interest in future opportunities, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.*

Refresher Course. Saturday-Sundays, 30th-31st March and 6th-7th April 2019 (6 places). If you have done some paddling in the past, but would like to refresh your skills, these 4 days will offer you the chance to get back into river kayaks, sea kayaks and open canoes. Based at Muirtown Basin for the first weekend, we may venture further afield on the second weekend. *To express interest in future opportunities, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.*

Pool sessions. 5th October 2018-15th March 2019. 4 blocks of 5 coached sessions each (12 adult, 6 childrens places in each block). 

Introduction to Paddlesports Course. Various dates, March-May 2019 (18 places). 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. 

Junior Paddle Sports. Fridays 26th April, 3rd May, 10th May (6 places).  These sessions, based on the Caledonian Canal at Muirtown Basin, are designed to give young people the opportunity to develop their paddling skills in kayaks and canoes.  All sessions are coached.

Introduction to Paddlesports Course. Sat and Sun 8th, 9th, 15th and 16th June (12 places). If you want to give paddlesports a try then this course might be for you. Over 4 days you will be introduced to sea and river kayaks and open 'Canadian' canoes.

FSRT (Foundation Safety and Rescue Training). 27 July and 6 October (6 places). A basic paddlesport safety award suitable for all paddlers.

  

Courses run in 2018:

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 and 14th December 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). 

2* Skills Course. 6 sessions, including kayaking and canoeing. Tuesday/Thursday evenings, 19th, 24th and 26th April, 1st, 3rd and 10th May 2018, 18:30 - 21:00 at Muirtown Basin, Inverness (6 places). 

3* Sea Kayak Training. 2 full day sessions and 2 evening sessions. Saturday 16th-Sunday 17th June and Tuesday evenings 19th and 26th June 2018 (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 2018, you should have skills equivalent to BCU 1* level (6 places). 

3* Sea Kayak Training. 2 full day sessions, Saturday 15th-Sunday 16th September 2018 (6 places). 

3* Sea Kayak Training. 2 full day sessions, Saturday 22nd-Sunday 23rd September 2018 (6 places). 

RYA Short Range Certificate Course VHF marine radio course. Saturday 22nd September 2018, with a short assessment on Sunday 23rd September 2018 (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 2018 (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).

2* skills course. 6 sessions, including kayaking and canoeing. 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.

  

Updated 03/03/2020

 

Tuesday, 10 February 2015 08:40

Refresher Course

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Tuesday, 10 February 2015 08:09

Introduction to Paddlesports (Spring) Course

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Trips and Events

Inverness Canoe Club organises a regular programme of trips throughout the year - on river, sea and loch. These vary from evening paddles down our local river, the Ness, winter paddles on Loch Ness or Loch Oich, to wild camping trips to one of the many islands off the coast of Scotland during the summer.

We also arrange courses enabling members to develop their own personal skills or to embark on the UKCC coaching pathway.

Over the summer we hope to hold several 'come and try' days at Loch Achilty, which should give all members of the family a chance to get wet!

Please click on the Events Calendar to see what's coming up soon...

To have a look at what we have been up to, browse past Trip Reports.

 

If you have not yet embarked on a club trip, please ensure that you read the Trip Information page to ensure that you have the necessary prerequisites.

In addition to club trips, many members also arrange social paddles amongst themselves - and one of the great benefits of joining a club is to establish a network of paddling buddies for yourself. However, while these can be great opportunities to build upon or brush-up on your skills, these trips are not formally endorsed by the club.

Please note: while we warmly welcome anyone who is interested in paddlesport to join the club, for health & safety and child protection reasons, all trips and events advertised on this site are for members only, unless specified otherwise.

Monday, 04 May 2009 20:04

Paddling with ICC

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Prerequisites for Club Trips

The club has minimum criteria for joining in the Club's outdoor trips, including Wednesday evening sea paddling. These are:

Paddle Discover (formerly 1 star) plus 4 trips with Club coaches OR
Paddle Explore (formerly 2 star) OR
Relevant previous paddling experience that can be verified by someone known to Club Coaches or Leaders.

These criteria help us to run safe trips, while ensuring that one person won’t hold back the whole group. The Club's full Trip policy and Participants Guidance can be downloaded below.

For those new to the sport, the Club runs an introductory and a refresher course in the spring (for more details see here). Completing one of these courses will enable most people to join us on Club trips. Unfortunately, our volunteer coaches do not have the capacity to run these courses more than once a year - but, if you do miss out on these opportunities, there are plenty of other ways to gain experience, including through some of the very good commercial providers locally.

If you don’t have a BCU skills award, but do have a lot of previous kayaking experience, then please contact the trip organiser or one of the discipline leads (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) to discuss your skill level. All trips are graded and more information about this can be found in the various discipline sections.

 

Risk Assessment and Safety

As part of trying to promote a culture in the Club where everyone has a responsibility for their own safety while getting out and enjoying paddling, the Club's Risk Assessment policy should be read by all members before they embark on any Club activity; it can be downloaded below. This contains an Activity Specific Risk Assessment, which is intended to be a useful guide for thinking through the safety implications of a trip beforehand. 

Before attending any Club event, please make sure that you either have all of the appropriate kit and safety equipment to hand, or you have arranged to hire it well in advance (see Equipment Hire; please note that, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Club boats have been put out on long term hire to members. This runs on a monthly basis: an email will go out to all members when these come up for renewal).

COVID-19 update, August 2020: in order to help us manage the risks around COVID-19 and ensure that the Club complies with Government/SCA guidance as we look to get back on the water, we would ask all members to read the Covid19 risk assessment  (see download below). This will be updated in response to any changes to the guidance - all members will be notified by email as and when any changes occur.

The latest guidance on paddling issued by the Scottish Canoe Association can be accessed here.

  

Contact Information for Club Events

In the event of any incident, it can be essential to have a contact number for each paddler and also emergency contact details. In the wider paddling community, a number of incidents have arisen in the past where the group has become separated and the rescue has been hampered because it has been unclear whether all paddlers were off the water. Shared contact details within the group helps avoid this situation. In the event of illness or injury, emergency contact numbers can also be useful. Members do provide such details at annual membership renewal, but they may not be appropriate to a particular day’s paddling, or may have changed.

All Club trips are now booked through WebCollect, which ensures that coaches and leaders have an up-to-date list of contact details for participants for every trip or event. It is up to participants to ensure, when booking, that the contact information they provide is correct. Participants will also be asked a simple yes/no question as to whether or not they have any medical conditions which may affect their paddling; this will highlight any potential issues to the coach/leader, but it is the responsibility of the participant to ensure that the coach/leader is aware of the details of their condition. The coach, leader or event organiser will destroy any locally held copies of that information once the event is over. 

In case of any emergency, it is Club policy that each paddler equips themselves with a set of “tickets” or cards for recording essential paddler information and brings the completed tickets on each paddling trip. One “ticket” should be carried on the paddler (in your buoyancy aid) and one should be stored in your boat, somewhere it will easily be found. They can be laminated or placed in a plastic bag. 

 

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