Follow the Adventure

Kayak

I love kayaking and have been passionate about it since my first strokes 25 years ago. I offer numerous courses for all levels of paddlers and can take you and your group from complete novice to expert level, both on the Sea and on Rivers.

My passion for kayaking has lead me to participate in the new British Canoe Union (pilot) level 4 course, which in turn leads on to an MSc in Performance Coaching (paddlesports). This is a very exciting , challenging and ultimately rewarding development within paddle sports coach education.

British Canoeing (BC) is the new name for the British Canoe Union (BCU).

 

 

Safety Courses

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BC: Coastal Navigation & Tidal Planning

 

This course is designed for those paddlers carrying out coastal journeys including islands up to 2 nautical miles offshore in areas of tidal movement up to 2 knots. This course is a prerequisite for those seeking their BCU 4 Star Sea Leader Award.

However, anyone wishing to undertake journeys on the sea using a kayak, would find the technical and theoretical aspects not only useful, but essential for safe travel in the marine environment!

This day long course is classroom based.

Dates:  1st Oct

Location: Isle of Arran      Cost: £95.00    Book Now: calum@calummcnicol.com

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BC: Open Water Navigation & Tidal Planning

 

This course is designed for those paddlers carrying out open water journeys including islands over 2 nautical miles offshore in areas of strong tidal movement of 3+ knots and/or including winds of up to force 5. This course is suitable for those seeking their 5 star leader award. The course is designed to complement the areas covered in the 5 star leader training.

However, anyone wishing to undertake journeys on the sea using a kayak would find the technical and theoretical aspects not only useful, but essential for safe travel in the marine environment! This day long course is classroom based.

Dates: 5th December 2015

Location: Isle of Arran      Cost: £95.00    Book Now: calum@calummcnicol.com

 

 

 

 

 

 BC: White Water Safety & Rescue

 

This course is designed for any active white water paddlers who want to learn more about river safety on grade 2 & 3 waters. It is also a pre-requisite for the White Water Canoe and Kayak Four Star Leader Award.

Training will take place on a variety of rivers and the emphasis during 2 days of training will be on safe river running, rescue techniques, group control and effective communications.

Dates: 19th & 20th September

Location: Tayside     Cost: £175.00    Book Now: calum@calummcnicol.com

 

 

 

 

 

 BC: Advanced White Water Safety & Rescue

 

This course is designed to teach advanced river rescue techniques and is a must for paddlers who find themselves paddling grade 4 and above. It will develop your personal safety skills and build your knowledge around managing advanced rescue situations.

This course is a per-requisite for the White Water Canoe and Kayak Five Star Leader Award.

Dates: 12 & 13th March 2016

Location: Tayside     Cost: £165.00    Book Now: calum@calummcnicol.com

 

 

 

 

Star Awards

 

 

BC: 3 Star Sea Kayak Training

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The BCU 3 Star Sea award is aimed at paddlers moving from beginner to improver.

Over 2 days training, I will teach you the skills to be a safe and effective member of a group and build your confidence in the sea kayak.

We will look at personal paddling skills, rescues, safety, theory and leadership skills.

Dates: 1st & 2nd July 2016

Location: Isle of Arran      Cost: £195.00 or £155.00 non-residential    Book Now: calum@calummcnicol.com

 

 

 

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BC: 3 Star Sea Kayak Assessment

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Successful performance at this level indicates that a candidate can consider themselves as an able improving sea paddler rather than a beginner.

During assessment, the candidate would be able to demonstrate personal competence paddling in wind conditions of no more than Beaufort Force 3 or Sea State 3 as part of a led group.

As part of the assessment, candidates will plan and conduct a short journey on the sea.

Dates: 22nd August 2016

Location: Isle of Arran      Cost: £95.00    Book Now: calum@calummcnicol.com

 

 

 

 

Leadership Awards

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BC: 4 Star Leader Sea Kayak Training

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This course will provide relevant training in the skills of a new BCU 4 Star Leader  award in Sea Kayaking. Each paddler will leave the course with an individual action plan to help them work towards their assessment.

Topics covered during this training course include personal paddling skills, tidal planning, equipment awareness and environmental awareness. Prequisites: Participants must be of the standard of the new 3 star sea kayak award.

Dates: 1st, 2nd & 3rd Oct 2015, includes CNTP.    Location: Isle of Arran      Cost: £225.00

Book Now: calum@calummcnicol.com

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BC: 4 Star Leader Sea Kayak Assessment

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This two day assessment will test your personal paddling skills, tidal planning, navigation and equipment and environmental awareness taken on the sea, whilst encountering 4 star leader conditions.

In addition to this, safety and rescue will be covered along with leadership of a group of 4 paddlers. Time will be allocated at the start of the day to process paperwork, outline the course program and prepare for the day on the water.

Successful candidates will leave with a 4 Star Leader Sea Kayak Award.

Dates: 5th & 6th September 2015

Location: Isle of Skye      Cost: £190.00   Book Now: calum@calummcnicol.com

 

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The Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards

Training and Assessors status for all awards, Bronze, Silver and Gold.