White Water Award

Description

10 CPD Points

Your White Water Award will give you the skills needed for a safe and fun day out white water paddling. This will be on rivers up to grade 2.

You will learn how to use the environmental factors to identify where and when to paddle. This includes the water grade, the weather, other paddlers and the features. You will learn to choose the best equipment to keep you warm and safe on the water. As well as any water etiquette that there may be for the water on which you wish to paddle.

White water is a dynamic and ever-changing environment. You will learn the skills required to ensure that you stay in control of your boat at all times and can drive your boat proactively around the river. This includes crossing flow; you will look at how your speed angle and edge can help improve the outcome. As well as how you can look at “future water” to ensure you cross successfully. You will look at how you can link different strokes to help you maintain the direction of your boat. As well as those that you will need to change direction and steer.

You will look at how to run a river. This includes identifying features that you may need to avoid and others that can help you manoeuvre and steer your boat. You will also look at the rescue and self-rescue skills required to deal with mishaps whilst on the river. This could be rolling in more slack water or the techniques required to help you swim to shore.

Each day spent on white water will further expand our skills and knowledge, creating a more enjoyable experience on the water. With no two experiences ever the same, we never stop learning. Continually evaluating the choices we make creates a natural evolution of decision-making and paddling ability.

Quote from our providers:

“The paddlers I have worked with have responded very positively to being able to effectively choose what they will work on and in which order and to take as long as they like on each skill. I generally work with more nervous paddlers who enjoy grade 2/3 and aren’t interested in challenge and in higher grades and are often put off by courses where they are expected to show fast progression. Many people prefer to consolidate before moving onto the next bit and the ethos of the new awards allows this. I like them!” Penelope, Durham.

Ready to begin?

Use our course finder to find a course or a Coach to begin your journey today!

Want to know more?

Read the award description here: White Water Award Description

If you are new to paddling you may wish to look at the Paddle Start, Paddle Discover and Paddle Explore Awards.

If you feel you have enough white water experience, then you may wish to move on to the Progressive White Water Award.

Content

During this award you will develop the skills, judgement and decision-making skills to have successful journeys on white water. You will gain the confidence to plan journeys and proficient skills to allow you to be in control of your kayak throughout.

This will include:

  • Location
  • Getting Ready
  • At the Water
  • White Water Skills
  • After the Session
  • Future Development

Course Assessment

The White Water Award has no formal assessment. Each day spent on the white water will further expand your skills and knowledge. With no two trips ever the same, you will never stop learning. At the end of each session, you and your Coach will decide where to go next and what you will work on. This will be directed by your own aims and goals. The award will be certificated when you are ready.

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10 CPD Points
Course Description

Your White Water Award will give you the skills needed for a safe and fun day out white water paddling. This will be on rivers up to grade 2.

You will learn how to use the environmental factors to identify where and when to paddle. This includes the water grade, the weather, other paddlers and the features. You will learn to choose the best equipment to keep you warm and safe on the water. As well as any water etiquette that there may be for the water on which you wish to paddle.

White water is a dynamic and ever-changing environment. You will learn the skills required to ensure that you stay in control of your boat at all times and can drive your boat proactively around the river. This includes crossing flow; you will look at how your speed angle and edge can help improve the outcome. As well as how you can look at “future water” to ensure you cross successfully. You will look at how you can link different strokes to help you maintain the direction of your boat. As well as those that you will need to change direction and steer.

You will look at how to run a river. This includes identifying features that you may need to avoid and others that can help you manoeuvre and steer your boat. You will also look at the rescue and self-rescue skills required to deal with mishaps whilst on the river. This could be rolling in more slack water or the techniques required to help you swim to shore.

Each day spent on white water will further expand our skills and knowledge, creating a more enjoyable experience on the water. With no two experiences ever the same, we never stop learning. Continually evaluating the choices we make creates a natural evolution of decision-making and paddling ability.

Quote from our providers:

“The paddlers I have worked with have responded very positively to being able to effectively choose what they will work on and in which order and to take as long as they like on each skill. I generally work with more nervous paddlers who enjoy grade 2/3 and aren’t interested in challenge and in higher grades and are often put off by courses where they are expected to show fast progression. Many people prefer to consolidate before moving onto the next bit and the ethos of the new awards allows this. I like them!” Penelope, Durham.

Ready to begin?

Use our course finder to find a course or a Coach to begin your journey today!

Want to know more?

Read the award description here: White Water Award Description

If you are new to paddling you may wish to look at the Paddle Start, Paddle Discover and Paddle Explore Awards.

If you feel you have enough white water experience, then you may wish to move on to the Progressive White Water Award.

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