‘Events’

Private Rolling Classes: October 6 and 7, Portland, Oregon

Date: October 6 and 7

Location: Portland, Oregon

Description: Topics that can be covered include first rolls, other-side rolls, layback paddle rolls, forward finish paddle rolls, norsaq rolls, hand rolls and beyond. The techniques examined can be used with any type of paddle and any type of kayak.

Contact: For more information, course fees or to register, click HERE.

Essential Sea Kayak Weekend: Anglesey, North Wales, April 17 to 19

Date: October 17 to 19

Location: Anglesey, North Wales

Description: This event is open to sea kayakers of all abilities. It is designed as a 3-day celebration of the very best of North Wales sea kayaking. Based on the world-famous island of Anglesey, the event will offer an exciting range of coaching sessions, workshops, trips, tours and presentations, matched by lively evenings of entertainment.

Contact: http://www.kayakessentials.co.uk/essential-sea-kayak-festival/

Sea Kayak Improver Weekend: October 12 to 13, North Wales

Date: October 12 to 13

Location: North Wales

Description: This course provides the opportunity to discover the great variety and subtle pleasures of sea kayaking, while exploring the superb coastlines of Anglesey and the Llŷn Peninsula.

During the weekend course, the emphasis is on building upon your existing kayaking skills to develop confident boat handling in wind and waves. It is not possible to cover everything in a weekend, however coaching sessions can include improved forward paddling, safety and rescue skills, simple navigation, tidal and weather considerations, trip planning and possibly some surfing skills.

By the end of the course, you should have developed a good understanding of safe and enjoyable sea kayaking, and feel more self sufficient in your own paddling activities.

This course is not suitable if you are a beginner paddler.

Contact: www.plasmenai.co.uk

Learn to Sea Kayak Weekend: September 28 and 29, Menai Strait, North Wales

Date: September 28 and 29

Location: Menai Strait, North Wales

Description: The aim of this course is to give you a safe and enjoyable introduction to sea kayaking with the emphasis on good coaching to develop your confidence and ability in this popular side of paddlesport.

You will spend the entire weekend in sea kayaks, developing basic boat handling skills, including an effective forward paddling technique and safety and rescue skills. You will also spend some time looking at how to interpret weather and tides in relation to planning a sea kayak trip.

Over the course of the weekend, you will paddle a variety of sheltered coastal locations, and by the end of the course, you will have gained the confidence to comfortably handle a sea kayak in calm conditions.

Contact: www.plasmenai.co.uk

Simplifying the Roll: June 9 and 10, Lake Natoma, California

Photo Credit – Tom Humphries

Date: June 9 and 10 (two classes on June 9, two classes on June 10)

Location: Lake Natoma, California

Description: Topics that can be covered include first rolls, other-side rolls, layback paddle rolls, forward finish paddle rolls, norsaq rolls, hand rolls and beyond. The techniques examined can be used with any type of paddle and any type of kayak.

Contact: For more information, course fees or to register, e-mail info@greenlandorbust.org.

Photo Credit – Tom Humphries

Storm Paddling Strategies and Practice with Roger Schumann!: December 7 and 8, Trinidad, California

Date: December 7 and 8

Location: Trinidad, California

Description: Roger Schumann will be running classes through Greenland or Bust on Saturday, Dec. 7 and Sunday, Dec. 8. The classes are titled Storm Paddling Strategies and Practice with Roger Schumann! This is a fantastic opportunity to take a class from a top notch international instructor.

Contact: For more information, course fees or to register, e-mail info@greenlandorbust.org.

Greenland Weekend: November 2 to 3, Devon, England

Date: November 2 to 3

Location: Devon, England

Description: This weekend offers the opportunity to learn a range of Greenland rolling skills and paddling strokes as well as be immersed in the culture of Greenland. It is a chance to find out about Avataqs, Akuilisaqs and Norsat, as well as get to know the difference between a Tuilik and a Tupilaq.

Contact: For more information, course fees or to register, e-mail info@seakayakingsouthwest.co.uk.

BCU 5 Star Sea Assessment: March 29 to 30, Anglesey, Wales

Date: March 29 to 30

Location: Anglesey, Wales

Description: This two-day discipline specific assessment is designed to show that a successful candidate has the appropriate level of skill to safely lead a group of paddlers on challenging journeys in advanced tidal waters and dynamic weather conditions typified by the climate of the British Isles. This award is intended for paddlers who journey on the sea in areas where tidal races, headlands, open crossings, swell and overfalls will be encountered.

Achieving the award demonstrates that a candidate is competent to judge the conditions and the standard of the group to make appropriate decisions on the water as part of a planned route, while showing an understanding of the need to modify plans when required. The assessment will be against criteria set out in the BCU 5 Star Sea syllabus and will examine the following areas:

Personal Paddling Skills

• Launching and landing
• Efficient forward paddling
• Effective manoeuvring and boat control
• Navigation on the water and in poor visibility
• A range of self-rescues
• Rolling in rough water

Rescue Skills

• Application of appropriate rescue skills
• Different towing methods

Safety, Leadership and Group Skills

• Leadership, judgement and decision making processes
• Safety awareness and risk management
• Group care and management tactics
• Paddler welfare and community building
• Ability to handle a range of incidents

Theory

• Equipment
• Safety (includes coastguard and rescue services)
• Weather
• Hypothermia/ First aid
• Access
• Planning
• Group awareness and management
• Navigation
• General (and historical)
• Leadership responsibilities
• Water features/hazards

Prerequisites: Endorsed LR form; BCU 4 Star Sea; BCU 5 Sea Star training (or equivalent evidence); BCU Open Water Navigation and Tidal Planning (or equivalent course); a valid first-aid award (minimum 16 hours); 25 days logged experience in 3 different sea areas.

BCU Information: For syllabus details, visit the BCU website.

Contact: For more information, course fees or to register, e-mail info@greenlandorbust.org.

BCU 4 Star Sea Assessment: March 15 and 16, Anglesey, Wales

Date: March 15 and 16

Location: Anglesey, Wales

Description: This two-day discipline specific assessment is designed to show that a successful candidate has the appropriate level of skill to safely lead competent paddlers on coastal journeys in moderate water conditions. Achieving the award demonstrates that a candidate is competent to judge the conditions and the standard of the group to make appropriate decisions on the water, while showing an understanding of the need to modify plans when required. The assessment will be against criteria set out in the BCU 4 Star Sea syllabus and will cover the following areas:

Personal Paddling Skills

• Lifting, carrying and launching/landing
• Efficient and effective sea paddling skills
• Forward paddling
• Reversing and stopping
• Maintaining direction
• Changing direction
• Moving sideways
• Support strokes
• Rolling
• Practical navigation

Rescue Skills, Safety, Leadership and Group Management

• Boat and shore based safety and rescue skills
• Incident management and first aid in the 4 star environment
• Being an effective team leader and team member in rescues/incidents
• Application of leadership
• Leadership strategies, judgement and decision making
• Safety awareness and risk management
• Group control and management
• Equipment

Theory

• Safety (includes coastguard and rescue services)
• Weather
• Hypothermia/first aid
• Access
• Planning
• Group awareness and management
• Navigation
• Etiquette (includes collision regulations and signals)
• General (and historical)
• Leadership responsibilities
• Water features/hazards

Prerequisites: Endorsed LR form; BCU 3 Star Sea; BCU 4 Star Training (or equivalent evidence); BCU Coastal Navigation and Tidal Planning (or equivalent course); a recognized first-aid award (minimum 16 hours).

BCU Information: For syllabus details, visit the BCU website.

Contact: For more information, course fees or to register, e-mail: info@greenlandorbust.org.

Sea Kayak Georgia ACA Paddle Sports Week: September 10 to 15, Tybee Island, Georgia

Date: September 10 to 15

Location: Tybee Island, Georgia

Description: Attending a symposium is a great way to paddle with like minded folk, make new friends, expand your paddling skills and learn from a group of paddlers that don’t often get together. This event offers day long courses so that you may immerse yourself in the class.  Evening presentations allow everyone to get together and hear about wonderful trips and other training centers. Dinner meet ups give a much needed social element to relax and review the day among friends. In essence, the symposium is a social gathering with an educational outcome.

Contact: For more information, visit www.seakayakgeorgia.com/symposia/.

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