Canoe / Kayak Training Courses

PCC Kayak Beginner/Improvers Training Courses

Our courses run October to December, and February to April.  Our October 2020 course is currently full.  Please contact us for information on the next course starting February 2021.

We have confirmed that the pool is open, that British Canoeing (our governing body), the government and finally PCC committee are happy that we can run a beginners and improvers course this autumn.

Several things to note. We have put in place a number of protections and changes to normal practice to make Covid safe as we can sessions. The Covid situation and guidance can change. We will work hard to honour commitments (for instance the Spring course was stopped half way through so we recently ran Saturday sessions to finish off). It is not unusual for individuals to be unable to do a few sessions. We can do catch ups. We expect everyone to work tot he spirit asn well as the letter of all relevant controls, for all our good. And of course to have fun with the great sport.  

Course Aims

To provide a structured introduction to paddle sports, with focus on kayaking. The course will be targeted to provide the students with the skill set to exceed the British Canoeing Award ‘Discovery’ syllabus in kayaking.

At the end of the course students will have:-

  • A range of paddling and safe boat handling skills
  • Self and peer rescuing knowledge and ability
  • Awareness of good safe practices and key trip planning considerations
  • Understanding of PaddleSport possibilities and responsibilities

The course starts in an indoor swimming pool where all the key skills are introduced in a safe and comfortable environment. Five later sessions will be based from Paignton Harbour, where cold salty water, (small) waves and (light) wind are introduced. There is then space to experience longer sea boats, though the majority of course activities will typically be done using cross-over and river running/creek style boats.

The local environment outside the harbour will be used to provide an enjoyable context to develop accurate boat handling skills. The later sessions will include one to two hour journeys providing the opportunity to explore coastal features that many Torbay residents are unaware of. If on the day conditions are inappropriate then the coaching will be harbour or shore based.

Assessment is done as formative and takes place continuously, thus ensuring coaching focuses on individual needs and development. If desired the club can issue appropriate British Canoeing Personal Performance Awards, though these may carry an extra charge. https://www.britishcanoeingawarding.org.uk/new-personal-performance-awards/

Students typically complete the course feeling confident, competent and enthused to join in Club events exploring South Devon and beyond. This facilitates paddler progression and development opportunities in a safe and friendly environment.

You must be at least 13 years old. Your parent/guardian must fill the form in unless you are at least 18 years old. You must be able to swim 25 metres fully dressed.

Dress - (Indoor sessions) You will need: T-shirt/shorts and swimming costume. Nose clips optional. A returnable £1.00 coin is needed for the changing room lockers. Pay and display parking at TLC.

Dress - (Outdoor harbour sessions) You will need: Wetsuit with a warm inner layer, a windproof anorak, also wetsocks or shoes. Some footwear is essential for paddlesport. All sessions will include capsizes and rescues – so bring a hot drink with you for afterwards. Avoid parking on the harbour area.

Autumn 2020 Covid 19 addendum

This course is offered, subject to government restrictions and availability of the swimming pool. The current plan includes:

  • Separate access to the swimming pool area
  • Optional use of the TLC changing rooms and showers. Or arrive and leave clothed ready for pool use. These are very popular and useful down the beach Others are availab le https://dryrobe.com/collections/towel-dryrobe.
  • Lockers are available at TLC
  • Alcohol hand and mist facilities are available
  • Coaching skills, including rescues, will be modified for social distancing considerations. Limit of 6 in a group (students + coaches)
  • Trace and trace records will be kept.

There is an expectation that all parties will abide by the letter and the spirit of any Covid 19 regulation, legislation and guidance from Government, Pool Operator or PCC.

There will be further updates and details with joining instructions close to the start

Course price is £150, which include 13 sessions as below, use of a club kayak, paddle, spraydeck, buoyancy aid and helmet for the course, a club rash vest and annual membership till October 2021.

Session start times and locations as below.

Eight sessions indoors at Torbay Leisure Centre (TLC) at Clennon Valley, Paignton and five sessions outdoors based at from south side of Paignton Harbour. It is not unusual for participants to miss one or two sessions. Coach/student ratios allow us to cope with this.

We finish at 9pm on Tuesdays, and at noon on Saturdays.

Day

Date

Start Time

Location

Notes

Tuesday

20th Oct

7:50pm

TLC

Meet pool side changed ready

Tuesday

27th   Oct

7:00pm

TLC

Personal safety session (dry) in the cafe before the pool session

Tuesday

3rd Nov

7:55pm

TLC

 

Saturday

7th  Nov

0945am

Paignton Harbour

See notes on required dress

Tuesday

10th  Nov

7:55pm

TLC

 

Saturday

14th  Nov

0945am

Paignton Harbour

See notes on required dress

Tuesday

17th Nov

7:55pm

TLC

 

Saturday

21th Nov

0945am

Paignton Harbour

See notes on required dress

Tuesday

24th Nov

7:55pm

TLC

 

Saturday

28th  Nov

0945am

Paignton Harbour

See notes on required dress

Tuesday

1st Dec

7:00pm

TLC

Trip planning and group safety (dry) session in the cafe before the pool session

Saturday

5th Dec

0945am

Paignton Harbour

See notes on required dress

Tuesday

8th  Dec

7:50pm

TLC

 

Changing rooms, lockers and showers are available at TLC and may be at the harbour.  In exceptional circumstances Brixham Harbour may be used instead of Paignton Harbour.  We operate under the Paignton Canoe Club rules and British Canoeing guidelines.

There is an expectation that all parties will abide by the letter and the spirit of any Covid 19 regulation, legislation and guidance from Government, Pool Operator or PCC.

If you are interest, please contact Tim Durrant on 0790 407 3923 or tim.durrant1@gmail.comPlease DO NOT complete membership application until you have been accepted and your place confirmed.