Isle of Man venue for new kayak Coach Award
The first British Canoeing Core Coach training was delivered in the Isle of Man over the weekend, in prime conditions. 8 local paddlers completed the mainly practical two-day program, with participants invited from the Adventurous Experiences professional coaching team, Adventure Club and Youth Scholarship local skills development programs. Feedback was excellent.
“A fun and educational two days. Felt open to trying new things as all feedback was positive and constructive; and to top all of that it was in the beautiful Isle of Man.”
Luke Crowe, 17, Ramsey Grammar School
Becky Crease, a children’s physiotherapist spoke of her experience:
“My first paddling experience was from Laxey with Keirron, in 2011. ‘I didn’t realise kayaking involved so much paddling!’ I went on to join the Adventure Club, gaining my Sea Kayak Leader Award and being part of Adventurous Experiences exciting journey as a British Canoeing International Training Centre with an outstanding coaching delivery and safety record.
Initially helping senior coaches on ‘sea kayaking experiences’ open to absolute beginners, I’ve been involved in the Junior Paddlesport indoor kayaking at Western Swimming Pool over the last 3 winters. I really like the accessibility of the Core Coach, allowing you to enter the coaching pathway at any point.”
Completing the course paves the way for participants to then choose their specific coaching environment to specialise in. Current coaches with the advanced water leader award will move to the NEW (Advanced Water) Sea Kayak Coach, others towards moderate or sheltered water environments, in relation to their experience and skill level.
Training was facilitated by coach educators Matt Giblin from Liverpool and local adventure sports coach Keirron Tastagh from Adventurous Experiences, in St Johns.
Matt Giblin was also given a quick tour of the Island, and is highly enthusiastic of his visit:
“It was a pleasure to work with such a highly skilled and motivated group of future coaches, and was made all the better by the stunning locations on the Isle of Man coastline. There was an exciting buzz within the group post course and I’m sure that their coaching journey will be an exciting one.”
Venue’s included Peel Castle and surrounding coastline, Port Erin Bay and the newly refurbished Lecture Room in St Johns. Owner of Adventurous Experiences, Keirron Tastagh commented:
“It’s a terrific way to round off the winter training session and kick off celebrating 15th years of delivering ‘Unforgettable Experiences in the Isle of Man’ (this April). We are looking forward to supporting all participants on your coaching journey.”
Adventurous Experiences runs Coach Education and Leadership Training for sheltered, moderate and advanced water awards, embedded in world class risk utilisation programs.