Monday, October 12, 2009

'Adventure Club' - BCU 1* Awards!

Congratulations to the 8 members of the Adventure Club who passed their BCU 1* Award on Sunday. The assessments were held in a sheltered area of Port St Mary bay, as part of the ongoing 'Progressive Learning Program', an inherent part of the club.

The program works alongside the BCU awards structure, including additional important specific training and coaching necessary for Safe, Fun, Learning on the Isle of Man, within the sport of kayaking, as well as other adventurous disciplines.

Assessments are arranged when students are sufficiently experienced and skill level has surpassed that necessary to attain the award. A positive result at assessment is the result of dedicated students and experienced, student focused staff. BCU 1* Award Assessments will be running next Sunday for Club Members who were off the water this session, and the program continues working towards the BCU 2* Award and the next level after that...

The demonstration of 'Open Boating' or 'Canoeing' skills is now part of the BCU 2* Award, and the program will continue to include different types of craft to ensure students have a range of transferable skills.

Intermediate level paddlers who have attained the BCU 3* Sea Award (or if assessed - at that skill level) are working towards their BCU 4* Sea Leadership Award, will continue with moving water training at varying locations of the coastline.

All students will also regularly visit elements of the BCU 'Foundation Safety and Rescue' Award to ensure optimum safety at sea.

For our part - Adventurous Experiences coaches are highly trained, motivated and qualified to run the activities we offer. All staff hold national governing body coaching awards, have certified First Aid training, complete continuous staff development and personal skills and have the customer as their primary focus.

Lastly - a few places available on the BCU certificated 'Coastal Navigation & Tidal Planning' course running in November - Sunday evenings beginning 6pm on the 08th.

Coasteering sessions - tailored to group's ability and desire
Had a relaxing session on Saturday with a couple visiting from the UK, and water temperature is still at 14 degree's - an absolute pleasure when kitted out in 6mm Sola steamer wetsuits.

PADI Diving - on the Isle of Man
Having trained with Mann Scuba Divers for my 'Open Water Diver' course last Autumn, i'm completing my 'Advanced Open Water Diver' with Dave and his staff this week, in preparation for a trip to the Red Sea in December :)

'Queen's' - Evening / Night Paddles
Autumn this year has brought a fair few spells of calm, still conditions to the Island, and we have been making best use of them! In addition to our fabulous West Coast evening and night paddles, we ran a sea kayak trip from Douglas Bay, opposite the 'Queens Hotel' last week (pics to come) for a group of ladies who wanted to do something different to the usual night in the pub...
With time for a Curry washed down with a social beverage afterwards! :)

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