Sunday, November 29, 2015


Indoor Kayaking courses on Saturday afternoons

Stormy Sunday on the West Coast of the Isle of Man

 Catch you on the water soon : )

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Round the Calf

Junior Paddlesport

Saturday afternoon's Indoor Kayaking is immensely popular, with 4 consecutive hours of coaching, youth through to adults in Paddlesport.

Adventure Club - Sunday Sea Kayaking

 This morning's Adventure Club Sea Kayaking paddled form Port Erin Beach, using the interesting conditions on the West side to practice the paddlesport skills we've been training hard on...
Bright sunshine adding to the glorious day!! 

 Really great to paddle round the Calf of |Man, and looking forward to more fun outdoors over the next week! Catch you on the water soon
Keirron & the Team

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Coaching in the USA

I was invited over to coach at the Autumn Gales in the last week of October...

artist impression by Archee (Jan Block Photography)

 "a rough water sea kayak training event for intermediate and advanced paddlers based out of Stonington, CT, USA. Greg and Paula at Kayak Waveology host the event and brings in internationally known BCU coaches and local rough water guides."

Watch Autumn Gales 2015 video by Ofer Cohen

Greg's affiliation with Stonington is from when his dad lived and worked there.
The week long event ran from NESS (New England Science & Sailing) backing straight into the marina. "NESS is a ocean adventure non-profit organisation that engages students in experiential learning to build confidence, teamwork and leadership skills..."
 ...and we took the opportunity to take a look around before folk arrived...

"Marine Science and adventure water sports are platforms for inquiry-based learning, teaching respect and responsibility for the sea, and creating connections with the community."
We have a lot in common...
Our long-term development programs align and NESS is another year-round working case study.

 Not only did the facility cater perfectly for Sea Kayak coaching delivery, it's principles and the perspectives of the team I met enhanced the whole experience.

Greg, Paula and their local guide team are terrific hosts, and fun people to be with. I working alongside Nigel Dennis from SKUK delivering the BCU 5* Training, then worked with local coaches over the main weekend. 
The various training pods often caught up over lunch breaks, sharing experiences and stories...

Looking forward to learning more next Autumn!!

 ps. Really great to be part of Phil & Suzies wedding day in Anglesey, enjoy the Maldives : )

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

November Gales

Indoor Kayaking at Western Swimming Pool, Peel on Saturday afternoons

With students from four of our long-term development programs, our Saturday afternoon Indoor Kayaking training is enjoying healthy participation levels ; )

Our Junior Paddlesport program (ages 8 to 15) offers certificated Stages 1-5, with graduates from this program progressing through our Long Term Adventure Development and Performance pathway. 

Our adult Adventure Club members also use the Indoor Kayaking for extra skills training during the winter months, complementing their 'on the sea' training on a Sunday.

The November Indoor Kayaking (4 weekly one hour sessions) also has 4 students from our Youth Scholarship Program, completing the Kayak Safety training element of their 18 month program, in addition to their full team weekly training outdoors...

Youth Scholarship - Development & Leadership Program

 Wednesday afternoon Youth Scholarship training TR 25. during Half Term with a reduced team...

 Delightful paddling in flat conditions, working the rocky coastline, with a biscuit break half way!
Last week's evening session involved some planning followed by a night hike up Slieau Whallian, mostly with out torches... challenging conditions!

Coaching People, Changing Perspectives

We are once again Finalists in the Awards for Excellence for Corporate Social Responsibility.
Looking forward to Thursday Evening!!

Coach Development

Sunday afternoon's Coach Development followed the morning decision making theory session for Adventure Club members (due to originally paddle on the sea...)

The coaches met for an Indoor Kayaking training session, before the main full coaching team meeting, discussing various riveting topics, updating the team on business developments and achievements, updates to our risk management guidelines and policy, and our role in the UK Drowning Prevention Strategy.

Home baked lasagne followed by tiramisu was the reward : )