Courses

At Adventure Guides we offer a range of SUP, canoe, kayak instructor training and personal skill courses.
Water Skills Academy SUP Courses
British Canoeing Qualifications

WATER SKILLS ACADEMY SUP COURSES

iSUP Safe Workshop – Price £65

A 6 hour WSA certified workshop to ensure you are prepared and can plan your next SUP adventure safely. 

This course covers:
Equipment, Safety, Weather, The Environment, The Leave No Trace principles, Session Planning and Rescue techniques

2020 Dates:

SUP Safety and Rescue – Price £100

Award Description
WSA regards safety and rescue skills as essential disciplines that all SUP instructors must understand and be able to demonstrate competency in rescue techniques. This one-day course is designed to teach the fundamental rescue skills and safety knowledge for aspiring SUP instructors.

2020 Dates: 31st July

Foundation Instructor – Price £220

Award Description
This is the first step to working as a Stand-Up Paddle Instructor. This two-day course will introduce the novice instructor to teaching and communication skills, lesson planning, feedback and analysis skills and group and individual client management. We expect our candidates to be able to confidently perform the manoeuvres listed below before enrolling on the course. If you are not sure if you are at standard then please contact us to discuss.

2020 Dates: August 22nd &23rd

Adventure Guide – Price £220

Award Desciption
The Adventure Guide is a leadership award that will equip you to coach, lead or guide in open water, hazardous environments. You will gain knowledge in various environments suitable for the remit of the award, safety in these environments and leadership strategies. Prior to attending this course you must have attended the WSA Foundation course and the WSA SUP Safety and Rescue course.

2020 Dates: August 1st & 2nd

White Water Skills – Price £190

Award Description
This course is aimed at paddlers who want to know the intricacy of white-water SUP. Learn the skills of one of the coolest SUP disciplines around. Develop your understanding of the fundamentals of WWSUP and leave with the tools you need to progress. In this course we will cover the key elements of the sport including the Tripod, keeping fluidity through your ride and basic rescue skills you will need to keep yourself safe on the water.

*This is the pre requisite to the River SUP Safety Award and White-Water Instructor.

2020 Dates: November 7th & 8th (full) , 12th & 13th December (full), 27 & 28 February 2021

Adventure Paddler – Price £200

This course is for SUPers wishing to expand their paddling experiences for longer day journeys in a variety of water settings, i.e rivers, coastal and open water. The course will equip you with the knowledge and skills to push your boundaries into new areas of confidence and environments.

During the 2-day course we will discuss:

  • Personal Skills review
  • Planning
  • Weather
  • Peer and Individual Needs
  • Equipment
  • Nutrition
  • Navigation
  • Communication
  • First Aid and Rescue / Evacuation Considerations
  • Environmental Considerations and Leave No Trace Techniques
  • Paddling Techniques environment specific
  • Journey types
  • Course Review and Action Plan

2020 Dates: 21st & 22nd November (full) 16 & 17 January 2021

British Canoeing Qualifications

*Available on request

British Canoe 1 Star Award Training and Assessment

The British Canoeing 1 Star is a clear stepping-stone to becoming a paddler. Designed as a basic award, the 1 Star is the level people would typically reach after an introductory course of 6 hours quality water time. You will have the opportunity to use a variety of water craft throughout the day such as stand up paddle boards, canoes and kayak.

Prerequisites
Candidates must be water confident, and ideally should be able to swim (this is desirable but not essential). If under 14 the British Canoeing Paddle power program may be more appropriate.

Location Parc Bryn Bach
Duration 1 Day
Maximum Group Size 8
Age 14+
Cost £65

For information on available dates please call us on 07967 540612 or email adventure guides

1 Star Assessment

British Canoe 2 Star Training

Successful performance at this level indicates that the paddler can use fundamental paddlesport skills on flat water to control movement of both canoes and kayaks, and have an understanding of how the paddle, boat, and water interact.

Prerequisites
Candidates must be able to swim 25 metres wearing a buoyancy aid.

Candidates must have experience of British Canoeing 1 Star Skills in both kayak and open canoe

Note – If under 14, the British Canoeing Paddle power program may be more appropriate.

Location Parc Bryn Bach
Duration 2 Days
Maximum Group Size 6
Age 16 plus
Cost £130 

For information on available dates please call us on 07967 540612 or email adventure guides

British Canoe 2 Star Assessment

Successful performance at this level indicates that the paddler can use fundamental paddle sport skills on flat water to control movement of both canoes and kayaks, and have an understanding of how the paddle, boat, and water interact.

Candidates must have experience of:

• Paddling two different craft (e.g. surf kayak, closed cockpit kayak, open cockpit kayak, closed cockpit canoe, solo/tandem open canoe, racing boat, wave-ski, flat-hulled boat, v-shaped hull, slalom boat, polo boat, or sea kayak)

• Paddling in two different locations (e.g. canal, river, loch/lake, or sea; different parts of large bodies of water can be counted as two different locations)

• Competing in two paddle sport competitions (e.g. club level event, slalom, polo, sprint, freestyle, bell-boat etc.) OR completing two journeys of approx. 2 hours duration

Note – If under 14, the British Canoeing Paddle power program may be more appropriate.

Craft
This award is obtained by demonstrating performance in both a kayak and a canoe. Any style of kayak or canoe is permissible, e.g. open cockpit, sit-on-top, v-shaped hull or flat bottomed etc. (Each person in a doubles crew must perform each task from both the bow and stern).

Prerequisites
Candidates must be able to swim 25 metres wearing a buoyancy aid.

Location Parc Bryn Bach Lake
Duration 1 Day
Maximum Group Size 6
Age 14 plus
Cost £65

For information on available dates please call us on 07967 540612 or email adventure guides

British Canoe 3 Star Open Canoe Training

Successful performance at this level indicates that a candidate can consider themselves as an intermediate open canoe paddler rather than a beginner. The candidate having demonstrated personal competence in paddling open water in wind conditions of beaufort force 3 and on grade 1 moving water as part of a let group.

Craft
A traditional open canoe suitable for the remit of the award and the assessment tasks, paddled solo and tandem. (A candidate may take a tandem only route if their ability to paddle solo is impaired)

Prerequisites
British Canoe 2 Star Award or equivalent

Location Parc Bryn Bach Lake and the Wye Valley
Duration 2 Days
Maximum Group Size 6
Age 16 plus
Cost £130

For information on available dates please call us on 07967 540612 or email adventure guides

British Canoe 3 Star Open Canoe Assessment

Successful performance at this level indicates that a candidate can consider themselves as an intermediate open canoe paddler rather than a beginner. The candidate having demonstrated personal competence in paddling open water in wind conditions of beaufort force 3 and on grade 1 moving water as part of a let group.

Craft
A traditional open canoe suitable for the remit of the award and the assessment tasks, paddled solo and tandem. (a candidate may take a tandem only route if their ability to paddle solo is impaired)

Prerequisites

• Provide evidence of at least 3 different open canoe journeys, of about 3 hours duration (10km)each; at least 1 of these need to be in open water environment and 1 on a river trip.

• A consistent British canoeing 2 star award standard of performance in an open canoe award; it is recommended that the candidate holds the British canoeing 2 star award

• The ability to swim confidently in the open water and river environment, wearing normal paddling clothes

Location Parc Bryn Bach and Wye Valley
Duration 1 Day
Maximum Group Size 6
Age 14 plus
Cost £65

For information on available dates please call us on 07967 540612 or email adventure guides

British canoeing 3 Star White Water Kayak Training

Successful performance at this level indicates that the paddler can consider themselves an Intermediate White Water Kayak Paddler, as they can now paddle on moving waters. They can do this in a competent manner as part of a led group and have the knowledge and ability to help the smooth running of a trip while being led down a section of a river with sections up to grade 2.

Prerequisites
A consistent British Canoeing 2 Star standard of performance in the appropriate craft is required for anyone starting to work towards the British Canoeing 3 Star White Water Kayak Award; it is recommended that the candidate holds the British Canoeing 2 Star Award

The ability to swim confidently in moving water, wearing normal paddling clothes.

Location River Usk
Duration 2 Days
Maximum Group Size 6
Age 14 plus
Cost £130 plus accommodation

For information on available dates please call us on 07967 540612 or email adventure guides

British canoeing 3 Star White Water Kayak assessment

Successful performance at this level indicates that the paddler can consider themselves an intermediate white water kayak paddler, as they can now paddle on moving waters. They can do this in a competent manner as part of a led group and have the knowledge and ability to help the smooth running of a trip while being led down a section of a river with sections up to grade 2.

Prerequisites
Candidates should provide evidence of at least 8-10 paddling sessions (minimum 40 hours) in varied locations where possible; this should include evidence of having paddled grade 2 water

A consistent British Canoeing 2 Star standard of performance in the appropriate craft is required for anyone starting to work towards the British Canoeing 3 Star White Water Kayak Award; it is recommended that the candidate holds the British Canoeing 2 Star Award

The ability to swim confidently in moving water, wearing normal paddling clothes Craft

Location River Usk
Duration 1 Day
Maximum Group Size 6
Age 14 plus
Cost £65

For information on available dates please call us on 07967 540612 or email adventure guides

Foundation instructor award South Wales