Paddlesport Leader Award

Training

What to expect

The Paddlesport Leader Award is a two day course aimed at paddlers taking on formal leadership responsibilities in benign, sheltered water environments and aims to support leaders to run safe, quality, enjoyable trips based on their group’s needs and aspirations.

The award allows you to lead groups of mixed craft from the boat that you've been assessed in and those in which you hold a British Canoeing Discipline Specific Award such as the open Canoe Award, Touring, Award, Sea Kayak Award or SUP Award.

As a Paddlesport Leader you can operate in winds of up to Bft 3 (Offshore Bft 2), tidal areas of up to 0.5knots, and slow moving rivers where it's possible to paddle upstream and in areas where it's possible to get out every 200m.

During the course, candidates will be trained in leadership and group management skills, and further developed in rescue skills in typical scenarios that could affect your group. For further personal skills training before the course, we recommend attending the Touring Awards and for multi craft rescue training we recommend attending the British Canoeing Foundation Safety & Rescue Training (FSRT)

If you have any further requests or require additional information please feel free to contact us.

Price

CHF340

Duration

2days
09:15 - 16:15

Dates

4th-5th April 2020
Please contact us if you are interested in attending this course at another time.

Coach

BC Performance Coach & Advanced Sea Kayak Coach (BCU 5 Star): Dave Storey

Prerequisites

Attendance of a rescue course
Personal Skills around Sea Kayak/SUP/Open Canoe Award Level in one discipline.

British Canoeing Resources

Click here for information on the course from British Canoeing

What’s included

Experienced coach, small group ratios, top quality equipment including neoprenes and jackets if needed

What to bring with you

Swimming wear, a quick drying t-shirt for under the wetsuit, sunglasses, sunhat, sun cream, footwear to be worn in the water (crocs for example), change of clothes, drinks and snacks, packed lunch.

How to find us

Hightide Kayak School, Strandbad Bönigen, Lütschinenstrasse 24, 3806 Bönigen

By Public Transport
Bus 103 from Interlaken Trainstation Ost or West to Bönigen See (direction Iseltwald). Runs at :05 & :35 throughout the day taking 5 - 10mins. Check your times at http://www.sbb.ch/fahrplan.html. Short walk (3mins) from the Busstop to the Strandbad. This bus is free with your guest card and runs every 30 minutes from Interlaken Ost or West.

By Car
Direction to Interlaken
Take the A8 to Interlaken. Exit at Bönigen, turn left on to Hauptstrasse and take the first exit at the roundabout on to Interlakenstrasse. After the bridge turn right in to Lütschinenstrasse. You will find a small parking area at the end of the road.

Direction to Brienz
Take the A8 to Interlaken and Exit at A26 Interlaken Ost. Follow the signs to Bönigen. When you get to the bridge turn left in to Lütschinenstrasse. You will find a small parking area at the end of the road.

On foot
From Interlaken Ost follow the signs to the boats. Turn right at the river and follow it along the trail signs towards Bönigen. Turn right after the camping sight and walk to the end of the road (around 35mins).

Weather

Please note that our courses and tours run in all weather that is safe for us to paddle in. Often the weather is better than predicted and part of the charm of our sport is experiencing nature with all its faces and even on a rainy day, the views and atmosphere can be beautiful and dramatic. We pride ourselves on having top quality equipment, including Palm longjohn wetsuits and high end paddle jackets to ensure you’re warm and happy whatever the weather. If conditions are unsafe to paddle in we will notify with as much notice as we can

Insurance

Please note that bookings are subject to our terms and conditions and cancellation policy. We recommend that you have an insurance policy to cover the course costs in case of illness or medical problems. Swiss residents can purchase annual AXA cancellation insurance at the time of booking.

Assessment

The Award

The Paddlesport Leader Award is a two day course aimed at paddlers taking on formal leadership responsibilities in benign, sheltered water environments and aims to support leaders to run safe, quality, enjoyable trips based on their group’s needs and aspirations.

The award allows you to lead groups of mixed craft from the boat that you've been assessed in and those in which you hold a British Canoeing Discipline Specific Award such as the open Canoe Award, Touring, Award, Sea Kayak Award or SUP Award.

As a Paddlesport Leader you can operate in winds of up to Bft 3 (Offshore Bft 2), tidal areas of up to 0.5knots, and slow moving rivers where it's possible to paddle upstream and in areas where it's possible to get out every 200m.

What to expect form the Assessment

During the assessment you'll be assessed on your leadership, group management, personal skills and rescue skills from your chosen craft with at least two different crafts in your group (Sea kayak, Surfski, Open Canoe, SUP).

There are a maximum of two candidates on an assessment and you will have a real group to look after.  You will be expected to plan a suitable trip for the day, get the group ready to go out on the water and run a safe, quality and enjoyable trip based on their group’s needs and aspirations.

If you have any further requests or require additional information please feel free to contact us.

Price

CHF260

Duration

1days
08:30 - 16:15

Dates

20th June 2020

Otherwise, please contact us if you are interested in attending an assessment so we can arrange a date.

Coach

BC Performance Coach & Advanced Sea Kayak Coach (BCU 5 Star): Dave Storey

Prerequisites

Attendance of a rescue course
Personal Skills around Sea Kayak/SUP/Open Canoe Award Level in one discipline.

British Canoeing Resources

Click here for information on the course from British Canoeing

What’s included

Experienced coach, small group ratios, top quality equipment including neoprenes and jackets if needed

What to bring with you

Swimming wear, a quick drying t-shirt for under the wetsuit, sunglasses, sunhat, sun cream, footwear to be worn in the water (crocs for example), change of clothes, drinks and snacks, packed lunch.

How to find us

Hightide Kayak School, Strandbad Bönigen, Lütschinenstrasse 24, 3806 Bönigen

By Public Transport
Bus 103 from Interlaken Trainstation Ost or West to Bönigen See (direction Iseltwald). Runs at :05 & :35 throughout the day taking 5 - 10mins. Check your times at http://www.sbb.ch/fahrplan.html. Short walk (3mins) from the Busstop to the Strandbad. This bus is free with your guest card and runs every 30 minutes from Interlaken Ost or West.

By Car
Direction to Interlaken
Take the A8 to Interlaken. Exit at Bönigen, turn left on to Hauptstrasse and take the first exit at the roundabout on to Interlakenstrasse. After the bridge turn right in to Lütschinenstrasse. You will find a small parking area at the end of the road.

Direction to Brienz
Take the A8 to Interlaken and Exit at A26 Interlaken Ost. Follow the signs to Bönigen. When you get to the bridge turn left in to Lütschinenstrasse. You will find a small parking area at the end of the road.

On foot
From Interlaken Ost follow the signs to the boats. Turn right at the river and follow it along the trail signs towards Bönigen. Turn right after the camping sight and walk to the end of the road (around 35mins).

Weather

Please note that our courses and tours run in all weather that is safe for us to paddle in. Often the weather is better than predicted and part of the charm of our sport is experiencing nature with all its faces and even on a rainy day, the views and atmosphere can be beautiful and dramatic. We pride ourselves on having top quality equipment, including Palm longjohn wetsuits, paddle jackets and even drysuits to ensure you’re warm and happy whatever the weather. If conditions are unsafe to paddle in we will notify with as much notice as we can.

Insurance

Please note that bookings are subject to our terms and conditions and cancellation policy. We recommend that you have an insurance policy to cover the course costs in case of illness or medical problems. Swiss residents can purchase annual AXA cancellation insurance at the time of booking.

Assessment Guinea Pig

What to expect

Sign up or get in touch if you would be interested in joining us for a free guided day out on the water.  It's a fun day where we give the assessment candidates the chance to show their rescue skills, and group management and leadership skills.  This means as a guinea pig, you'll be getting a bit wet but we'll ensure you're well kitted up for the day to keep you warm and happy.

The Paddlesport Leader Award is the first Leadership award in the British Canoeing system, takes place on sheltered water environments and qualifies leaders to run safe, quality, enjoyable trips based on their group’s needs and aspirations in a variety of crafts.

For each assessment we run, we need a real group for our candidates to lead in at least two different crafts.  Although we don't paddle far, we want to create the opportunity for the candidates to show us what they can do, and so if they don't happen naturally we will create typical rescue scenarios for them to deal with.

If you have any further requests or require additional information please feel free to contact us.

Price

Free of charge

Duration

1 day
09:15 - 16:15

Dates

20th June 2020

Please contact us if you are interested in being a Guinea Pig and we'll add you to our list to get in touch when we have an assessment running.

Paddle Level

You should be relatively new to paddle or your chosen craft and need some guidance on the lake. If in doubt just give Dave a call at the office.

British Canoeing Resources

Click here for information on the course from British Canoeing

What’s included

Experienced coach, small group ratios, top quality equipment including neoprenes and jackets if needed

What to bring with you

Swimming wear, a quick drying t-shirt for under the wetsuit, sunglasses, sunhat, sun cream, footwear to be worn in the water (crocs for example), change of clothes, drinks and snacks, packed lunch.

How to find us

Hightide Kayak School, Strandbad Bönigen, Lütschinenstrasse 24, 3806 Bönigen

By Public Transport
Bus 103 from Interlaken Trainstation Ost or West to Bönigen See (direction Iseltwald). Runs at :05 & :35 throughout the day taking 5 - 10mins. Check your times at http://www.sbb.ch/fahrplan.html. Short walk (3mins) from the Busstop to the Strandbad. This bus is free with your guest card and runs every 30 minutes from Interlaken Ost or West.

By Car
Direction to Interlaken
Take the A8 to Interlaken. Exit at Bönigen, turn left on to Hauptstrasse and take the first exit at the roundabout on to Interlakenstrasse. After the bridge turn right in to Lütschinenstrasse. You will find a small parking area at the end of the road.

Direction to Brienz
Take the A8 to Interlaken and Exit at A26 Interlaken Ost. Follow the signs to Bönigen. When you get to the bridge turn left in to Lütschinenstrasse. You will find a small parking area at the end of the road.

On foot
From Interlaken Ost follow the signs to the boats. Turn right at the river and follow it along the trail signs towards Bönigen. Turn right after the camping sight and walk to the end of the road (around 35mins).

Weather

Please note that our courses and tours run in all weather that is safe for us to paddle in. Often the weather is better than predicted and part of the charm of our sport is experiencing nature with all its faces and even on a rainy day, the views and atmosphere can be beautiful and dramatic. We pride ourselves on having top quality equipment, including Palm longjohn wetsuits and high end paddle jackets to ensure you’re warm and happy whatever the weather. If conditions are unsafe to paddle in we will notify with as much notice as we can

Insurance

Please note that bookings are subject to our terms and conditions and cancellation policy. We recommend that you have an insurance policy to cover the course costs in case of illness or medical problems. Swiss residents can purchase annual AXA cancellation insurance at the time of booking.

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