A fun trip around the Stacks on the flood tide and on a fresh wintry day. Paddling today were Justine and Geth.
A great day of hiding from the wind and rough water fun on the Porthdafarch-Penrhyn Mawr coastline. Paddling today were Paul, Richard, Rachel, Pete, Jan, Gary and Geth.
The local flood tide flowed until 13:30. We played in this tidal stream at Mini Mawr and after lunch, once the flood current had finished, the swell at Penrhyn Mawr. During the flood Penrhyn Mawr appeared to be in a confused state of huge breaking waves. We finished the day with a superb downwind run home to Porthdafarch.
A new development in British Canoeing sea kayak (and other disciplines) coaching is arriving in January 2018. It promises to personalise, simplify and reduce the cost of gaining UKCC Level 2 endorsed sea kayak coaching qualifications.
The pre-2018 system of UKCC Level 1 –> UKCC Level 2 –> Moderate Water Endorsement Sea –> Advanced Water Endorsement was often seen as a poorly personalised system for training and endorsing the coaching skills of discipline specific paddlers. There are anecdotal stories of kayak/canoe clubs in recent years seeing only a few (or even none) of their members attain sea kayak coach status. This is despite the significant enthusiasm many of their members have for introducing other participants to sea kayaking and developing their skills.
What’s new for aspirant sea kayak coaches in 2018?
Kayak Coach (sheltered water)
Sea Kayak Coach (moderate water)
Advanced Sea Kayak Coach (advanced water)
Performance Sea Kayak Coach (just a rebranding of the current UKCC Level 3 Sea Kayak Coach)
Advanced Performance Sea Kayak Coach (Performance Coach with Advanced Sea Kayak Coach)
What does this mean for me? (The direct entry options to coach in the environment you paddle)
For sea kayakers without any personal performance, leadership or safety awards
You can attain Kayak Coach (shelterd water) by:
For Sea Kayak Leaders (formerly BCU 4*)
You can attain Sea Kayak Coach (moderate water) by:
For Advanced Sea Sea Kayak Leaders (formerly BCU 5*)
You can attain Sea Kayak Coach, as above.
Or you can go straight to Advanced Sea Kayak Coach by:
For current BCU coaches
There are various routes into the new scheme, see below:
Who is providing these qualifications?
The full range of coaches and centres will be published on January 1st 2018. Sea Kayaking Wales will be among them!
What about the other paddlesport disciplines?
See https://www.britishcanoeing.org.uk/courses/new-for-2018/ for more information.