Courses

Viking offers members a range of courses for all ability levels. We also welcome non-members and run beginners courses on a regular basis subject to demand. Available courses are at the bottom of this page. Please direct all course enquiries to: courses@vikingkayak.co.uk.

Beginnners:

One Star Award

British Canoeing One Star is a flat water award that demonstrates an individual has basic boat control and foundation skills.The one star can be taken in any kind of paddlesport craft (e.g. sit-on-top, slalom C2, polo boat, sea kayak, racing canoe etc.)

Two Star Award

British Canoeing Two Star is an improvement award that helps paddlers develop fundamental paddlesport skills on flat water. The emphasis is on gaining a breadth of experience, creating the desired movement of the boat and developing an understanding into how the paddle, boat and water interact. Two star is a combined kayak and open canoe award.

Paddlepower Award

Paddlepower has been designed around the needs of young people – fun, colourful and with easily identifiable progression. There is a colourful Progress Card for young paddlers to record their progress and to encourage them to move to the next stage. On completion of the award the youth sends the Progress Card to British Canoeing to receive a certificate. British Canoeing recommend Paddlepower as most suitable for young people aged 14 or under. For more information on paddlepower email: paddlepower@vikingkayak.co.uk

Intermediate:

3 Star Award

British Canoeing 3-Star – Intermediate skills, no longer a beginner. This is “discipline specific” – different awards for White Water Kayak, Open Canoe, Sea Kayak, Touring Kayak and Surf. The course covers all the strokes you are ever likely to use in your kayak and will certainly test your ability! Many white-water centres ask for the 3-Star as a requirement for entry onto the water.

FSRT

British Canoeing FSRT – Foundation Safety and Rescue Training – How to save yourself and others. Learn the key safety and rescue skills required to operate safely in a sheltered water environment and to be able to deal with common emergencies.

AFA

British Canoeing AFA – Aquatic First Aid – first-aid and lifesaving skills in an aquatic environment, with particular attention paid to the situations paddlers are most likely to see.

Advanced:

4 Star Award

British Canoeing 4-Star Leader – The skills and understanding to plan and lead up to 4 competent paddlers on on sections of moderate water (e.g. a grade 2(3) whitewater trip). You will gain the all round paddling ability, safety, rescue and basic leadership required to undertake such trips in a self-sufficient manner.

WWSR

British Canoeing WWSR – The White Water Safety and Rescue Training course is designed for all paddlers operating in a moderate to advanced white water environment in either kayak or canoe, and is required for those seeking their 4 star leader award.

Coaching:

Why not give back some of the skills and fun you have had! Learn to teach Canoeing and Kayaking through the BCU Star Syllabuses. These courses will run when required. Contact courses@vikingkayak.co.uk for more information.

Level One

British Canoeing UKCC Level 1 – This is the first step on the paddlesport coaching pathway. It will introduce you to the fundamentals of good coaching practice and helps you to understand and coach technical and tactical aspects of your sport.

Level Two

British Canoeing UKCC Level 2 – This is the second step on the paddlesport coaching pathway. It focuses on progressive coaching, helping you to develop your students within their first 3 years of paddling, through a series of sessions.

Upcoming Courses:

Note some of the dates below may not be the first date of the course and the course may already be in progress. Please click on the date to find out more.

Nov
18
Sun
INTRODUCTION TO SLALOM – Autumn Series (2018)
Nov 18 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

When: Sunday 2-4pm (Please see dates below)

Where: Viking Kayak Club / ESWWA (Duck Mill)

Aims: A progressive set of sessions to develop skills & knowledge for taking part in a Slalom competition.  This course is aimed at beginners to Slalom

Fees: Members: FREE / Non-Members: £10 per session

Equipment: Club kit will be available for use (boat, paddle, spray deck, BA, Helmet)

How Do I Dress? Normal paddling kit. Dress ready for the weather conditions. Be ready to get wet! If unsure, please speak to organiser

Organiser: Svitlana slalom@vikingkayak.co.uk

Prerequisites: PaddlePower / 1 STAR

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If you wish to attend, please let us know:

Your Name:

Age:

Are you a Viking member? YES / NO

Contact Email:

Which sessions you plan to attend (WE ENCOURAGE YOU TO ATTEND ALL SESSIONS):

Oct 21 (Kayak Slalom)

Nov 4 (Kayak Slalom)

Nov 11 (Kayak Slalom)

Nov 18 (Orton Mere mini slalom, Peterborough PE2 7DZ) External Event, entry fees apply

Nov 25 (Kayak Slalom)

Dec 2 (Kayak / Single Canadian / Double Canadian Slalom)

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Want to become VIKING KAYAK CLUB member?

Online Membership information: https://membermojo.co.uk/vikingkayak

Membership Secretary: membership@vikingkayak.co.uk

 

Interested in slalom at VIKING KAYAK CLUB?

Slalom leader: Svitlana slalom@vikingkayak.co.uk

Slalom pages online: http://vikingkayak.co.uk/slalom/

Join VKC Slalom group on FaceBook

 

Want to try other boating activities?

VIKING KAYAK CLUB website: http://vikingkayak.co.uk/

Nov
21
Wed
Winter Paddling Course (Part 2)
Nov 21 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

A free course essential to get you ready for winter paddling with the club.

This is a 2 week course, 2nd part on 21st November.

Please come along even if you have done it previously.

Bring Chocolate for instructors and a hot drink.

Nov
25
Sun
Foundation Safety & Rescue Course  @ VIKING KAYAK CLUB
Nov 25 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Foundation Safety & Rescue Course 
Sunday 25 November 2018, VKC Bedford,  09:00 – 17:00, Viking Kayak Club, Bedford, £45 members, £55 Non members (+£5 or £10 Certification fee)
This training course is intended for all paddlers, coaches and volunteers irrespective of craft or discipline choice, and is available in either bank-based or boat-based option. 
It provides training on key skills needed to operate safely and deal with common emergencies in a sheltered water environment. These skills then form the foundations for safety and rescue throughout British Canoeing awards.
 
Candidates will learn:
  • Skills which will enable them to ensure the safety of themselves and others
  • Appropriate rescue skills which can be used to help themselves and/or others in difficulty
For more information on the content covered please read the Syllabus.
 
These practical courses take place in calm, sheltered waters either as bank-based or boat-based courses.
 
Candidates wishing to attend Foundation Safety and Rescue Training must meet the following requirements:
 
  • Able to swim in normal paddling clothing suitable for the prevailing conditions
  • Boat-based candidates must also hold the current 2 Star Award or be of equivalent ability due to the paddling environment and the boat control required to complete the course
  • Bank-based participants accessing the course are not required to hold the British Canoeing 2 Star Award. However, they should be prepared to fully participate in all relevant aspects of the course
A first aid certificate is not a pre-requisite. However holding a first aid certificate is strongly recommended for all paddlers.
 
Attendance Certificates are issued to successful candidates by British Canoeing following a recommendation from the course provider, subject to the following Certification fees:
 
  • £5 for members
  • £10 for non-members
Please bring the certification fee payment with you on the day.
BOOK YOUR PLACE by contacting Andrew Bennett,  email    courses@vikingkayak.co.uk
Further details of the FSRT award can be found at the British Canoeing page here –https://www.britishcanoeing.org.uk/courses/foundation-safety-and-rescue-training#learning-outcomes
INTRODUCTION TO SLALOM – Autumn Series (2018)
Nov 25 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

When: Sunday 2-4pm (Please see dates below)

Where: Viking Kayak Club / ESWWA (Duck Mill)

Aims: A progressive set of sessions to develop skills & knowledge for taking part in a Slalom competition.  This course is aimed at beginners to Slalom

Fees: Members: FREE / Non-Members: £10 per session

Equipment: Club kit will be available for use (boat, paddle, spray deck, BA, Helmet)

How Do I Dress? Normal paddling kit. Dress ready for the weather conditions. Be ready to get wet! If unsure, please speak to organiser

Organiser: Svitlana slalom@vikingkayak.co.uk

Prerequisites: PaddlePower / 1 STAR

_________________________________________

If you wish to attend, please let us know:

Your Name:

Age:

Are you a Viking member? YES / NO

Contact Email:

Which sessions you plan to attend (WE ENCOURAGE YOU TO ATTEND ALL SESSIONS):

Oct 21 (Kayak Slalom)

Nov 4 (Kayak Slalom)

Nov 11 (Kayak Slalom)

Nov 18 (Orton Mere mini slalom, Peterborough PE2 7DZ) External Event, entry fees apply

Nov 25 (Kayak Slalom)

Dec 2 (Kayak / Single Canadian / Double Canadian Slalom)

__________________________________________

Want to become VIKING KAYAK CLUB member?

Online Membership information: https://membermojo.co.uk/vikingkayak

Membership Secretary: membership@vikingkayak.co.uk

 

Interested in slalom at VIKING KAYAK CLUB?

Slalom leader: Svitlana slalom@vikingkayak.co.uk

Slalom pages online: http://vikingkayak.co.uk/slalom/

Join VKC Slalom group on FaceBook

 

Want to try other boating activities?

VIKING KAYAK CLUB website: http://vikingkayak.co.uk/

Dec
2
Sun
INTRODUCTION TO SLALOM – Autumn Series (2018)
Dec 2 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

When: Sunday 2-4pm (Please see dates below)

Where: Viking Kayak Club / ESWWA (Duck Mill)

Aims: A progressive set of sessions to develop skills & knowledge for taking part in a Slalom competition.  This course is aimed at beginners to Slalom

Fees: Members: FREE / Non-Members: £10 per session

Equipment: Club kit will be available for use (boat, paddle, spray deck, BA, Helmet)

How Do I Dress? Normal paddling kit. Dress ready for the weather conditions. Be ready to get wet! If unsure, please speak to organiser

Organiser: Svitlana slalom@vikingkayak.co.uk

Prerequisites: PaddlePower / 1 STAR

_________________________________________

If you wish to attend, please let us know:

Your Name:

Age:

Are you a Viking member? YES / NO

Contact Email:

Which sessions you plan to attend (WE ENCOURAGE YOU TO ATTEND ALL SESSIONS):

Oct 21 (Kayak Slalom)

Nov 4 (Kayak Slalom)

Nov 11 (Kayak Slalom)

Nov 18 (Orton Mere mini slalom, Peterborough PE2 7DZ) External Event, entry fees apply

Nov 25 (Kayak Slalom)

Dec 2 (Kayak / Single Canadian / Double Canadian Slalom)

__________________________________________

Want to become VIKING KAYAK CLUB member?

Online Membership information: https://membermojo.co.uk/vikingkayak

Membership Secretary: membership@vikingkayak.co.uk

 

Interested in slalom at VIKING KAYAK CLUB?

Slalom leader: Svitlana slalom@vikingkayak.co.uk

Slalom pages online: http://vikingkayak.co.uk/slalom/

Join VKC Slalom group on FaceBook

 

Want to try other boating activities?

VIKING KAYAK CLUB website: http://vikingkayak.co.uk/