Update and news from Hppcc

Dear Paddler

As we progress through lockdown 3 we know that many paddlers are missing out on the chance to get out on the water, but the club is delighted to be able to point you in the direction of some online courses to keep your paddling juices flowing.

These British Canoeing CPD modules will be run online, for information please contact Andy Brown [email protected] and he will put you in touch with the provider.

Coastal Navigation and Tidal Planning
2 afternoons 25th/26th Jan, £75 BC members, £85 non members including cert
Coastal Navigation and Tidal Planning
3 evenings 1st, 2nd and 4th Feb, £75 BC members, £85 non members including cert
Mentoring for Paddlesport Coaches Foundation Module (10 CPD points) evening 27th Jan. £30 BC members, £40 non members including cert, £20 if you don’t want a certificate
Coaching the Mind Foundation Module (10 CPD points) evening 28th Jan. £30 BC members, £40 non members including cert, £20 if you don’t want a certificate

Dave Janes https://withdave.co.uk/wp/2021-programme/ is also running a series of Guide modules for those interested.  These will also be online.

Andy Brown has very kindly offered to run an Online Safeguarding course for club members.

Level 1 course in Awareness of Safeguarding.

This safeguarding course will meet the requirements of all Coaches and Leaders as a Face-to-Face safeguarding course and will update safeguarding requirements.

The course will be running virtually online, but is still counted as a Face-to-Face course and is recognised by British Canoeing.

Date Sun 24th Jan 0930-1130
Candidates will then need to do about 2 hours of individual study and reading followed by an online professional discussion with the Assessor.

This is an ofqual regulated course.

Cost £20 for Club members (as at the 1st of January)
£35 for non members

From the 1st of September 2020 all British Canoeing Coaches and Leaders must have an up to date safeguarding certificate (within 3 years) – so this is an ideal opportunity to fulfil that obligation and the course is certificated so you can upload the certificate to your British Canoeing portal.

This course will be available to book shortly on the club booking portal.

Some sad news

It is with great sadness that I have to let you know that John Sturgess, one of the Club’s Slalom coaches passed away this week.  John will be fondly remembered by generations of young paddlers that he coached with great passion and insight.  Our thoughts are with John’s family and friends at this difficult time.

Some frustrating news

I regret to inform you that the club has suffered another theft from the compound of another open canoe.  The thieves appear to be targeting open canoes and we have now had 2 stolen and so has the centre.  The thieves are coming well prepared with bolt cutters and are slicing through our security cables.  The police have been notified and we will need to make an insurance claim.

We are therefore appealing for any club members that might have a farmyard, building yard, or other secure place where we can load the trailer with open canoes and remove it from the compound whilst these break-ins continue.  If you can help, or if you would like to borrow an open boat and keep it secure please do let me know and we will try and remove as many of the open canoes from the compound as we can.

Sorry to end on a frustrating note, but I hope that you will be able to take advantage of some of the online learning opportunities that are being offered at the moment.

Take care and stay safe in these challenging times.


Dawn Scott