The main objective of the recreational section within HPPCC is to ensure that we give every opportunity for paddlers to have fun and gain experience of various forms of paddling available at the club. We want paddlers to enjoy their experience so they become able to enjoy the sport wherever they wish to go whether that is family fun, trips, exhilarating white water, or competitive sport.
We have people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities come to the club to ‘have a go’ at kayaking and canoeing. They come to us via a range of routes, word of mouth, website or other trigger to motivate them to try the sport.
Many people will not realise the range of activities and boat types that are available within the sport of kayaking/canoeing. It is our role to give everyone the opportunity to try as much or as many types of boat and activity as they wish to, many people probably do not yet know what they want or could get from the sport when they first start.
The club has a boat fleet with a range of boat types and sizes to accommodate as far as possible the range of paddling opportunities. The volunteer coaches will help paddlers to develop their skills and give them the opportunity to try different aspects to the sport.
Our club has the ability to cater for a range of recreational activities, we have great opportunities for everyone, with the white water course, river Trent and the protected lakes to allow paddlers to develop in many directions. For some this may be competitive sport such as slalom and if an individual shows a willing or promise in this area as a club we can give them the best options within the clubs’ slalom section. If this is sprint or other areas of competitive sport we have some boats that they can try to see if they want to go further down this route, but we may have to use a ‘partner’ club such as the NKC to meet the competitive needs for some paddlers.
The club supports paddler development through the British canoeing star and paddlepower progression modules. All paddlers of any ability can develop and the club will make suitable adjustments to meet an individual’s needs. There are many routes for paddlers to develop further through the various disciplines such as touring, white water, slalom, open boats or kayak.
The club runs sessions at HPPCC all year round, but we also run pool sessions in the winter months to allow paddlers to become more confident or learn new skills in a warm environment.
The club will plan for a range of development opportunities for paddlers to further develop their skills. This will give them the chance to commit to a course over a set number of weeks. These include some of the courses but the club will endeavour to assist paddlers to achieve their goals by adjusting or planning courses to suit them
- 1 star (this would be part of a normal session) this can usually be achieved with around 4-6 weeks of coaching and the test as part of a session.
- Paddlepower this needs to be signed off by the coach for each session with a competent coach signing off the completed card.
- 2 Star this can be achieved by either a rolling program over a period of time with the coaches or as a prepaid block of sessions (The club will advertise these blocks) the assessment will be a planned session which will be advertised.
- 3 Star The club will arrange and advertise a number of 3 star blocks of coaching in White water, touring both kayak and open boat. The assessment for these skills will be run separately to the coaching and may include activities away from the HPPCC club. i.e. on moving water or lake as appropriate.
- FSRT (Foundation Safety and Rescue Training) the club will arrange and or provide opportunities for paddlers to achieve their FSRT qualification, these will be advertised by the club.
In addition to this the club will undertake to assist paddlers achieve their personal goals and targets as and when people make a request for some coaching in any areas.
Set out below are some of the requirements for developing on to moving water or undertaking club trips.
HPPCC Competency requirements
Most general club trips
Paddlers should be about 1 star standard unless otherwise specified; paddlers should check the advertised distances of each trip to ensure that they are capable of paddling that far.
The club will plan a number and range of trips through the year these range from lake and river trips, camping trips and others such as the fireworks paddle.
The standard for paddling trips is as above, however this can be varied if the trip requires a particular skill level.
The club will allow paddlers to use club equipment to attend trips as required to encourage paddlers who do not have their own equipment to take part.
The club will assist people who wish to plan a trip with guidance and any other practical assistance, the club will advertise any club trips or supported trips on the website and social media to ensure that all club members have the opportunity to participate in any trips.
All trips that are organised by the club or paddlers are using club equipment must have a risk assessment and plan submitted to the club’s event safety officer prior to the trip taking place.
Club paddlers also arrange peer paddling trips through social media or word of mouth and these can provide further opportunities for people to paddle together away from the club. However, it must be noted that peer paddle trips and individuals going on peer trips are responsible for their own safety.
Progressing to moving water
The basic standard for progressing to moving water is 2 star or equivalent. However not all paddlers who wish to develop onto moving water will want to undertake the 2 star award as this requires open boat skills as well as kayak, therefore if a paddler wishes to move onto moving water they must be able to achieve the skills below which must be signed off by a level 2 coach.
To progress to the back channels on the course paddlers should demonstrate the ability to:
- Perform a low brace on either side
- Perform a low brace turn on either side
- Perform a bow rudder on both sides
- Paddle in a straight line and in a circle whilst holding an edge
- Demonstrate a hip flick and control of the edges of the boat
- Demonstrate good forward paddling under control
- Demonstrate a safe escape from capsize with a spraydeck
All of the above will need to be performed at 2 star standard
Progressing from the back channels to the main course
- Paddlers should be competent at paddling on the back channels, the daleks and through the bottom stopper.
- Forward and reverse ferry gliding
- Demonstrate support strokes on moving water
- Demonstrate a reliable flat water roll
- The backchannel coach will need to ‘sign off’ the paddler before they move onto the main course