Introduction to Moving Water
There can be no denying that the link between the traditional craft of the canoe, and the skills of bushcraft are intrinsically linked. It is a favoured method of transport for us and forms part of many of our larger expeditions from the Iconic Yukon River
through to paddling the expanses of Sweden
, and tackling the amazing waters of Wild Scotland
One common question we face is how to get practical expeditioning experience of handling an open canoe... before expedition. So here it is... we are delighted to announce the opportunity to join our team of coaches for a day with some excellent guidance on placing your canoe exactly where you want it, on a stretch of river with a variety of moving waters.
From our base on the Haddon Hall Estate in the stunning landscape of the Peak District, we head to the River Derwent which presents you the excellent opportunity to learn how to handle the canoe. We begin on slow moving water, learning positioning, trim, eddies, ferry glides, power strokes, hanging draws and many other jargon that at first can appear quite scary. As the day builds so does your confidence and knowledge base on paddling mechanics.
For those that wish we will also cover rescue techniques from the water.
Our coaches have decades of experience on some of the most remote waters in the world to pull on to ensure you have a fun and action packed day to give you the confidence to get on the water.
We culminate the day with some of the biggest white water in the area for you to take our canoes down the slalom course in Matlock Bath... a wonderful confidence builder under the expert safe eye of our team.
Jason has teamed up with his long term friend and fellow expeditioner Richard Harpham of Canoe Trails to co-deliver this course for you. We feel both of their experiences speak for themselves!
We will aim to be on the water by 09:30 at the latest and so arrival times at our Haddon Hall woodlands needs to be for 08:00. You are welcome to come and camp in our wild woods for free the evening before the course if you wish... although you will need to be self sufficient. Or you can meet us on the morning of the course. Upon booking you will receive confirmation of your place, and a firm meeting point/camping arrangements will be sent before the end of January. No special equipment is required for this course and dry suits are available for hire at £20 per day on a first come first served basis.