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Introduction to Moving Water

Introduction to Moving Water


Course Location: Derbyshire

Course Time: 09:30-16:30

Course Duration: 1 day

Course size: 10 persons max

Course Age Range: 18+

Call US: 01234 351006 (09:30-16:30 7 Days)

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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.

This course can be purchased as an 18 month voucher, to book online choose "36 month voucher" from the options above and we will email the details over to you. Alternatively if you are purchasing this course as a gift we can post you a full colour gift presentation pack for just £4.25, just choose posted instead of emailed delivery option. Or contact us by phone to make the arrangements.

Call Us: 01234 351006 (09:30-16:30 7 Days)

We’re happy to take course bookings and payments over the phone. Simply give us a call and we’ll place the booking for you before emailing through confirmation. Alternatively, drop us an email at and we’ll call you back.

If your course booking is for a gift, no problem, just let us know at the time of booking and we’ll email you a personalised gift certificate or 18-month voucher to print at home. Or, for a small supplement, we’ll print out a gift pack and pop it in the post for you.