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Introduction to Moving Water Canoe Journeys Tandem

Introduction to Moving Water Canoe Journeys Tandem


Course Location: Derbyshire

Course Time: 09:30-16:30 (08:30 arrival)

Course Duration: 1 day

Course size: 6-1 ratio

Course Age Range: 18+

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Introduction to Moving Water Canoe Journeys Tandem

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 Jason for a day (White water canoe leader qualified) with some excellent guidance on undertaking a journey in a canoe on moving water. Ultimately 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 begin the day at "the barn" to familiarise ourselves with our craft. With a cup of tea in hand we will guide you through how to set up a boat safely for moving water, and where to place yourself, your gear, and your paddle to get the best out of the canoe. With an inspection of the nearby river from our local bridge to explain moving water we then jump in the vehicles to do the ferry as we head to the River Derwent to our get on point.

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 instructors 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.

We will aim to be on the water as soon as possible but there is always a lot of preparation and movement of vehicles beforehand, and so arrival times at our World Of Bushcraft Store in Rowsley needs to be for 08:30. 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 and let us know at the time of booking. Or you can meet us on the morning of the course at the "barn" (as we fondly call it). 

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. Bring £6 in change for car parking in case you use it and be prepared to drive your vehicle to the end point at the start of the day. Bring a change of clothing and a packed lunch.

You will be tandem during the day in the canoe, if you wish to learn how to operate a canoe solo then we would direct you to our SOLO paddlers course here, its the same course but smaller numbers and you have your own craft
  • World Of Bushcraft Centre- Rowsley


    Nestled in the heart of the Peak District our World Of Bushcraft Centre allows a covered warm space to undertake both short and long duration workshops. Inside you will find an inspirational craft area showcasing some of the skills of the teams and collections from our expeditions. There is also the opportunity to browse the equipment that is sold online, should you wish to trial an axe, hold that knife, or pull on that Harris Tweed Bush shirt. There is free tea and coffee available on tap

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)

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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.