water-based training courses

We run courses for enthusiasts and professionals covering many aspects of the outdoors and related activities. Courses are endorsed by the relevant national governing body or professional Institution. They include both personal skill development and coaching courses, many of which are used in a school or voluntary sector environment.

New training qualification: The British Canoeing Paddlesports Leader

This is a new qualification that is appropriate for anyone wishing to lead groups, using any paddlesports craft, on flat water (ponds, lakes, rivers, calm sea, canals, etc).  It complements the current British Canoeing Level One Coach award but is significantly different and possibly more appropriate for some people, as there is no coaching element.  It is simply about leading a group so that they are both safe and enjoy themselves.  This paddlesports session could be just for fun or could have learning aims (eg developmental or environmental).  If you are interested in the potential of this new qualification, please contact either susy.marsh@surreycc.gov.uk or gareth.moss@surreycc.gov.uk

The Paddlesport Leader Award

The Paddlesport Leader award is aimed at paddlers wishing to take on formal Leadership responsibilities in sheltered water environments and aims to support leaders to run safe, enjoyable, quality trips based on the groups needs and aspirations.

There is no requirement to attend formal training before assessment, however the two day Paddlesport Leader training course is authorised by British Canoeing and will complement a leader's existing skills and experience to prepare candidates for assessment. Candidates are expected to be of Three Star standard in their preferred craft and have a range of experience of journeying in other types of craft on both open water (eg a reservoir) and flowing rivers (not white water). Although this course is based at Thames Young Mariners near Teddington, local reservoirs and the nearby tidal Thames will be used.

If there are no dates available to book please email outdoor.training@surreycc.gov.uk to express an interest in this course.

The Paddlesport Leader Award - Assessment

The Paddlesport Leader award is aimed at paddlers wishing to take on formal Leadership responsibilities in benign, sheltered water environments and aims to support leaders to run safe, enjoyable, quality trips based on the groups needs and aspirations.

Paddlers wishing to complete a Paddlesport Leader Assessment are required to register with British Canoeing before they are able to attend the assessment.

It is advisable to do this at least 2-weeks prior to the assessment date. At the point of registration, evidence of the following is required:

  • Valid (within 3 years) British Canoeing recognised 1-day First Aid award
  • Full British Canoeing Membership
  • Registration Fee Payment

You must be aged 16 or over at the time of assessment. Note that you cannot be deemed responsible for leadership by law until you turn 18 years of age.

As well as personal paddling and safety and rescue skills, candidates will be expected to show an understanding of participant focused leadership skills. They will also be expected to present a logbook showing a range of previous experience gained from many journeys and sessions, both as a participant and a leader.

This course takes place at Thames Young Mariners, which is located in Richmond, near London.

If there are no dates available to book please email outdoor.training@surreycc.gov.uk to express an interest in this course.

Instructor Training Course

Date: October 2017 and February 2018 start dates.

Duration: 8 weeks (5 days per week, with some weekends) 9am-5pm.

Location: Thames Young Mariners, Ham near Richmond.

Within this 8 week programme, we will offer the following courses;

  • British Canoeing (BC) One Star
  • BC Two Star
  • BC Foundation Safety and Rescue Training
  • BC Level One Coach Training and Assessment
  • BC Three Star Touring Canoe Training and Assessment
  • BC Three Star Touring Kayak Training and Assessment
  • Royal Yachting Association (RYA) Powerboat Level 2
  • RYA Start Sailing (dinghy)
  • RYA Basic Skills (dinghy)
  • RYA Better Sailing (dinghy)
  • National Navigation Award Scheme Bronze Level
  • British Orienteering Teacher Part One

Full description of the courses (click here).

This course may be of interest to;

  • gap year students
  • students reconsidering their options after A Level results
  • older people with a pension looking to stay busy
  • people looking to change direction in their career

The cost for this course is £2,500, which is a substantial saving on doing each element separately. Accommodation is available.

If you are interested or would like to find out more please contact Simon Kibble on 020 8213 2891  or 07854 086896 or by email simon.kibble@surreycc.gov.uk

National Powerboat Course (Level 2)

This two-day powerboat course includes taking out a variety of boats and developing basic seamanship skills such as handling the boat safely under power in different situations.

The course covers:

  • how to launch and recover from a trailer.
  • high and low speed manoeuvres.
  • seamanship skills such as man-overboard, recovery and anchoring.
  • shore based sessions which include instruction in engine maintenance and legal requirements.

The powerboat level two will enable you to gain the International Certificate of Competence that is often needed when boating abroad. It is also a requirement for most kinds of work involving powerboats. This course does not include coastal endorsement or the CEVNI paper.

Requirements: Minimum age is 12 years. For anyone under 16 the certificate will be endorsed "the holder should only use a powerboat under the strict supervision of a competent adult".

Governing Body and for more info: Royal Yachting Association (RYA)

This course takes place at Thames Young Mariners, which is located in Richmond, near London.

Bespoke Courses: please email outdoor.training@surreycc.gov.uk if you are interested in a bespoke course.

If there are no dates available to book please email outdoor.training@surreycc.gov.uk to express an interest in this course.

Safety Boat Course

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For those wishing to develop their powerboat driving, the safety boat course is designed to train competent powerboat drivers in fleet rescue and the techniques required when rescuing small craft such as dinghies, windsurfers, canoes and kayaks. It is useful for those wishing to assist with rescue cover at their sailing club or scout group.

Participants should have driven powerboats for at least one season once a week or two years on and off.

Requirements: Minimum age is 16 years with Powerboat Level 2 certificate.

Governing Body and for more info: Royal Yachting Association (RYA)

This course takes place at Thames Young Mariners, which is located in Richmond, near London.

Bespoke Courses: please email outdoor.training@surreycc.gov.uk if you are interested in a bespoke course.

If there are no dates available to book please email outdoor.training@surreycc.gov.uk to express an interest in this course.

RLSS National Water Safety Management Programme

The National Water Safety Management Programme (NWSMP) is a suite of interlinked training awards, specifically designed to assist those organisations with employees who work in on or near water to meet their civil and statutory safety management obligations (especially where employees have supervisory responsibilities).

Aims

  • Enable the facilitation, encouragement and enjoyment of safer open water activity by equipping those who work in, on or near water with the necessary knowledge and skills to make informed decisions about safety.
  • Develop personal safety skills for lone workers operating in a water-based environment.
  • Develop aquatic emergency response skills.

Who is it for?

Teachers, Technicians, Outdoor Activity Instructors, DofE Leaders, Countryside Rangers, Community Safety Wardens, Dock workers, Construction workers, the Emergency Services – everyone and anyone who works in, on or near water.

Overview

This is an entry level course.

Level 1: Basic Water Safety Management – this half day course requires a 2 hour self study unit prior to the course. This is theory and practical based. You will not be required to enter the water.

Level 2: Environment Specific – half day in still water. This is theory and practical based. You will be required to enter the water at the end of the session.

Further modules in beach, river, life support and the Level 3 element water rescue unit can be arranged.

Further information can be found here.

Governing body and for more info: RLSS

Dates to be confirmed. Bespoke courses can be arranged, please email outdoor.training@surreycc.gov.uk if you are interested in a bespoke course.

This course is delivered at Thames Young Mariners. We can provide courses at your venue providing you have a suitable environment.. For example, If you have a lake or at your school / work place.

BC 1 Star Introduction to Paddlesports

A canoeing and kayaking course for individuals aged 14 years and over who are interested in learning more about this diverse sport. Sessions are led by our fully qualified instructors and will be adapted to suit the needs of the individuals.

The course is aimed at beginners and will guide you through the syllabus to include personal paddling skills, rescue skills, safety leadership and group skills and theory. Once you have completed this, you will be provided with a personal development plan. To gain the 1 star you will be required to display the required skills.

Requirements: No previous experience required. Minimum age is 14 years.

Governing Body and for more info: British Canoeing (BC)

This course takes place at Thames Young Mariners, which is located in Richmond, near London.

Bespoke Courses: please email outdoor.training@surreycc.gov.uk if you are interested in a bespoke course.

If there are no dates available to book please email outdoor.training@surreycc.gov.uk to express an interest in this course.

BC 2 Star Training

This course combines kayaking and open canoeing. Completion of this training course will lead to a personalised action plan in preparation for assessment. Assessments can be arranged with the course facilitator at a time convenient to you.

Requirements: Minimum age is 14 years. You will need to be able to paddle a kayak and canoe competently on flat water (ideally with BC 1 star award).

Governing Body and for more info: British Canoeing (BC)

This course takes place at Thames Young Mariners, which is located in Richmond, near London.

Bespoke Courses: please email outdoor.training@surreycc.gov.uk if you are interested in a bespoke course.

If there are no dates available to book please email outdoor.training@surreycc.gov.uk to express an interest in this course.

BC Foundation Safety and Rescue Training

This award is a pre-requisite for the BC Level 1 Coach Course. Candidates must be 14 years or more and of 2 Star standard. You will learn a variety of flat water rescue techniques which you will apply to a diverse range of craft. The course is delivered as a practical workshop enabling trial and error to take place. Around 20% of the course requires you to be immersed in the water, so please bring suitable equipment. We can provide 'long john' wetsuits, basic cagoules and buoyancy aids.

Requirements: Candidates must be 14 years or more and of 2 star standard.

Governing Body and for more info: British Canoeing (BC)

This course takes place at Thames Young Mariners, which is located in Richmond, near London.

Bespoke Courses: please email outdoor.training@surreycc.gov.uk if you are interested in a bespoke course.

If there are no dates available to book please email outdoor.training@surreycc.gov.uk to express an interest in this course.

BC 3 Star Open Canoe Training and Assessment

The candidate will need to demonstrate personal competence in paddling open water in wind conditions of force 2-3 and on simple moving water as part of a led group. 

Only candidates that have reached the designated standard will be assessed.

Prerequisites:

  • provide evidence of three different journeys in an open canoe of about 3 hours duration (10km each) with at least one of these in an open water environment.
  • it is recommended that the candidate holds the BC 2 star award.
  • where the BC award is not held that candidate should provide evidence of at least one session of about 3 hours duration in an alternative discipline.

Governing Body and for more info: British Canoeing (BC)

This course takes place at Thames Young Mariners, which is located in Richmond, near London.

Bespoke Courses: please email outdoor.training@surreycc.gov.uk if you are interested in a bespoke course.

If there are no dates available to book please email outdoor.training@surreycc.gov.uk to express an interest in this course.

BC 3 Star Touring Canoe Training

This discipline specific award involves journeying on open water exposed to the weather and moving rivers without rapids, using good paddling technique.

Minimum age for this course is 14 years.

Governing Body and for more info: British Canoeing (BC)

This course takes place at Thames Young Mariners, which is located in Richmond, near London.

Bespoke Courses: please email outdoor.training@surreycc.gov.uk if you are interested in a bespoke course.

If there are no dates available to book please email outdoor.training@surreycc.gov.uk to express an interest in this course.

BC 3 Star Touring Canoe Assessment

The day will be based on the BC 3 star syllabus. This course can be one of the pre-requisites for the BC Level 2 Coach course.

Requirements:

You must:

  • provide evidence of a minimum of three different journeys of more than 10km
  • provide evidence of a kayak session of at least three hours.
  • be a minimum age of 14 years.

Governing Body and for more info: British Canoeing (BC)

This course takes place at Thames Young Mariners, which is located in Richmond, near London.

Bespoke Courses: please email outdoor.training@surreycc.gov.uk if you are interested in a bespoke course.

If there are no dates available to book please email outdoor.training@surreycc.gov.uk to express an interest in this course.

BC 3 Star Touring Kayak Training

This discipline specific award involves journeying on open water exposed to the weather and moving rivers without rapids, using good paddling technique.

Minimum age for this course is 14 years.

Governing Body and for more info: British Canoeing (BC)

This course takes place at Thames Young Mariners, which is located in Richmond, near London.

Bespoke Courses: please email outdoor.training@surreycc.gov.uk if you are interested in a bespoke course.

If there are no dates available to book please email outdoor.training@surreycc.gov.uk to express an interest in this course.

BC 3 Star Touring Kayak Assessment

The day will be based on the BC 3 star syllabus. This course can be one of the pre-requisites for the BC Level 2 Coach course.

Requirements:

You must:

  • provide evidence of a minimum of three different journeys of more than 10km
  • provide evidence of an open canoe session of at least three hours.
  • be a minimum age of 14 years.

Governing Body and for more info: British Canoeing (BC)

This course takes place at Thames Young Mariners, which is located in Richmond, near London.

Bespoke Courses: please email outdoor.training@surreycc.gov.uk if you are interested in a bespoke course.

If there are no dates available to book please email outdoor.training@surreycc.gov.uk to express an interest in this course.

BC UKCC Level 1 Coach Training and Assessment Course

This course is the entry point into the BC coaching scheme and includes both training & assessment. It covers the coaching of both open canoeing & kayaking.

As well as becoming a BC member, you must register with its coaching scheme three weeks before the course. To register with the BC, you must be at least 16 years old, hold an FSRT* and need to have achieved either the current 2 star award (which includes both kayak & open canoe) or the 'old' Kayak 2 star with the 'old' Open Canoe 2 star.

*The BC Foundation Safety and Rescue Training Course is a pre-requisite for this course.

Governing Body and for more info: British Canoeing (BC)

This course takes place at Thames Young Mariners, which is located in Richmond, near London.

Bespoke Courses: please email outdoor.training@surreycc.gov.uk if you are interested in a bespoke course.

If there are no dates available to book please email outdoor.training@surreycc.gov.uk to express an interest in this course.

BC UKCC Level 2 Coach Training Course

This non-discipline-specific award is relevant to coaches holding the new UKCC Level 1 qualification who wish to run progressive sessions with more autonomy.

As well as being a BC member, you must register again with its coaching scheme three weeks before the course. To register with the BC, you must be at least 17 years old and need to have achieved either:

  • the new UKCC Level 1 Coach award or the 'old' Level 2 Coach status.
  • the current 2 star (which includes Kayak and Open Canoe) or the 'old' Kayak 2 star with the old Open Canoe 2 star.
  • a new or old 3-Star award.

Following this course, we will arrange a mutually convenient date for you to attend a UKCC Level 2 Coach Assessment day.

Governing Body and for more info: British Canoeing (BC)

This course takes place at Thames Young Mariners, which is located in Richmond, near London.

Bespoke Courses: please email outdoor.training@surreycc.gov.uk if you are interested in a bespoke course.

If there are no dates available to book please email outdoor.training@surreycc.gov.uk to express an interest in this course.

RYA Level 1 Start Sailing

Whether you are taking your first steps afloat or you want to develop your skills, we have a dedicated team of instructors and coaches to look after you and a range of small boats for you to try out. All our courses are run to the guidelines and recommendations of the Royal Yachting Association, the National Governing Body for sailing in Britain.

This short course is aimed at getting you sailing your own boat confidently. You won't learn everything in a weekend, but you'll learn the basics and get a good sense of achievement from being able to helm your own boat. You'll be introduced to the basic sailing techniques in the Pico or Bahia.

The minimum age for this course is 16 years.

Governing Body and for more info: Royal Yachting Association (RYA)

This course takes place at Thames Young Mariners, which is located in Richmond, near London.

Bespoke Courses: please email outdoor.training@surreycc.gov.uk if you are interested in a bespoke course.

If there are no dates available to book please email outdoor.training@surreycc.gov.uk to express an interest in this course.

RYA Level 2 Basic Skills Sailing

An ideal follow up for those who have completed the Start Sailing course or who have some previous sailing experience. We aim to give you in-depth tuition in sailing the boat effectively around a triangular course and some basic seamanship manoeuvres. By the end of the course you should be well on the way to becoming a competent sailor in good conditions.

The minimum age for this course is 16 years.
 
Governing Body: Royal Yachting Association
For more info: www.rya.org.uk

This course takes place at Thames Young Mariners, which is located in Richmond, near London.

Bespoke Courses: please email outdoor.training@surreycc.gov.uk if you are interested in a bespoke course.

If there are no dates available to book please email outdoor.training@surreycc.gov.uk to express an interest in this course.

Bespoke group courses

If there is a group of you that would like to undertake a course together please email outdoor.training@surreycc.gov.uk.