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Open Canoe and 2* Assessment.

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To become a better kayaker, try canoeing. I didn´t really belive those words when I first heard them, but it´s oh so true. During a day last week, I got through the 2* Assessment in the BCU paddling scheme, (British Canoe Union) which will ensure you have basic paddling skills in both an open canoe and a seakayak. We were working in the waters next to Menai Bridge, Anglesey, Wales with the tide running next to us. And as soon as we had showed our skills on the flat water, we just, for the fun of it, had to take the canoes through the running tide. And yes, we could transfer our skills to moving water without any major problems.

The BCU paddling scheme is divided into two seperate branches; one is dealing with leadership and the other is about coaching. To become a Level 2 Coach within the scheme, you need at least the 4* Leader Award. And that is what I am aiming for at the moment. So now when I´ve got my three stars, I can continue to do the Level 2 Coach Training. And when I´ve done the 4* Assessment I can go for the Moderate Water Endorcement and then finallay the Level 2 Coach Assessment. On this blog I will tell you about my way through training sessions and assessments.

Below I´ve posted some pictures from the 2* Assessment for open canoe with Dave East, Justine Curgenven, Barry Shaw and me. And if you´re curious to know, we all passed!

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Barry and Justine waiting to get on the water.

Barry and Justine waiting to get on the water.

Dave East trying to get rid of all the paparazzis.

Dave East trying to get rid of all the paparazzis.

Assessor Nick Cunliffe in action.

Assessor Nick Cunliffe in action.

Sweep strokes and turning.

Sweep strokes and turning.

Barry making a smooth move.

Barry making a smooth move.

Me doing some soloing.

Me doing some soloing.

Two girls. One canoe. Great combination.

Two girls. One canoe. Great combination.

Justine knew what she was doing.

Justine knew what she was doing.

Green boat. Green water. Focused assessor.

Green boat. Green water. Focused assessor.

Dave East making fast moves under the Menai Bridge.

Dave East making fast moves under the Menai Bridge.

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