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As above, just wondered if anyone here has done it or do it on a regular basis and if so do you think its been beneficial towards your fitness ? Im doing my 2* Kayaking in May and just wondered if anyone else enjoys this awesome sport.


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I did it years ago, loved it, you need a good core to control and a kayak, and it does work you. As for general fitness, you get, or at least I got a good bit of swimmimg *text deleted**

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I work as a river guide down here...I have a K1 for flat water and a playboat for the faster flowing, white water stuff.

Kaying and rowing are great ways to increase fitness whilst having fun..they're also bound to help your patience and your resilliance.
 

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I work as a river guide down here...I have a K1 for flat water and a playboat for the faster flowing, white water stuff.

Kaying and rowing are great ways to increase fitness whilst having fun..they're also bound to help your patience and your resilliance.
River guide ? Sounds awesome, what does that entail and where abouts are you, and I thought my job was cool *text deleted**.

Do you have to do different assessments to gain qualifications in different types of Kayaking like white water etc ?

Im hoping to do the Lee Valley white water Centre early next year once *text deleted* gained a bit of experience and can actually roll, I tried learning to roll with the uni students when I was a lifeguard but couldnt grasp it so hopefully when I do 2* i'll learn then. How long have you been paddling ?
 

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River guide ? Sounds awesome, what does that entail and where abouts are you, and I thought my job was cool *text deleted**.

Do you have to do different assessments to gain qualifications in different types of Kayaking like white water etc ?

Im hoping to do the Lee Valley white water Centre early next year once *text deleted* gained a bit of experience and can actually roll, I tried learning to roll with the uni students when I was a lifeguard but couldnt grasp it so hopefully when I do 2* i'll learn then. How long have you been paddling ?
Been guiding for about 5 years now mate....I live down in South Arica, guiding on local rivers.

There is a body that governs guiding and effectively paddling at the same time (because down here they're so closely linked). I've had to get my qualification to guide...I'm currently on restricted lead guide level and have a level 3 first aid.

Rolling is a bit tricky to grasp, but obviously it's crucial to getting you comfortable in the water.
 

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Do you have to do different assessments to gain qualifications in different types of Kayaking like white water etc ?

there are generic coaching qualifications for example i am a Level 2 Paddle sport coach. any higher than level 2 and you go into specific coaching for example sea kayaking, whitewater, surfing.

then you have star qualifications which 2 star is again a generic paddlesport qualification. 3 star is specific to your discipline e.g. sea kayaking, surf whitewater etc. And 4 and 5 star are leadership awards.

I am level 2 paddlesport coach, 4 star sea kayak, 4 star whitewater training and have been kayaking all my life and coaching in the last few years so if you have any more questions more than happy to answer :)
 

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there are generic coaching qualifications for example i am a Level 2 Paddle sport coach. any higher than level 2 and you go into specific coaching for example sea kayaking, whitewater, surfing.

then you have star qualifications which 2 star is again a generic paddlesport qualification. 3 star is specific to your discipline e.g. sea kayaking, surf whitewater etc. And 4 and 5 star are leadership awards.

I am level 2 paddlesport coach, 4 star sea kayak, 4 star whitewater training and have been kayaking all my life and coaching in the last few years so if you have any more questions more than happy to answer :)
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This guy...

...is probably better equipped to answer your questions...my qualifications and standards that I kayak at will differ from yours (different countries etc).
 

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there are generic coaching qualifications for example i am a Level 2 Paddle sport coach. any higher than level 2 and you go into specific coaching for example sea kayaking, whitewater, surfing.

then you have star qualifications which 2 star is again a generic paddlesport qualification. 3 star is specific to your discipline e.g. sea kayaking, surf whitewater etc. And 4 and 5 star are leadership awards.

I am level 2 paddlesport coach, 4 star sea kayak, 4 star whitewater training and have been kayaking all my life and coaching in the last few years so if you have any more questions more than happy to answer :)

Just the man to speak to :), So after level 2 which is what im doing in May I would have to do 2 different types of training and assessments if I wanted to be able to Kayak on rapids and the sea etc ? If 3* & 4* are leadership courses does this mean they are in your specialisation such as white water etc ?

Im interested in becoming a basic instructor aswell for the summer as the Leisure company I work for run a local lake. Does level 2 Paddle Instructor mean you can instruct Kayaking to beginners ?

Thanks for the post, where abouts are you from ?
 

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Cancell my last question, I was a moron and didnt look at your profile, might be a bit of a paddle to where I am then :bigsmile:
 

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sorry i forgot to check back to this post to see the replies!

Yes after you have completed your 2 star you can do your 3 star in specific disciplines however you will need a fair bit of experience to do your 3 star and a lot of experience to do your 4 star

3 star is more about improving your own paddling touching on leadership so you can assist a 4 star leader where as a 4 star leader is expected to be able to lead a group and able to make decisions based on weather conditions etc

To be a basic instructor you need a level 1 paddle sport coach which most leisure companies will allow you to work as instructors. In order to gain your level 2 coaching qualification it usually takes about 6 months if i remember rightly!

Sorry about the delay in the reply! and good luck for your 2 star if you havnt already done it!
 

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sorry i forgot to check back to this post to see the replies!

Yes after you have completed your 2 star you can do your 3 star in specific disciplines however you will need a fair bit of experience to do your 3 star and a lot of experience to do your 4 star

3 star is more about improving your own paddling touching on leadership so you can assist a 4 star leader where as a 4 star leader is expected to be able to lead a group and able to make decisions based on weather conditions etc

To be a basic instructor you need a level 1 paddle sport coach which most leisure companies will allow you to work as instructors. In order to gain your level 2 coaching qualification it usually takes about 6 months if i remember rightly!

Sorry about the delay in the reply! and good luck for your 2 star if you havnt already done it!

Tut tut, outragious ignoring a fellow forum user :biggrin:

Thanks for the reply, I havnt done my 2* yet as the Company I work for are useless and couldnt get enough people on the course to make it worth while so I may have to look elsewhere, I think its around ?140 for a 2* Kayaking course ? I'm hoping once I have that I can work towards 3* in White water kayaking but one step at a time I guess.

Do you know any good websites that organise Kayaking trips abroad for affordable prices? When you do your 2* training do they send you away for a few weeks to practice before the assessment or is the assessment at the end of the 2 days training ?

Thanks again
 
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