The club offers a variety of training and coaching throughout the year, catering for beginners through to more experienced paddlers. We are ideally situated at the confluence of the River Colne, the Grand Union Canal and Bury Lake; this allows the club to provide a wide variety of training environments.
In addition to our fleet of Carbon-Kevlar canoe polo kayaks, we have over 25 modern ‘plastic’ kayaks ranging from play to creek boats, these are all available for use during coaching sessions.
Training trips are run throughout the year offering the opportunity for members to improve their white water, rescue, canoe and surf skills. For those interested in becoming coaches, the club may, on a case by case basis, provide part sponsorship of coaching qualification costs.
We emphasise fun, safe training and have a very active core of both junior and senior members.
For more information about coaching, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
BCU Star Tests / Coaching
NKC regularly runs British Canoe Union (BCU) endorsed one, two and three star awards, they are the foundation qualifications of any canoeist and our coaches will guide you through both the written and practical elements. Four and five start tests and coaching awards can also be arranged.
The BCU One Star is a flat water award that demonstrates an individual has basic boat control and foundation skills. The one star can be taken in any kind of paddlesport craft (e.g. sit-on-top, slalom C2, polo boat, sea kayak, racing canoe etc.)
The BCU Two Star is an improvement award that helps paddlers develop fundamental paddlesport skills while on flat water. The emphasis is on gaining a breadth of experience, creating the desired movement of the boat and developing an understanding into how the paddle, boat and water interact.
Successful performance at BCU Three Star level indicates that a candidate can consider themselves an intermediate paddler rather than a beginner. Recently updated, the new award is discipline specific and available in Sea Kayak, Surf, Open Canoe, White Water Kayak, Flat Water Kayak and some of the competitive disciplines. The three star paddler will be a competent performer in sheltered to moderate water environments and have the ability to paddle unsupervised, with similar standard paddlers on sheltered water.
Canoe Polo Coaching
The Nomad Kayak Club currently enters six full squads in the BCU National Canoe Polo Leagues; every member of our squads can request coaching in order to improve. We are lucky to have many experienced canoe polo paddlers some having competed since the club formed back in 1973. As well as the very experienced we also boast a number of current Great Britain paddlers; they are also available to coach / mentor club members as required.
If you have the desire to improve your skills, technique and or ability then please make contact with our committee’s canoe polo officer by emailing email@example.com, they will explain how to receive canoe polo specific training and who is involved in canoe polo coaching.
Health and Safety / First Aid
The club will arrange health and safety or first aid courses to suit the needs of its members. To become a qualified canoeing coach there is a need to gain qualifications in this area, NKC is committed to developing more coaching members so please do speak with the relevant members of the committee for further information.