International Webinars – Paddling in Nepal

During 2023, BCAB will be sharing a range of webinars aimed at those looking to paddle overseas or exploring places to paddle.

Each webinar will cover the opportunities to paddle throughout the country, including types of environment available and grades, visa requirements and byelaws, logistics of getting to and in and around the country, as well as local guide top tips.

Join our next webinar on 20th April, led by Darren Clarkson, exploring paddling in Nepal. Book Online Here.

Darren Clarkson 

Darren is an adventurer whose personal philosophy asks what we can learn when we put ourselves in a place of adventure. Over the last 25+ years, Darren has explored some of the world’s most challenging rivers. He specialises in running trips across the Himalaya in Nepal, India, Bhutan, Pakistan and Tibet.

He has been called one of the most innovative paddlers of his generation, his name synonymous with a generation of Himalayan paddlers.

Darren has countless first descents and numerous noteworthy solo descents to his name.

He is owner and Head Guide of Pure Land Expeditions, working directly with Nepal, Bhutan and India Governments to promote safe adventure sports and safe working practices.

Darren provides logistic and expedition support for media productions for international units filming in the Himalayas.

  • He is the only known paddler ever to solo the rivers from Everest.
  • The only paddler to have paddled all the rivers from Everest and K2.
  • Speed records on Tsarap and Zanskar, Tons, Pindar, Arun.
  • Triple crown paddler.
  • Respected Himalayan guide working relationships with governors in India and Nepal.
  • Expedition provider to Indian and British Army and Navy.
  • Consultant for a number of international river projects.

Darren has also written several books including

  • Riding the tears of Everest
  • Whitewater Nepal (with Peter Knowles)
  • Whitewater Ladakh (with Tsering Chotak)
  • Beautiful Blue

Join us on 20th April, 7pm – 8.30pm UK time, to hear about paddling in Nepal.

Book Online Here.

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Paddlesport Safety and Rescue Course

This course was launched on the 4th January and aims to provide paddlers with the key safety and rescue skills required to operate safely and be able to deal with common problems in a sheltered water environment.

The course content focuses on rescuing from the paddlers specific craft and covers equipment, safety frameworks, as well as a range of rescues such as contact and towing rescues, self-rescues and deep water rescues.

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Stand Up Paddleboard Instructor

This course was launched on the 4th January and aims to support Instructors running SUP taster/starter sessions and short journeys in very sheltered water environments.

The 2 day course helps to prepare candidates for their first SUP instructing role, ensuring they are ‘primed and ready’ to deliver safe and enjoyable sessions for people new to paddleboarding, within the safety management systems of clubs, centres or other organisations.

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Inclusive Language eLearning

This eLearning was launched on the 11th January and will cover the importance of using inclusive language and the impact it can have on those around you.

This module provides an understanding of key terms, definitions and examples of inclusive language; supports learners on how to identify and tackle inappropriate or exclusive language such as banter and microaggressions; and how to challenge it when it happens.

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International Webinars

We have held several International webinars throughout the year the first being Paddling in France which was on 15th February 2023, this was then followed by the United States of America on 15th March 2023 we then had Nepal, Norway and the latest one Austria which was on 21st June 2023. 

If any resources were used in the webinar you can now find them on the BCAB Digital Library along with the recording of the webinars. Unfortunately Paddling in Norway wasn\’t recorded so that wont be on the Digital Library.

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Manual Handling eLearning

This eLearning was launched on the 31st January and will cover different types of manual handling, how we can consider and manage risk and shows the steps we can take when manual handling to better protect our bodies. 

Throughout paddlesport, there are many occasions when we are lifting, carrying and moving craft, as well as performing rescues.  It’s essential we reflect on current practice and consider whether we are putting ourselves and others in potential danger of damaging joints and muscles, particularly when moving or lifting equipment or people.

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Sea Kayak Safety and Rescue Course

This course was launched on the 2nd May and aims to provide paddlers with the key safety and rescue skills required to operate safely and be able to deal with common problems on the sea, in both sheltered and moderate conditions.

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New eLearning platform

On the 14th June we moved over from the Sarola shop to our own new eLearning platform on BCAB. We made this change because learners have asked us to reduce the number of our websites they need to use.

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Inland Open Water Safety and Rescue

This course was launched on the 1st June and aims to provide paddlers with the key safety and rescue skills required to operate safely in a moderate inland open water environment.

All of the modules are interactive, practical sessions, discussing and using equipment, and exploring possible solutions to common issues. Modules include safety frameworks, clothing and equipment, self rescues, as well as rescue scenarios.

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Euro Paddle Pass (EPP)

British Canoeing Awarding Body attended a meeting with other National Federations to consider the framework of paddle sport competency in all disciplines across Europe.  

The Euro Paddle Pass (EPP) as it is known has members from Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Slovenia, Sweden, and Switzerland.

Each National Paddlesport certification system maps across to the requirements of the EPP standard within a specific discipline and ranges from levels 1 to 5.

The BCAB relatively new personal performance awards (January 2019) have now been mapped, verified and agreed at specific levels within the framework.

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Pathway opportunities for Slalom Coaches

British Canoeing Awarding Body is pleased to announce that it has developed an alternative pathway for Slalom Coaches, and is now offering two regulated qualifications:

  • Slalom Coach (Grade 1/2) 
  • Slalom Coach (Grade 2/3)

During a review of the existing pathway for Slalom Coaches it was evident that many clubs do not operate within the environmental definitions of moderate water (Grade 2/3) and the need to provide opportunities for those coaching slalom within clubs to gain a regulated qualification.

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Surf Kayak Safety and Rescue course

This course was launched on the 1st July. This course replaced the Advanced Surf Kayak Safety and Rescue programme. Modules include beach management, safety frameworks, self-rescues, deep water rescues and more.

The Surf Kayak Safety and Rescue course has replaced the Advanced Surf Kayak Safety and Rescue programme and is a 6 and a half hour programme that consists of 7 modules.

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