Weekend Skills Workshop

with Doug Cooper

31st August and 1st September 2024

This two day course in workshop format is aimed at paddlers who are looking to develop their skills in a range of ways with one of the UK's top coaches. It is anticipated that you will already be comfortable in moderate conditions.

Focussing on the students' needs instead of the format of any particular course or discipline, this is an opportunity to really get to grips with those things that niggle you most. Whether it is dealing with following seas, rock-hopping, a particular stroke, or developing your confidence in swell or tide, you are guaranteed to get the very best coaching and guidance.

In advance of the course, a full questionnaire will be completed to get a clear understanding of your goals and experience. That will assist in building a day tailored to your needs and offer you the very best experience and opportunity to learn.

In addition to all the amazing learning opportunities you will have the chance to experience the beauty and adventure of the amazing Moray Firth. With unparalleled wildlife, geology and history you will enjoy two fantastic days in the company of an outstanding guide and teacher who demonstrates a unique passion for sea kayaking and responsible access.

If you are traveling a distance or prefer to try something different, kayaks and paddles can be provided in support of your course. There will be a small additional charge of £20 for this. Kayaks are P&H Scorpios with Celtic paddles.

The Moray Firth is ideally suited to this type of training with a range of moderate water environments; from rock gardens to surf beaches and plenty wind & swell from the North Sea . It is also an extremely accessible location with excellent transport links and good welfare facilities along the coastline.

The course will be based on the Moray Firth but flexibility may be needed.

Full joining instructions will be provided once booked.

For those who don't know him, Doug has a lifetime of experience as a paddlesport coach in sea kayaking and white water, working for many years at Glenmore Lodge, Scotland’s National Outdoor Training Centre. His passion is supporting others get the most out of what motivates them in their outdoor activities. 

Doug is also author of Skye and North West Highlands Sea Kayaking, North and East Coasts of Scotland Sea Kayaking, Sea Kayak Handling and Rough Water Handling; all published by Pesda Press. With his wife Lara he has also created a website, Scottish Sea Kayaking, to provide ‘inspiration & information’ to all sea kayakers and compliment the guide books (www.scottishseakayaking.co.uk).

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