CANOEING

Chris Hughes Multi Activity Services (CHMAS) canoeing courses are a great way to have fun, learn new skills and have been used by many folk to kick start their own canoe adventures. We can't promise to make you an expert but you will be amazed by how your skills/confidence have developed during your time with us.

The activities/courses we offer are:

To see the Blog Post about these activities click here.

FOUNDATION SKILLS

Paddling a canoe can seem an unconquerable skill as it just seems to have a mind of its own. When you book on a CHMAS canoe foundation skills course you will soon be moving the craft with ease and have lots more confidence in your ability. Our foundation skills courses are aimed at complete beginners or for those with some experience who wish to progress their skills to the next level.

Venues

For these courses we use venues in Shropshire, Telford and Llangollen.

Equipment

We can provide all canoes and safety equipment (except wetsuits) but if you have any of your own kit then please bring it along. A suggested kit list for this activity can be obtained from our 'downloads page'.

Dates

Available all year round as a private booking or you can join one of our open courses as listed below.
  • 18th April
  • 13th June

Tariff

Our open courses cost £80 per person to join or you can arrange your own course at dates to suit you (please contact us for a price). For more information on our tariffs and to make a booking click here Booking.

INTRODUCTION TO WHITE WATER

Paddling on moving water or bouncing down the rapids is just so exhilarating for those with the knowledge to do it safely. If you'd like to acquire this knowledge then our introduction to white water canoeing course could be for you. The course has been designed for people with some flat water experience to gain the skills and confidence required to tackle white water (up to Grade 2).

Venues

For these courses we use venues in Newtown, Telford and Llangollen.

Equipment

We can provide all canoes and safety equipment (except wetsuits) but if you have any of your own kit then please bring it along. A suggested kit list for this activity can be obtained from our 'downloads page'.

Dates

Available all year round as a private booking or you can join one of our open courses as listed below.
  • 19th April
  • 4th July

Tariff

Our open courses cost £90 per person to join or you can arrange your own course at dates to suit you (please contact us for a price). For more information on our tariffs and to make a booking click here Booking.

BCU PERFORMANCE & LEADERSHIP AWARDS

For many just messing about in boats is enough but others like to have a bench mark standard to compare their performance against. If that's you then we can provide the British Canoe Union (BCU) personal performance awards from 1 Star to 4 Star.

1 Star

This is an entry level award and can be undertaken in either canoe or kayak.

2 Star

This award looks at the fundamental skills of canoe & kayak and is a pre requirement for those wishing to become a Level 1 Coach.

3 Star

This is a discipline specific award and once achieved paddlers can leave their 'L Plates' at home.

4 Star

This is a discipline specific award that has separate training and assessment elements and is the appropriate award for those wishing to lead groups on up to Grade 2 water.

For further details of the syllabus see the BCU Website by clicking here.

These courses are available throughout the year and can be arranged for groups of 4 or more at reduced rates so please contact us to discuss your requirements.

BCU -Safety & Rescue Course

CHMAS are pleased to offer the BCU Foundation Safety & Rescue Training Course (FSRT) and White Water Safety & Rescue Training Course (WWSRT).

Foundation Safety & Rescue Training

The FSRT course is an intensive one day course to prepare participants for rescue scenarios in a flat water environment for canoes and kayaks. Over the course of the day you will look at safe rescue principals, bank & boat based rescues and improvised towing. The course is extremely practical, full of content and good practice.

This course is available throughout the year and can be arranged for groups of 4 or more at reduced rates so please contact us to discuss your requirements.

To find out about the pre requirement and syllabus then please click here

White Water Safety & Rescue Training

The WWSRT is an intense two day course to prepare a participants for rescues scenarios in a whitewater environment be it in a kayak or Canoe. Over the two days you will work on your safety awareness, practice some personal survival techniques, learn effective throwline rescues, boat rescue and live bait techniques. The course is extremely practical (learning by doing), full of content and good practice.

This course is available throughout the tear and can be arranged for groups of 4 or more at reduced rates so please contact us to discuss your requirements.

To find out about the pre requirement and syllabus then please click here

Generally, all activity instruction will be undertaken by Chris but we do sometimes use other external organisations or instructors for some of the more specialist courses.

To allow flexibility all our courses are available through private guiding (you have exclusive use of the instructor) or through open courses which anyone can join. For more information on our open courses then please click on the Open Courses link above.

For information on making a booking and activity tariffs then please click here Booking.

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