Enjoyed being on the water over summer? Enamoured with Stand Up Paddleboarding, kayaking, canoeing, sit on top kayaking etc? Make your passion part of your work and become a Paddlesport Instructor. Ready to take the plunge?
Coming up on 3 consecutive Fridays – by the end of these successful 3 days you will achieve the status of British Canoeing Paddlesport Instructor.
Friday 30 September 2022 – Foundation Safety and Rescue Course – essential learning for all prior to undertaking Paddlesport Instructor.
Friday 7 October and Friday 14 October – Paddlesport Instructor Course
The Paddlesport Instructor qualification is designed for instructors running paddlesport taster/starter sessions within the safety management systems of clubs, centres or other organisations in: ‘Very Sheltered Water’ environments; craft deemed suitable for a first time experience. The primary role of the Paddlesport Instructor is to deliver safe and enjoyable taster/starter sessions based on their group’s needs and aspirations. The qualification will support the instructor with practical skills such as kitting up a group and getting afloat, initial familiarisation activities, games and activities to support learning and how to use mini journeys to support learning, inspire adventure and exploration. This will be enhanced with support on how these sessions can be delivered in a way that is enjoyable, safe and rewarding. We anticipate that the qualification is likely to be used by instructors in clubs, centres, schools, Duke of Edinburgh, Youth Groups, Uniformed Groups, etc. Instructors who are involved in running taster/starter sessions for: children and young people as part of a wider educational experience; people as part of a leisure, activity, social or holiday experience; people wanting ‘to have a go’ at the sport; maybe as a potential new regular participant.
ELC Outdoor Learning Service are pleased to be a provider of CyclingUK Mountain Bike Trail Leader.
Cycling UK’s Mountain Bike Leader course enables you to lead groups on gentle terrain less than 600m above sea level and without the need for riders to steer a path around obstacles.
The course includes tuition for your own off-road skills, and assessment of your new-found skills.
Lead groups of adults, young people and children on rides
Manage groups with a range of riding experience
Prepare for rides, anticipate and minimise safety factors
Develop and apply risk assessments, operating procedures and dynamic risk management
Provide fun, engaging and developmental sessions for your participants
Understand access rights across the UK and beyond
Complete and review rides, using self-reflective principles
Success at this level of course will open up the whole of East Lothian to being explored by bike for groups.
Mountain Bike Trail Leader course will happen on the following dates in 2019. Please note the dates below are all one course and all dates must be attended. The base venue will be Musselburgh Outdoor Learning Service – EH21 7SR.
12 (1 till 5pm) and 13 (8.30am to 5pm) March
19 (1 till 5pm) and 20 March(8.30am to 5pm) March
Registration is direct with CyclingUK at the following link
Payment of £50 to CyclingUK must be made at time of booking. This is registration fee with CyclingUK. There are no other costs associated with this course to staff and volunteers within East Lothian Council.
For the first time the Winter CPD weekend at Badaguish in the Cairngorms last weekend included a ski touring taster for ELC teachers. The purpose of this session was to let teachers experience ski touring in order to help the Outdoor Learning Service deliver this to pupils of East Lothian schools.
On-piste skiing, foreign trips and lift passes can be expensive, and so are not accessible to all. By contrast for ski touring all you need is equipment and qualified staff (both of which we now have), some snowy Scottish mountains and a bit of leg power!
We can now offer amazing ski adventures to pupils across East Lothian schools. In particular we intend to target pupils who get to learn to ski at Hillend but do not have the opportunity to progress further. Please contact us if you want to know more, or have a group of pupils you would like us to support you with.
Why attend? Whether a novice or an experienced hill-walker the Scottish winter mountains can be a challenging environment. They are an excellent place to help you gain the skills and confidence to better manage and inspire groups in the outdoors.
Activities will be dependent on the conditions and the group, they include … Planning your winter day – weather forecast, snow-pack, route-choice, what to take?
Winter technical skills – use of winter boots, ice-axe, crampons
Snow craft – building emergency shelters, snow holes
Avalanche awareness and emergency response.
Snowshoeing – dependent on conditions
Ski-touring – very dependent on participants prior experience and conditions
What’s included …
Self-catering accommodation in 4 bed dorms
Instruction and coaching from ELC OLS staff
All technical and safety equipment, including shell clothing and winter boots.
BF, pack-lunch and dinner on the Sat, BF and pack-lunch on the Sun
What to bring … See here for a kit-list
Linen for bedding is provided but you need so bring a towel!
Enthusiasm and a smile