New Paddlesport Leader Award

From the 3rd April 2017 your Outdoor Learning Service will be able to deliver quality training and assessment leading to Paddlesport Leader Award.

The Paddlesport Leader is aimed at paddlers taking on formal leadership responsibilities in benign, sheltered water environments and aims to support Leaders to run safe, quality, enjoyable trips based on their group’s needs and aspirations.

The assessment is one day (plus a meeting prior). East Lothian Council Outdoor Learning (ELCOL) are able to run this assessment from 3rd April. ELCOL will also run endorsed Paddlesport Leader Training. Costs can be reduced for those operating within East Lothian – please contact us for more details

For more info and further details please click on image below and/or contact Martyn on 0131 6535217 or email outdoorlearning@elcschool.org.uk

 

For UKCC Level 1 coaches thinking if the course is for them – please read these wise words from SCA
Link to the Level 1 Coach Award
We believe that a Paddlesport Leader who also holds the Level 1 Coach award is well placed to fulfil their coaching duties with more autonomy. The Paddlesport Leader award requires a higher level of personal skills and safety/rescue skills than the Level 1 Coach award; providing further assurance that they have the skills to make, and fulfil, sound leadership decisions whilst out on the water.

Adventure Award Days

Adventure Award Days from Outdoor Learning. Foundation or Progression sessions. All open for booking. Develop your class through the outdoors. For more information concerning Adventure Award Days click here

The sessions listed below are open to all schools in East Lothian – unlimited days – will not affect any other allocation with Outdoor Learning. First to book a day chooses venue. Watersports (Kayak;Canoe;SUP;Sail), Climbing (Indoor and Outdoor), Orienteering all available.

Contact Andy or Martyn to book – aduff@elcschool.org.uk or mpegg@elcschool.org.uk

SUPer Summer

With a summer of SUP paddling now behind us it is time to reflect on the achievements of the county’s SUPer paddlers. Steve SUP Orchestrated by one of the authorities finest names in SUP coaching – Steven Nelson – a summer coaching series has resulted in the following awarded through the Academy of Surfing Instructors

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  • One fully qualified Level 2 Exposed Waters Instructor
  • One fully qualified Level 1 Enclosed Water Instructor
  • Eight (8) Level 1 Enclosed Water Paddler Certification following a 10 week course.

DSCN2268 The 10 week course from June to October took place on Musselburgh Lagoons along with the fantastic sunshine that East Lothian often has to endure. For many of the paddlers it was their first experience of any watersport and their progression was a joy to behold. Many are now looking to continue their SUP journey by progressing onto Level 2 and attempting to set up a weekly SUP club. Some thoughts from the paddlers:

“…amazed at how quickly – with the help of Rab – I was able to be up and paddling,”
“…looking forward to continuing with this sport and would be delighted to be able to go further and become an SUP instructor myself”
“…originally thought that this activity would just be for me – but now looking into how to embed SUP into my work with young people within the council”

The two coaches who assisted Steve were gaining their requisite hours within an approved SUP school. The knowledge that was shared by the three coaches gave all participants a chance to experience a range of coaching styles and teaching techniques.

P1030779In some beautiful October sunshine all the paddlers took their skills and used them in a guided circumnavigation of the island of Fidra off the beautiful East Lothian coastline.

For information on next summer’s SUP courses – please get in touch with Martyn at Outdoor Learning – mpegg@elcschool.org.uk

 

SUPer Staff Development

ELC Outdoor Learning hosted an ASI Instructor course recently. As an accredited ASI (Academy of Surfing Instructors) centre we are ideally placed to host this course. Participants had travelled from Ireland, Lewis, Manchester as well as home grown talent right here in East Lothian. The course was blessed with fantastic weather. All left with a great impression of our wonderful coastline and facilities.

Staff from East Lothian who attended the course are now able to deliver SUP sessions to people in their charge in an enclosed water environment.
If you would like the opportunity to develop your paddlesport skills and then maybe become an ASI instructor with access to some fantastic equipemtn please see our staff development pages. Next instructor course September 2013.