Surfski Coaching Courses.Foundation - Improver - Intermediate.
First Course AUGUST 18th
Ongoing progressive courses for all levels of paddlers from beginners up to advanced intermediate – at our Fishguard base and venues around the country.
Next Course 18-19 August at Fishguard, Pembrokeshire.
Level: Improver > Intermediate
Four practical sessions over two days covering most aspects of ski handling and paddling including:
- Selecting equipment – the balance of speed and safety
- Pre-paddle warm up and routines to improve mobility
- Advanced remount for all conditions
- Efficient paddling stroke for different wind and water conditions –
in the boat and individually analysed on slider ergo.
- Picking, catching and milking runners and groundswell
- Planning your training – and much more.
We still have a few places free – please sign up here and / or ask for the more detailed course plan.
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While Ocean Ski paddling is a rapidly growing sport in Britain, this discipline is not recognised by British Canoeing coaching schemes since there has be not structure set up. There are very few training and coaching courses for beginners, improvers and intermediates – though there are occasional elite clinics offered by such outstanding paddlers as Sean Rice, Oscar Chalupski and Ivan Lawler.
Effective Ocean Ski paddling incorporates elements from several other disciplines, including sprint, marathon, white water racing, wave ski and, to a surprisingly small extent, sea kayaking. Most ski paddlers have entered from other aspects of canoe and kayak sport and find that, whatever they already know and can apply, provides a good start in their ski adventures.
However, those well established habits that are very effective in other canoe-kayaking styles often lead to serious limitations when applied to ski. Even a sea kayak coach’s decades of knowledge about wind and weather are unlikely to help him/her to consistently catch and work runners in a much lighter, faster, more responsive boat.
Ben Edom has trained and competed in kayak and canoe slalom (including coaching), K1 & 2 marathon, C1 WWR, C1 & C2 sprint(including coaching), sea kayak and more importantly, 10 years of Ski paddling on Australia’s Sunshine Coast and Sydney’s Northern Beaches. This breadth of experience, and often daily playing on the big Pacific swells, enables him to impart key insights, valuable hints and techniques, all personally tested with serious sea time.
Now back in training, and one of the team riders for Stellar UK and Rough Water Gear, Ben has earned a string of podium places in 2018 races.
“I love the sea and want to help anyone who takes on the thrills and challenges of wind and wave on a ski to be more effective and aware so you can enjoy every trip all the more. If that means you can beat me – all the better!”
There are three tiers of day, weekend, or longer courses to suit everyone except ocean ski experts:
Foundation – for people with little or no experience of ski and some knowledge of paddling. Providing a sound foundation of principles, safety considerations and techniques for further practice.
Improvers – for paddlers with some experience of ski and other canoe-kayak disciplines. Providing coaching in ski specific seamanship and paddling techniques, and expecting a more focused and proactive attitude than in the Foundation course.
Intermediate – for people with a reasonable depth of experience of ski and other paddling disciplines. Weak points will be targeted – solutions offered and participants will be given a multitude of ways to enjoy and achieve more every time they go out on the sea. Expecting an even more disciplined and competitive participant attitude.