Sunday, 6 July 2014

5 Star Leader Training - South Devon

A couple of months back, I had an invite to provide and work with Lee Pooley, providing a 5 star leader training and open water navigation and tidal planning course.  This was down in South Devon and the Salcombe area.  Its an area I know fairly well and have paddled a lot, but never worked in - I was looking forward to it.  We just needed the right conditions...

The first day was out to Start Point a race that flows at about 4knots.  It was a calm wind forecast and to be honest, it was ideal for the group to get a feel for conditions and learning new skills.

It was a beautiful location, with a beach close by and some super rock hoping, which provided great leadership sections.

Some fun and balance below and eddying into the flow .... before a self rescue ..

The second day was out form South Sands, with a good F4/5 wind.  Focus was on longer leadership sections, scenarios and putting into place, previous learnt skills.  A lot of time was also spent on incident management and gully/rock rescues and rocky landings ... Derrick below being a super active swimmer ...

We chose a super sheltered beach to cook up our food, had a snooze ... ;) ... in preparation for the night navigation ...

All in all it was a super course, with up for it students, some super sunshine, appropriate conditions and in a new location for me.

Im running two further 5 star leader training courses later in the year - Anglesey based and currently places are available.  Email me for further information at


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