Sunday, 13 September 2015

Sweden - East coast sea kayaking and my first 4 day Coaching course

Earlier this year Hawken and Clara invited me to Sweden, to run two 4 day courses around Coaching, while on a journey with wild camps along the way.  I was intrigued, very interested and keen.  I had not really run a course while wild camping at static sites - going out for the day doing skills and technique coaching then returning to camp, to hang up kit and have food.  Plus I had never been to Sweden before.

The flight was great, train to Stockholm smooth and I was soon meeting up with Hawken and on a bus back to his house and to meet his wife Anna-Stina.  Super food, great nights sleep and an hour drive South and we were meeting up with the other 6 Coaches and leaders who I was going to work with for the next 4 days.

The area was beautiful, the winds were light and the sun was out.

The first 3 days were focused on skills and technique - being efficient and effective.  Rescue's both self and assisted and the use of the towline .... moving camp allowed the practise with heavy kayaks and to explore differences ...  It was also great to experience the hilleberg village  ... Ive never seen so many Hilleberg tents all together

One of the lunch breaks on a sheltered small island ...

Clara below showing great skills standing on the back of a P&H Cetus LV ...

The final day was windy and perfectly timed for putting the previously learnt skills into a new and active context.  Kirsten below, was paddling a Sterling kayak, an Illusion and apparently the only one in Sweden.  A beautifully crafted sea kayak and the first time I'd actually seen one  ...

Personal skills, group management and in two teams of 4 rescues and self rescues for those who wanted to!

It had been a super 4 days - Many thanks to Jorgen, Knut, Anna-Stina, Kim, Johnas, Kerstin, Clara and Hawken for your welcome.

I now had a day off before the next group of 6 people ...


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