Core Skills Learning what it takes to be effective, efficient, and easy on the body; these series of fun kayaking classes are the core to your understanding and knowledge as a paddler. Studying technique through the relationship between the body, boat, and blade, and then applying this knowledge to the environment is our goal. This series of classes will also help to further your understanding of camping from a kayak and help prepare you for planning your future kayak expeditions by developing a method of assessing risk, navigation, and trip planning.
Private Coaching Body Boat Blade is committed to the highest level of private coaching. We will work with you to accomplish your paddling goals, whether it is beginning skills, rescues, rolling, gaining confidence in rough water, British Canoeing certification, or help with planning a trip. Working with one of our coaches 1-on-1 or in a semi-private session is a sure way to accelerate your learning curve and maximize your time on the water!
Guide / Leadership Training We offer customizable staff training sessions for groups of guides who have been hired to work in the San Juan Islands and beyond. Body Boat Blade has been running training programs for several kayak tour companies for over 16 years. We work closely with the owners and managers as we plan our trainings, keeping in mind that each organization operates a slightly different program and has specialized needs. We are sensitive to the different company cultures and so we avoid any sort of dogmatic approach to Best Practices. What we teach is strictly on-water skills and risk management, we know that you will have your own way to teach them the soft-skills that makes each company unique.
Advanced Skills Starting with a solid foundation and understanding of core kayaking skills, these additional classes are designed to expand your horizon, and to deepen your knowledge and experience as a paddler. Playing in tidal races, navigating at night, learning “twenty seven” different ways to roll your kayak and learning how to lead a group will all enhance and strengthen your abilities and your confidence as a paddler of any craft. These classes include the core knowledge for becoming an effective leader on the sea. Knowledge is good, more knowledge is better.
British Canoeing Awards British Canoeing is the most recognized and respected paddle sport coaching and awarding system in the world. All of Body Boat Blade’s Coaches are trained and certified with British Canoeing and work within the remits of their awards, if you have taken any class from a Body Boat Blade coach you have already been exposed to British Canoeing. If you are an open minded learner who likes challenges then the British Canoeing awards progression will accelerate your mastery of this great sport.