GUIDE PRE-TRAINING: LEADERSHIP


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++ Would you like to take on more responsibility on the water or lead other people? Leadership skills are the most important thing ++
++ Three intensive days of training on the Costa Brava, based in Roses ++
++ Learn to lead people at sea, safely organise and guide rock hopping sessions and stay on top of things in challenging situations ++
++ Working with CLAP and SAFER: essential skills for all (prospective) sea kayak guides! ++

COST: CHF 700
Excl. boat rental*, travel to and from the destination, accommodation and food.

*You can rent a kayak from us for CHF 100 (3 days).

Surcharge if fewer than 3 people attend: CHF 200


OUR SERVICES:

Three paddle-days

08.–10.10.2022
Start & end: Roses, ES

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DETAILS

    • Intro
      This three-day intensive course is open to all intermediate or advanced level paddlers, but is particularly strongly recommended for anyone planning to do the Sea Kayak Leader or any other guide license in the near future. A lack of leadership skills, e.g. resulting in poor positioning, poor group organisation or wrong decisions in more demanding situations, are almost always the factor that causes people to fail the exam. And almost always the reason for this is a lack of experience in dealing with groups in the position of the leader. That is why we practice this intensively in these three days.

      CLAP and SAFER
      A central role in our training will be the principles of CLAP and SAFER and the use of different leadership styles that are more or less appropriate in different situations. Where do you position yourself and how do you communicate with your group? How do you organize the overview when rock hopping between the rocks? How many paddlers do you allow into a feature at the same time? When is it appropriate to switch to a "laissez-faire" style so that your group can have maximum fun and when are top-down decisions required? The more opportunity you have to practice all of this, the more confident you will be both in your exam and later in leading groups - whether this will be professionally or privately, with friends.

      Leadership Course vs. Incident Management
      This course is (primarily) about leadership in situations where things are going well. In other words, it's about managing a very dynamic process on the water to make sure they do run well. Rescues after capsizing etc. will certainly occur, but are not the priority.

      Incident management, on the other hand, is leadership under pressure. That means: During our Incident Management Week, the focus is (primarily) on situations that have already gone wrong. This is about organising yourself and your group in a tricky situation so that it doesn't get even more out of control and making sure rescues are carried out in a swift, efficient and, above all, safe manner.

      The final stage on this problem escalation scale is an accident involving injury or a medical emergency. In our opinion, a normal first aid course is not even remotely sufficient for situations at sea or on a remote coast. That's why we also offer you the Marine Wilderness First Responder course in Sardinia.

      All three courses go hand in hand and form – in addition to a good paddling foundation – a solid basis for the guide exam or for guiding friends on the sea. It doesn't matter if you do them all this year or slowly build up step by step. Contact us if you have any questions or are unsure whether this intensive course is right for you!
    • Day 1
      Saturday, 08.10. – course start
      Attention: In this three-day course camp, Saturday is already the first day of the course. You can easily reach Roses by bus from Barcelona Airport. For the last two kilometers from the bus station in the center to our campsite, it is best to take a taxi.

      Please note that you have to reserve your spot at the campsite yourself.

      We start the course at 12:00 a.m. on land – with a round of introductions, the distribution of the necessary gear and above all an important theoretical introduction to the topic of leadership, including hopefully lively discussion. Topics: CLAP, SAFER and leadership styles, communication and briefings, the theoretical basis for our entire course! At around 1:00 p.m. we take a short lunch break.

      We will go on the water from around 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the latest. Since we will be finished late today, we'll have dinner in the restaurant located just across the road from our campsite.
    • Day 2
      Sunday
      Today we are on the water all day. The rocky coast, which starts just to the left of our campsite, is the ideal place to practice leadership. The guide role will be changed at regular intervals, so that everyone will have enough opportunity to lead as well as to paddle as a group member. The focus will be (depending on the prevailing conditions) rock hopping and/or paddling with a group in wind and waves.

      In the evening we discuss the many situations that have arisen during the day. Then we cook something nice together.
    • Day 3
      Monday
      Another day on the water, another opportunity to practice.

      Today we start early, because today we will be off the water by 3:00 p.m. at the latest, so that you can still go home after the course, if you wish. We definitely have to schedule an hour for our feedback round.
    • More info
      More info
      Group size: Min. two participants, max. eight.

      If required, we will be happy to provide you with the necessary paddle and safety material, consisting of a paddle, buoyancy aid and spray deck as well as a neoprene long john, shoes, paddle jacket and a helmet. Please bring your own functional underwear (wool or tight-fitting fleece, NO cotton!) And swimwear with you.

      Boat rental: If you arrive without your own boat, you can rent one of our kayaks for 100 CHF for the duration of the course.

      If you like, you can also rent a drysuit from us. Cost: CHF 120

      The kitty:
      As always, on these training days we will also set up a kitty for meals. In fact, there will actually be two: one for food (€40 contribution per person) and one for alcohol (depending on how much you consume, or your best guess at it). Nobody is obliged to pay into the kitty, nor to eat together with us. But cooking and eating together after a strenuous day's paddling is just good fun, and not only does it help to strengthen our tired muscles; it also helps us to create a sense of community. Find more on this topic here.

      Weather:
      As you might expect, we can't make any guarantees in terms of weather or sea state. In order to ensure everyone's safety, our guide will decide how to carry out the planned programme locally on a daily basis, and whether to do so. As experienced sea kayakers, we know that Neptune always has the last word.

      Accident insurance is the responsibility of the participants.
      We also strongly recommend that you obtain travel cancellation insurance. Please read our GTC on the topic of cancellation fees, cancellation deadlines etc.
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    PARTICIPATION REQUIREMENTS:

    ++ Must be able to swim ++
    ++ At least 10 days of sea kayaking experience on the sea ++
    ++ You are confident in a kayak at Beaufort force 3 and in waves of about 2 ft ++
    ++ You want to learn and you are prepared to spend three days working intensively and redefining your comfort zone ++

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    How to get to Roses, Camping Ampurdanes:

    • Rail

      ++ Take the train from Geneva to Lyon ++
      ++ From Lyon Part Dieu there is a direct train (4 hours!) to Figueres Vilafant ++
      ++ From here, you're best off getting a taxi to Roses ++

    • Road

      ++ Car share from Switzerland via Geneva and Valence, continuing along the A7 to Orange ++
      ++ Turn off onto the A9 for Montpellier, Perpignan and cross the Spanish border ++
      ++ Stay on the motorway (in Spain it's called the AP-7) until exit 3 Figueres N / Roses, then follow the signs for Roses ++
      ++ In Roses, keep driving eastward, through the town centre, continuing along the coastal road to Carrer Rembrandt ++

    • Aeroplane

      ++ Fly from all European airports to Barcelona. From there, rent a car (175 km, 2h) or catch a bus (3h) straight to Roses ++

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