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    Default Quietwater-Plus Conclave - Boathouse in Leicestershire - 29th-31st January, 2016


    You may already have noticed a new "Quietwater Plus" thread here on SoTP. It's New for 2016: OCA Quietwater-Plus Group

    In the other thread, we introduce our new group... and also mention an inaugural event: a "Conclave"... evoking the spirit of the famous US Conclaves of the 1980s...

    Quote Originally Posted by Q-Canoe.Uk
    In January, 2016, canoeists will gather in rural Leicestershire for a first formal Conclave of the UK’s “Quietwater Plus” Community. This will involve quality on-water workshops during each day with an international coaching team, but also quality time off the water – and we will have excellent hosts offering fine food and accommodation!

    Over the afternoon / evening of Friday 29th January, we meet for a buffet and informal get together in The Boat House @ Barrow, on the banks of the River Soar (our daytime base for the weekend) and at Quorn Grange – where we’ve got Bed and Breakfast Accommodation for two nights, plus a Saturday evening Carvery.

    During each day, European specialists will be leading workshops in various dimensions of Quietwater and “Quietwater Plus” Canoeing – developing approaches to canoeing famously associated with US legends such as Mike Galt, Patrick Moore and Harold Deal, and linking to a tradition of “Conclaves” which started in the US in the 1980s.

    We anticipate the strongest gathering of solo-canoes ever witnessed in the UK, but tandem “Quietwater Plus” sessions may also feature, as might “Canadian Style” – in a programme which will respond to the needs and interests of those attending.

    Expect a quality weekend both on and off the water!



    We’re delighted to be welcoming a few of Europe’s most accomplished ACA Freestyle instructors – and a leading British Canoe Association “Coach Educator” – to our 1st UK “Quietwater Plus” conclave. All have very different backgrounds, emphasising the diversity of approaches to be found within the “Quietwater Plus” community.


    You might recognise Mark Maier...

    Quote Originally Posted by Q-Canoe.UK
    Mark has won many friends over here in the UK through his light-hearted American "Freestyle" workshops at successive UK symposia. His trademark, minimalist style and his incredible grace and poise make him immediately identifiable on the lake, as does his propensity for making the seemingly impossible look astonishingly manageable. He's a vastly experienced coach with a keen technical eye, and has assisted with the training and certification of two cohorts of Danish, Dutch and German "Freestyle" Instructors.

    Also Lennart Bal...

    Quote Originally Posted by Q-Canoe.UK
    As a veteran of everything from slalom and OC1 WW to marathon racing (including the Devizes-Westminster), Lennart Bal is possibly the most complete canoeist ever to have become an ACA Freestyle Instructor - but he's better known in UK circle for his refreshingly easygoing, entertaining and informative workshops at successive UK symposia.

    And Andy Oughton...

    Quote Originally Posted by Q-Canoe.UK
    Andy Oughton has been quietly impressing for years as a pioneering Coach Educator with an active interest in (and enthusiasm for promoting) ACA "Freestyle" and "Quietwater Plus" canoeing. For an example of Andy's pioneering Coach Education read his discussion of "An Integrated Approach to L2 Paddlesport Coach Education" - although if a picture tells a 1,000 words, you might just take in this photo from the Open Canoe Festival at the Drôme...

    We’re still working on our Conclave Programme for January… but we've a team capable of delivering anything from "The Wet end and the Dry end" to "Reverse axles, the reverse wedge and the X-Reverse Christie"... and from "Functional Freestyle" to “Canadian Style” – a contrasting tradition

    Crucially, for our first Conclave we’re planning a quality weekend both on and off the water, with whole-group catering and accommodation from Friday evening through to Sunday afternoon. We have arranged favourable rates with all concerned and a range of options to try and keep the whole gathering accessible for all - and we're happy to make tailored arrangements where necessary to accommodate one and all

    If you think this might be for you, please take a look around on www.q-canoe.uk. If you'd like to attend, just head over to the Booking Form

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    Canoeists have good reason to hold The Boat House @ Barrow in high regard.

    Firstly, The Boat House is located at a recognised beauty spot on the banks of the River Soar, and is the obvious departure point for the classic “Soar Loop” – a short but attractive paddle incorporating the winding “backs” from the navigable waterway.

    Secondly, The Boat House is owned and run by Colin Broadway (founder of Mobile Adventure, stalwart of East Midlands Paddlers, past president of the Open Canoe Association and veteran Coach Educator) and is a well established base for training courses and canoeing events.

    The pub offers good food, fine ale and boat hire and will be the base for the Uk’s 1st Quitewater Canoeing Conclave.

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    We've got a nice little group coming together for the Conclave... and we'll definitely be having sessions at all sorts of different levels

    Minor thing: this is likely to see one of the most diverse collections of boats assembled anywhere in the UK... so if you are wondering which way to jump, feel free to get in touch re. a day / weekend of boat testing - my boats, but also many others... including the Burnett Boats...



    Anyone else want to join us? A couple of weeks to go
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    Good luck with it all Greg. I'm sure it'll all go fine and more importantly will contribute to knowledge and skills.
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    Our outline timings for the weekend are on the website, and essentially says we will respond to the aspirations and needs of those attending, but the timings will be broadly as follows:

    Friday:
    18:00 - Assemble at The Boat House: buffet, welcome

    Saturday:
    09:00 - Assemble at The Boat House: introductions
    09:30 - 1st session: existing skills & style, aspirations, concepts
    12:30 - Lunch
    13:30 - 2nd Session: Individualised coaching
    16:30 - Review of day 1
    19:00 - Quorn Grange

    Sunday:
    09:00 - Assemble at The Boat House: review plans
    09:30 - 3rd session: Individualised coaching
    12:30 - Lunch
    13:30 - 4th Session: Individualised coaching
    16:30 - Review of day 2

    The Individualised coaching will be at 1:1, 1:2 or 1:3 ratios within small groups and will be as appropriate for meeting the wants and needs of each canoeist.

    Key options available as needed:
    1. Why style: goals, aspirations and rewards...
    2. Core concepts: what contributes to good style?
    3. Core ACA Freestyle manoeuvres
    4. Further ACA Freestyle manoeuvres
    5. Style in other contexts: wind, waves, current, features


    More options noted here
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    Jewels666 and I will hopefully pop up to say hi and spectate sometime over the weekend. Been a while since one of Colin's ciders.

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    Had a ride over this morning to watch the action and say hi to a few familiar faces. All seemed to be having and excellent day!.

    I was also trusted to take a Silverbirch 15 out for a paddle. I'm no expert and not ideal conditions, but great fun and superb canoe to paddle. Thx!.

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