SOT coaching for BCU 3 star
Andy Benham, author of Discover Kayak Fishing visited Jersey in 2011 having found it difficult to get SOT kayak coaching in the UK. Things have improved with a couple of centres running courses for Sit-on-tops in the UK.
I think we can say we are the pioneers and have run SOT courses for over 7 years. My book was published just as Sit-on-top kayaking was taking off.
Mainstream paddlesport is taking a while to catch up with the popularity of the sit-on-top kayak. It was heart breaking to hear a speaker from Battle Back at the Canoe England coaching conference recount how, after a kayaking trip, an impaired paddler bought a kayak. They went to their local canoe club only to be told that they could not join the trips. This was not due to their impairment, but because they had a Sit-on-top kayak!
We had a great time and Keith from Jersey Bass Guides joined in the fun.
Read Andy’s article: “Passing the BCU 3 Star…on a Sit-on-top”
By Derek Hairon