Freestyle Courses

Sweetwater works with many of the world’s top athletes and has been at the forefront of freestyle development for over a decade. We have worked with several national teams and assisted many of their athletes to achieve medals in both National and International events.

This experience and dedication has enabled us to develop and evolve coaching techniques that will enable you to progress more rapidly towards your aims and aspirations. So whether you’re a beginner or advanced boater, we have a product for you…

 

Freestyle Sessions (3hrs)

Freestyle Sessions Image 2Why not use one of our one-to-one/group sessions to give your freestyle a quick boost? Whether it’s tailoring your own development programme or taking advantage of the odd session to get some help to dial-in those nifty tricks, one of these sessions will suit.

Freestyle sessions offer all the latest coaching tools to ensure you maximise your progression both during and after your session. These sessions will give you new skills and an action plan to promote your continued development.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Develop a solid foundation from which to build more advance skills.
  • Gain the latest freestyle techniques, manoeuvres and combinations.
  • Keep up to date with the latest developments in freestyle techniques and skills.
  • Increase your understanding of play holes and waves to enhance your paddling.
  • Attain essential skills to self-direct your own development.
  • Optional- Improve competition scoring and understanding of the rules.

Pre requisites: In order to get the best out of this course you should have fundamental boat control on Grade 3 water.  This includes manoeuvres such as breaking in/out, ferry gliding, and a consistent white water roll. You should also be reasonably fit.

Further information: Freestyle Sessions Overview (PDF)

Price:

One to one coaching: 3 hours – £70 at Nottingham (Prices for other locations by request)

Group of between 2-4 people: 3 hours – £100 at Nottingham (Prices for other locations by request)

Dates: As required – Please email to arrange a date.

 

Freestyle Days (1 or 2 Day Options)

Freestyle Days

Experience an intense day or two of top level coaching. Build a solid foundation and learn all the latest freestyle moves using the latest coaching techniques and resources to maximise your progression (including video analysis, bank side drills, movement awareness and much more).

Make the most of your boating time and fast-track your freestyle skills.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Develop a solid foundation from which to build more advanced skills.
  • Gain the latest freestyle techniques, manoeuvres and combinations.
  • Keep up to date with the latest developments in freestyle techniques and skills.
  • Increase your understanding of play holes and waves to enhance your paddling.
  • Attain essential skills to self-direct your own development.
  • Optional- Improve competition scoring and understanding of the rules.

Pre requisites: In order to get the best out of these courses you should have fundamental boat control on Grade 3 water.  This includes manoeuvres such as breaking in/out, ferry gliding, and a consistent white water roll. You should also be reasonably fit.

Further Information: Freestyle Days Overview (PDF)

Price:

One to one coaching: 1 day – £95 or 2 days – £150 at Nottingham (Prices for other locations by request)

Group of between 2-4 people:  1 day – £170 or 2 days – £260 at Nottingham (Prices for other locations by request)

Dates: As required – Please email to arrange a date.

 

Video Analysis Clinic

Video Analysis Clinic Image 1Want to learn how to improve your video analysis, then try our video analysis clinics – perfect for athletes, parents and coaches. Sweetwater Coaching has developed a half day training clinic to improve understanding of the core principles of analysis and how to best apply these to enhance performance.

Typically the first half of the clinic is coaching on the water, recording an agreed predetermined set of skills. Followed by a land-based session to master video analysis techniques.

Learning outcomes:

  • How best to setup cameras to capture the performance.
  • Using easily available software features like ‘Coaches Eye’ (Mac) and ‘Kinovea’ (PC)
  • Methods of observation and analysing (basic biomechanical and notional methods).
  • Identifying good and bad trends in technique form.
  • Presenting your findings in simple and effective ways.
  • Optional – Improve competition scoring and understanding of the rules.
  • Optional – Setting out development and/or performance goals.

There are both one-to-one and group booking options for this course.

Pre requisites: Are relative to the environment you intend to use. If you would like any further information or to check your suitability for video analysis clinic, please call our office or email: service@sweetwater.co.uk and we’ll get back to you.

Further Information: Video Analysis Clinic Overview (PDF)

Price:

One-to-one coaching:  3 hours – £70 at Nottingham (Prices for other locations by request)

Group of between 2-4 people: 3 hours – £100 at Nottingham (Prices for other locations by request)

Dates: As required – Please email us to arrange a date.

 

Freestyle Development Camps

The world’s premier freestyle camps provide an action-packed program delivered by the best coaches in the field. We apply the latest coaching techniques and comprehensive resources to maximise your progression throughout the camp, including daily video analysis and a final report with recommendations to assist your future development…

 

UK – Freestyle Development Camps

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It’s all about the excitement of the ride and throwing down those nifty tricks! This camp focuses on learning to train, and learning to compete, with the aim of working towards achieving the rides that meet your aspirations, competitive or otherwise.

The camps are aimed at both intermediate and advanced paddlers. If you are just starting out in freestyle our coaches will fast track you forward. If you already have freestyle experience we guarantee to take you to the next level and open your eyes to new and progressive ideas such as combo’s, and ride strategies.

Learning outcomes;

  • Learning the latest freestyle moves and combos.
  • Linking manoeuvres and combos into routines.
  • Attain essential skills to self-direct your own development.
  • Injecting new creativity into your paddling.
  • Learn to use video analysis and other tools to improving your learning curve.
  • Understanding river features and maximising on their potential.
  • Optional – Ride planning and maximising your rides scoring potential.
  • Gain action plan to promote your continued development.

Pre requisites: In order to get the best out of this course you should feel confident on grade 3 white water. You must have a reliable white water roll (90%+ effective). You should also be reasonably fit.

Price: 5 day Course £240 / 3 Day Course £180

Dates: See Calendar

Further Information: Nottingham Freestyle Development Camp Overview (PDF)

 

Ottawa – Freestyle Development Camp

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With the chance to paddle one of the best play boating rivers in the world – the opportunities to progress your freestyle skills are limitless. Now add world class coaches into the mix and you have a melting pot for an action packed holiday that provides accelerated learning and a whole lot of fun.

Depending on the water levels during the trip we will also offer the opportunity to experience other world class play waves such as the ‘Lachine’ on the Saint Lawrence River in Montreal, and ‘High Tension’ on the Gatineau River.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Develop the latest freestyle moves and combos.
  • Linking manoeuvres and combos into routines.
  • Attain essential skills to self-direct your own development
  • Injecting new creativity into your paddling.
  • Know how to use video analysis and other tools to improving your learning curve.
  • Understanding river features and maximising on their potential.
  • Optional – Understand how to maximising your rides scoring potential.
  • Gain action plan to promote your continued development.

Pre requisites: In order to get the best out of this course you should feel confident on grade 3 white water. You must have a reliable white water roll (90%+ effective). You should also be reasonably fit.

Price: £1195

See Calendar

Further Information: Ottawa Freestyle Development Camp Overview (PDF)

 

ADP – ‘World Class’ Freestyle Camp

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World Class is one of the most progressive freestyle training experiences in the world. Using our world renown ADP methods, here’s an experience that’s all about competitive freestyle paddlers moving their performance to another level and fulfilling potential.

It takes your paddling on a journey that looks at Technical, Physical, Psychological and Tactical skills and adds depth of knowledge and new capability. It looks at the difference that makes the difference to the ‘World Class’ athlete in pursuit of glory.

The approach for the 10 day camp is all about finding, then recognising these insights, and grabbing hold of and using the ones that work for you. Ten days of total immersion into your freestyle where you’ll work hard on and off the water.

Pre requisites: We are inviting people who are either on or close to national team level to attend this camp. People with big goals (goal setting is a prerequisite to this camp), who are prepared to step over the threshold and become the best in their sport. If you’re unsure please contact us to discuss your requirements.

Price: £895

See Calendar

Further Information: Uganda ADP ‘World Class’ Freestyle Camp Overview (PDF)

 

Medium & Long-term Multi-session Programmes

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Want a longer term structured programme with regular coaching? We provide a range of longer term development packages for those wanting to learn all those nifty tricks and maximise enjoyment of the sport. Benefit from working with a personal coach who can track your progress and adjust your sessions to your current needs whilst achieving multiple goals and enhancing your progression.

Venue: Nottingham & Hurley, England, UK

Max Group Size: 4 people

Typical programmes may be as follows (but can be arranged on timings to suit your needs);

  • Short-term Programme – 6 Days (fortnightly)
  • Medium-term Programme – 12 Days (fortnightly)
  • Long-term Programme – 24 Days (fortnightly)

If you have aspirations to compete for your National Team, then we also suggests checking out our world leading Athlete Development Programme (ADP). Further information please see the Athletes Development page or click here for more information> ADP.

Freestyle Coaching Session at Nottingham White Water Course