“Sweetwater Coaching has extensive experience coaching all levels of ability, and is at the forefront of freestyle development. This experience and dedication has enabled us to develop and evolve coaching methods that will enable our students/athletes to progress more rapidly towards your aims and aspirations.”

Dennis Newton, Freestyle Coach.

FREESTYLE SESSIONS

Why not use one of our one-to-one / group sessions to give your freestyle more focus? Whether it’s taking advantage of the odd session to get some help to dial-in those nifty tricks, or tailoring your own training programme, one of these sessions is for you.

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 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 your understanding of the competition scoring rules.

Prerequisites: 

In order to get the best out of these sessions 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

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 your understanding of the competition scoring rules.

Prerequisites: 

In order to get the best out of the freestyle days 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.

MULTI-SESSIONS

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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 total (one day fortnightly)
  • Medium-term Programme – 12 Days total (one day fortnightly)
  • Long-term Programme – 24 Days total (one day fortnightly)

Prerequisites:

In order to get the best out of these sessions 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.

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If you have aspirations to compete for your National Team, then we also suggests checking out our world leading Athlete Development Programme (ADP).

BOOST SERIES

Why not give your Freestyle a BOOST?

BOOST offers a series of 90min coaching sessions dedicated to exploring specific tricks. Starting with a short pre-session call to gain an insight into your needs, and a pre session video resource to help maximise your learning during the session.

BOOST uses innovative coaching methods and practices to provide confidence in exploring new tricks, and self-direct your own development.

The Boost series covers a comprehensive range of challenging tricks including Pan-am, Air Screw, Tricky-woo, Lunar and much, much more. The series also provides guidance on essential foundation skills required to make the best of each specific session.

Learning outcomes:

  • 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.

Visit our BOOST Series page for further information.

Prerequisites: 

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

Price: £

Dates: See Calendar

Further information: Boost Sessions Series Overview

VIDEO ANALYSIS WORKSHOP

Want to learn how to improve your video analysis, then try our video analysis workshops – perfect for athletes, parents and coaches. Sweetwater Coaching has developed half / full day workshops to improve understanding of the core principles of video analysis and how to best apply these to enhance performance.

Typically includes short sessions on the water, recording an agreed predetermined set of skills, with class-room 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).
  • Identify good and bad trends in technique form.
  • Present your findings in simple and effective ways.
  • Optional – Improve you understanding of competition scoring rules.
  • Optional – Setting out development and/or performance goals.

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

Prerequisites:

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 contact us.

Further Information: Video Analysis Workshop Overview (PDF)

Price:

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

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

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

FREESTYLE 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 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;

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

Prerequisites:

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)

PLATTLING – FREESTYLE 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;

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

Prerequisites:

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 £ / 3 Day Course £

Dates: See Calendar

Further Information: Plattling, Germany –  Freestyle Development Camp Overview (PDF)

SORT – FREESTYLE 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;

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

Prerequisites:

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 £ / 3 Day Course £

Dates: See Calendar

Further Information: Sort, Catalonia –  Freestyle Development Camp Overview (PDF)

OTTAWA – FREESTYLE 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.
  • Link 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.

Prerequisites: 

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 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.

Prerequisites: 

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: