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The main responsibility of the Bell Boat helm is to ensure safety for themselves and their crew and, of course, provide lots of fun and enjoyment for all.

The Bell Boat is a twin hulled open canoe seating up to 10 children or 8 adults plus the helm. Bellboating is fun and rewarding and can be used in outdoor education, expeditions and competition.

The Bell Boat Helm Award is aimed at coaches, youth leaders and others who wish to introduce and develop paddlers on Bell Boats for recreation and sport. Bell Boat helms may operate on Very Sheltered Water to include slow moving rivers and quiet canals, small lakes or small areas of larger lakes.

In preparing the Bell Boat Helm to take responsibility for the crew and boat, the course will cover the following content areas:

  • Theory, Bell Boat and Placid Water
  • Safety – Equipment Boat, Paddles, Safety Equipment, The Crew, Man Overboard Awareness of paddling environment – Current, Weirs, Procedure at Locks, Weather, First Aid, Leptospirosis for events/expeditions
  • Coaching Group Control Coaching of techniques – Paddling, Steering, Manoeuvring, Negotiating a Lock, Lining
  • General Information, Next steps, British Canoeing, Access to water, The environment

To qualify the candidate must:

  • Have a basic knowledge of first aid and resuscitation
  • Must have a working knowledge of safety and rescue using the Bell Boat
  • Must be over 18
  • Must be competent in the practical assessment
  • Be a member of British Canoeing or National Association.
  • Bell Boat Helm
    3rd June 2018
    9:30 am - 5:00 pm