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What our clients say...

"It's only one day after training and I am missing paddling on Derwent Water already!
I wish to express my sincere thanks to you both for such a fabulous week of training. The course was fun, well organised, inspirational and the technical knowledge you guys have is mind blowing.  Your coaching styles and the way you both adapted the sessions to the individual needs was truly inspiring!  I have attended many Level 1 and Level 2 courses and I have to say this has to be the most fun and inspirational course so far. Actually, the best one so far...  I will most definitely be returning to Wild River for my Level 2.
Please pass on a special thanks to Ian for his support and advise when needed.  With only being a beginner and paddling since January, at one point I did feel slightly overwhelmed as the rest of the group were experience paddlers.  Ian obviously picked up on this and gave me words of encouragement and support.  A HUGE, HUGE thank you.
Thank you Wild River for helping me flourish in one of the most exciting sports!"

"Excellent instruction helped me progress and improve rapid running. "

"“Great explanations and directions from instructor. Techniques and procedures were explained in an easy to understand manner. "

"“The course was very well delivered, scenarios and practical aspects enjoyable and interesting. "

"Coach kept the course fun and enjoyable at all times whilst covering all theoretical aspects. Felt well involved in all scenarios.”

"“Course met / exceeded my expectations, felt that I had made good progression throughout the weekend. "

"“Overall tough, exciting, informative, opportunities to push myself, exhausting!! Great pdf attachment on the emails. Technical content at correct level and time to practice."


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Just some of the things people have said after attending Wild River courses...

Wild River at Water Park Coniston

"I have meant to write, however, to pass on my thanks to Sean and Ian for a simply outstanding UKCC L1 Course.  I had not expected that the course would major on the coaching skills, but was delighted that the coaches took the harder option to improve the students paddling ability a well.  I would highly recommend Wild Rivers, and shall certainly look to your company in the future for my further development.  Very many thanks again."

P A Keetley MBE
Lieutenant Colonel, The Royal Regiment of Scotland

"Just wanted to say a huge thanks from all of us. We've had a great time paddling on your assessments over the last couple of weeks. It was brilliant. Please, please, please let us know if you need people for future assessments as we all loved the experience, learned loads and gained masses of confidence".

E. Chambers, Lyth

"My boys really, really enjoyed your course. Peter is all fired up and planning canoe sailing. Knowing him he will probably have all kids at the club canoe sailing on the nearby lake this summer, and the boost in Paul’s self-belief is striking. So thank you very much".

C. King, Milton Keynes

"Just wanted to thank you again for an excellent training course. I’ve been coached by a whole range of folk over the years and have to say I found your style and techniques inspirational, always individual to the student and extremely motivating, thank you. We will definitely be pointing any clients of ours looking for high level coaching in your direction."

M. Quest, Penrith

"Very well run throughout. Very informative with plenty of time to practise set tasks for personal and leading skills. Course information was received with enough time to sort everything out beforehand.. Everything provided was excellent"

J Sherratt, Bury

"Thoroughly enjoyed the weekend. Found the tasks challenging but rewarding. Pace of course was excellent and instructor instilled confidence in all individuals. Would highly recommend the course to others and would not hesitate to take another course with Sean McGrath."

R. Tighe

“Very well run, lots of information to take in and loots of new ideas to take away and use. Overall very enjoyable course, learnt a lot from it will definitely be using Wild River in future.”

B. Ryan, Bradford

"Structured well around the people on the course and moved along at a good pace. Filled the gaps in my knowledge and gave the reasons why we use particular techniques. Improved my techniques in the key areas that I needed.”

A. Myers, Haltwhistle

"Great, very focused and intense, but very calm and a good learning atmosphere. Great to have the chance to work in sea kayaks for a change. Cheers, a great, if tiring few days."

K. Needham, Bradford

"Very good range of technical info re coaching processes and boat based activities. When possible, good variation of classroom and water based sessions. Very good personal feedback and tips and friendly approach. Course led by very professional, competent, friendly and appropriate coaches, thanks."

G. Lloyd, Stafford

"Well organised and a lot of good technique help and fun!!! Lots of help in the info pack and also useful course guides. Got lots out of the course and learnt a lot. Had high expectations and this was met. Wild River is great!!!"

J. Armstrong, Keswick

"Excellent laid back approach but managing to cover all aspects in a very professional manner. Nice selection of boats."

E. Bailey, Argyll

"Lots of input and lots of feedback given throughout course. Learned loads and really enjoyed course. Thank you!"

J. Rose, Lancaster

"Liked different types of boats available to try. The course was at a higher standard than expected. Very technical throughout which was excellent."

R. Creamer, Broughton-in-Furness

"Really good teaching. I am a lot more confident in a kayak. Lovely boat, lovely paddle, brilliant kit. It was exactly as expected, lovely. I have learned many new skills from the course. Just really good."

J. Brown

"Great delivery on technical and coaching aspects, very much personalised to each session need, with a great awareness of when people were struggling. Really appreciated the individuality of the delivery and feedback. Great course, thanks very much Sean, keep doing what you’re doing and hopefully see you for a Level 2."

G. Wallace, Broughton-in-Furness

"Very good course, learnt a lot, enjoyed myself and made new friends. Technical content was well structured and paced. Both instructors worked hard to meet the individual needs of the students, but without interfering with course progress. Thanks!"

W. Body, Burscough

"It's been one of the toughest courses I've ever done in terms of personal development - I really enjoyed myself and I've learnt a lot about coaching, skill delivery, canoeing and myself. Thank you very much!! Your time and patience with me has been very much appreciated."

R.Desmond Drew, Lancs

"Course was just what I was looking for. Pre-course information contained everything I needed and was straight to the point. All my questions were answered during the course and I had a lot! Thanks for the lend of the boat. Surprised we got such good helmets."

R Goodey, York

"Very good. Will certainly look to use Wild River again. Good variety of boats available. Excellent course – leaving with a lot to work on / think about (which is good). Learnt a lot especially in open boat. Benefitted from sessions on accelerating boat forwards and backgrounds."

J Cheesewright, Cumbria

"Excellent course - fantastic instructors with bags of enthusiasm for the sport. The depth of instruction was far greater than any course I have attended (even high grade courses). I leave this course with a firm foundation to progress and inspire new paddlers. Many thanks!"

R. Darkes, Huddesfield

"Very thorough and very enjoyable, even in the repetitive points. More of a challenge than expected. Brilliant! Thanks a million, it's been a cracking learning experience and fun also."

F. Davies, Nelson

"It has been a great eye opener for me. These last four days have been enjoyable, hard work, fun, learning and all this could not have been possible without the the Wild River boys, so thank you very much"

J. Hudson

"Excellent and fun!! Better than I anticipated. Thank you for accommodating my bad back. Sean very helpful and responsive. Course left me feeling inspired! Pitched extremely well."

P. Fry, Grange-Over-Sands

"Lots of knowledge and skills covered, information provided was simple and to the point. Good focus on C.L.A.P. and sailing - had time for personal coaching as well. Sean was always willing to listen to any questions I had. Thanks for another fantastic course!"

A. Norton, Alston

"Excellent. All information was clear and any questions were answered. Thoroughly enjoyed the weekend. I felt I gained a significant amount of personal development as well as becoming a stronger leader".

J. Snape, Ribchester

"Very happy with venues, good size of group, well organised. I feel the personal paddling coaching really helped and I have progressed a lot in the last two days. Another great course Sean!"

M. Altibrandi, Skipton

"Beyond all expectations. Sean was excellent at directing individual comments and challenges - suitable for the person. With such excellent service and attention to detail, with the coaching being spot on, we will definitely return."

N. Young, Isle of Man

"Very exciting, lots of new things, full on! It was great that a varied level ability group all managed to get something out of it and all treated as individuals. Thanks for a great intro to rivers and lots of reinforcement of existing skills. Even when I was frustrated, Sean was a very patient teacher."

L. Roberts, Isle of Man

"Feel 100% more confident in swimming / operating in graded water and acquired new skills. Clear and practiced different methods not just talked about also looking at where technical aspects can be applied."

S Wooley



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