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Funny Canoe Moves – Why?

Kringelfieber - Photo from Martin Strunge

All in all, the most important thing is just to go paddle –whether it’s on a lake or a river, solo or tandem canoes, or even a kayak or SUP. However, never close your eyes for the chance to get better and freestyle canoeing will make you a better, more efficient paddler. So ends a […]

A Great Quietwater Canoeing Weekend!

Nikki on the Soar @ the first Quietwater Plus Gathering

We aimed at “a quality weekend both on and off the water”… and the feedback on the UK’s first “Quietwater Plus” Conclave suggests we managed just that.  A few muscles are reportedly a little stiff, but a combination of inspirational coaching, excellent venues and (above all) enthusiastic and positive participants created a weekend to remember. Thanks […]

Timings for January 2016 Conclave

Our programme for the weekend will respond to the aspirations and needs of those attending, but the timings will be broadly as follows: Friday: 18:00 – Assemble at The Boat House: buffet, welcome Saturday: 09:00 – Assemble at The Boat House: introductions 09:30 – 1st session: existing skills & style, aspirations, concepts 12:30 – Lunch 13:30 […]

Booking Details for the January 2016 Conclave

For our first Conclave we’re planning a quality weekend both on and off the water, with whole-group catering and accommodation from Friday evening through to Sunday afternoon. We have arranged favourable rates with all concerned to include: Friday evening Buffet in The Boat House @ Barrow Friday night Bed & Breakfast @ Quorn Grange Sharing in Twin […]

Conclave Programme for January 2016

Update: we’ve published our outline timings for our January Conclave: see here. We’ve a strong team of instructors, all of whom tailor their coaching to individual needs and aspirations.  Between us, we’re more than happy to offer any/all of the following: Style that’s “Free”: cultivating your own, personal approach to boating… Tools of the trade: is it all in how you use […]

1st Conclave – The International Coaching Team

We’re delighted to be welcoming a few of Europe’s most accomplished ACA Freestyle instructors – and a leading British Canoe Association “Coach Educator” – to our 1st UK “Quietwater Plus” conclave.  All have very different backgrounds, emphasising the diversity of approaches to be found within the “Quietwater Plus” community. [woothemes_our_team limit=”50″ category=”coaches” size=”150″ order=”DEC”]

The Boat House @ Barrow

Canoeists have good reason to hold The Boat House @ Barrow in high regard. Firstly, The Boat House is located at a recognised beauty spot on the banks of the River Soar, and is the obvious departure point for the classic “Soar Loop” – a short but attractive paddle incorporating the winding “backs” from the […]

Quorn Grange Hotel

Quorn Grange is a majestic building situated in 8 acres of beautiful gardens in the heart of Leicestershire. It’s owned and operated by the GFTU Education Trust and the Business Development Manager is Ian Richards: past Chairman of the Open Canoe Association and past Chairman of British Canoeing’s Regional Development Team for the East Midlands. […]

1st Conclave – The Boathouse @ Barrow – January 2016

In January, 2016, canoeists will gather in rural Leicestershire for a first formal Conclave of the UK’s “Quietwater Plus” Community.  This will involve quality on-water workshops during each day with an international coaching team, but also quality time off the water – and we will have excellent hosts offering fine food and accommodation! Over the afternoon / evening of Friday 29th January, we meet for […]

Welcome to our “Quietwater Plus” Canoeing Community!

Quietwater Plus is a community rooted in passion for moving with grace and style on the surface of the water. The animating spirit of this community was captured quite powerfully (if controversially) by Mike Galt back in 1978, in a legendary article entitled The Solo Mystique. This was a defining statement from the early days […]