Best weekend on the river yet, You got me feeling much more in control, I made the kayak go where I wanted it to go. I felt like I improved a lot but also know where my weaknesses are and what to work on and practise to improve them. And Dan, you light up my world like nobody else....
Just came back from a weekend of whitewater grade 2 instruction with Dan. After having already done a few courses with him, I knew what I was letting myself in for, and couldn’t wait! He is passionate about kayaking, loves helping people improve but not only that, also wants them to know what they want to improve and how to do it, What they do wrong when things don’t go as planned and what they do well, this makes you think about your own paddling in a self critical way, which is something we all need to do to improve. He does this in such a positive way and will always help you in any way he can. He breaks it down in to small chunks and is just a pleasure to be around, his knowledge of the river, the strokes, safety and instruction are inspirational and this fuels my desire to be the best paddler I can, I think it may take some time to have half Dans ability, but I enjoy every minute spent on a river strokes course and never stop learning and smiling with Dans unique style. Wait til you learn all about the ‘puppy’ stroke!! To be a balanced review I think I should point out one negative, his singing is terrible!!! If your thinking of booking with Dan then just do it, you won’t regret it, you will love every minute.
Booked our 2nd weekend for Grade II kayaking - it was really amazing! Both days we kayaked 4 miles down Usk. Combined with Dan's morale and teaching I completed something I am proud of as someone who has only spent 2 days on the river (prior to the 2nd course). 10/10 definitely recommend - ask him to take photos for sure! XD
This was our second weekend away trip to Wales as a group learning to kayak with Dan. After enjoying the first time so much back in Novembeer we knew we had to go again for more. Dan is one of the funniest people I've ever met and even more importantly the best instructor period. Anyone considering booking a course with Dan should just go ahead and book, you won't regret it. Never having done white water kayaking before we ended the weekend feeling very confident in the water and our skills had progressed massively. Thanks for another great weekend Dan! See you again soon :D
This is my second course with Dan, the first being the kayaking basics course which went really well and interested me greatly in the sport, i had previously done some kayaking but Dan really got me interested in the sport. He speaks clearly and you can really see the experience when he shows a technique and stroke.
Dan is funny and makes you feel relax, not once in the whole trip did i feel uneasy or even scared of doing anything (Which may have been a good or bad thing as i wasn't worried of pushing myself until i went into the water.)
Overall I have no faults to give Dan and I would more than recommend him for anyone of any levels. but do bare in mind he is a kayaker and they are all crazy when they get in the water :D
Brilliant tuition. Tailored to everyone's individual needs. Small group meant more focused learning. Every aspect of the course was broken down theoretically and built up again practically - perfect learning for my needs. Highly, highly recommend this course, and Dan's coaching was superb! Car-park kayaking too - he's onto something there!
Dan is a fabulous teacher, patient and passionate about ensuring ANYONE who wants to kayak, learns how to.
Despite being on numerous other courses, no one else took the time to make sure I understood the critical strokes and skills I need to become a confident paddler.
Dan will help you move past any nerves, strengthen your skills and love kayaking whatever your level!
Cannot wait to be back in the spring!
Thanks again for a really enjoyable couple of days. Timmy loved it and achieved exactly what we wanted which was increased confidence and capability on grade 2.
I also had a great time, and really wanted to recognise that while Timmy was the focus I definitely took away things from the course. Thanks again, look forward to seeing you again at some point and have a great Christmas!
Chris and Timmy
Having been for a couple of introductory weekends with River Strokes I signed up for 10-lesson whitewater paddler pack in 2018. Dan has continually provided support, motivation, patience and technical advice to build my skill and confidence at the right pace; from learning a range of strokes, capsize and safety drills at Glasbury, to the exhilaration of putting it all into practice running rapids with a team on the beautiful Usk in autumn colours! Unforgettable! Have always had a great time, loved being amongst nature and met some lovely people with River Strokes.. keep up the good work Dan! See you in February for whitewater Part Deux
Thanks for another great week Dan.
I never thought I'd see someone get taught how to roll in one session and then successfully do it time and again on the Wye - Brilliant !
I'm part of a TEAM of four guys that have now trained with Dan on multiple occasions throughout 2018. It's difficult to put whitewater kayaking into words but if I had to choose a few I guess they would be - awesome, difficult, fun, frustrating, team building, emotional rollercoaster, life-changing, I hate it, I love it...conflicting words for a truly unique sport taught by a truly unique instructor. Dan's mix of humour, fun and serious world-class tuition is spot on. If you're reading this review not knowing which company to choose like I was at one point then just stop looking - you'll not find a better company - and that's a fact.