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"Firstly, I just wanted to say a huge thank you to Rich as he has single handily turned my desire to get into kayaking a reality. Having done my One Star the previous summer, I was keen to be able to do some Proper Sea Kayaking, and to become more proficient, but I was struggling to progress. I was recommended to speak to Rich and he was hugely helpful with his advice and encouragement. He invited me out on trips with small groups, gave me advice on kayaking technique and also helped with buying a second hand kayak and equipment.

I have recently completed my BCU Two Star course with Rich. He split the course into a) Sea Kayaking in Poole Harbour and b) Open Canoes on the River Stour, and I found both really enjoyable. As a Coach, Rich is not only well organised, highly competent, thorough and informative, but he is patient and considerate, and is extremely good at boosting peoples confidence. It was his passion and enthusiasm for kayaking which persuaded me to do the course with him and I would recommend him to anyone.

Ross Davey

Dear Richard,

I would just like to take this opportunity to thank you for the coaching that you have given me.

You made my 2 star very enjoyable, I learn t lots of new skills in a fun safe environment. To be able to put those skills into practice on the second day in Poole Harbour was even better. The course was tiring but I would recommend it to anyone.

I hope that you are going to keep up the pool sessions, the fact that you got me rolling so quickly is unbelievable especially considering my medical problems.

Once again thank you for everything and hope to see you soon.

Kind Regards

Mike Lammas

Richard Ballantine is a BCU Qualified Level 2 Coach with an infectious love for kayaking. His patience and understanding with complete beginners is what makes Richard stand out from the crowd. He encourages his clients to reach their full potential with even the most nervous of kayakers going back for more.

Sue Cardius

Dear Richard

Just a few words to express my sincere thanks to Richard for his patience and efforts to fast track me through my 1 star (sea kayaking) skills. The whole experience has been one of great, friendly advice and expert coaching, finishing off with a soaking to complete my 1 star, I remain amazed at Richards’s skill level when demonstrating, and I am looking forward to furthering my skills to 2 star with him directly. His enthusiasm for kayaking is transferred to his pupils, and he instills confidence by carefully explaining each stage of learning in a very safe environment. What stands out particularly is his organisation skills, my every need is catered for with the minimum of fuss.

Rich has made the whole learning process very enjoyable by mixing intensive skills sessions with long exploration paddles which gave me a chance to practice the skills taught and get a feel for the kayak, I am very grateful to Rich for making the whole learning process one of great enjoyment, and I have no hesitation in recommending him anyone wanting to take up this amazing hobby.

Regards, Steve Jones

'I decided to do my first kayaking course with Rich B, because the good recommendations I had seen and heard. I'm really pleased I did. Rich ran an excellent course, which took me from a novice to a competent level paddler. Rich taught me how to perform a range of paddle strokes, explained when best to use the stroke, and coached me on my technique to ensure that I could perform the strokes more efficiently and effectively. My confidence grew throughout the day, I was more comfortable on the water, and having fun. After performing some wet drills at the end of the day, I had found I had completed all of the necessary skills for the BCU 1* award. I achieved everything I wanted from the day, and more. An excellent days kayaking and a thoroughly enjoyable Thanks Rich

Peter Watts

'I booked a five day course with Rich after trawling the net trying to find a suitable course and dates and being unable to find anything to suit my needs as I was living overseas. Rich put a course and dates together that were tailored to meet my needs perfectly. I went from complete novice to achieving my BCU 2* to well on the way to my 3*. The whole 5 days were very relaxed but professional at the same time building my confidence little by little. I returned to France with the confidence to paddle in light surf and have continued to gain experience in different conditions with no drama and now bought my own kayak. As a result I am due to do my first kayak/camping trip around Ile de Groix in a week and can't wait! I'll definitely be going back to Rich for fine tuning from time to time and would say without hesitation, if you're looking for some relaxed tailor made training, give Rich a call, he'll sort you out! Thanks Rich, see you soon.

Andy