Club Coaches

At Hinckley Canoe Club we are proud to have some excellent coaches who give up their spare time to help club members develop their paddling skills.

Dave Clarke

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  • UKCC Level 2 Coach
  • 4 Star White Water Kayak Leader
  • 3 Star Open Canoe
  • 3 Star Sea Kayak
  • 3 Star Touring Canoe
  • 3 Star Touring Kayak
  • BCU White Water Safety and Rescue
  • Foundation Safety & Rescue Training
  • BCU Aquatic First Aid
  • Safeguarding & Protecting Children
  • Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) Discipline Support Module

I started paddlesport when I was 14 and have been paddling ever since. I used to compete in Slalom, White Water Racing and paddled recreationally with Rugby Canoe Club.

I joined Hinckley Canoe Club in 1990 for about 6 years. After a break away I rejoined in 2007 with the whole family.

I enjoy all aspects of the sport including White Water Kayaking, a bit of Sea Kayaking, Touring and really enjoy all sorts of Open Canoeing.

I have been coaching since 2008 and enjoy introducing people to the sport and leading river trips.

I have also done my 4 Star Open Canoe Leader training.

Penny Spooner

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  • UKCC Level 3 Coach
  • Level 3 Coach (Old Scheme)
  • 5 Star Open Canoe Leader
  • 4 Star White Water Kayak (Old Scheme)
  • 3 Star White Water Kayak
  • BCU White Water Safety and Rescue
  • Foundation Safety & Rescue Training
  • BCU Aquatic First Aid
  • Safeguarding & Protecting Children

I first paddled 30 years ago whilst at Plymouth Polytechnic. Since then I have had a go at Slalom and competed in Div 2 K1.

My boating now ranges between attempting playboating at the Nene White Water Centre, to running open boat expeditions to Scotland on lakes and rivers.

Hayley Clarke

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  • UKCC Level 2 Coach
  • 3 Star Open Canoe
  • 3 Star White Water Kayak
  • Bellboat Helm
  • BCU White Water Safety and Rescue
  • Foundation Safety & Rescue Training
  • BCU Aquatic First Aid
  • Safeguarding & Protecting Children
  • Mentoring Skills for Paddlesport Coaches Training
  • Coaching Young Paddlers Training
  • Time to Listen Training
  • Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) Discipline Support Module
  • Club Activity Assistant Co-ordinator

Hey, my name is Hayley. I have been paddling ever since I was thrown into a boat at about 6 months old and have loved it ever since.

I have been coaching for about six years now and I have had a go at most types of paddling – White Water, Touring, Sea Kayaking and Open Canoeing.

I have also done my 4 Star White Water Kayak Leader training.

Dale Clarke

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  • UKCC Level 2 Coach
  • 4 Star White Water Kayak Leader
  • 3 Star Open Canoe
  • BCU White Water Safety and Rescue
  • Foundation Safety & Rescue Training
  • BCU Aquatic First Aid
  • Safeguarding & Protecting Children
  • Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) Discipline Support Module

I have been in the club for 7 years and I have recently become a coach.

My parents first forced me into a boat at 6 months old and I haven’t been able to get out since.

I enjoy all aspects of paddlesport including White Water and Touring in both canoe and kayak.

I have completed multiple canoe expeditions for my D of E (Duke of Edinburgh) Awards and have a wide range of experience on White Water Rivers.

I have also done my 4 Star Open Canoe Leader Training and I am currently working towards becoming an Advanced White Water Kayak Leader and obtaining the Moderate Water Endorsement (White Water).

Richard Matthews

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  • UKCC Level 1 Coach
  • 3 Star White Water Kayak
  • 3 Star Sea Kayak
  • 3 Star Open Canoe
  • BCU White Water Safety and Rescue
  • Foundation Safety & Rescue Training
  • BCU Aquatic First Aid

Hello I’m Richard. I’ve paddled with Hinckley Canoe Club for around 7 years now.

I love most types of Open Canoeing and Kayaking, but at the moment I’m particularly interested in Whitewater and River Running.

I’ve recently started developing my Coaching skills and am an active member of the HCC Committee.

Ian Bailey – Guest Coach

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  • UKCC L2 Coach
  • Moderate Water Endorsement (White Water)
  • 4 Star White Water Kayak Leader
  • Foundation Safety & Rescue Training
  • BCU Aquatic First Aid

I first became involved with paddlesports at 18 and have been making up for lost time ever since.

Through work and play I’ve been lucky enough to paddle throughout the UK and Ireland, Iceland, Nepal and the Middle East.

I love being on the water and can think of no better way to spend a day than playing my way down a section of fun rapids with a group of like-minded nutters.

Martin Stretton

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  • UKCC Level 1 Coach
  • 3 Star White Water Kayak
  • 3 Star Open Canoe
  • BCU White Water Safety and Rescue
  • Foundation Safety & Rescue Training
  • BCU Aquatic First Aid (BCU)
  • Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) Discipline Support Module

Hello I’m Martin. I first started paddling in the Army back in the 80’s.

After a very long break I completed my 1 star course with my teenage son Sam, whilst on holiday. We loved it so much we decided to join Hinckley Canoe Club in 2010.

I love most types of Kayaking and Canoeing, but at the moment I’m particularly interested in Canoe River Running and Kayak White Water.

I have been coach since 2014 and love to introduce new paddlers to the sport, I am also an active member of the of the HCC Committee.

I have also done my 4 Star White Water Kayak Leader training and 4 Star Open Canoe Leader training.

Neil Smith

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  • UKCC Level 1 Coach
  • 3 Star White Water Kayak
  • 3 Star Open Canoe
  • BCU White Water Safety and Rescue
  • Foundation Safety & Rescue Training
  • BCU Aquatic First Aid
  • Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) Discipline Support Module

Hi I’m Neil, I started paddlesport at the tender age of 49 when my daughter Alice and I went to HWATC in 2013 having being inspired by the 2012 London Olympics.

In 2014 we joined Hinckley Canoe Club, the best move ever. I’m happy to paddle in a canoe or kayak but do prefer white water kayaking.

In February 2015 I qualified as a paddlesport coach, thanks to the club for encouraging me to give it a go. I love being on the water whether it’s coaching, paddling white water or flat water trips. I also do a pretty good river bottom survey if you need one.

Nikki Aldridge

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  • UKCC Level 2 Coach
  • 4 Star Open Canoe Leader
  • White Water Kayak Leader (previously 4 Star)
  • 3 Star Sea Kayak
  • BCU White Water Safety and Rescue
  • Foundation Safety & Rescue Training
  • BCU Aquatic First Aid
  • BC Coastal Navigation and Tidal Planning
  • BCU Lifeguards: Swim Event Safety Award (SESA)
  • Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) Discipline Support Module
  • Club Activity Assistant Co-ordinator

I started paddling in 2009 and enjoy everything from white water kayaking to sea kayaking and from white water canoeing to canoe expeditions, as well as playing around on a SUP.

I joined Hinckley Canoe Club in April 2015 and started coaching a couple of months later. I really enjoy passing on my experience to new and improving paddlers alike, whether it’s in a white water kayak, a canoe, a sea kayak or on a SUP.

I am also currently working towards becoming a Sea Kayak Leader and an Advanced Canoe Leader.

Martin Aldridge

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  • UKCC Level 2 Coach
  • 4 Star Open Canoe Leader
  • White Water Kayak Leader (previously 4 Star)
  • 3 Star Sea Kayak
  • BCU White Water Safety and Rescue
  • Foundation Safety & Rescue Training
  • BCU Aquatic First Aid
  • BC Coastal Navigation and Tidal Planning
  • BCU Lifeguards: Swim Event Safety Award (SESA)
  • Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) Discipline Support Module

I started White Water Kayaking in 2009 after my now wife decided it would be a good idea. After a quick trip down the Wye and an introduction course, we joined our local club who developed our paddling skills.

Since those early days, I now also equally enjoy Open Canoeing and Sea Kayaking, trying to get on the water in one form or another as often as possible. In recent years I have found myself leading Open Canoe trips, from multi day overnight wilderness expeditions in Scotland, through to Grade 2/3 white water in the Lakes.

I am currently working towards becoming an Advanced Canoe Leader and a Sea Kayak Leader as well as obtaining the Moderate Water Endorsement (Canoe).

Phil Riley

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  • UKCC Level 1 Coach
  • 3 Star White Water
  • BCU White Water Safety and Rescue
  • Foundation Safety & Rescue Training
  • BCU Aquatic First Aid
  • Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) Discipline Support Module

I passed my 1 star award when I was 14 and still have the badge (note from editor – which was a very very long time ago now so I’m surprised he remembers).  I returned to kayaking in 2010 when my daughter was doing her D of E and have carried on from there. As well as being a member at HCC I also paddle at Anker Valley in Nuneaton where I’ve been known to compete in the odd marathon race.

I’m equally as happy in canoe as I am kayak and equally as bad in both 🙂

In addition, I have done my 4 Star White Water Kayak training.

 

Michael Ward

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  • UKCC Level 1 Coach
  • White Water Kayak Leader (previously 4 Star)
  • BCU White Water Safety and Rescue
  • Foundation Safety & Rescue Training
  • BCU Aquatic First Aid

I started paddling with HCC back in 2010 as a means to gain experience and learn new skills.  Through the club I have developed into a keen WW paddler with aspirations to lead and coach on moving water, helping others to achieve their own goals in this area of Paddlesport.

Most weeks you will find me at the lake, and I’m always happy to help if you want to learn that new technique, or if you need a buddy so that you can develop your skills.

Aylwyn Barton

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  • UKCC Level 2 Coach
  • 3 Star White Water Kayak
  • 3 Star Open Canoe
  • BCU White Water Safety and Rescue
  • Foundation Safety & Rescue Training
  • BCU Aquatic First Aid
  • Safeguarding & Protecting Children

I was first introduced to canoeing and kayaking when I was a Cub Scout many years ago. Since then I’ve been involved in many different sports, some at a very high level and some just for enjoyment. But there has been one constant throughout my entire life; watersports and paddlesport. I’ve tried pretty much all types of craft but my favourites have got to be canoe polo and white water kayaking, with white water canoeing a very close 3rd. As a coach hopefully my passion for paddlesport and fun for the sport comes across, especially my competitive side having coached a brand new team of canoe polo players in 2016 made up of paddlers new to canoe polo and ending up coming forth in a regional League for 2016/17 . What I love about paddlesport is that either competing or just out on a paddle with friends you’re always having fun and making memories.

Wendy Kendell

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  • UKCC Level 1 Coach
  • Foundation Safety & Rescue Training
  • BCU Aquatic First Aid
  • Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) Discipline Support Module
  • Polo Discipline Support Module

Ro Puttergill

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  • UKCC Level 1 Coach
  • 3 Star White Water Kayak
  • Foundation Safety & Rescue Training
  • BCU Aquatic First Aid

I joined HCC in 2015 and found that kayaking has taken over my life. I have developed a real love for white-water and pushing my own boundaries. I have discovered that the whole psychology of paddling can change the way that you do everything else in your life and
frequently find myself applying concepts from on-the-water to my work and social life (or what’s left of that).

I have been awarded the BC 3 Star White Water Kayaking award and am currently working on my White Water Kayak Leader award.

I love watching and helping people discover the joy of being on the water and experiencing the amazing growth that happens through this sport. That’s why I’m really happy to be nominated by the club as an assistant leader and I look forward to doing trips with you all.

Fraser Watson

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  • UKCC Level 1 Coach
  • White Water Kayak Leader (previously 4 Star)
  • BCU White Water Safety and Rescue
  • Foundation Safety & Rescue training
  • BCU Aquatic First Aid
  • Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) Discipline Support Module

I first started kayaking in August 2015 when I joined HCC. It didn’t take long for the kayaking bug to take hold and I’ve progressed from there, expanding my skill set where I can in kayak, open canoe and sea kayak.  I enjoy all aspects of paddling but particularly love white water kayaking.

Nick Topley

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  • UKCC Level 1 Coach
  • 3 Star White Water Kayak
  • Foundation Safety & Rescue Training
  • BCU Aquatic First Aid
  • Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) Discipline Support Module

Paul Morgan

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  • UKCC Level 1 Coach
  • Foundation Safety & Rescue Training
  • BCU Aquatic First Aid
  • Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) Discipline Support Module