If your goal is to one day sign-up for the BCU 5* training but unsure of what exactly it entails, head over to Simon Willis's blog and read for yourself as he recently participated in the traing with Gordon Brown and Ken Nicol from Skyak Adventures.
The posting is very choppy and it's almost like he only has three minutes to capture his thoughts to paper before his taskmasters have another lesson to teach him with their giant whips.
Sounds like a great time and it makes me want to jump onboard tomorrow.
Below is part of the entry for day three:
A big congratulations goes out to brand new British Canoe Union 5* Coach and friend of the site, Mark Tozer.
He had his final assessment this past weekend and reading the posting on his blog, it sounded very intense.
Mark is also the organizer of the 3rd UK Storm Gathering taking place this October.
If you haven't listened to Simon Willis's latest podcast you need to. It is a great interview on how to prepare for a BCU 5* course. I want to personally thank Simon for taking this project on. I wrote Simon way back in October (I think) to see if he could put me touch with an instructor who could help separate fact from fiction on what how to prepare for the 5*.
You see over the years, I have dreamed about taking a 5* course. Everybody I talked to told me stories about how it takes years and years and you need to be such and expert that you can't pass it if you don't also know how to fly the rescue helicopters that will come out and save you. Pretty much; you need to be the Jack Bauer of sea kayaking.
Simon said he would keep an eye out for somebody and send them my way. I kept doing my own research and to be honest, didn't expect to much. Then I got a nice little Christmas present. He said that he turned my idea into a podcast!
Listening to it, I got tons of really great information on what to prep for and what course is really like. Listen for yourself.
Also, let's talk about 24. If you haven't been watching so far, you still have time before the 24 train completely leaves the station.
Here is all you need to know. We are 4 hours into it, Jack is out saving US of A from the bad guys and there has been some mild violence.
Watching 24 has made me decide that I need to work on my fighting stamina. I don't do a lot of fighting and I haven't really been tortured but, I am pretty sure that if I was tortured with a hot knife, bamboo fingernail torture, or even the old knife if the thigh, I wouldn't be able to jump up and bust my way out the door then continue fighting for the rest of the show.
Yep, I am making it my new (old) year's resolution. Work on my fighting/torture stamina... Watch out.