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John Wheeler

Bournemouth, England

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‘19 Certificate of Excellence, 2019


I've been canoeing and kayaking since the late 1980s, and due to the enjoyment I get through exploring new places during my adventures in paddlesport and socialising with other paddlers i'm still paddling today.

In 1995 I started coaching and have progressed through the coaching scheme to now become qualified as a level 4 lifeguard coach and level 3 sea & inland coach, FSRT & Touring Award Training provider and First Aid Trainer.

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28 January 2016

I have completed kayak and canoe training with John, and he has coached my daughters too. He is not only a really nice guy, but has a great way of explaining and demonstrating. Highly recommended.

28 January 2016

I have known & worked with John for many years through beach/ pool lifeguarding, & more especially his skills as a powerboat t/a. He teaches with a laid back attitude, that would lead you to believe that your not even learning just having lots of fun, yet he continues to easily gets his students to the required standards in all areas that I have seen him working More...

28 January 2016

I've know John as a paddler since first moving to the area around 10 years ago and throughout that time he has been supportive in encouraging my skills development in kayaking and canoeing. He coached my sea kayaking skills to 4 star level from being a novice and has provided a firm knowledgable and encouraging atmosphere on all the many sessions we have shared.
John has also encouraged my open canoe skills infecting me with his clear love of the activity of canoeing and with his wide skill set has also played a significant part in raising me from a novice in white water kayaking to a 3 star level. His risk assessment of environments and situations has also given me an insight into identifying issues that may be of concern.
John's style of guiding and encouraging paddlers to think for themselves is itself a skill to emulate. :-)

28 January 2016

Very experienced instructor help me with my technique greatly

28 January 2016

I've used John as an external assessor, adding candidates we'd trained for Lifeguard and Assistant lifeguard qualifications.

John's approach was professional and easy to work with. He challenged the students to perform their skill set in a sensible assessment, within the syllabus yet stretching enough to see how they would perform.

I will be using the services of John again in the near future.


28 January 2016

I went paddling with John a couple of years ago, in an area of coast with which I was unfamiliar. My kayaking previously had always been in general purpose or whitewater boats. John lent me a sea-kayak, and helped me get to grips with it. He was extremely helpful and friendly, and a good guide to the coastline - even happened to know what the birds around us were. Even though I was in his boat, he encouraging me to try it out in and around the rocks, where I might easily have scuffed it. He managed the group well too.

21 May 2015

Awesome instruction from John, very knowledgeable and patient. Would highly recommend to anyone.

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I have a passion for the outdoors and canoeing & kayaking, being able to share this passion with other people and seeing them enjoy the outdoors brings fulfillment and enjoyment to my work.

I've worked in many outdoor centre's both big and small, Its given me a broad knowledge of how they work and the services they provide, I decided to go self employed to that I could run more structured training to individuals and groups and to allow myself more flexibility of working hours, the type of work in the outdoors and where I work allowing me to vary my locations of work to meet clients requests and needs.

Instead of working with large groups in centre's I work with smaller groups of clients, this enables me to give clients better quality training and more time to spend with individuals to develop their skills and knowledge.


Level 3 Coach Inland -
Level 3 Coach Sea -
3 Star Canoe / Kayak Touring Trainer / Assessor -
Level 4 Canoe Lifeguard Coach -
Foundation Safety & Rescue Training Course Provider -
RYA Powerboat Trainer Level for RYA Level 1 and 2 -
RYA Powerboat Trainer Safety Boat -
RLSS Lifesaving & Pool Lifeguard Trainer Assessor -
RLSS Open Water Lifesaving Water Safety Trainer Assessor -
RLSS Rookie Lifeguard and Survive & Save Trainer Assessor
BCU Lifeguards Canoe Lifesaving & Lifeguard Trainer Assessor -
Orienteering, Treking and Camp Craft Trainer -
HSE First Aid & BCU Lifeguards First Aid Trainer

RLSS Survive & Save Trainer
RLSS Lifesaving Trainer Assessor
RLSS Open Water Lifesaving Trainer Assessor
Water Safety training for Open Water & Activity Supervisors in, on and near water

BCU Canoe Lifeguards Aquatic First Aid Trainer
HSE First Aid at Work Trainer

Training available for a variety of awards ranging from Aquatic First Aid, Emergency First Aid to First Aid at Work. Please contact me with your training requirements

Prefessional coaching provided for BCU Star Course Training and assessment from 1 star to 3 star awards. Courses can be run over half a day, a day or two days depending on the course or your training requirements
Courses include;
BCU 1 Star
BCU 2 Star [generic canoe & kayak]
BCU 3 Star Sea, Inland or Touring
Introduction to kayaking
Improvers kayaking
Skills top up sessions
Safety & Rescue Training
Rolling skills

Thank you for looking at my skills page. I'm a BCU Canoe England Registered Instructor, and a registered Course provider for the 3 Star Touring award.t

Open Canoeing Courses Offered;

-> Introduction to open canoeing
-> Improver open canoing skills
-> Open water canoeing [Harbours & esturies]
-> Moving water canoeing [up to grade 2]
-> BCU One Star canoe specific training & assessment
-> BCU Two Star Canoe & Kayak [generic award]
-> BCU Three Star Canoe Touring
-> Individual or group tuition available at hourly rates

I am a RLSS 8th Edition Pool Lifeguard Trainer, I have been a trainer with the RLSS since 2005 and also run National Swim Teacher Rescue Test Awards and Pool Lifesaving awards.

Please contact me to discuss your training / assessment requirements or to enquire about a place on a course.