A kind word from Jake!
Jake started lessons with BKS back in August and sends in this post.
“I’m Jake Boswell and I’ve recently started Kayaking Lessons with Jon Best.
I have been taking paddling seriously now since getting my 3 Star Whitewater Kayaking Award and getting promoted to Div 3 Slalom last October. I first found out about Freestyle Kayaking this April at the Nene Whitewater Centre. I bought an old Pyranha S6F for a couple of hundred pounds and started to take it to various places to paddle. By complete chance I met Jon at HPP Nottingham in August and he agreed to give me lessons.
Jon has been working to improve my Freestyle, River Running and Whitewater Skills. Every lesson I start by talking to Jon about what I would like to achieve. Jon then sets some objectives and exercises for the session. With this I have moved on with my Freestyle from first surfing a hole or wave to double pumps, spins, cartwheels and now loops and splitwheels. In the last lesson we were doing some video analysis. I can then watch the footage at home and see where I am going wrong and right.
This week Jon agreed I was now ready for a Jackson All Star! I am pleased to say that I now have one and Jon has set it up with me. Jon’s kayaking and coaching skills have helped me move quickly through Div 2 Slalom finishing fairly high up at the end of the season in ‘Breakout Canoe Club’. Jon has also helped me to prepare for my BCU Level 1 Coaching Course, which I passed this weekend!
Whether you want to improve your Freestyle, Whitewater Kayaking, River Running or Coaching Skills then I have to say that Jon really is the Best!”