WALX Activity: Discover the Power of the Poles - Nordic Walking Introductory Course at Chorlton Water Park, Manchester

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Power of Poles Intro Course

Price: £15.00

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The POWER of THE POLES is a structured programme suitable for all ages and levels of fitness. Come and discover the joys of Nordic Walking and how to turn your walking into total body exercise using strapless poles which will enable you to learn more quickly and easily. 

Your NWUK qualified instructor, Susan Spain, will help you understand your current level of fitness and empower you to use poles at an intensity level for the results you want. The session also includes advice on the different types of pole available including traditional strapped Nordic Walking poles. 

Currently taught in a small group (max 4 plus instructor), at the end of the 90 minutes you will have a full understanding of how to use poles effectively and at a level where you will receive your Nordic Walking UK Freedom Code.  You can then join our Parks and Pathways regular walks and classes, sign up to other NWUK or WALX classes or simply get more out of walking in your own time. 

The session price of £15 also includes your first walk with the group once you've completed your induction session. Your instructor will give you advice on which regular sessions are best suited to you. 

There will also be an option to sign up to a second Power of the Poles 2  - 90 minute course  - at a later date to discover more advanced Nordic Walking technique using strapped poles if you so wish subject to Covid-19 protocols. 

Meeting point - Chorlton Water Park car park. Turn off A5145 Barlow Moor Road down Maitland Avenue. Go through the gates at the bottom on Maitland Avenue into the car park. Sat Nav M21 7WH

Toilets are available at the car park. Lots of free parking space.  Alternatively you can park on Maitland Avenue

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IMPORTANT - Covid-19 requirements and protocols 

1 - Participants must respect social distancing & stay 2m apart wherever possible (min 1m+) and respect other participants personal space upon arrival, during and when leaving a session. 

2 - Participants must adhere to instructions given by the instructor at all times including walking patterns adopted by the group. 

3 - Face coverings are optional. However please bring one with you in case they are needed (a scarf or similar is fine). It is also advisable to bring a small bottle of hand sanitiser with you. 

4 - Strapless poles are loaned for the course. All poles are disinfected between use and quarantined for 72 hours before use. To maintain hygiene standards poles are not loaned for regular classes.  Upon completion of your course, your NWUK Freedom Passport will give you a year's free membership of NWUK and the discounted members prices for poles. 

5 - Our online booking system features a new health questionnaire asking you to update your health status. If between booking and the course date you or someone close to you feels unwell please err on the side of caution and cancel your booking. Your fee will be recredited to your Exercise-Anywhere account so you can book another date or you can be refunded. 

We will be walking on both grass and paths so make sure you’re wearing supportive shoes/trainers with a good tread that you are happy to get dirty and comfortable clothing appropriate for the weather. Paws will be required (on and off on different terrains). Hats, sunscreen and insect repellent will also be required when the weather dictates it! 

Please remember to bring 1 - bottle of water 2 - any medications you may need 3 - a small rucksack as you`ll need both hands free at all times 4 - a mobile phone is useful for any last minute notifications.

IMPORTANT - you can cancel online up to 24 hours before the induction session. Unfortunately, automatic refunds are not allowed after this time. Please contact Susan directly via phone/text on 07738 931710 if you need to cancel nearer to the start time so we’re not waiting for you.