I hope that you are out enjoying the good weather and getting some paddling in.
There is a session tomorrow on the flat and on the river, but car parking might be a small challenge as there is a slalom race on all weekend.
Please find attached details of a 2 star course being run over a series of Thursday evenings in June and July, places are limited to 6 so it will be first come first served. The bookings will open on eventzilla over the weekend with the usual link from the club website.
As a reminder, after the session tomorrow Ian will be running an information session at the Gamston lock for anyone who wants to chat about paddling progression and opportunities for coaching and personal performance awards.
We still have plenty of spaces on our Foundation Safety and Rescue Training course next Saturday. This is aimed at paddlers working towards 2 star and those who want to become independent paddlers. Safety is everyone’s concern and this course helps you to stay safe and to sort out any mishaps that might occur on a paddling trip. It is an excellent course, and you can take part to the level of your ability. Getting wet is definitely going to happen though!
Our club trips and peer paddles are continuing, and some people have asked what the difference is between these two types of trips.
Club trips are run by the club and are advertised on the club website, and through the email distribution system. On these trips a coach or leader will have responsibility for all of the club members present and will take particular responsibility for less experienced paddlers.
A peer paddle on the other hand is a group of club paddlers going out together, enjoying each other’s company but with no one person having more or less responsibility for anyone else.
We are very fortunate in our club at present that we have a number of paddlers working towards formal Leadership qualifications, and as a result they will organise quite a lot of peer paddling enabling them to get the experience of paddling in different conditions with different people. These trips are always well organised and safe, but all paddlers should remember that they are responsible for their safety and the safety of those whom they paddle with.
Once people have gained formal leadership qualifications then this enables them to run club trips where they are able to support less experienced paddlers. However, all those gaining leadership qualifications love paddling, so they will always continue to organise peer trips as well.
Our thanks go to all of the paddlers who organise trips, which are so key to our enjoyment of our paddling.
Don’t forget that if you want to book for the Wye Weekend then please send us an email to reserve your pitch.
One final reminder from British canoeing as you get out and about on different waterways – Remember to CHECK your kit at the end of the Session, CLEAN your kit properly before you paddle on a different body of water, DRY your kit so that no micro organisms can be transferred to a new water source. Check especially in those damp areas in your boats such as under air bags and seat covers, so that your kit is clean and dry. In this way we can prevent the spread of non native species from one waterway to another.
Take care and paddle safely.