Updates from HPPCC

Dear Paddler

Congratulations to all those who have recently completed their 1 and 2 star awards and paddle power awards.  Summer is a great time for practicing all of those wet skills and rescues when the weather is warm and you don’t mind getting wet.

With this in mind the club will be running a Foundation Safety and Rescue Course on Sunday the 20th of August 9am – 5pm.  This course is ideal for anyone who wishes to consolidate their rescue skills, learn essential rescue techniques and work towards becoming an independent paddler. The course will be held at Holme Pierrepont.

The course covers equipment, paddling safely, different rescue techniques for different situations and supporting paddlers who have become incapacitated or injured.

Those coming on the course should be at roughly 2 star standard and able to paddle both a canoe and kayak.

The course is a pre-requisite for the Level 1 Coach Award and anyone wanting to do a Level 1 coaching course in the future would be advised to do this course now (in the warm weather!).

Cost is £31, which includes the British Canoeing certification. Bookings must be made through the Booking Portal. Bookings will be accepted from the 29th of July. The course is open to both HPPCC members and non-members.

If you have any questions about your suitability for the course please contact the course organiser Andy Brown  for more information.  Certification can only be issued to those over the age of 14, but under 14’s may attend the course.

We will also be running a rescue skills for the WW course for those wishing to rescue from the bank.  Date for this to come very shortly.
We are also thinking ahead to our pool sessions for the winter, for both general rolling training and practice and for Freestyle.  All of these courses will be advertised through our website and will be available to purchase through our new Booking Portal in due course.
We also hope to be able to offer Hoodies, T shirts, Polo Shirts and paddling tops in the near future so keep your eyes open for announcements.
A massive thanks go to Peter and Jayne Smedley who following an appeal in the last newsletter came in and cleared away 14 bags of vegetation out of the compound making access easier for everyone.
Just a request please – when you remove club equipment please return it to the racks where you got it from, our kit is sorted into sizes and types and it helps people to pick up the right kit.  All of the Buoyancy aids have a number and letter on the back of them.  Please put them back on the peg with the right number and letter. 
Club members may borrow club kit for trips and events, but please remember it needs to be signed out to you by a coach or committee member, and you should ensure that it is signed back in again when you bring it back.
Two boats appear to have been left in the compound, could the owners please remove these as personal boats should not be left in the compound.  We believe that the centre still have some boat storage spaces available so if you need a storage space then please speak to them about storing your boats.
Our thanks to those who offered to help with coaching on the back channels and main course, we have had a really good response to this and will be working as a committee to get a programme put together to support those who wish to progress with this.
Happy paddling and take care in what you do.