We had a great paddle this morning at Pershore with conditions that were quite unusual making the weir a great place to practice today. There was a reasonable amount of flow on the main part of the river but it was very high downstream of the weir which resulted in the stopper line moving half way up the slope and the traditional rocks being completely out of the way.
Due to Symonds Yat rapids being washed out and the Avon being nice and high today that we will just do some local work tomorrow at PRSC for a few hours so you should be home in time for dinner.
We will meet there and be ready to paddle by 9:30. You can paddle open canoes or kayaks and we can hopefully practice some moving water skills either on the flat or just below Pershore weir.
See you there in the morning.
After a snowy interlude we had a good turn-out on Thursday at the pool, especially the juniors, who arrived in their new hoodies and some with new boats and kit! The junior session was split between a poolside equipment briefing from Clive, with help from Paul H; and a water based session led by Adam, supported by Caroline. The water based skills covered a warm up, some games with sweep strokes and then the session focused on X rescues with teams of 3 rotating roles. After lots of practice the junior session finished with a recovery race – the length of the pool with a swimmer on the back. It was a dead heat between the 2 teams. The senior session was quieter, but provided time to plan the next few weeks of coaching and some of the spring progamme.
Just a short paddle to come out and burn a few calories. It’s a great chance for anyone who has not paddled in the cold to experiment on what to wear. The keys are multiple thin layers under your cag or windproof top. Glove wise it’s personal choice. Some people find neoprene gloves reduce their feel of the paddle. I’ve got no sense so I don’t wear gloves but you can try, pogies, sailing gloves (see Tony), neoprene gloves, washing up gloves or I’ve been told those disposible latex gloves are good as they are thin and cheap but keep the wind off a bit.
Also consider head layers under your helmet for some.
Meet at Eckington Bridge car park at 9:30 but please let Clive know that you are coming by 5pm Saturday so he knows to expect you. Eckington map can be found by searching site for previous Eckington posts.
Chairman Clive has just confirmed that there is no pool session tonight. Hopefully we will be back to normal next week.
See programme page for details.