Archive for September, 2011

Lugg trip Sun 2/10/11

This Sunday, 2nd October, there is a trip on the river Lugg. It is an ideal trip, essential first river,  for those that are going on the Canal Barn weekend away at the end of October as well as those people who are looking to do their first river trip. The Lugg is an ideal river to have a go at with lots to do.
This link, click here, is a map of the trip, please do not be put off by the weirs, the level at the moment is low, this link is to the environment agency and if you look at the current level and the usual level you will see what i mean. These are previous trips we have done on the Lugg, here and here.
If you are interested in going on the trip please let Graham know this Thursday at the pool sessions as we just need to do some planning and sort kit out.
The weather is still a bit mild but you should plan on it being colder than you expect, the weather can change and the temperature only needs to drop a few degrees, think about what you will wear and lunch. There will be an announcement in the pool on Thursday, so listen out, but if you have any questions please ask them on Thursday.

 

Sunday 2nd October – River Lugg Trip

This Sunday, 2nd October, there is a trip on the river Lugg. It is an ideal trip, essential first river,  for those that are going on the Canal Barn weekend away at the end of October as well as those people who are looking to do their first river trip. The Lugg is an ideal river to have a go at with lots to do.

This link, click here, is a map of the trip, please do not be put off by the weirs, the level at the moment is low, this link is to the environment agency and if you look at the current level and the usual level you will see what i mean.

These are previous trips we have done on the Lugg, here and here.

If you are interested in going on the trip please let Graham know this Thursday at the pool sessions as we just need to do some planning and sort kit out.

The weather is still a bit mild but you should plan on it being colder than you expect, the weather can change and the temperature only needs to drop a few degrees, think about what you will wear and lunch. There will be an announcement in the pool on Thursday, so listen out, but if you have any questions please ask them on Thursday.

The Lugg is one of my favorite local rivers and whatever the level it is a really nice, scenic river with wildlife and interesting things.

Clive Pearson

Note that you may need sun tan cream (in October!) – Graham

 

PaddlePower

Just a quick update to let everyone know that we have had 11 juniors enlist onto the PaddlePower scheme to develop their paddling skills.

We will be posting updates to let you know how they progress.

Aquatic First Aid Course

This Saturday, 17 September 2011, Liz has organised an Aquatic First Aid Course at PRSYC.  Please be at PRSYC by 8.45 for a prompt 9.00am start. The earlier we start, the earlier we finish. If you have any questions please contact Liz W. Please bring your BCU number and money with you, it will be no more than £28 each.

This is a certificated 8 hour course and is a requirement for all coaches as of next year.

Spaces are still available if you are interested, so please contact Liz.

Paddlefest at CIWW – Emma and Sophie

Paddlefest 2011
Having been woken up extra early we headed off to Paddlefest at Cardiff International White Water centre. After the hour and a half of travelling we arrived and already many paddlers were having fun on the white water course. However the fun didn’t stop off the course as there were many stalls like Dagger, Big Dog and Robson Paddles willing for you to try their demo equipment as well as a time trials on stand up paddle boards. There were also some free drinks available from Monster too.

Later on there were many races which included the Dirty Dog Demolition Duckie Derby, the Palm 4X Challenge and finally some raft races which included the current GB team.

The whole day was really entertaining for the whole family whether you like white water or not and I would thoroughly recommend fellow paddlers to go and visit next year. Grin  Sophie.

CIWW Saturday 3rd September
After an early start and a good drive to Cardiff, we arrived at the course rearing to go on the 4 cumecs water. Wendy and I got all kitted up, registered and then headed down to the beach area to get on the water. Soon we were heading up the conveyor belt to the top of the course, and after a short paddle round the corner we were ready to go.

On our first and second runs Wendy went for a couple of swims and also rolled twice. On the second drop I was pulled back into the wave and capsized. I lost my paddle, successfully hand rolled and then retrieved my paddle to continue the course.

At about five to ten we headed for our third and final run and as we reached the top the roar of water seemed to be louder. We decided to go straight down as we thought it had been increased to 6 cumecs. Unfortunately Wendy took a swim after being knocked off her line.

The course was very enjoyable and our hearts were beating very fast a lot of the time. It was a great adrenaline rush and we felt fantastic afterwards. We were soon back on the water demo-ing many different playboats and paddles. Cool  Emma

 

Pershore Plum Festival – Ed and Liz

A very big thank you, to everyone who helped on Bank Holiday Monday at Pershore Plum Festival. These include the following; Clive, Graham, Fitz, Nick Davies ,Wendy, Liz ,Sophie, Emma, Caroline,Oliver and Luke.{apologies if I have forgotten anyone.}
48 people braved the waters. These were representative of many differing ages from all walks of life, all appeared to have great fun.
Oliver’s rescue skills were put to the test when he had to rescue two ladies out of the river after they capsized 5 minutes after leaving Pershore! All came out laughing, if not a little wet!
The club received very positive feedback from the members of the public and many demonstrated an interest in joining the club.
May I extend our grateful thanks to Jane for her design of the banner and leaflets, they looked extremely professional.

Best Wishes
Ed Moore.

Liz article
Another cloudy Bank Holiday Monday saw several Club members congregating at PRSC to prepare for the day ahead.
On our arrival, Ed, Wendy, Luke and Oli were already attempting to erect the marquee – this was finally achieved with the assistance of Graham, Sophie, Emma, Clive and myself and, of course, a broom handle! Kit was brought over to our stand to draw interest and our brand new banner was on full display for the first time attracting many customers.
Wendy, Ed and myself manned the stall giving out our new leaflets, explaining all about the club and signing people up for the river trips whilst Clive, Graham, Sophie, Emma, Oli, Luke and Caroline provided the advice and escorting on the river. At our busiest we had about 4 open canoes, a kayak and the KataKanu on the river carrying customers from as young as 3years and even a 6month old dog!
The day progressed well with 48 people enjoying a river trip with the Club, many first time paddles. The weather could have been warmer for us, especially for the two ladies who decided to take a dip whilst out in their canoe (complete with mobile phone, keys and purse) and who were subsequently rescued by Oli –well done Oli.
During quieter times the younger assistants were spotted paddle boarding and Dragon boating as well as scaling the climbing wall and all that after traipsing around the town handing out leaflets.
Well done to everyone for their effort in providing an excellent representation of the Club.

Liz

Programme Change

Just to let you know that the event on 10 September, Camping at Eds Place has been cancelled. We will try to rearrange this event.

PaddlePower

Caroline & Wendy have been putting together a PaddlePower programme for our youth member, and this is looking very good.
Young paddlers of all abilities are able to participate in this as it is designed to allow each young person to work through the various skills at their own rate, and progress at their own ability, working towards the next level of PaddlePower.

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