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Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Would you like Ice with that?

Today we went ice breaking. Definitely a good workout and limited the distance traveled. Not easy to have a good technique either but still a bit of fun. The students built their own ice breaking machine out of canoes which was actually quite effective if a little difficult to steer. Water temp 0, air temp 2 degrees and yes, some still just wear t-shirt and shorts!!!

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Exeter Canal Loops

Today I took the Bridgwater College Level Three Outdoor students to paddle some of the Exeter Canal Loops. What a day with low (zero) wind and sun. A quick blast down the 2 weirs out of Exeter and then it was helmets off and a relaxing paddle with the tide down to Countess Weir Bridge. A short 10m portage and back on the canal to Double Locks and lunch before paddling back up to the minibus and home.

Friday, 25 November 2016

Baltic on The Barle


Brrrr it was chilly today but OK if we kept moving. A one bladed jaunt from Tarr Steps to Exbridge down The Barle and The Exe just for fun with Hannah and Heidi. The levels were lowish so plenty of time (and opportunity) to mess about including trying to pole down through the play wave (pic above) though I didn't actually manage to stay in the boat.

Thursday, 24 November 2016

The Mendips

Today I was back our on The Mendip Hills with some Bridgwater College Level 2 Public Services students for some navigation training. We were lucky enough to see a Slow Worm today which is something I have not seen for some time.

Wednesday, 23 November 2016

A short paddle

A short blast along the canal and a quick rescue for my Level 4 students today. The nights are really drawing in now and daylight is in short supply for these afternoon sessions.

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Canal Touring

A damp day out with my Bridgwater College Level 3 Outdoor Education students today. We made the most of the low (almost non existent) wind and launched further up the canal than normal. This allowed us to paddle to the Lock where we found some picnic tables for lunch before turning and heading back to the get in. The water was somewhat brown from all the run off and there was still plenty of flooding around the local fields.

Sunday, 20 November 2016

NNAS Bronze Day 2

Back out with Andy on a NNAS Bronze course for Wet and High Adventures but today on The Mendip Hills. A lot of rain fell overnight and there were a few additional streams and rivers about that added to the navigational decision.

Please to say Andy passed with ease. Well done.