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Tuesday, 17 January 2017

More Floaty Boaty Stuff

Supervising a mini canal trip today for L3 Outdoor Education students. Thought I would paddle one of my fleet sea boats for a change, needs some padding on the seat though (job for next week).  The afternoon was a bank based coaching session and I forgot to take any pics. The waterbased module is drawing to a close for the L3 students with next week being the last week so hopefully a few 2 Stars will be given out then.

Monday, 16 January 2017

A Quick Orienteer

After a fruitful meeting this morning, I headed up to The Mendips and in particular Burrington Ham. I wanted to check out the orienteering course before I use it later this week. The course works well and the shortest way round it was around 3.5km but would be longer if you followed it sequentially. Obviously I managed to get scratched by brambles and covered in mud by taking the shortest line to each one but that is what it is all about (in my opinion)

Here is the map if anyone wants it

Saturday, 14 January 2017

Loop and Lunch

I had to pop into AS Watersports and The Quay in Exeter today so as I was down that way and had a boat in the van it would be rude not to try and float somewhere. A quick blast on The Loop with Olly and Hannah before lunch at Salmons Leap Cafe (becoming a regular here) finished the trip.

Some impressive moves from Olly in his Pyranha Shiva which is not sold as a PlayBoat but maybe it should be from now on.

Thursday, 12 January 2017

Limbo Skills

Out on the canal with L2 Sport students. Today's brief "go boating, have fun". No assignments, no syllabus and no specific goals allowed us to have a relaxing paddle up the canal, limbo a few bridges, stand up, sit down, chill out. We even managed to get off before the rain really hit so mainly stayed dry.

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Windy paddle

Mega windy today for the Level 4 students. We are preparing for an overnight paddling expedition so it was all about getting the distance in and dealing with the wind.

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Open Boat Coaching

Lots of Tandem and Solo work for the L3 Outdoor students today in relation to their British Canoeing 2 star assessments. Nice that there was no ice to clear first but there was a bit of wind to spice things up.

Thursday, 5 January 2017

Ice boating again

I seem to be spending a fair amount of time this week breaking a thin ice on the canal. Today I was at it again and this time with L2 Sport students. Different groups this week all seem to have had the experience of launching when it is icy but enjoying an ice free canal at the end of the sessions once it has melted. It was pretty warm in the direct sun today.