Out and about in the Lambourn area known as The Valley of the Race Horse for the second day of Lowland Leader Training for Wet and High Adventures (provided by Andy Holborn). I have never seen such a horse based area with gallops and everything around us geared towards riding. It was a mega windy day out in the open but it gave us a chance to look at how wind affects us walking and looked at how to hide from it and plan to walk with the wind behind us, The main thrust of today was leadership and group management, I am looking forward to seeing these candidates on assessment in the not to distant future.
Today I was running a Lowland Leader training course for Wet and High Adventures (and provided by Andy Holborn) for a group of teachers in the Reading area. We spent the day looking at navigation strategies, hazards (cows), roads and navigating in woods. By some shear luck we avoided the rain and had a good time discussing various options and methods to deal with paths that may not be in exactly the right place.
Today I was in Bristol taking part in a Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) workshop for paddlesport coaches run by Tim from SUP Bristol. Although I have paddled SUPS before, it was good to get so me input to see how the SUP style differs from canoeing and kayaking. It was only a short theory session and we were out on the water for the rest of the day. I only had one unintentional swim when the wind caught me whilst mid pivot turn. I was glad I had chosen to wear a drysuit though as it was a bit chilly.
Today I was out in Kayaks with the second years who are being assessed for leading some water based sessions. 4 students under assessment today and we had 2 mini trips and 2 more static sessions. It was pretty tight getting all the boats into the van but worth it for a nice day out on the water.
Back out on the Barle today working for Wet and High Adventures running a 3 star assessment. All 4 candidates put in a good performance and passed the award. We started at Tarr Steps and paddled to Dulverton. It was a bit low today and dropped whilst we were on it but we still found some Grade 2 rapids to run and for the candidates to demonstrate their skills.
Well done Leon, Glyn, Dom and Chris
Back on The Barle today with Beth and Mark for the second day of a Wet and High Adventures white water kayaking weekend. The water levels had come up a bit and we paddled from Tarr Steps to Dulverton. A classic grade 2 paddle that has a good mix of features to play with. We built on yesterdays skills and by half way today I was able to step back as a leader and we ran the river as a team with both Mark and Beth taking turns leading. A great weekend with two very nice clients.
I was working for Wet and High Adventures today
Apologies for the appalling pics. Will do better tomorrow