Wet and High

Today was a quick paddle and a climb for 3 potential students for next years Level 3 Outdoor Education Adventure and Leadership course at Bridgwater and Taunton College. There are still some spaces so if you are a school leaver or completed a Level 2 and are interested in applying then please get in touch with the college via the link.

High and Low Ropes Assessments

Back out at Cannington Activity Centre today for some competency assessments on both new and long term instructors. A good performance by all and was good to see some new ideas being used but staying within all the usual safety parameters.

High and Low Ropes Training

Today I have been at Cannington Activity Centre delivering staff training on the use of High and Low ropes elements. A good team to work with and lots covered. Back tomorrow for some more training and assessments.

What a great evening

After a morning of admin, I dropped into Bridgwater and Taunton College who were hosting a slow riding skills day organised by Somerset Advanced Motorcyclists. This evening I decided to spin up over The Quantock Hills on my way to check out somewhere near Watchet. I got distracted and ended up taking some photos of the bike with some great cloud formations.

I am getting some miles on the bike now so will to do a review soon.

Bronze DofE Assessment

After a fairly mundane week of meetings and general admin stuff (apart from a blast over Exmoor on the motorbike on Thursday) it was good to be back in my outside office for the last 2 days. I was assessing 4 teams from Bristol Cathedral Choir School on their Bronze DofE expedition around The Quantock Hills. A little misty on the hills today just added to their challenge. Well done to all 4 teams who I was assessing plus those being assessed by another.

HML Training Day 3

Back out on north Dartmoor with the Hill and Moorland Leader training course I am directing for Wet and High Adventures (they were with Jay yesterday). Hot, hot, hot and trying to navigating between patches of shade today as well as some teaching navigation strategies and incident management scenarios

SUP and sup

Super hot day so I dumped the office admin and took the Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) out for a quick blast along the canal followed by a coffee (sup). As Hannah and Heidi rocked up, it turned into some impromptu coaching (or goading them into do handstands).

HML Training Day 1

Out on a very sunny Dartmoor today directing the first day of a Hill and Moorland Leader Training course for Wet and High Adventures. After a few hours in the classroom we headed out into the sun to look at basic navigation skills, the environment and discussions around being a leader

Sunny on The River Exe

After a morning of admin, I was out in the sun on the River Exe mentoring a trainee L2 coach as he prepares for assessment. The was also the first trip out for my sea boat this year as I seem to have been in my canoe a lot so I fancied a change of craft. We were afloat for about 3 hours so loads was done and it was nice to work with a keen, motivated and capable trainee coach. Good luck with your assessment.

Sunny Low Ropes

This morning I was part of the interviewing team for the managers post at Cannington Activity Centre and after lunch ran a couple of sessions for a fantastic group from EDF energy. Sun all day and as we managed to wangle the interview outside I was able to make the most of it. Congratulations to the new manager and we hope to see you in post in the near future.

Dry at Hound Tor

At Hound Tor today with the girls from Abbey School. After yesterdays rain it was great to get out on some dry rock even if a little windy. I was very busy running abseils and some top ropes whilst their Outdoor Education teacher was supervising the bottom ropes.  Over the weekend lots of progress has been made and all the girls are now competent belayers and can manage themselves once the ropes have been set up.

Looking forward to next years climbing weekend.

Dart Rock to the Rescue

Quick, think of a Plan B! I was supposed to be out at Haytor today with the girls from Abbey School assisting with their annual climbing trip. Unfortunately the weather was not interested in playing ball so it was off to Dart Rock for an afternoon of bouldering, top roping, lead climbing and eating cake.

Double Paddle

This morning I was teaching some Sit On Top Kayaks at Durleigh Reservoir (forgot my camera) and this afternoon I was mentoring a trainee Level 2 teaching canoeing coach on Exeter Canal.

Another Coasteer

Today I was back at Anstey's Cove with the remaining few Level 2 Public Service students from Bridgwater College who are finishing their course shortly. A drier day with more Sun than Monday. Low tide gave us some great option for weasling and wading with the jumps becoming usuable at the end.

Coasteering at Anstey's

Today I was out with Bridgwater College students down at Ansteys Cove. These were the Level 2 Public Services students who were getting a treat for the end of their course. Big thanks to Dave for assisting me (well doing most of the work really whilst I took pics).