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Sun 24 Dec 2023 ‘Easier’ White Water Trip
24 December 2023 All day
Already booked by virtue of registering for IWWS course: Mel
Currently registered for WWA assessment in due course: Lee, Mel
This will be the third of our ‘easier’ white water trips this winter, aimed at our less-experienced paddlers who would like to gain white water skills and experience, while also suitable for existing white water paddlers who just want to get out on the water (other provisional dates are 28 Jan, 25 Feb, 24 Mar – although some of these may change, dependent on dates of polo tournaments yet to be confirmed).
These trips will be suitable for anyone aged 14+ who can paddle at least 5km under control on a moving river, who is confident capsizing, and who has the stamina and clothing for cold water paddling!
The aim is for these trips to get progressively harder throughout the winter, starting on ‘gentle’ grade 1-2 rivers (possibly with the odd grade 3 section that can be walked-around) and moving up to more demanding grade 2 rivers with sections of grade 3 (which can all be walked-around) – with appropriate coaching to help everyone develop their skills and confidence. Most of the trips will be in South Wales, although at least one of the later ones is likely to be further afield.
Venues will be decided nearer the time – once we know who’s coming and have an idea of water conditions. Timings are likely to be 0930-1500 (or thereabouts) ‘at the river’.
We are intending to include on this trip training towards:
- the new Introduction to White Water Safety course – if you completed our ‘swimming practice’ on the 22 Oct & 26 Nov trips and can attend on 24 Dec, it’s not too late to ‘get a ticket’ to register for this award…
- the White Water Award, which is “designed to develop your ability to apply appropriate decision-making skills for a safe day out white water paddling [in kayaks on rivers up to grade 2]” (see 01112018BCABWhiteWaterAwardV1-1Nov21.pdf for detail). Training towards this award will continue throughout the winter’s ‘easier’ trips (alongside rolling clinics in the pool!) and candidates can choose to be assessed when they feel ready (you do need to be able to roll, on flat water!). NB there is a registration fee of £25 for anyone choosing to be assessed for this award, to cover certification costs; this can be paid later, but anyone registering now will have a priority place on trips.
Booking details to follow in due course…