I hope everyone is refreshed after the Easter break. I certainly am, having been on a SCA canoeing development weekend at Aviemore. I spent 2 days paddling an open canoe on Loch Morlich and on the River Spey, as well as an evening taster session on stand up paddle-boards (SUP). All good fun – especially if you like being cold, tired and wet!
There are 2 more sessions in the swimming pool, 23rd April (tonight) and 30th April, then we are back in the sea for the summer from 7th May. You can look forward to practicing support strokes and deep water rescues!
I think most of the present group coming to the pool should be capable of paddling in the sea, providing the conditions are suitable. We will make a final assessment in the next week or two. Please don’t be upset if we don’t think you are ready, as we have to put safety first. There will be an occasional weekend paddle for all organised at the mouth of the River Doon.
Note: we decided at a recent meeting to increase the summer sea paddle session charge from £1 to £2, as there is more wear and tear on the equipment outdoors.