Location – Symonds Yat
The day proceeded with lots of skills practice including ferry gliding, S-turns and edging – this last skill being the one that seemed to trip many a paddler up and saw all of the new members experiencing their first swims… but this didn’t stop any of them and they were straight back in the boats to keep on practicing. It was great to see so much progression throughout the day for both old and new members and the paddlers who have paddled this stretch of river many times before were reminded just how great the rapids are for keeping your skills and your confidence fresh and having a good paddling workout.
The day was of course made even better by the glorious sunshine, allowing for plenty of joking around in the water and having a great fun day as a club. The weather also allowed for plenty of swimming, rescue and throwline practice. Unfortunately some of the lines thrown were totally off the mark, or in the case of zafs line to me… not thrown at all (I think I may have been duped there!), however plenty of lines were on target and it’s always great to see some throwline practice happening. The day came to an end with a stop in the pub for drinks and chips before heading home.
It was great to see so many club members paddling, both old and new and a big welcome to Dean, Kira and Gregg, here’s to many more paddles!
Written by - Sam King