Thursday, February 24, 2011
Monday, February 21, 2011
Friday, February 18, 2011
An early evening session from Peel, at spring low water. Vivid pink rocks, deep channels to explore, and water swirling you on your way, causing a lot of shrieks and laughter.
We finished the session just as the soft light started to fade, and by the time we had changed and had a quick debrief, it was dark. It didn't seem as cold as you'd expect for mid-february, making the session even more enjoyable.
It will be great to have both training groups working together next week.
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Meeting up straight after school, we split into two training teams, the first headed up by John and Tony, took to the hills for some land based exercises..
Simulations of getting your 'injured' team mate down off the hills concluded the land based group's training. The coasteering team completed shortly after them and returned to the beach for hot blackcurrent and cakes!
The enthusiasm and committment is obvious with each and every one of you.
Its a real pleasure training with you.
Monday, February 14, 2011
Sunday morning sea kayak training session - 'Warmup on Port Erin Beach'
Chris Allix is continuing his training, in and out the kayaks working steadily towards his long term goal of paddling from the Isle of Man to Monaco.
Intermediate sea kayak training in the afternoon kicked off with wet skills practice, working through each possible scenario, then progressed to rough water landings.
We then used the swell moving through the sea arches and caves to swim through and practice working with the moving water, in full kit.
The session culminated in the bay with extended rolling practice, and Lauren joining us as her last paddle with the Adventure Club before she leaves the Island for Manchester next weekend. Some superb rolls Lol, we'll check out the social elements of your time with us on Saturday...
We'll see everyone else next week!
Sunday, February 13, 2011
A pleasantly active finale to a day in early February.
Saturday began with a coaching session at 9am, paddling South from Peel, Fenella Beach, past small groups of Black Guillemots (unusual at this time of year) and then many hundreds of Common Guillemots swarming off the sea cliffs and filling the area with flashes of black and white, as the residual swell provided a background rumble through the nearby caves and arches.
The arrival of the Guillemots (part of the Auk family) heralds the beginning of the busy bird and marine-life 'visitor' season on the stunning Isle of Man coastline, including Razorbills, Puffins and Basking Sharks. Very exciting!!
With the senses tuely awakened and feeling alive, next was staff 'personal performance' training.
Some pleasing results here and we'll be transfering those skills onto the next session.
A couple of lads (regular visitors to the Island with their families) had requested a Coasteering session
Maybe we'll try sea kayaking for your next unforgettable adventurous experience.
A change in the wind and weather will mean a challenging day on the water for the Adventure Club sunday training sessions. It's when conditions change that coaching skills really become apparent. The ability to deliver a safe - fun - learning experience to suit the needs of the students, year round.
Every day is a new day!