Thursday, March 15, 2018

Sea Kayaking - Wildlife

Viewing Wildlife... Sea Kayaking in the Isle of Man

One of my main motivations to kayak is the opportunity to view wildlife unobtrusively. Close encounters from the kayak, as well as locations which only a kayak can access...
Living in the Isle of Man means you can make the most of every day, with so much to dos so close to home : ) Even remote locations within 20-30 mins drive!

 Monday was a week day paddle across to the Calf of Man, a gem set just south of Our Island... with Andy and Liam. Native horned Loaghtan Sheep and spring lambs grazing near the sea, Atlantic Grey seals basking in the sunshine, a blissful peace and tranquility, protected by a conveyer belt of water : ) 

 With the following day's conditions looked equally delightful, I kept the kayaks on the roof of the Defender, and enjoyed yet another blissful paddle, this time along the south east coast from Port St Mary, to Sugarloaf caves. 

 Common Shelduck, Mallard, Great Cormorant, European Shag, Grey Heron, Oyster Catcher, Ruddy Turnstone, Great Black-Backed Gull, Black Guillemot, Eurasian Curlew, Fulmar...  

... and the first bands of Common Guillemot have begun arriving to colonise the Sugarloaf Rock and surrounding sea cliffs for the annual breeding season : )

Skills Development Programs - the Weekend

The Junior Paddlesport, Youth ScholarshipAdults Paddlesport and Adventure Club training programs continue to deliver progressive long-term learning, and many benefits of regular variable exercise. As the indoor kayaking training season draws to a close, the outdoor training beckons...

 Adventure Club at Chicken Rock on Sunday (the benefits of a year-round program)

 With the first Signs of Spring earlier this week, folk are looking ahead and asking what adventures we are offering in the Isle of Man. Our schedule of 'Summer Experiences' together with online booking for groups up to a maximum of 8 persons:

 Sea Kayaking - Coasteering - Gorge Scrambling

If you wish to make a group booking at a time not offered, a group booking of more than 8, or a private booking, please Contact Us.

Catch you on the water soon
Keirron and the Team

Garnedd Ugain via Parsey Fern Gully

An adventure in North Wales

Making the most of the winter conditions in early March, I arrived early for a conference in Snowdonia National Park, and gained a day in the mountains : ) 
Stayed at Phil and Suzie's (Phil runs Sea Kayaking Anglesey), admiring how baby Idris is growing fast, and enjoying a rare relaxed evening in.

More snow arrived overnight, and Llanberis Pass was looking mighty for photo's!
A large coffee at Pete's Eats and used the Wifi for a final weather check...

 Keeping between Clogwyn Mawr and Dinas Mot crags, I headed up from Llanberis Pass.  
Sargeant's Gully looked fairly wet and a team had recently put in a nice trail up towards Llyn Glas... The friendly couple were roping up alpine style and eying a loop using Crib Goch. 

I traversed across and ascended the summit via a derivative of Parsley Fern Gully LH, Clogwyn y Ddysgl. An interesting experience involving large amounts of loose snow, a hack through the cornice on Crib y Ddysgl, and a veritable learning opportunity!

Garnedd Ugain 1063m

Travelling lean due to a reduction in kit, the ridge provided a stark contrast to the occasional superb visibility on the lower slopes, and plenty of opportunity for navigational practice!

Dropped off and used the Pyg Track to return to Llanberis pass, using the route right to Pen-y-pass and a stroll down the road back to the car. On reflection, the day provided a combination of some of the most and least enjoyable moments I've had in winter... : )

1965 journal article on the names of Crags in Snowdonia

AIM Insurance Member Event at Play y Brenin

The Activities Industry Mutual (AIM) member event took place next day, Friday 9th March at Plas y Brenin National Mountain Sports Centre, in Snowdonia National Park. I'd caught up with the AIM team and a few members in the Bar the night before...

Quite an idyllic location to discuss the benefits of outdoor education and experiences : )

As always, so much to learn and share in our industry. 
Great to have 'benefit driven decision making' prominent in the discussions...
Looking forward to another year of Unforgettable Experiences!

Catch you on the water (frozen or flowing) soon

Sunday, March 04, 2018

Ice Kayaking

Sea Kayaking beneath hanging ice off the west coast of the Isle of Man

The outcome of consistent, weekly training year-round was exemplified on this morning's Adventure Club training session. We used the west coast of the Isle of Man for technical work on edge control and timing  : ) Admiring the ice formations hanging on the sea cliffs, as we paddled beneath...

Alice is celebrating her 19th Birthday over at Tollymore

Indoor Kayaking - Skills Development at Western Swimming Pool

The Saturday afternoon Junior Paddlesport program is at a really exciting stage.
 Our most recent intake (who started in September) are into their 4th module, using controlled edge and full hip rotation in their kayaks, capsizing and releasing their spraydecks underwater...
aged 7 - 11yrs.


The other 3 progression groups are in their Long-Term Adventure Development (LTAD) stage, learning to eskimo roll, refine their safety and teamwork skills, and increase performance...

 Our Adults Paddlesport on Sunday afternoons offers a training environment suitable for absolute beginners learning the fundamentals of balance, control and water safety, through to highly experienced Adventure Club members and coaches, refining their personal skills.

 It is tremendously exciting being part of a truly dynamic program, delivered by a people centred coaching team, who are highly motivated to keep progressing both their students and themselves!

We are very fortunate that our benefit driven programs not only bring the benefits (and challenges) of regular professional training, they inherently deliver risk management education... and so make participation in adventure sports with us a Safe - Fun - Learning experience.

Catch you on the soon : )
Keirron and the Team

Youth Scholarship - Expedition Unit 3 (navigation by moonlight)