Monday, January 25, 2010

Exploring the Isle of Man's coastline... from the sea

Its a very exciting period of development and creativity - and as always there is so much to explore outdoors on the Isle of Man, there never seems to be quite enough time to experience it all :)

Coasteering with young adventurers for Kim's birthday, sea caves, traversing, jumping, swimming...
Sea Kayaking with the adventure club, using the local amenities...
New experiences, excitement, learning and continuous development.

Learning and experiencing in a group environment provides motivation and opportunity for teamwork, challenge, great social and healthy safe competition.

Its such a buzz to part of this process!

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

new Manx stamps released today...

The Isle of Man Post Office released the new set of stamps today;
featuring the pictures from the 'Island Life' advertising campaign, by the Isle of Man Department of Tourism & Leisure.
Adventurous Experiences are very proud to have been given the opportunity to work with the Department of Tourism on the campaign and will continue to work with them promoting the Isle of Man as an adventure playground for all.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Shafts of Golden sunlight... sea kayaking Isle of Man

Port Erin bay was the destination of the full day sea kayak trip on Saturday, and well as the put in for the afternoon paddle...
A relaxed trip around Bradda Head, past the mines and bays overlooked by the sheer cliffs, very impressive.

We were lucky enough to have a small pod of Porpoise swimming just seaward of us, their small fins appearing and falling away gracefully with the occasional one leaping clear of the water.
They appeared to be feeding in the one area, and stayed with us for while before disappearing again...

Congratulations to Neil for reaching his 40th Bday!!!

Sea kayak trips and training sessions amidst shafts of Golden sunlight...

The Adventure Club sessions launched from the Sound, on the South coast of the Isle of Man on Sunday, utilising the sheltered conditions for different training groups. Novices explored the inlets and coastline out to Black Head, as well as Kitterland, the Intermediates headed out to South Harbour, the Drinking Dragon tidal race and also used the moving water in the Sound.
It was even warm enough to practice many of the 'wet' skills.
Staff training was a mixture of scenarios and personal boat handlinfg skills in advanced conditions, as always a joy!
Few photo oportunities are available during intensive coaching sessions, but i'm sure the students will remember them well!
Looking forward to next week!

Thursday, January 07, 2010

Timing to perfection...

...sea kayaking around the stunning Isle of Man has its vast rewards...

...timing adventures to perfection, getting the tide just right for a relaxing paddle and the sun where you want it for photo's also :) ... often difficult, sometimes possible and may involve a degree of luck... :)

And the more times you practice, and harder you work, the more luck seems to be on your side.

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

St Johns in snow...

The sleepy village of St Johns looks particularly so in the recent snowfalls.
Some great locals walks around and overlooking this central valley of the Isle of Man, best known as the meeting place of our local Parliament.

It's snowing again now so enjoy!


Monday, January 04, 2010

Performance paddling & Summit sunrise

The first paddles of 2010 have been magificent!!
Bright sunny days, cloud gently rolling across deep blue skies, cosy sea kayaking attire and breaks with hot drinks and snacks, and having so many of the Adventure Club out on the water full of festive cheer!
It's also very special climbing to the summit of the one of the Islands hills in time for sunrise...

With many of the Adventure Club moving towards the Intermediate level, tidals skills sessions will become more frequent! :) Always nice to finish a memorable day with a sunset!