Tuesday, October 05, 2010

the Training Season commences

The shift towards the progressive training programs, away from summer trips and shorts and t-shirts... began with the International sea kayak training weekend (the Isle of Man Sea Kayak Symposium) last weekend, and the new 4 week block courses kicked off this Sunday in sunshine and sheltered warm water - 15 degrees!

Many of the students are members of the Adventure Club, where these block courses run consectively to form our established 'progressive learning program' (PLP). Beginners (including absolute beginners) book either an indoor pool 'Kayak Safety' or 'Discover Sea Kayaking Course' on the sea can then join and progress through the club if they wish.

Both the Sunday morning sessions - which split into the Discover Sea Kayaking course and the Improvers BCU 2 Star training course, set out from Fenella Beach in Peel, and headed North to explore the many caves and inlets, using the super calm waters to learn skills along the way.

The Adventure Club Intermediates session also operated from Fenella Beach, and used the immediate area to divide into small working groups, predominantly practicing wet skills and rescue techniques.

Next Sunday's sessions are scheduled form Port Erin Bay, and give the Eastlie winds forecast for the next week, its likely this will provide an excellent part 2 of the course.

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