Sunday, November 23, 2014

November bliss

 Pics from Saturday's Gorge Scrambling adventure, with a reasonable water level from recent rain...
Team 'here for the beer' - winners of the 2014 Adventure Race award for 'spirit of the race' used their winnings to sign up for the adventure, coincidently with one of the Race's annual supporters Mylchreests.

Entries for Adventure Race 2015 are open online.

 A really fun session!!
Look forward to taking you Coasteering next time : )

Saturday afternoon was the beginning of the last Indoor Kayak courses, before Xmas at Peel Pool, Stages 1 to 5 and the adults Kayak Safety training, 

 Sea Kayaking with the Adventure Club today

 Heading out from Port St Mary, Kim led the beginners group, whilst Tim and myself led the training group towards the Calf of Man...
 The Sound was running well, and so a terrific session of surfing and swimming commenced!!

 Paddling back to Port St Mary in the bright blue skies, photogenic clouds and plenty of smiles and laughs all round!!
See you on the water soon.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Seals, Indoor Pool & BCU awards

Indoor Pool Kayak Training Courses run November to March...

Saturday was the final session in the October / November course. 
Congratulations to the Stage 1 to 4 students on the Junior Paddlesport program who all completed the present training courses, and we look forward to continuing to work with many of you on your next stage!

The adults kayak safety training continues to be a popular choice over the winter months, with many of our Club members choosing to combine the indoor training with sessions on the sea. 
Places open for January and Feb / March indoor pool Junior and Adults courses today.

 Watch the VIDEO CLIP to see what's involved!

 Pics from Sunday's Adventure Club Sea Kayak Training from Port Erin Beach.

 A stunning paddle around the Calf of Man, seal watching, practising sea kayak skills and enjoying the Sunday morning training session with like minded people!

BCU 2 Start Award - Assessment

 A big well done to Pauline, Alice, Fergus, Katia, James, Mark and Charlie who successfully passed their BCU 2 Star Award on Saturday, after a series of weekly training sessions with George & John.

Another terrific weekend of Unforgettable Adventurous Experiences on the Isle of Man!!
Keirron & the Team

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

National Coasteering Charter

The National Coasteering Charter (NCC) symposium was well attended over the weekend. It was held in Pembrokeshire, where commercial coasteering in its present form was established. The lively event for coasteering guides was organised by Jet and his team at Adventure Beyond.

Workshops included scenario training - joined up with HM Coastguard, and also supported by the RNLI. Lots of fun coasteering experiences and discussion points. AIM insurance and ALLA both had representatives giving chats over the weekend, and joining in the sessions! : )

If you missed it, you really missed out!!

The weekend was preceded by the NCC National meeting, where the committee made up of voted roles and regional reps from all over the UK come together to share ideas and experiences from each region, and to vote.... Version 2 of our NCC Documents, which are the Coasteering standard guidelines for providers and guides across the UK, including our environmental Code of Conduct, and the NCC Constitution. 

The National Coasteering Charter represents us, the Coasteering Industry. As such it is the official body that is supported, and just as importantly, recognised, by ALLA, the RNLI, RoSPA, the MCA and the National Water Safety Forum.

The new committee members are Chair - Jethro Moore, Vice chair JP Eatock and Treasurer Mark Agnew, all voted in unanimously.

I've held the post of Secretary (initially of the Coasteering Safety Working Group chaired by the RNLI) and then the NCC since its formation (national meeting - Bristol November 4th 2011).

In the absence of a willing replacement, i've agreed to remain in the role for another 12 months : )
 Here's to sustainable unforgettable coasteering adventures!!