It was a hard paddle up the river with the tide as there was a fair flow to push up against - the younger members of the team found this hard work but managed it well. Due to the volume of water we were able to paddle a good way up past Penny Bridge and practice a few moving water skills.
On the way back down the beginners soon realized that it is more difficult controlling your direction when going with the flow - some low hanging trees had unexpected visitors but all survived the run back to Greenodd.
At this point some tired youngsters (and mothers) landed while other went out into the Levens estuary where there was a fast ebbing tide and waves to practice ferry gliding on. Powerful eddies behind the foot bridge pillars proved a bit tricky for some.
We returned to the Crake where the weir was beginning to reappear and so some real keen souls went for a play on it.
All did really well and a couple pushed the envelop so far that they fell out of it!! (we like to see this as it's the fasted way to learn)
A comment from one of the beginners is, I suppose, what we all get from working together in a family club.
“Thanks for organising the trip today. It was just the right conditions and right level of challenge for us. Some of us and I am speaking for myself would have never dreamt of doing it had it not been for such good support available.
All the three coaches were amazing- it all worked out well, I am sure it was just because it was thoroughly planned and meticulously executed.”