On Saturday 19th June, Claire and I joined John and Ray at the Ferry slipway. We paddled down to Piel and stopped for some lunch. As the tide started to turn, the sun came out and the wind died down.
Feeling more confident on the sea, we decided to venture further round to South Walney to see the seals. We kept a respectable distance from the colony but some of the seals were out to play and popping up in the water all around us. You don't get an experience like that on dry land. Both Claire and I described it as the "best day ever" and maintained our big smiles on the long paddle back, even as we were bobbing about on the wake from the windfarm vessels passing us on their way back in.
We paddled over 10 miles and were out for 4.5hrs and the favourable weather and tide conditions were in our favour. It was a really relaxed afternoon.
It felt like a massive gamble for me to take up the offer of instructor training and I don't think I believed that I was capable, but the extra time and patience from the Duddon canoe club coaches, particularly John, has brought skills and experiences that I'd never expected so a massive thank you to you all. This trip was absolutely amazing and we definitely fulfilled the criteria of experiencing different boats and water conditions out paddling in Morecambe Bay.