There was alot going on at the docks this evening. Andy took out a group for rescue training on individual SUP boards followed by a paddle on the 8 person sup. John took out a group for a general paddle which was then followed by a game of practise polo at the dock side. A successful evening.
This was a first for 3 of us. Ray had been to Ennerdale before so showed us the way. The gated track to the shore is only permitted for anglers and canoeist. It ends at the site of the Angler's inn, built in the reign of Queen E1 and demolished in the reign of Queen E2. My father once recounted to me his journey to the inn as a boy in a horse drawn trap from his home in Seascale.
As those of you who have been out with me before will expect I recounted many fairly useless gems regarding the history, ecology and geology of the area during the 6 1/2 mile circumnavigation.
It was a very enjoyable couple of hours, the variety of early greens of spring, deer on the fore shore, a variety of bird life, a gentle breeze and fleeting clouds all added to a memorable morning's paddle.
DCC member Marley did his FSRT (foundation safety and rescue training) and Paddlesport instructor assessment over the long weekend with ‘Wild River’ On Coniston.The Outdoor Partnership funded £240 towards the £300 cost.
Over two Saturdays in April, 12 DCC members attended a one day first aid training course held at Humphrey Head Out door Centre. This was mainly funded by The Outdoor Partnership with the remainder being paid by club members. Thanks go to Sam the lady who led the course.
Carol got to the club first and found the docks were overflowing with water so much so that it crept up on to normally dry land. Her granddaughter made the most of it by having fun jumping in the enormous puddles. Getting on to the water that evening was so easy. Members split up in to groups with paddleboard instructor trainee Marley Elliot leading one group up to the bulls nose for fun and games.
On the 15th April John and Alistair circumnavigated Wast Water in fast sit and switch solo canoes. Take a look at the horizontal wall half way up the scree,or is it?? Great pictures of the day by John
For several members of DCC Easter Monday was spent improving their white water skills on the Crake starting from Spark Bridge and finishing off over the weir at Greenodd. Look out for more courses being run by DCC coach Andy. Great photos of the day by Sue and Gaynor.
With Covid restrictions starting to be lifted and outdoor organised sport now allowed, DCC made the most of a fairly warm evening as members took to the water for an enjoyable paddle at the docks social distancing.
Club members Sarah and Stephen couldn't take any pictures of their river trip so Sarah took taking a selfie to the next level and crocheted them both on the water, in Sarahs case, in the water. All this was done without a pattern. Amazing.
Setting off from Ferry Pitchings abiding by Covid rules, John and Ray set off down (or up ) the channel and headed for Piel Island. Conditions for paddling were ideal when the sun was out but the same as a lot of folk that day they found themselves caught up in a band of fog that made its way across the bay. Read Johns report of the day and what “wildlife” they spotted.