Today was the last of Carols Special School Canoe Club session of the summer. It was a bit breezy at the docks this evening but it didnt deter anyone from getting on the water and paddling up to Morrisons and back. The personal progress these young folk have made over the weeks is amazing. Its been great to watch them gain in confidence on and off the water as not only have their paddling skills improved but their social skills as well. Thanks go to all that have made this possible.
All who helped out today resisted the urge to get out the kayaks and go for a paddle on a perfectly calm dock. Instead everyone knuckled down and got on with cleaning, washing, sorting out, fixing things aswell as picking up rubbish and plastic along the shore line. Scott says that if everyone picked up three pieces of plastic and recycled it then it would make a great difference to the environment. As you can see alot of waste was collected and then later recycled on several trips to the tip by Carol which saw her load up her car with rubbish and so nobody missed out she invited several members to go with her on a DCC adventure to the local dump. This ultimately lead to the grand finale, as not wanting to miss a day out we formed a convoy behind Carol for one final trip to the recycling centre. Well done to all who worked so hard today and Carol for organising the Grand Tour.
The Friday session was well attended and so it was a busy night for all on and in the water. As well as the regular craft out on the dock the SUP boards have now become a regular edition to what is now available to members. In search of a partner in the art of synchronized SUP boarding Trevor found the ideal person in Emily. Their timing was perfect as was Frans in capturing the moment. Great fun was had by all this evening.
The DCC family paddle to Coniston was a great success with many heading out on SUP boards. John and Sue took advantage of the perfect conditions on the lake to put into practice all they'd listened to on the SUP coaching course. Nancy got well acquainted with the local wild life while taking her Nana on a tour of the lake. Then she took her first lesson on a SUP board directing Emily around the water. A great time was had by all.
SUP coach Caroline Carr came to the docks on Sunday 17th June to impart her knowledge to all that took part on the day. Everyone had a fun and enjoyable time learning far more than they realised. As John couldn't take part on a SUP board this time He and Sue followed Caroline listening to instructions and directions for use at a later time. With John steering from the rear of an open canoe, it gave Sue a chance up front to take some great photographs and video of the days events. Everyone said how much they enjoyed the day and by the looks of it they all grew in confidence and made great progress on how to get the most out of a SUP board. More news of the day to follow from Scott.
Sunday 10th June saw DCC race team travel down to the Adelphi Mill at Bollington to race on the Macclesfield Canal. Not only was the weather great but once the race started there was almost no moving barges insight which was a vast improvement on previous races. Daniel came 1st in the under 12 lightning boys with Ryan coming a close 2nd. Connor and Kieran came 2nd in the div 9 K2 group. Well done to all who competed.
The DCC Special School Canoe Club has really taken off now the weather has improved. At last the wind has dropped and the sun has made an appearance making conditions calmer on the water. There have been plenty of coaches and helpers to provide support on and off the water so that the young folk and their parents/carers ( if they want to give it a go) can all get on the water and enjoy kayaking as a joint effort or the young person can just team up with a coach. Once they become more proficient at paddling then they have to opportunity to go solo in their own boat with in the group if they so wish. Everyone said how much they have enjoyed getting the chance to paddle, have fun and discover a part of Barrow that not many get to see.
Sunday 20th May saw DCC race team set off to Chester to compete on the River Dee in the Chester Marathon. All got off to a great start except for Daniel who showed great sportsmanship when on the start line his paddle snapped causing him to retire early.
Scott, Lee aswell as other paddlers on the day had to portage several times over ground that was quite challenging due to the nature of the banking.
The team brought home a variety of medals including 3 golds and 4 silvers. Well done to all. Great pictures of the days race by Julie.
Saturday morning saw a few DCC members out and about Balsam Bashing. I assumed they would be giant plants growing at the waters edge waiting to be tackled to the ground before having their roots severed but Carol said they were actually very small plants just starting to grow which were easier to pull up and deal with. Please don't try this with any balsam plant once the flower and seed pods have developed. They have to be destroyed at an early stage to stop the dispersal of the seeds.
After lunch DCC members took to the waters of Windermere at Waterhead. We paddle across the lake to explore the River Brathay and the River Rothay. At times it was very shallow and some of the boats had to be pulled over the river bed into deeper water. One member even managed to fall in. Yes alright I own up it was me but an enjoyable time was had by all. We spent a lovely afternoon exploring the rivers that some of us had never paddled down with David managing to take a great picture of the midges that were abundant on the day. Looked like an alien encounter.Thanks go to John for organising the paddle.
This Friday evenings session was the start of a weekend of paddling for some members of DCC. Watched over by a proud Mam and Dad, Tiegan took to the water in a kayak by herself for the first time and made it look as though she had been paddling for months on her own. A new family showed up at the docks to have a look around and ended up out on the water. They had a great time exploring the docks and paid a visit to the Furness pyramids. Overall it was a great night for everyone.