Saturday, 4 January 2014

Very Important (little) Person

This was a real pleasure. As part of the re-structure of 1st Wet & Wild we are now inviting guests to come and paddle with us on guided trips and with a little coaching if it is wanted. Just before New Year we introduced a lovely family to paddle sport, we were so lucky with the weather and the most enjoyable day was had by all.

Little Henry, aged 4, was an absolute star, after a few tears to start with he went on to full engross himself in the day, chuckling and paddling for the whole session. This really was a highlight of the year for us and we look forward to introducing many more people to paddle sport.

Winter River Hull

Took myself off up the top end of the tidal River Hull just after Christmas. It was cold and very little water in the river, non the less, it was really enjoyable.

Four Star Canoe Training

More learning, this time 4* canoe, again up in Northumberland, day one a journey down the River Tyne and day two open water skills on the stunning Kielder Water. Delivered by Kim Bull it was an excellent two days, unfortunately I was quite under the weather and my performance was not what it should have been but very worthwhile regardless.

Driffield Navigational - A Spot of Canoeing with Anthony

A beautiful autumn day saw the boy and me down on the canal for another chilled out paddle and fish, the autumn light was stunning.

Moderate Water Endorsement - Sea

This was always going to be a great weekend and big thanks to Kim Bull for making it so. Two days in Northumberland, a deteriorating forecast but great fun and a pass.

Essential Sea Kayak Symposium

Always a brilliant success, cut short but still enjoyable. Saturday was spent on the tide races of the north coast practising incident management skills.

Sunny Bempton

A late summer paddle under the tall cliffs of Bempton, always a favourite.

Paddle Expo 2013

We had a very rewarding weekend over at the show, accompanied by Mike from Rockpool there was plenty to see and do.

Scarborough Kayak Angling Festival

Another successful event this year, we were rewarded with great weather and a big turn out. A big well done to Dan who won the event on the day.

Howsham Weir

A pleasant few hours with the lad.

Pirates in the Caribbean

We had a wonderful two weeks in the Caribbean this summer with many thanks to my brother and his wife Jo. We swam with giant turtles, fished for Giant Travelli, climbed volcanoes and relaxed on white sandy beaches.

We even had the chance to do a little paddling.

Our video of paddling with turtles.

Snorkelling with Turtles on Montserrat from Ken Oliver on Vimeo.