Sunday, 19 May 2013

The one where we try canoeing for the first time

We were recently invited by Go Canoeing, the Olympic legacy initiative from Canoe England, to try a bit of canoeing at Salford Quays in Manchester and we went along last weekend to give it a go.

Okay, so I've exaggerated slightly....I didn't try it but The Teenager and her boyfriend did. I thought they'd like to try something new and they were up for the challenge.

I, of course, was needed on the quayside to take photos, that's the only reason I didn't try it. Well apart from my mortal fear of being in small boat in open water, obviously.

It was windy and a bit nippy when we got there, and The Teenager was a bit shocked that she had to put a wetsuit on but even that didn't put her off.

After a safety briefing from the canoeing expert Dave (and our guide for the day) they were ready to go.

After a bit of a nervous start, they soon got the hang of it and were canoeing confidently across the quays.  I reckon they could be in with a shout for the 2016 Olympics. Not that I'm biased, of course.

They both  enjoyed it - much more than they expected to, and they're already planning to have another go at canoeing and after watching someone else on the quays doing wakeboarding, they fancy having a go at that too.

Go Canoeing Week 2013

The eight-day initiative will give the public a chance to pick up a paddle and discover what’s on offer at over 400 canoe and kayak clubs and centres across the country, with the aim to get as many people on the water as possible.

Through offering a wide range activities, the initiative will ensure there is an experience for everyone to easily get involved with, whether they are a canoeing newbie or experienced paddler.

Participants of all ages and abilities will be offered a range of easily accessible and sociable activities to get involved in; from Starter Sessions, Demo Days and Guided Tours to give beginners their first taste of paddling, to Canoe Trails for the more advanced seeking adventure, the initiative also offers a number of mass participation and social events.

National Go Canoeing Week will be taking place across England between Saturday 18th – Sunday 26th May 2013. To find out what activities are taking place at a club near you, whatever your ability, click here.