Last weekend Jamie, John, Mark and Tabitha attended a 4 star sea kayak training course with adventure elements. The first day of the course looked at leadership and the group were given the opportunity to lead sections of the North coast of Anglesey. The group completed a great trip from Bull Bay to Camaes. Force 4-5 winds created great conditions and gave the group plenty to discuss with regards to leadership techniques and styles. The next day was in Treaurdaur Bay, Force 4-5 westerly winds had created a good sea state. Adventure Elements had another private course running in the Bay so the 4 star students were given the opportunity of leading some real clients. Thanks Brian and his group for letting the students lead you along the coast for the morning. We then spent the rest of the day getting wet looking at rolling rescues, towing, self rescues and lots of other fun bits. The session finished with a bit of an all in rescue(not completely intentional). The group then ran in from the horrible weather for a hot drink and Debrief in the Treaurdaur Bay Hotel.
In September Adventure Elements ran a two day intro to expedition sea kayaking. The group paddled from Menai Bridge to Moelfre on Anglesey with a cracking nights wildcamp on route. Slightly windy conditions all weekend made conditions a little challenging at times but the whole group managed really well and even getting off the water in pouring rain spirits were high and the group had a great weekend.
In our intro expedition paddling courses we look at all aspects of camping and journeying out of a sea kayak. This includes navigation, boat loading, campcraft, trip planning and lots of tips to make sure your next sea kayak expedition is enjoyable an safe.
On Friday two groups from King Edwards Sixth Form in Birmingham set off on a 4 day sea kayak expedition form Abersoch to Aberdovey in North Wales. The group left on Friday morning in perfect conditions with boats fully loaded and looking a little low in the water (few to many tins of beans?). Myself and Pete observed them from the shore for most of the day and went to meet them at their nights wildcamp near to Criccieth. Saturday and Sunday had the groups making their way down the coast in brilliant conditions, camping the night at Shell Island and then onto Fairborne. On Monday the Wind picked up to good force 4 from the West and created quite a sea. The group decided that to continue on to Aberdovey would be too tricky so opted to finish at Penmaenpool up the Mawdach Estury. The groups had a bouncy entrance to the estury but once in the enjoyed following winds which blew them to the finish. On arrival at the finish the group looked sufficently tired (probably due to the 6.00 wake up to catch the tides) but were all in good spirits.
Well done to all 12 students who took part, a great expedition and hopefully some good memories for the future.