4 Star Training

Over the last few days we have been out with Jamie, Matt, Gill and Keith running a 4 star sea leaders training course. The first day was spent in the classroom covering the coastal navigation and theory element of the course where the group got to grips with trip planning, tides, interpretting the weather and more.

For the second day we got out in Treardaur Bay in some great Force 4 conditions to look at rescues, towing, rolling and self rescues. Great day where the group got stuck in with some exciting rescues in the rough stuff.

The wind blew up on the last day so the group stayed to the Menai Straits where they looked at leadership and on the water navigation.

Scottish Slate Isles Expedition

Heading out from Oban with Mull in the background

Jim, Sally, Johnothan, Russ and Martin all joined Adventure Elements for a 5 day sea kayak expedition with the aim of Paddling from Oban and out to Explore the Slate Isles and the Garvellachs. On arriving at Oban the 5 day forcast was a bit up and down with Force 8 winds forcast on a couple of the days. Although we did have a few very windy days we still managed to complete an amazing trip visiting the islands of Shuna, Seil,Kerrera and paddled under the bridge over the Atlantic. Only one evening of rain meant the group got to enjoy some fantastic camp spots with a nice fire every evening. An absoloutey brilliant trip which I really enjoyed and the group are still raving about. Below are some pics.

Sally cooking Limpets
Preping Scallops that a diver kindly gave to us

October Kayaking

Autumn is a beautiful time of year to be out on the water and last month we were busy out with groups showing them the delights of North Wales this time of year

At the beginning of October Bridget, Rhiannon and Caroline enjoyed a fantastic two day private course. A gentle introduction to the sea kayaks on the menai straits on the first day then an awesome paddle in calm conditions out of Rhoscolyn on the second day.

Shrewsbury school joined us for a four day Duke of Edinburgh course where the aim was to train the group up for an expedition next year to Croatia. A mixed bag of weather but a really good and keen group meant we got stuck in boat handling skill, rescues and even managed an overnight camp on Aber Menai Point.

The weekend of the 9th and 10th I was working at Sea Kayaking Cornwalls symposium based in Falmouth. Great weekend with a good turn out. I ran a improvers Surf Session at St Ives on the Saturday and then lead an Intermediate trip out of Swampool beach in Falmouth, for this we had big swells which made for an interesting landing at the end of the day. Met some great folk including sea kayak  coach Russel Farrow from the states. Russel is a great guitar player and me and him enjoyed a bit of a jam on the Saturday night.

We also had a great Introduction to sea kayaking weekend, where the group got to paddle around Puffin island on the East of Anglesey, as well as a fantastic 5 day Improvers course. Here are some pictures form the courses.