CSCC Reports 2010: CSCC Introduction to moving water - July 2010

We are grateful to Tom and Martin for running another excellent white water training session at Harefield (near Rickmansworth) on Sunday 11th July.  This time Jackie, Eleanor, Vicki, Ian, Dan, Martin, Hils, Pete, Amelia and Stewart joined him.  

At the road bridge by the Coy Carp pub there is a small area of white water which I believe is caused by water from the River Colne entering the Grand Union Canel.  Slalom poles have been erected in this area.  The sun was shining and it was a popular spot with other paddlers that day, but Tom negotiated with the leaders from the Pheonix Canoe Club, so that we all had our fair share.   

The conditions were fine for practising the core white water skills of breaking in and breaking out and ferry gliding.  Our newcomers to white water did very well and the more experienced members of our group helped to demonstrate how it is meant to be done.

There was also time for some of Tom's trade-mark wacky ideas for improving balance and confidence in the boat, including performing 360 degree spin without moving the boat.  We were allowed to do this in calmer water!

We finished our paddling session with some rescue practice.  The all-in rescue predictably caused a fair degree of chaos, but we all got back into our boats eventually.

After drying off and changing we bagged a table in the Coy Carp.  Following lunch Ian, Vicki, Jackie and Eleanor gave prepared talks on relevant subjects such as river grading, trip planning and access to rivers.

The session was useful preparation for the Treweryn and Symonds Yat trips coming up later in the summer.

Stewart photo's can be seen via this link...