On Sunday my eldest daughter and I took advantage of a very kind offer from Go Canoeing and went down to the fantastic Salford Watersports centre for an introduction to Canoeing.
I’m actually going to spend a day canoeing as part of this year’s big walk down the Wye Valley (wherever that is – Dave’s organising it this year), so the event couldn’t have been timed better.
A canoe, as you are no doubt aware, is open and you use a single bladed paddle (as opposed to a kayak where your legs tend to be enclosed (although not always) and you use a double bladed paddle.
I’ve never really been a fan of getting taught physical skills. I tend to feel very self conscious and incompetent, and would much rather just be left to my own devices to work things out on my own. However the instructor was very nice indeed, and managed to put me at my ease very quickly.
Unfortunately he wasn’t actually able to instil in me any kind of competence, but the fault for that lies with myself rather than him (and to be fair we were only out an hour or so). I’m pretty confident however that now i know the basics i’ll be able to pick it up relatively quickly with a bit of experimentation.
My daughter had an absolute whale of a time, and was even driven to write her own review of the experience:
Canoeing is a great sport, take it from me. You had to sit in a long paddle boat (a canoe) and you had a paddle. You had to put the paddle deep into the water, push backwards, and do it again.
it was an amazing experience. I would rate it 10/10. I kept thinking the boat would tip over! I screamed a few times as well! I would go again.
In fact we’ve actually started looking into going again sometime soon. Perhaps even as some sort of formal course.
This coming weekend sees the start of National go canoeing week . There are loads of events for people of all ages and abilities right up and down the country, and I highly recommend finding an an event near you and having a go. It’s an awful lot of fun and never know, you may pick up a new hobby.