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Introduction to moving water

posted 13 Jul 2019, 04:03 by   [ updated 9 Sep 2019, 11:10 by Zak Warren ]
Ellen MacArthur Troop was joined by our friends from 2nd Portchester on the River Wey for an introduction to moving water. After spending nearly twelve weeks working on the British Canoeing Discover and then Explore awards, the Scouts were ready to put their new skills into practice. 

We arrived early to load up the vans and the trailers with all the boats and equipment we'd need, then hit the road. After launching from Stoke Lock, we split into two groups and paddled in opposite directions. Our mission was to explore the natural course of the river, which split off in several places from the main navigation. 

On these side loops, we discovered higher flows, eddies, standing waves, and other moving water features. The scouts then had the chance to have a go at ferry gliding, s-turns, and even a little surfing. 

At the end of the day, we met up again to share stories and delicious barbecue food!