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Young Leader whitewater training 2019

posted 12 Aug 2019, 12:09 by   [ updated 9 Sep 2019, 11:09 by Zak Warren ]
The young leaders have put in a huge amount of effort in helping with the Scouts and leading them in a range of different activities. As a reward for all their effort, and to help push their existing skills, we took them for some introductory whitewater training. 

We left Portchester early, kayaks securely attached to the roof bars, and set off to the Thames. After a brief warm up paddle up the River Wey, we came across our first play spot. We discussed safety and tactics, then set off with a couple of demonstrations. With nerves building, the young leaders took to the water and ran the weirs. 

The day continued with a mixture of flat water paddling, discussions, and opportunities to test their skills on moving water. Judging by the smiles, we may have kindled a new love of rivers!