Paddle 365’s (run by Jamie Greenhalgh) moderate white water skills booster course is focussed on helping people build the skills and confidence they need in order to become strong and adaptable grade 3 white water kayakers.
Here I write about how the course went and what I learnt.
Since I started out on my adventuring journey, especially with my Canoe Club, we’ve always talked about there being 3 types of fun. Before the summer, most of my kayaking definitely sat in type 2 fun. I was shit scared whilst it was happening, sometimes in tears. But as soon as I got off, I’d have the biggest, beaming smile on my face. Here we walk through the three types of fun.
I remember my first steps in to climbing and kayaking adventure vividly. As if it was yesterday. The first time I went climbing I was nervous. I hate looking stupid when I don’t know what I’m doing. And there I was, about to do exactly that. I walked into the climbing wall entrance and stood on the public side of the metre high glass wall waiting for Dan and Matt to notice me there. I must have looked sheepish, like I didn’t belong.
The White Water Leader training is a compulsory part of the British Canoeing White Water Leader qualification. It’s typically 2 days of training which covers the leader syllabus. The official description can be found on the British Canoeing White Water Leader pages.
I’m sure there’s more but there are 4 things that stand out for me in answer to what adventure means to me. I asked on my Insta story the other day about what it means to you. And someone said being with friends too. I think that’s so true. Whilst these 4 things motivate me, doing it with my friends makes it extra special. And something doesn’t have to tick all these boxes. Just one will do!