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3 days progressing towards river paddling 

This is an opportunity to progress your canoing  skills towards river canoing. If your thinking about comming on a river trip or just fancy having a go this may be just the ticket. 

Three days = three stages choose where to hop off (and hop back on another  time) 

We have bult each day as a seporate offering some may fancy having only a go of the techniques taught on the lake - and maby you’ll hop on the next tidal day. 

Each stage progresses as does the dificulty of the environment  in both skill and difficulty of access. 

Getting wet adventure

On each training day your going to get wet practicing emergency procedures as part of the skill set. The only day you might stay dry is on the river. 

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Overview

We have developed this course to help people transition between paddling on flat water to river paddling. This is a great into to how we would paddle on our longer trips in Scotland. 

We have sepoerated the days to allow people to  jump off at differing stages depending on your needs and desires. You can do 1, 2 or 3 days.

We focus on the skills each day - if you would perfer to just go canoing we have loads of other options. 

The days are progessive so you would need you to do day 1 before day 2. 

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Day 1 - Paddle Skills 

Based at the Acrtive Base Fell Foot Windermere this day focuses on paddling in a style compatable with river paddling. 

For many of those who have flat water previously there will be much to gather about weight distribution, paddling without outriggers and paddle strokes that work with flow.

There will also be a great ammount of time dedicated to capsize, rescue and recovery.  

This is also a great day for open water paddlers looking to be able to keep themselves safe on big areas of water or canals. 

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Day 2 - Moving water skills 

We have a fantastic venue for first experiences of moving water - a natural tidal flow playground near Greenodd.

We get on the water in relatively flat conditions but soon the tide turns and creates flow, eddies and obstacles.

The greatest thing is that the environment is mostly sand: a fantastic low risk place to capsize and an easy place to be rescued and recovered. 

Get some great expereince of managing your boat in moving water. 

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Day 3 - First River

The river Lune is a great stretch of river to start on. It’s relatively safe, beutiful and a lovely trip. 

We meet at Kirkby Lonsdale 

Today the focus is not on drills or technique but on the journey and adventure. 


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Dates and Costs 

  • Lake Day
    3 April 2022
    Meet at Fell Foot Newby Bridge @10am
    £124 per person

    Tidal Day
    4 April 2022
    Meet at Greenodd Service Station @9am
    £236 per person (Lake and Tidal days)  

  • River day 
    5 April 2022
    Meet at Kirkby Lonsdale River Carpark @10am
    £312 per person

  • Depart :  Approximaltely 3:30pm each day

  • This is a non-reisdnetial trip

What is included?

  • Use of canoes, paddle any safety and adaptive equipmet needed 

    Wetsuits, and waterproofs 

    Lunches on all 3 days

  • British qualified Canoeing Instructors

  • Transport from and to the train station

  • Storage waterprooif storage containers for your spare clothing and essentials

What do we actually do

  • Brush up your Canoe skills 

  • Introduce the tactics and pricipals of paddling with flow

    Introduce dynamic balance and body positioning to stablise your canoe

  • Practice escaping to eddies and renetering areas of flow

  • Practice recovery back into a canoe 

  • Practice rope based rescues

  • Have a good laught and sleep like logs each night

  • Meet some likely adventuire buddies to join up with for more fun.

Lake Day Accessibility

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    Suitable for people able to navigate short stretches of rough ground unaided and longer walks with assistance

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  • We are well staffed for this trip, a lot of help is available for support both on and off activity time

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Cognition

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  • Suitable for those able to self manage without dedicated support or with a dedicated carer

  • We will help with meals, reminding about medications etc 

  • Participants should be capable of understanding and acting appropriately around fires and at the water's edge without constant supervision 

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Mobility  

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  • The trip is possible for robust and adventurous walking aid users.

    The active base has: Good surfaces, level access toilets, showers and chainging place, level access cafe and lunch room

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    This day is possible for an adventurous wheelchair user who can self transfer and bum shuffle

    To be clear the experience a mobility impared person will have on this day will be physical and bruising. 

    The drills involve both physically reentering canoes from in the water, propelling yourself along in your bouyancy aid and being towed by rope to shallow water to bum shuffle independently accross rocks and slippery terrain to the shore. 

    This is the reality of preparing for moving water there is little time to gently manage sitiatuions in the river envronment  

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Auditory 

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    Suitable for people with most auditory impairments that do not require signing to communicate 

  • A BSL assistant instructor is occasionally available

  • We have radios and Tloop transmission  units to aid hearing when seperated in differing boats - at times these will be of no help (swimming) 

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Tidal Day Accessibility

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    A person will need sufficianet perception to travel 100m over rough ground unaided or guided 

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  • You must be able to perceve hazards and other boats at 100m

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Cognition

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  • Suitable for those able to self manage without dedicated support or with a dedicated carer

  • We will help with meals, reminding about medications etc 

  • Participents should be able to respond appropratly to shouted instructions and perform set skills reliably

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Mobility  

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  • The trip is possible for robust and adventurous walking aid users.

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    This would represent the upper limit of what the more athletic and robust essential wheelchair user should sign up to.

    We will be doing the drills described in the Lake day in an active flow. 

    Following this day would be the approprate time to reflect and plan for a river attemempt (unlikely to be the next day) 

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Auditory 

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    Suitable for those with some hearing 

  • We have radios and Tloop transmission  units to aid hearing when seperated in differing boats - at times these will be of no help (swimming) 

    Or

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    Come with an adventure buddy

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    Arrange an Anyone Can volunteer guide

River Day Accessibility

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    See tidal day

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  • See tidal day 

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  • The trip is possible for robust and adventurous walking aid users.

    In the worst case you may need to:

    Climb up the river bank

    Untagle youself from a tree

    Swim on your back in a rapid and defend against rocks 

    Stand up in fast moving water with a slippey and uneven bottom

    Walk back to the roadside over rough terriain with no path and possibly fences (in the case of a lost boat) 

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    Suitable for those with some hearing. In most cases you may need a dedicated experienced guide

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    Arrange an Anyone Can volunteer guide

From London by rail 

Hop on the Caladonian Sleeper and snuggle up. You will wake up in Glasgow on the morning - 1 stop on the Glasgow underground and hop on Balloch train

TOP TIP  look at buying a Glasgow return ticket separately which are often much cheaper and then buy singles onwards

Or

Travel up during the day before, stay overnight in Glasgow and get the Balloch train the next day.

Other places by rail

Any rail route that arrives in Glasgow is easy.  Glasgow is the Northern terminal of the West Coast main line and Edinburgh (50mins from Glasgow) is similarly the head of the East Coast mainline. This means that most of the UK is in easy reach of a train going the right way. 

By Air 

Fly into Glasgow City  (Belfast, Bristol, London, Birmingham, Manchester) one train to Centre then another to Balloch

European Start up Funded 

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European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development  

Europe investing in rural areas

Anyone Can: Connecting Transport Hubs to Lake Shores - Accessible Canoeing

Purchase of an accessible powered support and rescue vessel, and a mobile fleet of canoes with trailer

It is part funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development 

Supported by the Cumbria Fells and Dales Local Action Group 

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