Stormy Waters for the Foundation Canoe Club
26 Mar 2019
Perse Outdoor Pursuits Instructor Mark Hughes shares an insight into the recent foundation canoe club trip.
Last weekend students enjoyed a two-day canoe trip on the River Medway. The first day began with lots of wind thanks to Storm Gareth, but it didn’t stop our pupils from battling on.
Along the way they encountered a few difficulties with some of the river being drained for maintenance. The students worked well together to portage around the difficult sections and continue on despite the conditions. There were also some sections with fast flowing water, allowing the students to practice their ferry gliding, breaking in and out and running a weir.
After a long day, the students enjoyed a big meal of fajitas at the campsite. However the wind continued and a strong gust of wind unfortunately broke the boys teepee.
The following morning all the staff and students warmed up by helping to push the minibuses off the waterlogged field, before heading out onto the river. At the end of the day the students were very tired but had canoed a total of 31km in two days, which is a massive achievement and one of which they can be very proud, as the experience really tested their skills on the water.