Another great training weekend for IOPCC
with Rob McIntyre on the North Devon Coast arranged by
This early season progressive training weekend focused
on a revision of trip planning, weather conditions,
tidal flows and basic paddling skills - moving on to
blending body, boat and blade in increasingly
Saturday - (in swell, but with the absence of wind !!) -
focus on posture, rotation, edging. Moving the boat in
progressively restricted and rougher waters to effect a
contact for a tow assisted rescue.
Sunday - (in gusting wind and at times heavy rain) -
focus on edging in confined spaces and efficient 360 and
180 degree turns. Towing, and using the conditions of
the day to increase awareness of how individual boats
respond to wind from different quarters and how to take
advantage when needing to turn up and down wind.