Massive engagement for Cumbria's winter CPD programme.
So last night marked the final zoom CPD session organised by Mike Sunderland, Chair of Cumbria Canoeists, and his team. They have all been thanked personally but we would like to extend a public thank you to everyone who has hosted, presented and indeed taken part in these events.
138 participants attend the final session looking at the new guide awards.
Overall 549 people attended the sessions hosted by Mike and his team over the winter season highlighting how hugely successful the programme has been.
The extract below is recognition of this from British Canoeing.
"A massive thank you and congratulations to you and your team for the last few months.
It has been fantastic to see the Northern Powerhouse and more specifically Cumbria embrace these sessions and make them a success for coaches and leaders.
594 attendees is a great result, massive engagement and when you compare to 2019’s total coaching matters event attendance (750 for the whole of England) I’m sure you will agree a massive success.
I for one look forward to the Winter 2022 programme.
Well done and thank you to everyone involved
Here is looking forward to a busy summer on the water and hopefully an equally popular Winter programme.
Don't forget to check the coaching area of the website for future events.
Mike Tracey of Cumbria Kayaking has opened a showroom at Bockhole, Lake District Visitor Centre on Windermere.
Check out the details below and don't hesitate to get in touch with Mike if you have any questions.
Youth River Running Group
So, a trip to the Lune at Halton Rapids was the ideal setting for a gentle re-start of paddling activities. The water levels were perfect: not at scrape level, and not so high as to be scary, but bouncy enough to be challenging and fun. The weather was good too, with bright sunlight and much warmer than forecast (although the water was still cold!).
After a look at the conditions and a Covid-secure safety briefing, the 8 paddlers were split into 2 groups and each assigned a coach (Mike Fletcher or Mike Sunderland). The 2 groups got on the water in different places and spent some time warming up paddling muscles, and practicing ferry gliding, before running the rapids, going over the top weir and surfing the waves.
After a couple of hours on the water and a break for lunch, only a few paddlers were able to stay on for the afternoon session, so just one group went back out. The fun everyone was having clearly inspired the Dad of one of the young paddlers to get back on the water after a break from kayaking of several years (he made it all look very easy – it must be like riding a bike!).
Everyone had a great day and it was great to see everyone paddling with confidence by the end of the session. A huge thank-you to both Mikes for the time they give to help coach and develop young paddlers from the North West region.