Launch your life on the wa­ter with ca­noe course

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AGROUP of volunteers are of­fer­ing young ‘land­lub­bers’ the chance to get into ca­noe­ing at Deb­dale Out­door Cen­tre.

The five have all passed a four-day Bri­tish Ca­noe Pad­dle­sport In­struc­tors course to qualify as ca­noe and kayak in­struc­tors.

The in­struc­tors will be con­duct­ing free, four­week kayak and ca­noe­ing cour­ses for 14 to 16-yearolds, with the first course start­ing on Satur­day.

Spa­ces are limited for the cour­ses – which in­volve one ses­sion per week for a month – so par­ents are en­cour­aged to con­tact the cen­tre if their child would be in­ter­ested in tak­ing part.

David Fearon, one of the new coaches, said: “The course is suit­able for peo­ple who are to­tal begin­ners. The young peo­ple will learn the ba­sics of how to con­trol the ca­noe and move it around in the wa­ter, even if they’ve never sat in one be­fore.”

Equip­ment such as wet­suits and hel­mets will be pro­vided. Par­tic­i­pants are just asked to bring a swim­ming cos­tume, towel and shoes that they don’t mind get­ting wet.

David has been help­ing at the cen­tre’s Satur­day Ju­nior Club – where he is known as Cap­tain Dave – for sev­eral years and de­cided to take the next step and be­come a coach.

“I had the chance to learn how to ca­noe when I was young and these days, my young sons re­ally en­joy the Ju­nior Club. I took the coach­ing course as I wanted more lo­cal young peo­ple to have the chance to en­joy ca­noe­ing, as it’s great fun.

Find­ing your sea legs is just one of many things to do dur­ing the sum­mer hol­i­days in Manch­ester.

As part of this year’s Sum­mer Read­ing Chal­lenge, free ac­tiv­i­ties for chil­dren aged 4 to 11 are on of­fer at all Manch­ester li­braries.

Mean­while, un­der-17s can splash around to their hearts’ con­tent with free swim­ming at all Manch­ester leisure cen­tres dur­ing the hol­i­days.

To find out more, visit www.manch­ester.gov.uk/ all­sort­stodo.

The newly qual­i­fied ca­noe and kayak in­struc­tors

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