Launch your life on the water with canoe course
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