Beginners session on the River Irwell

Last Sunday saw a group of 12 paddlers from the club take a trip to the River Irwell just outside of Bury to improve their moving water skills and get some of the newer paddlers ready for the River Nidd cleanup in March. The purpose of the day was two-fold: as well as introducing some of our new paddlers to moving water, it also gave some of our 3 star paddlers a chance to do some one-to-one coaching and build up their teaching skills.

The day started very cold, so having warmed up we paddled the short blast up the canal and got on the river at the bottom of the big weir. Here, those new to moving water went over a few of the things covered at 1 star level whilst those who had done their 2 star practiced support strokes at the base of the weir.

We then paddled down the river, stopping at most of the features to practice ferrygliding, breaking in and breaking out. We then carried on down and had a well-deserved lunch in the cafe-and warmed up at the same time!

Now that the newer paddlers where more confident on moving water, we ran the river from the bottom of the weir again, this time stopping for some playing on the features. It appears we have some eager future playboaters in the club, with Jake and James making the most of the wave trains and surfing endlessly!

Despite the levels being very low, everyone took something out of the day and a good time was had by everyone, plus the big bonus that no one swam on such a cold day!

Keep checking back here for a quick video of what we got up to.

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