Lockearnhead Scout Paddling

Scouts Pool Sessions 

We are putting together a program of paddling sessions in preparation for Lockearnhead scout camp in 2018. We are looking to offer 4 Pool sessions before Christmas where scouts will be able to practice some skills and techniques prior to paddling at Lockearnhead on the Camp.
These sessions will be based on developing skills including Capsizing a kayak and methods of kayak rescue.
Sessions are planned to take place at Stewards School Pool on November 4th and 18th November  and 9th and 16th December 2017

Development of moving water  skills and use of a Spraydeck.

Spray decks are used by proficient paddlers and are designed to keep water out of the boat when paddling longer distances. They help keep paddlers dry and warm in the boat, but to ensure that paddlers can use them safely on paddling trips we like all participants to have experience of using them in a swimming pool before going on a trip.They are not essential to be worn on a paddling session but are useful for paddlers looking to undertake a day trip by kayak as they help keep paddlers warm and dry.

We practice a simple technique of capsizing a boat in the swimming pool to build up confidence then build up to  wearing a spray deck in the pool 
Next we develop techniques for capsizing and releasing the spray deck so that it is easy to remove.The decks are designed so that they release when paddlers swim or pull the deck off.

Swimming and rescue skills

We plan to look at methods of swimming and emptying boats as well as developing rescue skills by knowing how to capsize and swim downstream safely in slow moving water. On a river trip there is always the potential to capsize on moving water or even on a lake. Simple safety techniques can help a paddler be rescued quickly and easily on a river or lake.