Monday nights at Conningbrook lake
With lockdown measures being eased, we are pleased to announce the re-introduction of paddle sessions at Conningbrook Lake.
Government and British Canoeing guidelines have indicated that we can paddle in groups of up to six or more dependent on the activity. What this means is that we can accommodate multiple groups on the lake as per last year. With a staggered approach upon arrival as the rule of six still applies when not on the water.
With that said, we will continue with peer and coached sessions until the restrictions change.
Sessions on offer will be
1, Peer lead paddle (up to six), taking the opportunity to practice skills while on the water
2, A more formal coached session (up to eight) for those wanting to improve their paddling. You may get wet :)
The road, access, point to Conningbrook remains unchanged, as to last year, with the same parking arrangements.
(Junction point here https://w3w.co/mirror.logic.class). *
As parking is limited by the lake, we ask where possible, that you drop off boats/kit, and park in the newly laid access road. There are limited spaces, if we park sensibly, we will be able to accommodate everyone.
(Container location is here https://w3w.co/closes.fence.panel)*
There are NO official changing facilities onsite. You will either have to get changed by your car or under the shelter by the lake. This is not ideal, we know, but this is what we have to work with. Please consider other facility users (Families / Walkers) when getting changed.
The sessions will be around 1-2 hours so don't forget a drink and snack.
These sessions are suitable for all members who can paddle in a straight line for 50m and perform a self-rescue**.
Organiser: Malcolm Oates
Group leaders: Malcolm Oates and Sammy Deans
Please bring your own equipment if you have it, however we have access to our store boats so equipment can be borrowed; including SUPS (stand-up paddle boards), kayaks and canoes.
(You will be expected to assist with the unloading and loading of the container for any equipment used)
* We are now using WHAT3WORD when giving out meet up locations; it provides a more precis location for more remote sites that we use. If you do not already have it on your phone, we strongly advise downloading the app, its free so no reason not to have it. It is also used by emergency services throughout the southeast and can be given as a location reference when needing their services. (https://what3words.com/)
** A self-rescue is generally an eskimo roll/rescue or swimming to the bank with your boat and paddle, retrieving it from the water and getting back in unassisted. This can be taught in the skills session.