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4* Assessment completed

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The last four weeks in north Wales have been very windy, wet and very "welsh-like". The wind has been very present and the sun has just made occasionally visits to this part of the world. But then it happend. Last weekend the sun hit us with it's full power and the wind eased down a little and gave us two very pleasent days on the water. First we were a bit afraid that we wouldn't get the right conditions for a 4* assessment but both the wind and the seastate turned out to be just perfect for us.

The assessment was run by James and Pete from Adventure Elements and besides me there were 3 guys from Spain, 2 guys from Wales and 1 guy from England attending the assessment. Day one was all about personal skills and some leadership. We went to the north coast, to Cemaes Bay, and James and Pete spent the whole day looking at our personal skills, our navigation skills, safety and rescue, route choices and our over all knowledge about tidal streams and the environemnt we were in. A great day with lots of work and of course a lunch break at the "small brick works". Even if we had only passed neaps a few days earlier, we got some resistance around the head lands we had to paddle pass to get back to Cemaes Bay. And of course we payed a visit to one of the local pubs in Cemaes before heading back to James base in Brynsiencyn.

Back in Y Felinheli I spent the evening doing chart work and planning a day trip for the mock students we whould meet on the Sunday. The sun shone the whole day and once again we drove to the north coast. This time we launched from Bull Bay. One by one we led the group towards Porth Wen, doing some rock hopping along the way and getting some vobbely paddlers back in their boats when they "accidentely" ended up in the water. After lunch we continued west and went out to Middle Mouse before we slowly headed back to Bull Bay. We all agreed that we've had a wonderful time on the water and back at the base we all got to know if we had passed or not. I'm very happy that I passed the assessment and I must say that I really enjoyed the process of being assessed. I wasn't nervous at all. Not even once... ;-)

I'm more than happy to have passed the assessment.

I'm more than happy to have passed the assessment.

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