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4* Training in North Wales.

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In the BCU paddling scheme, you can obtain a maximum of 5 stars within the Leadership Award. This branch of the scheme focuses on leadership when it comes to lead already experienced paddlers in different levels of paddling conditions. The aim is to obtain successful performance at a level that indicates that the paddler has the personal skill level and leadership ability required to lead a group of 4 paddlers, on short paddling trips. Journeys in moderate tidal water environment with winds not exceeding force 4/sea state 4. The paddler should also be able to judge the conditions and the standard of the group and make appropriate decisions about the planned route along with the need to modify plans as required.

So together with Duncan, Shaun, Dave and Nick I had a few very productive and exciting training days. We spent one day up at the north coast of Anglesey. After some navigation and tidal planning on land we launched from cozy Cemaes Bay and then started to head east. Along the way we stopped to look at personal skills, route planning and leadership thoughts. After lunch we did a crossing to go to Middle Mouse where the tide was running and was creating beautiful curly waves. The island was full of razor bills, guillemots, terns and seagulls. No puffin birds though as far as I could see.

We spent the second day on the south coast of Holy Island where we launched from Porth Dafach. The goal for today was to continue looking at leadership and route planning, leading through the small waves at Penrhyn Mawr, doing towing excercises and practising different rescue techniques. We had two great days on the water and when we said good bye on the beach I knew I would sleep good that night.


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Planning on the water before taking off.

Planning on the water before taking off.

Leadership discussion along the north coast of Anglesey.

Leadership discussion along the north coast of Anglesey.

Dave resting in the sun.

Dave resting in the sun.

Time for lunch. Already?

Time for lunch. Already?

Dave, Duncan and Nick making route decisions.

Dave, Duncan and Nick making route decisions.

Trip planning day 2.

Trip planning day 2.

Heading out to Penrhyn Mawr.

Heading out to Penrhyn Mawr.

Some fun in the tide race.

Some fun in the tide race.

Duncan and Dave wanted to spend more time IN the water.

Duncan and Dave wanted to spend more time IN the water.

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