Off to the Isle of wight again for more 4 star sea action! One important aspect of this award is knowing your buoyage, for example although this looks like a bucket on a stick, it's actually a Port Channel Marker
And this one, which looks very much like two plastic funnels, painted black is a North Cardinal
It's very civilised on the IoW - yep, that's ac ice cream boat! Here's Owen from IoW Sea Kayaking, And Kim Bull, with my friend Lindsey from NY stateThere's always loads of first aid to be administered on 4 star assessments!Someone is happy in his work!
I got asked to go do some work with a couple of guys working towards their L2, we decided to go paddle on the Teme at Ludlow with their students. On the way there I was reminded why I love living in England- I love travelling around the world but seeing this sight 20 minutes from my house is awsome! Puts me in a good mood for the rest of the day
I watched Steve and Alex coaching kayak and canoe over two days
This is Kari from the USA - she loves canoes and castles, cos there aint many castles in Oregon!Nice braces - we learn these to prevent a capsizeIt don't always work!
From the Isle of Man, to the Isle of Wight - well not quite, but very close! As soon as I got back from Man, I was heading south to Southampton to run a Coaching Processes course for these guys http://www.woodmill.co.uk/
Seems a shame to be so close to sea and not go for a paddle so the first evening a gang of us set off for a gentle paddle from Warsash, out of Southampton Water and round to Lee on the Solent
It was very bright and sunny when we set off As we got into the Solent the wind was picking up the sea a little, we had great fun surfing a few waves
Those ferries, container ships and warships seem very close at times, they certainly make sure you keep your wits about you!
It got a little cooler as the sun got lower, but even with the industrial backdrop, still a cool place to go for a paddle!
I was holding the camera while paddling and accidently took this photo!
Plenty of navigation bouys to practise nav skills
Not easy to get lost in the Solent
Thanks to the boys and girls at Woodmill for a very pleasant evening paddle!
Just got back from a very enjoyable couple of days on the Isle of Man doing some sea kayak coaching. Quick chat on the car park.Then a warm up on the beachAnd we're off! It was quite winds but there was plenty of shelter near the rocksEven when we went into more open water there was still shelter because of the high ground surrounding the bayOne or two inquisitve seals popped up occassionally to check us out.I wonder if this one was planning to hang around until the next high tide to get off this sea stack!
Some cool stuff to see around the coasts of IoM - the little hole you can see just below and to the right of the stone wall is the entrance to an old tin mine. It's a 35 minute flight from Birmingham, I can be on Man faster than getting to North Wales - fancy something different for a sea kayaking adventure, go to the Isle of Man!
So after the South West Symposium in San Diego it was time for another coaches trip to Baja Mexico.
We set up camp at La Bufadora, just south of Ensenada - this is the site of the biggest blow hole in the world! (alegedly!)
Someimes the sea is very calm
But most times the Pacific swells make it a rock gardening heaven!
Here's Eila playing in her Pilgrim
Russell Farrow reporting for action!Russell Farrow - in action! Some cool pour overs!
You do need to get the timing right though, I won't be naming this hapless paddler, to protect their dignity!
Here's a photo of me getting the weeks first wash in the 'little' blowhole - first the big breath
Then the big rinse!
Oh dear - perhaps one of us should have pulled their boat a little higher up the beach! I saw some lovely starfish and risked life and limb in the swells to get close to them.
After a quick photo shoot I put him back on the rock where he came from!
Some of the wildlife wasn't quite so friendly - we found this little fella under Eila's tent!Eila taking it easy after a day on the water!The best tachos in Baja! Nigel and Eila buying Tequila for the collection
When I'm not coaching paddlesports, I'm probably working for BCU UK Coaching! I'm one of the National Trainers and involved with rolling out the new coaching scheme and Performance awards, I'm also an Approvals Officer working with BCU Approved Centres.
I coach paddlesports and deliver and assess paddlesport coach education courses.
I'm very lucky that I've been coaching and paddling in some awesome locations around the world - Canada, Finland, New Zealand, Panama, Florida, California, New York, Oregon, Washington, Grand Canyon, Sakhalin - Eastern Russia, French Alps, Ardeche, Baja- Mexico - hopefully that list will continue to grow!
I studied Sports at the University of Wolverhampton, where I got BSc Hons, and continued to work there part time as a visiting lecturer in Outdoor Education and Leadership.
I contributed two chapters to BCU Coaching Handbook as well as a small contribution to Canoe and Kayak Games. I've also had articles published in Canoe Focus and Canoe and Kayak Magazine.
I'm available for coaching canoe and kayak, see my website for contact details www.philhadley.co.uk