Here's the cars loaded up ready to go, two vehicles. Six canoes
I ran a four star canoe for the Old Vicarage Centre, the lake day was at Bala - it was horrendous, almost gale force winds. Luckily we managed to launch at the top of the lake and paddle up into the Upper Dee - still pretty grim though.
We had a good one the next day on the Upper Severn, around Newtown, it was high but do-able. None of the photos came out very well.
In October I had the good fortune to be invited by Marsha at Sea Kayak Georgia (www.seakayakgeorgia.com) to coach at their symposium. I ran a Level 2, or rather I watched as my good friend Jen Kleck ran the course. What a great symposium in a fantastic location.
I was a bit slack with photos I'm afraid.
We were always well fed, but one night we had an oyster dinner, they were different to any oysters I've had before, much smaller and they cooked them with pepper, but there were bucketloads of them!! Check out the boys cleaning them before cookin 'em
One of the highlights for me was when we found a 3 foot gator on the grass in front of the shop, they guys managed to grab it while I held onto one end of a paddle, while the gator held onto the other! We released him into the creek at the back of the shop - no-one was very keen to do rescues there again!! I'm in the process of organising a trip to the 'Deliverance' river - the Chatooga with the guys from Sea Kayak Georgia for next September, let me know if you wanna come!
OK, so it has been a while since my last confession.
I really needed to update my blog, so I thought I'd start by owning up to this one!
I love working at Leam Boat Centre 'cos they have loads of cool boats to play with.
I was running a Level 1 Coach Course, sat in a GP kayak with no deck, cos I wasn't gonna do anything but observe, anyway in the review I got all animated (surprise surprise) and ended up edging the boat a bit too much and soaking my shirt and shorts - cotton briefs too! I went back in and changed into more suitable clothes, then as I was about to rejoin the group I thought it would be cool to take a pedalo, everyone laughed - what a guy!
A pedalo is an amusement park ride
You sit in a moulded seat next to your partner and pedal it recumbant stylee, that then turns a paddlewheel under the hull which moves the sucker along, little joystick in the middle to steer.
When I came back to the deck I was struggling to parallel park it so I just pulled up next to another one and hopped across, one leg on each, I then twisted to pick up the painter of my pedalo, and the boats drifted apart slowly. No problem, I just scissored my legs together to bring them together again - I do it all the time in canoe, but to stabilise myself a little I held onto the high seat back. As I applied pressure, the f******* seat popped out, I toppled backwards a little and the boats parted dropping me on my ass in the Leam!
I did hurt my fingertips while clawing at the poxy little excuse for a boat to save myself, to no avail. I came up, looked around and all of the deck staff, all of my students were just staring in disbelief, even the hundreds of members of the public around sensed that something monumental had just occured - the silence was eerie, then I heard a click from an SLR camera, then the laughing commenced! I was up over the pedalo and onto the bank in an instant, grabbing my cap as I went.
In this photo, I've just climbed back on and am in the process of replacing the REMOVABLE seat!!!.
Time to change again for the third time and it wasn't 11am yet!
Jenna said that never in the history of the Boathouse has anyone fell off a pedalo, even the most incompetent of deckhand boys has ever been that f***in' lame!
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