Here are some shots taken this am at the Tees Barrage.Continue reading
Dear Paddlesport Community, help us #SaveOutdoorEd
Many of you will probably have had your first taste of kayaking or canoeing at an outdoor education centre with school, at a summer camp or with organisations such as the Scouts or Cadets. Indeed, you’ll never forget the late night dormitory giggles, writing postcards home, the skirmish for the hot showers or the smell of festering wetsuits in the drying room! Right now though, outdoor education centres across the UK are facing permanent closure due to COVID-19 restrictions on overnight visits and sporting activities. This article scratches the surface of the outcomes of outdoor education for young people with the insights of professionals from around the UK and concludes with some suggestions on how you can kindly help the fight to #SaveOutdoorEd.
Since March, there has been no outdoor education residentials in the UK, with tens of thousands of children missing out on the opportunity to experience activities such as canoeing, rock climbing, archery, gorge walking, mountaineering and sailing, all whilst living away from home. Other adventures whilst on residential may include trying new food, helping with chores, cleaning boots and making a bed (this one’s often particularly traumatic!). Behind the activities, there is a whole range of benefits and developmental skills to be gained, most of which cannot be fully exercised in a classroom: problem solving in ‘real’ situations, developing resilience to new and challenging situations, following a routine or instructions, identifying and mitigating hazards and risks, environmental awareness, self-confidence and self-esteem, physical activity, communication skills, teamworking, timekeeping, independent living, resolving conflict, raising aspirations… the list goes on!Continue reading
Unfortunately the Tyne Tour 2020 has been cancelled. The Tyne Tour is a huge event that takes place annually here in the UK.
Hopefully it will return in 2021 bigger and better than ever.
Welcome to Movie Monday 6 April 2020. We have a great selection of whitewater videos to help soak up a little bit of your time today. Week #3 of lockdown in the UK.
We have one of Yak’s newest pieces of dry wear in for review at Unsponsored.
This is the Yak Horizon Drysuit. Available only in red/black the Horizon is made from hard wearing 3-layer breathable material with Cordura re-enforcement on the knee and bum.
The drysuit comes equipped with a double neck seal. This is made up from a high quality inner latex gasket and then a neoprene outer gasket.
This has to be one of the best if not the best outer neck seals I have seen/used to date. The added section at the top of the standard cone shape makes a huge difference.Continue reading
Welcome to Movie Monday 2 March 2020 at Unsponsored.
Welcome to Unsponsored and Movie Monday 3 February 2020. It’s a #stout one.
Welcome to Movie Monday 6 January 2020. Another cracking set of movies to distract you from the start of the working day. Kick back, relax, work can wait.
Welcome to Movie Monday 2 December 2019 at Unsponsored.
The Senders hit the Falls Of Falloch.
On our way south to Kendal Mountain Festival we stopped off at the Falls of Falloch for a quick park and huck mission. Such a wicked little waterfall in Scotland and just off the main road too!Continue reading