More than 60 of Adventure Dolphin’s leaders and helpers came together for their annual training event (Sunday 28th January 2108) which included a range of outdoor activities and club updates.
The morning session, run by Outdoor Academy reminded coaches and helpers alike what it’s like to try something new for the first time as they introduced participants to a mobile caving system, field archery (like clay pigeon shooting), kelly kettling and the climbing wall.
Following a superb lunch whipped up by our volunteer catering team, the afternoon covered a series of topics including DBS checks, volunteer hours, the future of Dolphin Centre, amends to coaching qualifications from British Canoeing and the latest marketing initiatives that are being undertaken.
Helper, Ollie Hatchett said, “It was my first training day and I was surprised by how good it was. The caving was brilliant, I loved the chilli and the updates were really helpful.”
The day was organised and run by Trustees Kevin Dennis and Ed Edwards with input from Group Co-ordinators, , Chairman – Clive Williams, Trustee – Tim Metcalfe, Coach – Claire Hardwick and Marketing – Donna Hatchett.
This week’s Sunday Paddle took on a different look as we all tried our hands (and Paddles) at our new version of net/basket ball.
Everyone had a great time trying to understand the rules as we chopped and changed them allowing the game developed. It was great fun, a good work out, and all in preparation for the curry lunch back at the centre .
Eight kayakers, one canoeist and three walkers braved the cold weather to see in the new year with a paddle from Bisham Abbey to Maidenhead on 1st January 2018.
Thanks go to Grant Burrup for organising and running the trip, which was successfully completed ahead of time due to the fast flow and dedication of all concerned, who naturally took full advantage and floated part way along the 6.5 mile stretch of the River Thames, through Marlow, onto Cookham Lock, past Clevedon and onto Boulters Lock.
The Sunday paddle resumes after the festivities on 7th January with a social paddle – our normal trip out, followed by tea and cake in the Dolphin Centre. So, whether you’re a kayaker, canoeist, or marathon boater, do come and join us.
Don’t forget to visit our calendar of events for an overview of what’s planned in the weeks ahead.
Thanks to Kevin Dennis for running today’s Box Day paddle. More than 30 marathon boaters, canoeists and kayaker’s took to the water for a gentle trip down river before returning to the centre to hot drinks and mince pies.
It was the perfect opportunity to catch up with friends and fellow members at the end of what has been a very successful and enjoyable year for Adventure Dolphin.
The trip is planned to leave Pangbourne on the 17th traveling to Dover, crossing the channel and then traveling in MPV’s through France over night to arrive at our campsite on the Saturday.
We will spend the week paddling various parts of the river dependent upon numbers and abilities.
At the end of the week, Saturday 25th, we will depart camp and travel home arriving back at Pangbourne on Sunday 26th.
At this time I am looking to confirm your interest and arrange an initial meeting in the early new year where I will collect a deposit from those wishing to go. The estimated cost of the trip is £650, which will include the transport to and from Pangbourne, channel crossing, camp site and the majority of the food.
We have plenty of drivers all able to help with a shuttle run. The goal will be to get as many cars at the end, as possible. We will need a few people to drive the drivers back to the start and then collect their vehicles later.
So this means anyone who wants a vehicle shuttle- please be at Tyle Mill carp park, by the canal for 11am
Anyone who is just being dropped off and collected from the end, can you be at start for 12 noon.
I will bring some hot mince pies and sausage rolls. Please bring some snacks and hot drinks with you. Dress warm, it looks like we will have Easterly winds (in our faces) and will be very cold.