Do something new – try a canoe

Published: Friday 26th May 2017 by Courtney Farrow

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National Go Canoeing Week begins today. What better excuse to try something new?

The week runs until Friday 4 June. It encourages people across the country to hop in a canoe and log their miles for a chance to win a whole host of prizes.

Go Canoeing are also raising money for Cancer Research UK, so it’s a wonderful chance to do a good deed.

“It’s great fun to take part in,” enthuses Brian Bate, Community Sports Coach at East Riding of Yorkshire Council and owner of East Riding Adventure. “Canoeing is a very sociable sport; you go out as part of a group. It’s an excellent way to meet new people.”

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Brian has been teaching outdoor sports for nearly thirty years and is clearly passionate about his job.

“Canoeing is thousands of years old. There have been dug-out boats found that date back to the Stone Age,” he tells us.

Based in Beverley, East Riding Adventure offers a wide range of outdoor pursuits and activities. Try your hand at canoeing and kayaking, or stay on dry land with their archery, rifle shooting, bushcraft and survival courses.

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Meanwhile, Kelsey Paddlers Canoe and Kayak Club is an ideal starting point if you’re brand new to the pastime. They run sessions in Burstwick on Tuesdays from 6pm until 8pm and on Saturdays from 9am till 11am.

“Our main aim is to inspire people to paddle,” explains Vince McKeown, Coach at Kelsey Paddlers. “We teach them the basic skills of paddling, as well as how they can keep themselves safe when out on the water.”

Kelsey Paddlers are affiliated with the British Canoe Union and you can train with the club to achieve different star awards:

“We can train you to a one-star or two-star level, but if you would like to pursue the sport and try out sea kayaking, we pass you on to Kingston Kayak Club.”

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The club has access to a broad range of boats to suit all needs, from K1 and sea kayaks, to play boats and white water canoes. Some of their larger vessels can carry whole families – perfect for a summer picnic.

“There truly is something for everyone with canoeing,” enthuses Vince. “Whether you want to chill out, get fit, compete, meet new people or see some rare wildlife.”

Kelsey Paddlers welcomes people of all ages and abilities: “Our oldest paddler is now 89,” Vince tells us. “We also have really young children in the club. Kids over the age of 8 can paddle; those younger need an adult to be with them in the boat,”

“For me, canoeing is a beautiful, relaxing experience. I also use it to stay fit, as it really tests your core muscles,” he adds.

For more information about East Riding Adventure, please visit their Facebook page. Also make sure to check out Kelsey Paddlers Canoe and Kayak Club.

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Published: Friday 26th May 2017 by Courtney Farrow

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