The group had to cope with a change of day this week for the outdoor pursuit’s intervention, which they all did very well.
They arrived at school full of enthusiasm and were eager to get involved in the planned activity. Our instructor from Skylark Adventures had decided that this week it would be a brilliant opportunity to get the boys on the water again to refine their skills and enable more of them to gain a qualification.
Arriving at the launch site at Purton Lock the group helped one another to put on the right kit and ensure it was fastened correctly. They then helped to move the boats down to the water’s edge to launch them. Once on the water our instructor decided that we would paddle up the canal towards Gloucester. Once we had started to paddle the cloud began to break and it became a warm spring day, which all of us enjoyed. On the paddle, we had to listen to the instructor very closely because of other water craft using the canal and because of the fishermen on the bank. All of the boys managed this very well, which ensured the safety of the group at all times.
Having paddled for around 45 minutes our instructor decided that it was time to return to the launch site for a well earned lunch break, which was going to be followed by some skills assessments and some capsize drills. The boys all enjoyed this and encouraged one another throughout. Having completed the afternoon session it was now time for the group to collect all the equipment, pack it away and return to school.
The group should feel very proud of their achievements today with more of them gaining qualifications together with the fact that they all displayed the schools values in abundance.