Friday, June 27, 2014

hone your kayaking skills

Thursday afternoons are skills lessons days at Optimist during the summer months. Making the most of the long warm summer days we meet at the club at 5pm for a learning session. Afterwards we sit around and celebrate the coming weekend with a drink and some snacks. Our TGIF is actually TGIT as our weekend is Friday and Saturday, Sunday is back to work, the first day of the week

The water is now about 26 C, thats pretty warm and friendly.

This time we practiced our rudder turns, stern and bow

Rescues  both self and assisted were also on the menu

The more you learn the better your experience and the more confidence you get

As well as having a lot of fun in the water

Some make it look so easy

Others need a lot more practice

Luckily for us these guys were having a meeting on the beach and invited us for a taste

David is a first rate surgeon and feels at home with sharp tools

Friday morning was shrouded in mist at first

Avital is getting ready to go to Greenland soon

And Izzy was trying his hand at rock hopping and seal landing 

Earning him his Rough Ryders tee shirt.
  So thats the plan for the summer, try to arrange your life so that work does not interfere with your kayaking and come and join us .

Friday, June 20, 2014

Summer, time for adventure holidays and new paddling experiences

Summer, the time for Otimists to go travelling again. This time a group went to paddle in Croatia

They reported on a great  trip with beautiful weather, good food and wonderful views.

Meanwhile another group were exploring the colder waters of Norway

They also had a great time exploring new unfamiliar places  and dealing with the cold water and weather

It sure looks like a great place for kayaking

Meanwhile back at home  we made new Greenland paddles

Here are Ginady and Arie with their new paddles

And the rest of us kept on paddling in our local waters

We have to be careful not to clash with all the SUP paddlers

And we also have a lot of new paddlers coming to try out kayaking for the first time.
And that`s not all because at the end of July a group of us are going paddling in Greenland.
It looks like its going to be a great summer.