Rowing Paddling And Sea Skills Training For Young People

The Strangford Lough and Lecale Partnership (SLLP)  has commissioned a two-day training course on water safety, Canadian canoe paddling and coastal rowing for 11-16 year olds at the Clear Skies Adventure Centre at Castle Ward on 28 and 29 July.

[caption id="attachment_52361" align="alignleft" width="390"]The Narrows Challenges in Castle Ward Bay with six boats from Killyleagh, Strangford, Kircubbin, Dundrum, Ardglass and Donaghadee competing for the community trophy. Participants will be introduced to the basics of coastal rowing. (Pictured are rowers in the Narrows Challenge in 2013.)[/caption]

This has been funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund as part of our wider Turn O’ The Tide programme to engage people with their heritage.

On each day the young people will be split into two groups with one on the water learning boat handling while the other is on land going through weather prediction, route planning, handling boats on land, wildlife etc., they then swap around in the afternoon or as tides dictate.

Directions to Clearsky Adventure Centre can be found at:

Kit list for each day: *  Complete change of clothes *  Warm clothing *  Shower kit and towel *  Shoes (with laces or velcro) for use on the water that can get wet *  Lunch, snacks and water – please note that there is no ‘shop’ at Clearsky Adventure Centre *  Sun Cream and a hat/cap *  Any personal medication

Also, a Parental Consent Form must be completed for each young person attending – this needs to be brought on the day.

Young people can be dropped off from 9.30am and collected again at 4pm on each day.