In the wavesLast weekend the Autumn Kayak Leader Course happened, luckily in good weather! Ten second year students qualified to become Kayak leaders at RCN over the two-day course. On Saturday we focused on personal skills and techniques: paddle strokes, packing, entry and exit of kayak and a fair amount of practice rescues. We stopped for  lunch spot at the end of Flekke fjord on Ungholmen in beautiful weather. The day ended with lots of capsizing, rescues and good-natured splashing. Before dinner we packed kayaks and most of the equipment on the trailer in anticipation of the Sunday.

On the fjord

The final day we had decided to drive to the coast to get to paddle in a different environment, and possibly get to experience some wind and waves. A 40-minute drive saw us at Korssund where we packed our boats and put into the water. We paddled through the narrows and went out to sea where we were more exposed to wind and waves. Some of the participants tried out the waves in areas where the waves were breaking, while the others started preparing lunch. After refueling we followed the coast north with a fair amount of wind and some waves coming at us from the south-west. It was a slightly exciting journey for some but everyone made it without going into the water. The rest of the journey was easier but the need for towing ended up being necessary as one participant got seasick. After a long day on the water we arrived back at the starting point at Korsssundet. We got into dry clothes, and packed up the kit, we evaluated the trip and summed up the course before going back to the College.

Our newest kayak leaders are Sina, Amanda, Alberte, JP, Bela, Mai, Maria, Azlin, Magnea and Marloes.

Takk for turen