Canoeing – The right to paddle

This article is a year old but the issue remains the same, do canoeists have the right to paddle on rivers?

For those who don’t know it might be unexpected that there is an issue at all. We can all walk on pavements. Why can’t we all paddle the rivers? That’s without accounting for vested interests. So for now the issue is confused, complicated and prone to harassment and hostility between the different parties. Curiously enough another sport and activity I love, cycling, is prone to the same issues, with some car riders prone to shout “get off the road” and some cyclists prone to say cycle paths should not be used, as cyclists are entitled to be road users.

While being courteous and polite is good, its too easy to be challenged by the occasional hostile person and start to feel nervous and anxious which can lead to anger or just get hostile in turn. Its not a virtuous cycle! Sadly I’m now realising that running has a similar polarity with dog walkers. If not their giant extended leads that get you, its the jumping up at you with the “he’s only being friendly”.

It would be nice to just get out and paddle. Or run. Or cycle. And not to be shouted at while doing it.

Level 2 Training

Having completed my L2 training in February, in harsh winter conditions where the air temperature went from -12 to -14 while I was driving there, and where day two meant chopping thru ice to get on the water,it was great to actually get back on the water recently and do some proper paddling.

Just got back from two days on the lovely river wye, paddling a canadian which was great experience in paddling a different craft for me, for a sustained period rather than my usual quick jaunt on the lake. The weather was great too, warm and bright and so the club spent an idyllic two days out on the water just paddling. And I got my first experience of white water in a canadian doing solo on the yat which was also great fun. The season is just about to start so now need to sort out my training plans to get thru my level two. Happy days!