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Please could all teaching staff please inform their pupils of this opportunity.

My work experiance: Innes Stevenson

On Thursday I went canoeing on the Tyne ageing with Dunbar primary school. We set off from the base at eight thirty five to drop the canoes off at the river and then to Dunbar, when we got to Dunbar there was some much exited children. We made the short trip back to Haddington where we all suited up in full water proofs and put on buoyancy aids. After we all carried the canoes over the bridge where Martyn gave a short talk about the river and the mills in Haddington, then continued on to the river. Everyone was paired up and put into open top canoes (apart from me) and were left to try and work out how to paddle and which way to sit.
At the start of the part of river we were at there was a weir (or an event horizon) so all the kids thought they were going down it but were safely tied to a tree on the river bank. All of us were then tied to each other in a big snake and told nothing about how to paddle but had to go up stream. After a long trip up a short stretch of river and past an island we all were untied and left once ageing to fend for ourselves.
A little later and a short way up stream we were finally told how to paddle. Being in a two man canoe on my own was harder than expected as only being able to paddle on side at a time was hard but after a little help I managed to get the hang of only paddling on one side and made real progress. Unlike some of the children who made their way up stream by crashing into each side and every other obstacle. By the end of the lesson all the group were much better and managed to go back down river with no major bumps.
At the end of the lesson when one of the teachers was getting out the boat one of the students tried to help them out and successfully capsized the boat! After a quick trip to Dunbar and back we loaded up the canoes onto the trailer then we set for home.

My work experience week … by Alec

Today I started my work experience, I was a little nervous but everything went well. I arrived at Outdoor Education Centre and was given the tour. The outdoor education building is quite impressive as everything is purpose built and new.

After this I was extremely pleased as got to setup and test the handheld GPS. I was sent on the task of Geocaching – an extremely new thing to me – Geocaching is a sort of modern treasure hunt activity, it involves a hand held GPS and a question sheet, you put the points into the GPS and get walking. When you get there it asks you a question about where you are in which the answer is a number, the numbers you get help give you the co-ordinates of the Geocach and once you get the whole co-ordinate you bleep it in and go and find it. Once there (can be difficult as GPS only works to about 4m so you have to look about a bit) you open it up and write your name in it or leave something in it (the one I went to was a small cylindrical tube). The whole thing involves a lot of walking and if you get one number wrong it can lead you way of as I found out when I got a question wrong. I enjoyed the Geocaching quite a lot and I can see how it could get young people exited and enthusiastic about walking. See Geocaching for more information.

After lunch I got some kit on from the stores I got sent off to help canoeing in the Tyne in Haddingtion. Helping teach young people canoeing was an amazing experience, it was amazing seeing their skills and teamwork improve. I started off having to help tow 3 boats up stream – quite tricky – and by the end only one person got wet and everyone was going in the right direction.

Today I helped the team out with orienteering in Yellowcraigs. However I was slightly surprised that we weren’t using the paper and codes method or the hole punching method that I had done in primary school. The kit we were using was a bunch of poles or ‘controls’ and some ‘dibbers’. The controls have internal clocks and when you bleep the dibbers in the dibbers remember that they have been there, the whole thing can be loaded onto a computer and you can get statistics about everything. You setup the controls in the course shapes and then you send the children of to run round the course bleeping the different poles in order of the course they are running, this saves a lot of time timing everything as the computer does it all for you. I really enjoyed supervising and chatting to the other helpers on the radios. Unfortunately I only got to do this for one session as two groups were cancelled.

After lunch we headed back to the base where I did small jobs such as putting away dried clothes and equipment and setting up GPS and torches.

I finished this day by doing some office work and then missing the train and having to wait an hour for the next one.

I started at 8.30 today in the centre and got on a mini bus to Newcraighall to do some more orienteering with primary school children. It was the same equipment as yesterday just different courses, six in all. My jobs were to help supervise the whole thing, make sure people weren’t going the wrong way and to help set up the course and put them away. I really enjoyed helping the kids round the courses.
Thankfully I just managed to make to train this time although I did have to run for it.

More later ….

Beyond Boundaries


Steven Nelson invites you to attend an Information Evening to hear what Beyond Boundaries East Lothian (BBEL) is all about.

This is a proposed new dedicated Outdoor Activities club to be offered to people with a disability or mental health issue who live in East Lothian.

The project needs your interest and support for this to happen.

You are invited to go along and see what has been planned so far, take a friend or anyone else you think may be interested in joining or supporting.

The information evening  is to be held at:

The Pennypit Centre
Double Dykes
EH32 9BN

Wednesday 2nd February,  7.00  –  8.30  PM

R.s.v.p. please to

Or for further Info. Contact – Steven Nelson on 07805 126158