Adrift on the Tweed

Some more staff development took place this past weekend with 2 days of canoe training. All participants are currently working towards their 3 star canoe award (SCA award). Included in the participants were staff from North Berwick and Preston Lodge High Schools.


 

 Preston Lodge (with support from the Outdoor Education Service) have an ongoing programme of paddlesport pool sessions and will soon be moving into doing some pupil training on Musselburgh Lagoons (a local sheltered water venue). All this will lead to their Duke of Edinburgh award expedition section being undertaken in either canoes or sea kayaks. A fantastic opportunity for all students.

North Berwick High – in conjunction with the Outdoor Education Service –  are currently developing a week long trip in which pupils are investigating the geology and land use of some remote areas of the North West Highlands by canoe, foot and bike. This fantastic educational excursion can only take place due to the hard work and dedication of school staff in working with the outdoor education service to develop their skills through acquisition of Mountain/Hill and Paddlesport coaching/leading awards.

A big thanks to all school staff who continue to put in a huge amount of hard work and determination to ensure that their pupils have access to tremendous energetic learning opportunities and a Curriculum for Excellence.

 

Go Forth – The search for Uri

This past Friday afternoon and Saturday had a Staff development Sea Kayak training course taking place. All participants are working in schools to develop paddlesport within their own situation for the pupils. With the help of the outdoor education service and a large amount of time and effort on their behalf they have all achieved their Scottish Canoe Association UKCC Level 1 coach. They are now all working toward their 3 star Sea kayak award.

Just off the Lamb - no sign of Mr Geller
Just off the Lamb - no sign of Mr Geller

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Friday afternoon we spent just offshore at Longniddry Bents. A fair amount of chop led to some sporting conditions for a bit of rescue practice. Everyone commented on how necessary it is to practice all these things in as realistic conditions as possible.

Saturday the wind dropped to below 10 mph and proved perfect conditions for a trip taking in Bass Rock, Craigleith and The Lamb  ( Mr Uri Geller has recently purchased The Lamb and was planning to camp the night on it on Saturday – we looked carefully but so no sign of the landowner!)

All participants are planning to now further their skills and experience. This course is just one of many offered by the Outdoor Education Service.