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In September a Kayaking experience was enjoyed by some members. This short course is to show how to safely Kayak.
A successful White Water Rafting experience at Lee Valley Centre was enjoyed by all.
In September a group of our U3A members climbed the O2. After a safety briefing and film, we were equipped with a harness which was attached to a steel cable so we could safely climb up the outside roof of the 02. Everyone got to the top where the view was amazing.
On a sunny Friday afternoon, 9 intrepid adventurers struggled into wetsuits and boots, and donned buoyancy aids and helmets in readiness for the White Water Rafting session. As we received our safety briefing, family and friends arrived to wish us well/laugh at the outfits/question our sanity and ensure that wills were up to date. The rafters’ most common question was ‘does my bum look big in this?’
We swiftly swung into action by being rescued from the lake by our raft mates who dragged us onto the raft in an undignified manner by our life jacket straps, followed by jumping into the swirling white water to practise a safety swim. All survived so far!
After the briefing, we paddled, accompanied by two strong and experienced instructors, to the Olympic course. We did 6 or 7 runs on the course (hysteria caused a loss of basic counting skills!), each one becoming more challenging than the last in the gushing torrents, the sturdy raft doing its best to maintain its equilibrium! Steve made a dramatic bid for freedom, but was soon hauled back in to the boat….he wasn’t getting away that easily!
I absolutely loved it, and would certainly do it again. Some felt the same, others were happy to tick it off the bucket list never to return, but I’m sure that everyone felt a sense of elation and achievement at taking part in such an exciting activity.
Thanks to all those who came to watch and support us and take a myriad of photographs, and thanks to my fellow thrill seekers for stepping up to the challenge!