Thursday, 31 October 2013

We came, we saw, we conquered!

Things you might not know about......The river Thames:






  • Length 346 km (215 miles)
  • Source is about a mile north of the village of Kemble, near Cirencester.
  • There are in all 47 locks,
  • The Thames has been frozen over at various times, the last time it froze completely at London Bridge was 1814.
  • There is a 23-ft (7-m) difference between low and high tide at London Bridge
  • 94 bridges cross over the Thames
  • More than 100 fish species have been recorded in the Thames estuary over the past 30 years, many of these in the river within London.


  • DisTIL have been conquering their challenges and mastering their canoe and kayak techniques in preparation for their BCU (British canoe union) level 1 coaching course. We had a glorious, if not a little windy, day canoeing on the Thames. Trying out new strokes and perfecting the ones we had previously learnt. We were blessed with sunshine and amazing aerial displays by the local kites. We journeyed from Grafton Lock to Newbridge and practised our x rescues. Thanks to Josh for his brilliant coaching it was a good day to be on the river. We are looking forward to our next journey in Kayaks in November.


    We were also back in the pool this week to work on our rolls and improve our rescuing techniques. Ben successfully mastered his roll and Josh worked on his sit on top skills. While Luke improved his confidence in the crafts. Thanks to Rachel, James, Jonny and JP for the one on one instruction :-)


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