Many paddlers ‘Up a Creek with a Paddle’

A large number of paddlers from all three Tasmanian canoe clubs were “Up a Creek with a Paddle” last weekend, taking advantage of expert coaching in river paddling.

On Saturday, the coaches took the paddlers back to basics, looking at strokes and whitewater tehniques on the easy water of the Forth River. Slalom gates were used to set technical challenges for the paddlers. Many of the adult paddlers had never received formal coaching in technique before and the benefits became obvious during the day.

Low water on the Lea River resulted in far less carnage on the Sunday than last year. With a ratio of one coach to two paddlers, a lot of valuable information about lines and technical moves could be passed on. Many of the younger paddlers completed their first runs down the Lea in impressive style and the older paddlers showed that they were indeed capable of learning new tricks as they boofed their way over the big drops.

This event was made possible through the assistance of Sport and Recreation Tasmania