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Welcome in our eighth season, pre-season news 2015

This video was filmed and edited by Judy's daughter Sian with the help of a couple of friends.

Filmed on a wet August day in 2014, it is a timely reminder of what Paddlers for Life Windermere is all about as we start our eighth season.

Paddlers for Life Windermere 2014 from Paddlers for Life

As our eighth paddling season looms ever closer Paddlers for Life Windermere prepared for the season as novice and more experienced paddlers gathered together for a 'Down and Ready ' day. March 22nd.

As well as reminding paddlers of routines for readying the boats, techniques of paddling and putting the boats away we also planned the season events and enjoyed a delicious 'Jacob's Join' before finishing with a singing session. Roz organised and lead activities with help from many regular paddlers who added their experience.

Paddlers for Life held their first water confidence and safety pool session on the 1st. March.

Yes that is snow outside!

Paul, from Low Wood watersports centre, refreshed our skills for buddying up and keeping warm in the water to look after fellow paddlers. Participants also discussed and practiced techniques for swimming as a group to safety and strategies for emptying water from the dragon boat and getting paddlers back on board. Finally, to build confidence, paddlers experienced surfacing from under the water inside an upturned canoe and the experience of capsizing from the canoe.
There is another session on the 19th. of April after our paddling session for members who missed this session.

Paddlers for Life Windermere kick off their eighth season with an annual fundraising coffee morning at Gaskell Hall in Silverdale. 31st. January, 2015

As usual the residents of Silverdale turned out in great numbers to both help run the coffee morning stalls and refreshments but also to generously support our charity in delivering dragon boat paddling for cancer survivors. Members also put in a great effort to gather things for stalls and games and help on the day.

What a turnout!

None of this would happen without the organisational skills of Mags to whom we all say a heartfelt 'Thank you!'.

After deductions for the hire of the hall and providing refreshments this hard work raised the wonderful total of


With a later donation of £10-00p that takes the total over the threshold to a brilliant


This is a brilliant contribution to funds to continue breast cancer survivor dragon boat paddling on Windermere.

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