Platinum Jubilee 2022

Another paddling adventure. In 2012 two of our founder members Sue and Louisa had the vision for Paddlers for Life to participate in the Queen's Diamond Jubilee pageant on the Thames in London. Ten years later Louisa encouraged us all to remember this by paddling our dragon boats on Windermere as part of the 'Light ... More

‘Eye-dotting’ ceremony 2022.

We awaken our dragons with a traditional ceremony. It was wonderful to be able to get together in person again for an 'eye-dotting' ceremony. Paddlers for Life members participate in the 'eye dotting' ceremony. Louisa led the ceremony with help from Irene who told the story of the poet Qu Yuan and the origins ... More

Our team helps with the 5 do 5 Windermere challenge.

A fund raising challenge remembering a special friend. Lisa, Julie, Julie, Lynn, and Sarah have set themselves 5 challenges across and around Windermere which will include land and water based activities. It is in memory of a dear friend Amanda Wilson and aims to raise money for Blackwell Sailing, CancerCare North ... More

Ākala Susie naming ceremony.

Our V6 outrigger canoe is named. The V6 outrigger is named 'Ākala Susie' in fond remembrance of one of our team's founders, Sue Cogley. Ākala Susie also got her first outing of 2022 over two paddling sessions. Paddlers for Life members, experienced and newer, gathered for the ceremony. It was a damp and misty day ... More

Our OC6 is prepared for the naming ceremony.

Preparations for the upcoming naming ceremony of our OC6. Just about a year ago our OC6 Tahitian outrigger canoe arrived at Low Wood. The canoe  was the dream of a founder member of the team and is to be named 'Ākala Susie' in fond memory of her. The canoe has been cleaned by Rowena and Chris and also Chris has been ... More

Good participation in our first 2022 paddle.

It is wonderful to be paddling again. There was good attendance for the first paddle of our fifteenth season with three paddling sessions. There were several new members joining us to paddle with Roz giving the first safety talk along with some basic paddling instructions along with the paddling techniques. ... More

All hands on deck for our 2022 season start.

We prepare for the 2022 season. Today had two important tasks planned. One task was to train new members and remind more experienced paddlers of the many aspects to getting our dragon boats prepared for the water. Roz took everyone through naming different parts of the boat and how the boats are dressed with seat, drum, ... More

Ambleside well-being walk.

Ambleside well-being walk. 27th. February, 2022 What a great day for our walk with lovely sunshine and good company. Our walk started from Ambleside and covered six and a half miles taking us round Rydal Water and back along the 'coffin trail' via Rydal Hall. Fourteen paddlers took the opportunity to meet up prior to our ... More

Happy Chinese New Year 2022

Happy Chinese New Year to all our members and dragon boat paddlers everywhere. 2022 is the Year of the Tiger, characterised as being brave, competitive and confident. The element is water, kind, gentle, competent, and smart and is thought to bring  a confident and authoritative energy to all. Remember our Chinese ... More

Scout Scar winter well-being walk.

Great views on Scout Scar for Paddlers for Life walkers. Eighteen paddlers enjoyed spectacular views on Scout Scar near Kendal. The weather was kind to us providing wonderful views of Morecambe Bay and the Lake District Fells to the west with views overlooking the Lyth Valley. After snacks at Helsington Church to ... More