• July 3, 2020

    Friends of Paddlers for Life

    There are many people and groups in the locality and across the country and wider world who have given our team generous support. One such group is the Three River Serpents, the 'Serpees', who are a UK league dragon boat team based in Durham. This is one of their dragon boats on loan at the Paddlers for Life inaugu...more
  • June 26, 2020

    Eye-dotting the Paddlers for Life Windermere dragons in 2020

    Eye-dotting is 'awakening our dragons' to gain their protection. Part of the tradition of Chinese dragon boating festivals centres on the dragon heads of the dragon boats. Its origins are in this tradition told here. This year the team experienced the traditional painting of the dragons eyes remotely via Zoom video ...more
  • June 2, 2020

    June is usually a busy paddling time.

    June over past years. June is the month for 'dotting the eyes' of our dragons and has also been a month for coaching and preparation for various events.           more
  • June 2, 2020

    Being off the water.

    Nick's off the water experience. On my daily cycle rides during the pandemic lock down I have frequently traveled along the Lancaster Canal both north and south of Lancaster. Every time I go under this bridge that carries the new Bay Gateway road over the Lancaster Canal towards Hest Bank I can't help but think of this ...more
  • May 29, 2020

    Picture Quiz

    Wonderful memories in the picture galleries. Paddlers have participated in so many amazing events and activities over twelve paddling seasons. This quiz encourages you to look in the galleries  and find the picture represented by a picture snippet. Which gallery? You can complete your answers online here, or ...more
  • May 21, 2020

    Jigsaw puzzle memories.

    This is the last of the jigsaws for now. A little easier than yesterday with fewer trees and more clues! You can change the number of pieces by clicking the 3x3 grid button for fewer, larger pieces on smaller devices. If you still need more puzzles go here. You can use website photos for puzzles if you wish. Just find ...more
  • May 20, 2020

    Another puzzle to try.

    'Dotting the eyes' of our dragon boat heads is an annual event in our calendar. We 'awaken the dragons' in a traditional ceremony in order that we have their protection. Jigsaw Puzzlemore
  • May 18, 2020

    Try this jigsaw puzzle.

    This picture memory comes from a visit to Florence for the International IBCPC Festival in 2018.   Jigsaw Puzzlemore
  • May 1, 2020

    What have paddlers done in May over past seasons.

    The month of May for Paddlers for Life Windermere. Normally by May we would really be getting into the paddling routine and often the weather is kind to us. May has seen coaching sessions with Keni, the arrival and first paddle for new dragon boats and also an international festival visit to Peterborough in Canada ...more
  • April 25, 2020

    Low Wood Bay on 23rd. April

    This is Low Wood Bay on the 23rd. April. Thanks Paul. Remember these evening paddling sessions training for the Jubilee Pageant and Florence Festival.more
  • April 24, 2020

    Usually we would be paddling in April!

    April paddling in previous seasons. Here is a taster of past paddling sessions from April over all the years we have been paddling. In 2011 paddlers created a set of postcards with a haiku poem created by paddlers in writing workshops to accompany them. This is April. Daffodils trumpet excitement, ...more
  • April 22, 2020

    Share a memory

    What has really excited you during your membership of Paddlers for Life Windermere? Paddling with the team brings with it so many amazing moments and experiences. If you have some time during these pandemic restrictions why not go through some of your photo memories and upload one to the website. Better still ...more
  • April 21, 2020

    Windermere from Low Wood Watersports Centre April 2020

    Louisa says "Today’s fabulous view from the jetty helps to explain why we do what we do ... wake up with a smile and go after life, live it, enjoy it, feel it, paddle for life. Paddles up it won’t be long now! Stay safe one and all." more
  • January 25, 2020

    Silverdale Coffee Morning 2020 fundraiser.

    Silverdale residents give Paddlers for Life wonderful support again. Paddlers turned out again with stalls (clothes, books plants, cakes, nearly new, bric-a-brac) tombola, raffle and refreshments to a warm welcome from Silverdale residents in Gaskell Hall. It was a busy morning in a hall full of visitors. ...more
  • January 21, 2020

    Watch Paddlers for Life Windermere feature on BBC Inside Out NW

    BBC Inside Out NW Broadcast features Paddlers for Life Windermere. The programme tells the story of breast cancer survivor dragon boat paddling in the context of paddlers in the North West UK using paddlers from teams based on Windermere and in Liverpool. Filming took place early in December 2019 and was broadcast on ...more
  • December 7, 2019

    BBC film Paddlers for Life Windermere for the Inside Out NW Show.

    Our first ever December paddle. We don't usually paddle at this time of year but a request from the BBC to film Paddlers for Life Windermere led to a date being arranged. The weather wasn't cooperative and dates were changed but members finally managed to paddle on Saturday  7th. December. Interviews had been filmed ...more
  • November 23, 2019

    Paddlers for Life Windermere AGM, 2019.

    Paddlers for Life held their AGM at Ambleside YHA. The meeting received proposals for the Memorial Fund before election of new trustees and then general business of the charity. Proposals for using the memorial fund. Louisa : Two full day workshops to pause and support reflection on the founding benefits (person...more
  • November 19, 2019

    Support Paddlers for Life Windermere when you shop.

    Paddlers for Life is now registered with Amazon Smile. When you buy from Amazon via the Amazon Smile portal Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases to Paddlers for Life Windermere. You need to use your usual Amazon login at the Amazon Smile portal linked here. After you login here you will be able ...more
  • November 2, 2019

    Putting the pontoon away for the winter.

    A small band of 'engineers' dismantled and stored the pontoon. John, Eunice and Chris did all the hard work.       Thanks to the team and Barbara who tidied the garage with Eunice earlier in the week.more
  • October 28, 2019

    Kendal Wool Gathering

    Paddlers for Life were an adopted charity at Kendal Wool Gathering this weekend. Some members of Paddlers for Life took the opportunity to promote the charity by having an information stall at the event. more
  • October 27, 2019

    October breast cancer awareness, 2019.

    October is breast cancer awareness month. The plan was for a 'Pink Paddle' to promote awareness of Paddlers for Life dragon boat team and its mission to support those with a breast cancer or other cancer diagnosis. Although a bright day, the gusting winds caused cancellation of paddling. Instead a 'Flower Ceremony' ...more
  • October 13, 2019

    Smiles in the rain!

    A rather soggy paddle, but we had the lake to ourselves and we enjoyed a paddle across the lake to Wray Castle and then south along the eastern shore of the lake before crossing back. Lots of smiles and pyramids to keep us focused! Simon came prepared with his umbrella and flask !more
  • October 7, 2019

    Paddlers Trying New Roles

    Sunday 6th October: A misty autumn morning on the lake with calm waters giving paddlers the opportunity to have a go at new roles as we headed across the lake to Wray Castle. We moored up and wandered up the hill to the castle for a coffee before heading north around the lake. It is wonderful that Paddlers for Life gives ...more
  • September 15, 2019

    A Team Heads to Dublin for 2 Days of Racing

    On 13th September a group of paddlers headed off to Dublin to compete in their annual regatta. We were joined by 4 paddlers from Pool of Life Liverpool which was fantastic - including Ann as our drummer..driving us on! Despite being from different groups we paddled together with great spirit...we gave it our all..... and ...more
  • September 12, 2019

    Paddlers for Life Windermere at the Westmorland Show

    Westmorland Show Presence. Our trustees have been busy preparing for this show. They put up the new gazebo the day before and then the stand was dressed to show the team at its best. There were lots of giveaways and plenty of information about the team with the Tenth Anniversary film showing our activities. The ...more


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