• June 3, 2022

    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
  • May 29, 2022

    '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
  • May 7, 2022

    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
  • May 2, 2022

    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
  • April 17, 2022

    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
  • April 12, 2022

    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
  • April 3, 2022

    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
  • March 3, 2022

    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
  • February 1, 2022

    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
  • January 16, 2022

    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
  • January 15, 2022

    Congratulations Dr. Don McKenzie

    Dr. Don McKenzie is honoured. Dr Don McKenzie, as we all know, the brain behind the exercise as medicine and global breast cancer dragon boat paddling movement, has been admitted to the Order of Canada,  “For his expertise in sports medicine and for his seminal research on the effectiveness of exercise as an interve...more
  • November 8, 2021

    End of paddling season 2021

    Putting the dragons to their winter sleep. A working party of members assembled at Low Wood water sports centre. First there were some end of season tasks. Dismantling. cleaning and stowing the pontoon They also de-rigged the OC6 outrigger and  turned the boat upside down to protect from winter rains. F...more
  • October 24, 2021

    Flower ceremony 2021

    Ending our 2021 season of paddling. We had planned our 'Pink Paddle' for breast cancer awareness month but the weather was not in our favour. So we gathered on the shore of Windermere for a flower ceremony and then for refreshments at a local cafe in Ambleside. One of our patrons, Eve, spoke of why we have the ...more
  • October 17, 2021

    Paddle in Pink 2021

    Paddle in Pink Inspiration In October for breast cancer awareness month we try to end our season with a 'Pink Paddle'. This is to raise awareness of our  activities in the local community and to promote breast cancer awareness. In the past we have had 'friendly' races with a team from English Lakes Hotels staff, ...more
  • September 19, 2021

    Lucky paddlers.

    Tour visiting Brathay, Wray Castle and back via White Cross Bay. We watched the rain as we warmed up in the garage and checked weather across a drizzly looking Windermere. However, once we were boarded and off across the water we experienced relatively calm conditions and stayed dry for our 1 hour 30 minute paddle ...more
  • September 13, 2021

    Our paddling routine has become more familiar.

    Our 2021 season. It has been good to get back into a more regular paddling routine in the 2021 season thanks to careful planning from our trustees, helms who have committed to more sessions with a Thursday paddle and two or three Sunday sessions. Many members have pitched in to ensure sessions are as safe as can be taking ...more
  • August 15, 2021

    Getting to know our OC6.

    Two different boats on Windermere. It was a day for getting to know how our different boats behave for both paddlers and helms/steers. June writes... Louisa on the drum and John helming. Nice to see paddlers paddling together on the same seat ……small steps forward. Second OC6 crew with Roz and Chris as ...more
  • August 1, 2021

    Great enthusiasm from members in a weekend of paddling.

    OC6 paddling on Saturday and dragon boat paddling on Sunday. Siobhan and Cam came up from Great Britian Outrigger  (GBOCA) in London to train us in the use of our recently acquired OC6 outrigger canoe for six paddlers. Members are excited to have finally launched the canoe on Windermere which was the wish of one of our ...more
  • July 26, 2021

    Three lovely sessions again.

    Lovely paddling conditions again. John, Roz and Chris helmed three paddling crew sessions in lovely conditions. Thanks again to all who pitched in to ensure safe paddling by cleaning kit and boats and organising the sessions, pre-paddle warm up and dressing the boats. It was good to have the support boat ...more
  • July 18, 2021

    Another beautiful day to paddle dragon boats on Windermere.

    Three crews paddled on Windermere in hot conditions. Conditions were perfect for helms Roz, Chris and John to take paddlers out to enjoy the weather along with many other kayakers, paddle boarders, sailors, swimmers, rowers and canoeists who were enjoying the warm waters. First crew.     &nbs...more
  • July 11, 2021

    The traditions of our dragon boat sport.

    The eye dotting ceremony. There are traditions linked to our dragon boat sport. Usually we would hold an 'eye dotting' ceremony around the time of the Chinese New Year. This traditional part of the dragon boat festival is thought to awaken our dragons so their spirit can watch over us and keep us safe. The pandemic has ...more
  • July 6, 2021

    Our OC6 journey continues.

    We met with OCUK representatives. Our outrigger six canoe (OC6) is of a design called Tahitian Rocket. Outrigger canoes are also known as Va'a (V6) and Wa'a (Waka'ama, W6). It was a chance to find out the history of our Outrigger canoe and the sport's origins. We also heard about the cultural origins of activities and ...more
  • July 4, 2021

    Paddling sessions are going well.

    The arrangements for our covid-19 safe paddling sessions continue to work well. The trustees have done a brilliant job of arranging our covid-19 safe paddling sessions and they are working well with the strong support of trustees and members in key safety roles. Because our helms are committed to ensuring as many ...more
  • June 14, 2021

    It is good to be paddling again.

    Paddling on Sunday June 13th. Our covid-19 safe paddling procedures are working well. Two groups were able to paddle. June writes... "We had a great day yesterday with two crews. Crew 1 at 10 am with Chris at the helm had a good paddle up to Ambleside around the island and through the trees past the campsites. It ...more
  • June 6, 2021

    Second paddle on June 6th.

    Another lovely day for our second paddle of 2021 Peter took out the first crew to paddle. June writes.. "Roz took out the second crew for a fantastic session some newbies from last week and newbies this week along with our experienced paddlers. It was a great paddle and Artemis Phyllis carried everyone safely over ...more


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