• February 10, 2021

    Motivation from Louisa.

  • January 31, 2021

    Helping our Hawaiian Challenge: Information and Donate.

    Helping with our challenge. Our challenge goes live on the 1st. February, 2021. We are trying to raise £2500 to get our new outrigger canoe to Windermere and on the water with equipment, safety gear and livery. See here... and here. The distance is 10,719 miles (17,251 km) to bring an OC6 to a new home. Contr...more
  • Silverdale Coffee Morning fundraiser
    January 30, 2021

    Silverdale fundraising support.

    Silverdale community's generosity. Normally, on this last Saturday in January, Paddlers for Life members would be meeting in Silverdale's Gaskell Hall for what has become an annual fund raiser for the team. The first coffee morning was in 2011.   Silverdale's Coffee Mornings are a community social event ...more
  • January 28, 2021

    Outrigger canoe cancer paddling team Mana'olana.

    Mana'olana means 'hope'. Mana'olana pink paddlers are the Hawaii based paddlers who provide similar support for cancer survivors and their supporters to those provided by breast cancer dragon boat teams. Sue and Peter paddled with them on their visits to Hawaii. It will be great to have our own outrigger canoe and a ...more
  • January 27, 2021

    How an outrigger canoe will help paddlers.

    Why an outrigger canoe for a dragon boat team? Getting our dragon boats on the water requires at least eight paddlers but ten, twelve or more make for a better paddling experience and the dragon boat can have as many as eighteen paddlers along with a helm who steers the boat and a drummer. Windermere can vary from dead ...more
  • January 26, 2021

    Hawaii to Ambleside outrigger canoe challenge 2021 spreadsheet

    Hawaii to Ambleside. Keep up to date with our Hawaiian Challenge Progress.  Make sure you add to the correct day and week. If you have problems with this page on your device follow this link to see the whole spreadsheet where you can add your data. more
  • January 26, 2021

    Help get our outrigger canoe on Windermere.

    Please support our Hawaiian challenge. Our target is £2500. £1000 for paddles, buoyancy aids and other safety equipment for six paddlers. £500 to repair our large trailer. £500 to drive to London, collect OC6 and return with escort support. Finally £500 for maintenance, cleaning and our charity livery and information ...more
  • January 25, 2021

    Our Hawaiian challenge.

    Are you ready for our Hawaiian challenge? Get ready for 1st. February Imagine you are in Hawaii. Hawaii is a beautiful place which Sue loved. She was one of our founder members and a driving force to establish our breast cancer dragon boat team on Windermere in 2008. It was her dream to have an outrigger canoe ...more
  • November 5, 2020

    Nordic Walking

    Nordic walking in Lancaster Paddlers for Life Windermere trustees have arranged a programme of activities for members during the off season months and pandemic measures. One of the activities is Nordic walking at two venues in Askham in N Lakes using Lowther Park and Lancaster using Williamson Park. They are organised ...more
  • October 27, 2020

    Another 'Flower Ceremony' with a 'Thank You' presentation.

    Flower Ceremony and Thanks to Paul Borrans Park Ambleside Sunday 25 October 2020 Barbara writes:- From Penrith, over the elegant newly opened bridge at Pooley Bridge, along Ullswater, up Kirkstone Pass in horizontal rain. First view of Windermere, a magical and mystical silver sheen shimmering on the lake. Over ...more
  • October 25, 2020

    'Pink Paddle' 2020

    Although we were not able to paddle or meet in 'bubbles' for this end of season flower ceremony paddlers were able to meet virtually via video conference. June chose to mark the occasion by decorating a sculpture which is a local landmark at Bare near Morecambe and has special meaning and memories for her. The ...more
  • 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


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