14 cadets and 1 staff member from Burghfield, Aldermaston, Wantage, Wallingford, Henley and Reading Squadrons attended the BCU 1 and 2 star courses at Adventure Dolphin in Pangbourne.
The majority of the Cadets worked towards and passed their BCU 1 Star certificate in an Open Canoe, the remaining Cadets and Staff progressed towards their 2 star or did refresher training.
Over the course Cadets and Staff learnt how to safely get in and out of the craft, manoeuvring and also key rescue skills. With some very wet games devised by CI Ollie Holman from Burghfield thrown in it was a very enjoyable course.
On the 4th week we went on a nice journey up River through the lock and experienced the country side and what paddling as part of a D of E expedition would be like.
FS Chris Harding of Burghfield Squadron who organised the event said “the course was highly successful, with all the cadets thoroughly enjoying themselves and preparing them for the possibility of D of E on the water! I’d like to extend my thanks to the staff of Adventure Dolphin for running the course and also to CI Ollie Holman and CI Abi Holland for their assistance.”