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The best summer ever - by Debbie D.

The best decision I made in 2019 was joining ICC. One of the ways I can measure what sort of year it has been is looking at all the photos on my phone, and unsurprisingly 2019 has all been about kayaking with the club.


The journey started with the Discover Course. I didn’t know anyone in the club but quickly made some friends. I also discovered that the club has amazing coaches. Not just content with doing the course I spoke to coaches and asked what was next, as I wanted to learn more.


Although I had been paddling for ages, I found how much I had to learn.

The best decision I made in 2019 was joining ICC. One of the ways I can measure what sort of year it has been is looking at all the photos on my phone, and unsurprisingly 2019 has all been about kayaking with the club.


The journey started with the Discover Course. I didn’t know anyone in the club but quickly made some friends. I also discovered that the club has amazing coaches. Not just content with doing the course I spoke to coaches and asked what was next, as I wanted to learn more. Although I had been paddling for ages, I found how much I had to learn.


I joined the Thursday evening training sessions - they really pushed me – and the general paddles on the Stour. I have to say I slept well on a Thursday evenings!


The next course I attended was the sea kayak training lead by Ian and Paul. This was exciting and scary, but the good news is that we have great coaches, who I trust with my life.

One of the great things about the club is that the coaches are open to suggestions about what we would like to do. I love nature and so asked if a seal trip is possible. Ian and Paul took a group of us from Harwich around the backwaters to see the seals. I got to know more people during this trip. It was tiring, but a lovely day. The other trip that Ian and Zoe led us on was to Blakeney. I’ve always wanted to paddle out there and not have to stand on the shore and sea the seals from afar. There were big and small seals on the shore and in the water. They are quite curious creatures and swan out to us and popped up all around.


I thoroughly enjoyed the Matlock white water trip. Thanks to Matt, Ian, Rob, Zoe and Rich for their time and support. What a lovely group of people that went and were a good laugh. I love the fact that there were young people and older people. As much as I wanted to do white water I was also scared. Ian and Rob were very patient and helped me to overcome fears. I still have a lot to learn but knew I was safe and in good hands. I had a fantastic time.

The coaches in the club are a real gift. I am grateful for their time and generosity in sharing their skills and knowledge


What a great summer!




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