Kayaking is one of the reasons that Navigators exist. Fiona, Ewan and Ruaridh had invested a lot of time and funds in developing coaching qualifications, and when they left the Scout Association they offered to continue kayak coaching. However, the offer was declined.
After initially setting up Navigators, kayaking was one of the first activities to be brought back into the programme with funding from Sport England.
The fleet available to Navigators includes a range of kayaks suitable for use on flat and moving water. Stable boats with a flat hull and large cockpits. These can be accompanied by two Canadian canoes, which allow those who cannot access a kayak the opportunity to paddle, or be taken for a paddle.
There are also some privately owned boats that can be made available.
Additionally, there is a fleet of eight “Revenge” Polo boats for use in Scissett swimming baths – where Navigators offer initial training sessions when the pool is available over the winter.
Whenever anyone paddles or swims in open water, there is always a risk of contracting Weil’s Disease. It is carried in the urine of animals and enters the body through cuts, and grazes, and moist areas such as the eyes and mouth. If, after paddling , anyone has flu-like symptoms, please dial 111 and ask for guidance – tell them that you have been kayaking, and where. We have a legal obligation to advise people of the risk.