Get active this Easter with a shipwreck adventure

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2 March 2017 4:44PM

What would you do if you were marooned on an island?

A collaboration between Glenridding Sailing Centre and creative workshop organisation Stomping Ground will teach youngsters essential skills in a Shipwreck Survival Adventure this Easter.

The exciting mission will bring a new type of children's activity to Ullswater - the aim of the day is to survive being shipwrecked on the shores of the lake, learning the basics of canoeing, building shelters, lighting fires, exploring the lake shore and islands.

Aimed at children aged eight and upwards, this activity was trialled for one day in September last year.

The Shipwreck Survival Skills Adventure saw eight youngsters wave goodbye to their parents and leave the safety of the Centre, paddling in canoes carrying only the most basic of outdoor survival equipment – a few lengths of old rope, a tarpaulin and some basic tools.

Once out on the lake the hardy crew were given the news that they were now "shipwrecked" and were asked to head for the nearest sheltered shore to asses their situation.

They then - under the guidance of forest skills experts Stomping Ground - worked out how they could use beach-combed items and the nature of the land to make camp, light a fire, and build a shelter.

The day was spilt equally between forest skills sessions, canoe tuition, and exploration sessions run by Glenridding Sailing Centre. This unique combination gave the organisers plenty of scope to stretch the youngsters' abilities both on and off the water, and work on essential skills such as team building, problem solving, physical education, basic navigation and map making, under the guidance of qualified instruction.

The activity leaders were in constant radio contact with the Centre, with safety boat cover provided.

Glenridding Sailing Centres’ gently curved beach forms a sheltered bay in full view of the centre's safety crew and provides an ideal setting to get people of all ages out on the water in an increasingly wide range of activities.

There are four Shipwreck Survival Skills Adventures running this year, in April, June and September. Booking is essential as places are limited.

The Easter event is on Sunday April 16, and booking details and more information are available at www.glenriddingsailingcentre.co.uk

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