2021 didn't exactly start as expected! - Additional #lockdown duties such as helping with the #homeschooling and #childminding while the #grandparents are #shielding has met with some interesting #challenges! 🤔😆.
In addition, it has been important to support those who would have been busy working this year but instead, stuck twiddling thumbs waiting for something exciting to happen! - Not only to support CPD and prevent skill fade, but to promote continued and positive mental wellbeing and physical health!
With that in mind, we've been 'out and about' playing on the beaches, riding bikes, building dens in the forests and setting navigation challenges which have, in turn, found us exciting new places to run courses (when of course we can! 🤞🤞). We also managed to get in a cheeky Paddlesports week and a successful Mountain Leader assessment, all in line with current Government guidance at the time!
Have a look below to see what we've been up to!:
Mental Health and How the Outdoors Can Help!
“Spending time in the outdoors can benefit both your mental and physical wellbeing.”
Getting out for exercise can have many positive effects such as:
- Improving your mood;
- Reducing your feelings of stress and anger;
- Taking time away from daily pressures and helping you feel more relaxed;
- Helping to improve your physical health;
- Improving your confidence and self-esteem;
- Helping you to be more active;
- Helping you to make new connections - Even if that is just a simple 'hello' in passing!;
- Providing support to your peers
#familytime - We've been out and about having great fun learning about the outdoors!
Like many other providers, we have been forced to reschedule many of our courses this season.
However, over a cold week in December, we managed to run a Paddlesport week comprising a multitude of different British Canoeing development courses including Foundation, Safety and Rescue Training, Paddlesport Instructor Award, Paddlesport Leader Award and Stand-Up Paddleboard Personal Performance Awards. The week was a great success and produced some awesome new Instructors and Leaders! - All they want now is to get too work!! 🤷♀️🤷♂️✌😁
If you are interested in developing your Paddle skills in Canoe, Kayak or SUP; or just fancy an introduction to Paddlesport, view our Courses page for any upcoming events, or get in touch with your specific requirements! #paddlesport #paddlesportinstructor #paddlesportleader
Lowland Leader Consolidation
We weren't so fortunate with our Lowland Leader Award (Training) which was cancelled due to current restrictions 😢 ------ However, it has been rescheduled! 😁 The new date for training has been pushed back to Saturday 10th - Sunday 11th April 2021 which will be reviewed once an update on Education has been announced and Mountain Training have given the go ahead to resume courses! 🤞🤞
In the meantime, we have been out with some of our trainees, current Lowland Leaders and newly qualified Mountain Leaders to make sure they stay at the top of their game with their navigation skills and emergency procedures so that when we do get back to work, they will be delivering at the same exceptional standard as ever before!
"Getting out in the fresh air makes us all feel better, even if to start, we can't really be bothered! - Make the effort, drum up the motivation and get out and enjoy what the great outdoors has to offer (obeying current guidance of course)! You'll be pleased you did!" - MAS Adventures 😁
I was out with @mugwerian_taylor in December working on @4thdimension87 (s) Tree Climb Activity and decided that my Petzl Evolv Adjust Lanyard required a larger carabiner than the original recommended Petzl Spirit / SM'D (Twistlock) which was great, however, I found it a little too small for what we needed!
Awesome bits of kit!
John Thornton Young Achievers Foundation (JTYAF)
Two members of our team have been raising money thoughout Feburary for a cause close to their hearts.
'The John Thornton Young Achievers Foundation (JTYAF) honours the life of Lt John 'JT' Thornton RM, from Ferndown, Dorset, who was tragically killed in southern Afghanistan on 30th March 2008, the JTYAF supports young people from a wide range of youth organisations (incl. RAFAC), providing them with scholarships and bursaries to support their personal development and the pursuit of their ambitions.'
MAS Adventures challenged these guys!
Originally, they planned to walk a mere 115km thoughout February - I mean, c'mon, that's a walk in the park or a walk to work!
So here's what we said: Make it 500kms and we will donate a further £100.00 to each of you if you complete the challenge!!