Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Today,a cold wintery day, perfect for paddling in the warm waters of the Israel Electric Company.
Off we went, and after a short dip in the current we decided to go up the river.
Alongside the power station is the Hadera river, a park has been created for recreation, and on the weekends it is quite popular, but today its deserted.
There is a small estuary where the water runs into the sea making a portage needed and then you can paddle upstream for about 15 minutes till you come to a barrier. I have not been past this but others have and it leads into the industrial area of Hadera.
There were lots of fish jumping all around us and the river was brown and who knows how clean, but it made for something different .
Too often we just do the same old stuff day in and day out, so a different route can suddenly turn your day into one of adventure and discovery.
What a great way to start the day.
Saturday, November 26, 2011
|This is not what you would expect to see while paddling along the shore|
|So we came in closer to get a better look|
|If parking in the surf zone,its advisable to close your windows.. Now how to explain this one to your wife??|
Friday, November 25, 2011
|Going through the rocks today we had a capsize|
|Luckily Efrat had learnt how to do a rescue at our symposium and now was her chance to put it all to good use|
|Everything went according to the plan|
|Its good to practice from time to time|
|And everyone got home safely .|
Its not too difficult but if you don`t practice, when the time comes for a fast rescue things can go wrong. At least the water is still not too cold and the days are still warm.
Good one Efrat.
Saturday, November 19, 2011
|The first thing Jeff taught us about incident management is prevention. And this makes a lot of sense, for if your preparations are good and your decisions are based on good experience then your incidents will be minimal, hopefully so.|
|Today we had wild rough seas with dumping waves, not conducive to good surfing, especially for a long kayak. My decision was to stay in the bay and just fool around in the breakers|
|Yoni on the other hand was on a Chaos surf kayak and spent some time at the rock trying to catch the waves. He had some successes but didn`t stay too long|
|Dror was there too|
|And now back to incident management|
. Do you carry a repair kit with you when you go out?
Can you fix a broken paddle if you are miles away from home?
Well this little agricultural aid may just be the thing you need to keep handy. It`s for joining irrigation pipes, this one is 32mm, just the size of my Werner paddle.
|these are the components|
|Here`s how the parts go together|
Monday, November 14, 2011
|I learned to do a Eskimo roll with Helen Wilson|
|We learned the secrets of the forward stroke with Ben Lawry|
|And we learned leadership, incident management and rescues with Jeff Allen|
|There was always someone in the water|
|We were always getting into and out of trouble|
|Kayaks had to be repaired on the water|
|We played in the waters round ancient Ceaserea|
|Jeff likes to be in the moving water|
|Zviki being rescued by Jeff|
|We swam our kayaks onto the rocks|
|This was a first time for most of us|
Saturday, November 5, 2011
|2006, Kid was a beginner kayaker|
|Now she`s progressed to surfskis and is taking part in races and beating the boys. That`s progress, just look how the style has improved. Rotation,. straight arms, legs working ,and all the right stuff, great work Kid.|
|Today ,wind waves and clouds and a big group|
|Nice big swells out in the ocean|
|Setting out and punching through the waves|
|Yossie has this bright orange flap on his hat,fantastic visibility, I can see him from a great distance|
|Big boat, small boat.|