Making a splash on the river is cool in canoes

Katelyn Welch 8 of Sleaford, enjoying the canoeing taster day. EMN-150528-150605001

Katelyn Welch 8 of Sleaford, enjoying the canoeing taster day. EMN-150528-150605001

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A Sleaford canoeing club enjoyed another successful public taster day last week.

The Slea Paddlers ‘come and try’ day saw a fantastic turnout of 81 participants, according to the family friendly club, based in Sleaford.

Slea Paddlers come and try day on the River Slea. From left - Adam Green 9, Kevin Matthews - chairman of Slea Paddlers, Jamie Green and John Jackson. EMN-150528-150654001

Slea Paddlers come and try day on the River Slea. From left - Adam Green 9, Kevin Matthews - chairman of Slea Paddlers, Jamie Green and John Jackson. EMN-150528-150654001

Slea Paddlers chairman, Kevin Matthews, was delighted. He said: “It is the most successful year to date supported by club member volunteers and good weather.”

People were keen to sample canoeing and kayaking on the River Slea near Eastgate car park. This included newly elected mayor, Garry Titmus - a Royal Navy veteran of 40 years.

Several then enquired about attending a full length taster session with the club.

The club, open to any age, was founded in 2005 by a group of friends who met through Scouts and RAF postings. There are currently 50 members, who meet at Kirkstead Bridge on a fortnightly basis in the summer, holding pool sessions in winter. All equipment is provided in the session fee if needed. The club offers coaching, river trips and club events. This includes an annual beach day and surf competition. Find out more at www.slea-paddlers.co.uk

Slea Paddlers come and try day on the River Slea. EMN-150528-150631001

Slea Paddlers come and try day on the River Slea. EMN-150528-150631001