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Canoeing at Canalside
Canoeing at Canalside
Safety and fun on the water this summer
14 July 2011
Summer is upon us and Wigan’s Outdoor Education Team are kicking off their annual project to make sure young people can safely enjoy the borough’s canals.

The Canalside project begins this year on July 21th and runs through to August 31th.
It provides young people aged 10 – 21 across the borough with an opportunity to get out on the canals, learn a little local history, learn about safety on the water and above all try something fun.

Eric Bradbury, Wigan Council’s Outdoor Education Team Manager, said: “Canals can be very dangerous but we teach young people how to enjoy them safely.
“We tour the canals on afternoons throughout the summer and do about 30 sessions in total. We’ll get out on the water in the canoes and learn a bit about looking after yourself and looking out for others when you are on the water.
“Young people always have fun on the project but they will learn about the importance of safety on the canals in the process.”

The session takes place at eight different venues across the borough in Crooke, Beech Hill, New Springs, Wigan Pier, Platt Bridge, Higher Ince, Pennington and Plank Lane.

Anyone is welcome to join from individuals and groups of friends to youth groups, Scouts, Guides and community groups.
Individuals can normally turn up on the day whereas larger groups may need to book.
All Canalside sessions are free, run by qualified instructors and are open to anyone aged 11-21. Those under 17 must bring a signed parental consent form on the day.

The Canalside project also includes the major summer event in the Outdoor Education Team’s summer calendar – the annual Water Festival.
The event takes place on July 30th from 10 – 3pm at Scotmans Flash, Wigan, and anyone can pop along to try their hand at canoeing, kayaking, sailing, windsurfing and dragon boating. Their will also be a well-stocked barbeque.

Anyone taking part in any of the above activities should bring a change of clothes and a towel. All other equipment will be provided.

The Outdoor Education Team are part of Wigan Council’s Youth Service and aim to connect people to opportunities.

For more information or to get a consent form for activities contact the Outdoor Education team on 01942 769812 or email e.bradbury@wigan.gov.uk