On the last weekend of October a group of 22 paddlers headed up to South Wales to go boating. For many of the paddlers this would be their first ever time paddling on whitewater so we were hoping for decent water levels. Unfortunately, due to a lack of sufficient rain almost everything in the area was quite low, but we stuck with the original plan and paddled the River Usk from Sennybridge to Aberbran bridge, a classic section of grade 2 with three grade 2+/3 ledge drops on the way down.
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On Saturday 7th November, three brave CUCC members turned up to do their 2* assessment. They were tested on a range of intermediate skills in both Canoe an kayak including moving sideways, looking after a group and preventing a capsize. They also had to show effective and efficient rescues of our live casualty Anthony who jumped in time and time again to act as a victim. Two hours later and we had three happy newly qualified 2* paddlers. Congratulations on passing to Jen Mcgaley, Kai Wohlfahrt and Andrew Witty!
On Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th October we ran two very full beginner's courses. It was great to see so many new paddlers out on the water and taking an interest in the club. After a day of learning skills and a mini-assessment everyone did a spraydeck test, chilly but worth it! And there were almost 30 BC 1* passes awarded. I hope to see many of the paddlers from the beginner's course on our whitewater prep session this weekend, upcoming WW trips, pool, polo and general sessions.
We had a really successful Come and Try it on Saturday. Over 90 people came down to find out more about the club and have a go at kayaking. For many it was their first time kayaking. We'll be running a beginners course next weekend and hope to have lots of new members in the club for the year ahead.
[Why you should join CU Canoe Club](http://www.bluebirdnews.co.uk/join-canoe-club/ "Join CU Canoe Club") Its the Come and try it on Saturday and we're preparing to run our beginners course over the weeked of 17th - 18th Oct. We've had a great response at the Freshers Fair and we're looking forward to welcoming lots of new members to the club. Anthony, the club President has written an article for Blue Bird news explaining why you should get involved with CUCC. Read it [here](http://www.bluebirdnews.co.uk/join-canoe-club/ "Join CU Canoe Club")