On Saturday there was the fourth Wheels to Water event hosted by Castle Semple. This celebration of accessible sport brings together a number of national governing bodies to help create a fantastic opportunity for people with disabilities, their family and friends, to experience different sports in a safe, fun and supportive environment. There were 15 paddlers who had volunteered to help the SCA run our workshop at the event. From around 10am there were attendees arriving and getting out onto the water in the warm sunny conditions. With all of the volunteers out on the water it was great to see people eagerly waiting their turn on the bank.
There were a number of craft which attendees could choose to go out on: Kayaks, Open Canoes, Bell Boat and Sit on Tops.
With lots of people wanting a turn the coaches were making regular trips to the jetty to swap participants and crafts. It gave the volunteers an opportunity to learn how to use the adaptive equipment and other equipment to help get people out onto the water. There were over 50 trips made by volunteers throughout the day. As the day went on there were a number of participants coming back for another turn, all wanting to try a new craft. One or two became so comfortable on the water they were happy to go in a single boat and paddle around the loch lead by a volunteer.
As the day drew to a close and the attendees left, there was an opportunity for Dave to provide some extra training for the volunteers.
We would like to thank our volunteers, Dave Rossetter, Castle Semple and Scottish Disability Sport for their help organising and running the event.
To see more photos from the day please click here.