Would you like a new challenge, to learn new skills and meet new friends well Kayaking is certainly something you should try. It is a great way to keep active and push your boundaries.

When I started, I was a complete novice, but with the right coaching I have been able to reach a level I did not expect. This has allowed me to move on and coach others while still looking to progress in the sport.

Kayaking allows you to experience the outdoors and feel part of the environment. It is the reason I enjoy the sport and sharing it with others makes it that more special.

This year I have been able to paddle the Rivers Dart, Usk, Wye, Tryweryn, Dee and Conway. This month I spent a weekend up at Plas-y-brenin on a white-water leader course. I wanted to test my ability to cope with different situations and by stepping out of my comfort zone see how I would cope with stress and leading a group down a grade 2 river. I’m pleased to say although exhausting it was rewarding and gave me a real sense of achievement.

So, if you think it is something you would like to try why not contact your local club for a taster session or contact me for a chat gary.holister@yahoo.com