A weekend on the water

3 stars visit Welton Waters Activity Centre - By SSI Donna Nixon

A weekend on the water

12 June 2023

  • Humberside And South Yorkshire ACF

This weekend (9-11th June) County Adventure Training Officer Lieutenant (Lt) Paul Meares and Assistant Instructor Staff Sergeant Instructor (SSI) Donna Nixon. Conducted Stand up Paddleboard (SUP) and Kayak lessons, covering both Army Cadet Syllabus (ACS) 3 Star Adventure Training and the British Canoeing Discovery Award at Welton Waters Activity Centre.

Rescue training was completed which also included cadets supporting being rescued for dog training with Newfoundland dogs from the local water safety teams.


The weather was glorious for the whole weekend where Cadets were trained by Lt Mears (SUP) and SSI Nixon (kayak) fun was completely infused into the teaching with Cadets learning everything they needed from paddle and boat control to completing a journey.

The weekend ended with cadets using the giant Paddleboards, where each group learned to fully work as a team to complete their journeys.


Cadet Corporal Olivia Law (Goole Detachment) said: “it’s been a relatively relaxed weekend which is different to other military weekends. I’ve enjoyed learning the basics of how to handle the boards and boats properly. It’s harder than it looks. You have to learn to balance the board using your feet and body together. Boats are not easy mine kept spinning round but with guidance from the instructors in the end I was going straight.”

A fantastic weekend to be a small part of, with all the Cadets not only all passing but leaving happy and wanting more!

With Many thanks to SMI Kevin McDowall for organising the event and land based support staff Lt Steff Dodd and SI Diane Allen.

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