This saturday just gone a trio of members visited lea valley site for a paddle.
To paddle and be able to book future sessions you need to undertake an assessment.
The assessment takes about 1hr (cost £10), I think they are only at weekends.
The site consists of two courses which feed into a lake, both courses have a conveyor belt to the top.
The Legacy is the least difficult of the two, and after the briefing this is where you start out. In the assessment group you convene at the top and navigate the rapids demonstrating break ins and break outs and also a roll or a swim.
Upon completing the legacy a couple of times you will be told if you have satisfied the assessor. You have the option (if successful) of being cleared just to use the Legacy course (although you would be limited to this course at future visits) or you can choose to try the Olympic course.
The same attributes were assessed (minus the roll or swim) break ins and break outs in particular above the two main drops and also crossing the river using features.
The legacy part took about 35 minutes and the Olympic took us to the end of the hour, this consisted of two runs of each course.
After this we had a break, handed bibs back in and when the assessor had completed the paperwork and were issued with cards we booked for a slot an hour later (start on the hour).
When booking your paddling slots once assessed you choose either the Legacy or Olympic, you can’t switch.
That said the site is well laid out, and the assessment was well run.
There are two cafes on site one at the top of the Olympic conveyor and one at the end of the olympic course.
The site is compact. Water is clean. Can be congested with lots of rafts (only one session, at 3pm I think for one hour without rafts which seems a bit of a poor showing really)
But anyways a couple of one hours slots with a break are more than enough and we had an enjoyable time.
Nigel won with the number of rolls being in double figures and Adrian had the most stylish roll of the day.
Until the next time……..