Ladyburn Lake, Druridge Bay Country Park, Northumberland Sat/Sun 4/5 July 2015
For the second time we visited the Coquet Shorebase Trust sailing centre for a two day event of sailing and kayaking. The group this year from DISC were all female and most had never been in a boat before. There were a lot of nerves, as some were not confident in the water, and this is a big thing to overcome. However, with the patient support of the instructors, and confidence in the safety equipment, even the non swimmers got out onto the water. Some of the young people were even jumping into the water from the end of the pontoon by the end of the weekend.
We split the group into two, so half could do sailing in Quba sailing dinghies and a catamaran, whilst the others paddled the lake in kayaks. The group swapped each day at lunchtime.
We stay in Alnwick Youth Hostel, and were once again well looked after by the staff with
dinner, breakfast and packed lunch.
The residential trips are such rewarding events, and the group has more time to bond, learn and grow in confidence, therefore raising their personal self esteem.