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24 March 2017

Lee Valley White Water Centre is delighted to invite you and your members/group to attend our second annual disability event. Taking place on Thursday 25th May, the day will provide an opportunity for people with a wide range of disabilities to get out on the water with the support of our fully qualified and experienced instructors. All activities will be free of charge and bookable in advance. Further details of what is on offer can be seen below;

09:30am – 12:00pm, Olympic white water rafting:

Tackle the Olympic Course in a seven person raft. Guided by two centre instructors you will ride the rapids of the exciting 300m Olympic Course. Participants will have to pass our activity assessment (more information can be found on the attached information sheet). Minimum age 14, two rafts available to book.

10:00am – 12:00pm, Flat water stand up paddle boarding:

These fun and informal sessions are a great way to paddle with friends on the lake. No experience is necessary and you can improve your skills as you go. During the session you will have the opportunity to use our stand up paddle boards and/or open canoes (inflatable two man kayaks). Minimum age 8 / maximum 20 spaces available.

12:30pm – 14:30pm, Flat water kayaking:

These fun and informal sessions are a great way to paddle with friends on the lake. No experience is necessary and you can improve your skills as you go. A range of equipment will be available to use including kayaks, stand up paddleboards and hotdogs (inflatable two man kayaks). Minimum age 8 / maximum 20 spaces available.

14:45pm – 17:00pm, Legacy white water rafting:

Tackle the Legacy course in our four person rafts. Guided by our centre instructors you will ride the fast flowing rapids of the 160m Legacy course. Participants will have to pass our activity assessment . Minimum age 10 / seven rafts available to book, 4 people per boat.

*Please make sure everybody brings a towel and swimwear. Wetsuits, buoyancy aids, helmets and boots will be provided*

For all activities participants must arrive a minimum of 30 minutes prior to the start times stated above. All participants under the age of 18 must also provide a fully completed Lee Valley parental consent form (attached) which must be taken to the centre on the day.  Due to the nature of participants involved, it is essential that all medical conditions and treatments are noted on the consent form and  booking form. Please contact

Jack Pringle – Sports Development Officer Tel: 01992 709872   Mob: 07825 659226 for a booking and consent form. or email: hburgess@vibrantpartnerships.co.uk

Information Form – Disability Event

Thursday 25th May 2017

 

Overview of Activities

Activity Session Length Age Group Maximum/Minimum Numbers Timings
Olympic rafting 2 hours 30 mins 14+ 2 rafts of 7 people 09:30am – 12:00pm
Flat water stand up paddle boarding 2 hours 8+ 20 people per session 10:00am – 12:00pm
Flat water kayaking 2 hours 8+ 20 people per session 12:30pm – 14:30pm
Legacy rafting 2 hours 15 mins 10+ 7 rafts of 4 people 14:45pm – 17:00pm

 

Activity Assessment

For all rafting sessions we have allocated an extra raft guide and additional time to prepare participants for the activity. Please ask us if you feel have any questions about the activities and we can help you decide which is the best activity for you.

 

Important for all sessions – people should be able to:

  • Receive and understand a safety briefing.
  • Correctly fit all Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) required for the session;
    • have a chest size larger than 84cm (33in) and less than 120 cm (50in)
    • weigh under 18 stone

 

Going on the water in the raft we will practice and test the following:

  • Be able to maintain a sitting position within the raft.
  • Be able to adopt the “Down” position (sit on the floor of the raft and support body without the assistance of others).
  • Be able to move body position to the left and right when instructed.

 

For rafting, people need to pass the swim part of the activity assessment. The assessment will be done on the bottom of the white water course where we ask everyone to jump in and show the following:

  • Be alert and able to respond to simple visual or verbal commands from the raft guide.
  • Be able to adopt and maintain the Defensive Swim position and orientated body

position away from danger (lying on back, feet downstream, with legs kept up

  • on/near the water’s surface).
  • Be able to receive and hold a throw line while being pulled to the course side.

Parental Consent Forms