Warm water, winter? Oh yes!!

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Grian
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Warm water, winter? Oh yes!!

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Impatiently waiting for spring and determined to develop some skills I booked a short break in Lanzarote. I thought I would share it here because I had no idea beforehand how easy it would be to arrange a totally transformational 3 days of paddling.

Primarily I wanted to work on anxieties about...

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immersion. This is far easier in warm water. Especially when there are lots of fishes to distract a person.

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Since it was a comfortable temperature we could repeat until I became quite nonchalant.

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Obviously all this capsizing meant I also got lots of practice re-entering the boat and I spent an inordinate amount of time inelegantly hugging the deck of my Romany classic.

When not face-to-face with melon yellow gelcoat there was plenty to look at, the geology of the island in particular is very interesting - there is a recent lava field further north. Indeed I got to see many rocks up close since Juan 'the smiling assassin' and my 5* guide for the duration helped me overcome my concern about such things.

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'Get closer, touch the rock', to my surprise I was perfectly safe right next to the cliff - far closer than in the photo - and actually enjoying being lifted and lowered by the swell. The occasional bump or scrape wasn't alarming to me or my guide!

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This was typical, the company are distinctly un-precious about their boats, which meant we could access these caves threading our way to the entrance at low tide.

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In addition we worked on high and low bracing, hanging draw, some close-contact tows... In only three days I achieved much more than I had hoped for.

So I would really recommend both the location and Sea Kayaking Lanzarote (http://www.seakayakinglanzarote.com, as well as coaching they do trips around the coast and rent boats to the suitably qualified). The logistics were so straightforward - Sarah (who joined us on day 2 with her camera and then kindly provided a folder of photos) dealt with my booking for the coaching sessions and since I stayed in Playa Blanca I was also collected and dropped off every day from my accommodation, leaving companions free to do their own thing. Flights are incredibly cheap from the UK, and I would also highly recommend the villa I found on airbnb - the owner kindly booked transfers, really it couldn't have been more effortless.

Air temp was at most in the higher 20's and with a constant wind it was very comfortable, water temperature I believe was 18 degrees, and I was comfortable in rash top and leggings and the company provided a shorty cag to keep me warmer when I was spending a lot of time in the water. In fact had I not been taking work I'd have fitted all I needed in hand luggage.

I was sorry to leave.

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Re: Warm water, winter? Oh yes!!

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Nice write up and photo's. Thanks for sharing.

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