I did my assessment yesterday for Level 2. It was great fun I have to say and the lads just dropped me in it, which I prefer. We were just heading out for a paddle but there was an extra guy there, turned out he was the examiner!
So we got on in Lucan and warmed up a bit then headed down the weir, I didn't capsize at the bottom this time as I'm getting the edge control a bit better. Heading on down I performed the forward paddle which went well, then the reverse stroke which was ok but I got caught in the flow a little. The examiner said not to worry as we were on moving water and assessments are normally done on flat water. So I was happy with that. We hit mild rapids then just before shakletons weir which I ran, and believe it or not broke into the eddy at the end perfectly..delighted with that as it's a level three requirement. In fairness to my instructor he's been pushing me well over the past 6 weeks and said I was a very strong beginner.
I broke out of the eddy well also, lifting a nice left edge and took the flow on down the river, another nice one
We pulled over a bit and I did some low brace turns and sweep stroke combo's which went well, no capsizing here either. I capsized a few times in practice on the low brace turn the other night so I was happy with that as I got the edge up well on it, did some low bracing as well and got some water up on the deck, I'm starting to understand hip flick now. On we went down towards Wrens nest and I did some draw stroke drills, which are a pig to do in moving water but he was happy enough with that. Into some nice calm water and we did some theory, all safety related, which went well.
The lads went down wrens on river right, I opted for left but the oncoming flow from the right caught my edge and over I went, I kissed a few rocks there but the lads were there pretty quick for a t-rescue. I popped into the eddy as they played on the stopper for a bit.
We headed back to the club where on the way I performed the X rescue, both getting one of the lads back in the boat and then getting myself into the boat. I was then told I did very well and passed the assessment.
It was a great days paddling too. Thanks for reading. Level 3 here I come