Watersports on Derwentwater

On 11 August 2018 Headway North Cumbria participated in water sports in the Lake District.   Some twenty-two members of the branch took to the water along with seven members from Headway South Cumbria and two from Headway Tyneside.  Earlier in the week the weather forecast had not been looking good with a likelihood of heavy rain and strong winds but when the participants arrived for the activity they were treated to glorious weather – bright sunshine and virtually no wind – ideal for paddling about on the water.


Platty+ is a small friendly family run water sports centre based on the shores of Derwentwater experienced in dealing with individuals and groups, children and adults (including those with special needs), families with young children, corporate groups and school parties.  They offered a two hour programme that ran from 10 am to 12 noon with attendees being given the opportunity to go on the water in a canoe, kayak, or dragon boat.

The day started promptly at 10 am with a safety brief, fitting of buoyancy aids, the issue of equipment and the group being divided up for the three activities.  Individual instructors provided briefs and training for each of the activities and soon it was on to the water.


Each group was on the water for an hour before returning to shore for a short break and a change of group.  It was then back on the water for a second hour to experience a different activity.  The pictures below show our members  enjoying the three activities on offer:  canoeing, kayaking and the dragon boat.




More photographs can be found in the gallery in the photo album called Platty+ 2018.

A combination of a well organised activity, a beautiful location, glorious weather and great team spirit shown by all participants ensured that this was a very successful event that was enjoyed by all.

We would like to thank the team at Platty+ for looking after us so well and the Keswick Lions who supported the event through a very generous donation.