Students from Cornwall and Devon have braved the Cornish seas to develop their industry skills set.
Level 2 and 3 Adventure Sports students from Duchy College have been making most of the recent wet weather and have taken to the water over the last few weeks.
It is peak season for paddling and they have been using the extra water in the rivers and the bigger swell to good effect when learning new skills and techniques in their kayaks, canoes and paddleboards.
Adventure Sport student, Henry Morris, who lives in Bodmin and previously went to Liskeard School and Community College said the practical activities “are amazing.”
“We get to practice so many new skills in different environments. I really liked paddling in the big swell and it gave me a chance to really find out what I am capable of in a kayak.”
The students have taken part in a paddling expedition along the River Lyhner and Tamar Rivers and have camped out on the beach at Anthony House.
Fellow Adventure Sport student, George Costello, who lives in Looe and previously went to Looe Community Academy said the weather “hasn’t been great but we have definitely used it our advantage. “
“The overnight expedition really put our skills to the test and I really enjoyed wild camping on the beach at Anthony House.
The students have also taken this opportunity to complete their foundation safety and rescue with each student passing the award.
Team Lead for Sport and Outdoor Adventure, Darren Evans, said the adventure sports programmes at Duchy College are “designed to give students a real taste of a variety of adventure sports whatever the weather.”
“The students develop their skills and gain qualifications that will make them employable. With so many of our students receiving multiple job offers from outdoor adventure companies, practical experiences and expeditions like this give the students the chance to develop not only their practical skills but also put their leadership skills into practice in challenging environments.”
There is a Courses and Careers Advice Event on Saturday 24th March 10am until Midday for students who may be interested in sport and adventure sport courses to come along and meet the teams and explore the facilities.