Year 6 went to Shadwell Basin to participate in a variety of water-based activities. It was such an exciting day because we all did something we’ve never done before and we conquered some of our fears. Not only did we enjoy the activities, we also had a nice picnic.

Bell boating

Bell boats are two large open canoes linked with a walkway down the middle. Ten of us did bell boating with a coach. Once we rowed towards the destination, we were allowed to jump in the lake and swim for a short while. The best was jumping in and trying to climb back on.



Kayaking was fun: my partner and I had to work together and we had to be strong. I learned how to hold the paddle correctly – this helped me alot.

How to hold the paddle correctly:

  1. Hold the paddle with both hands just over shoulder distance apart
  2. Make sure the concave part of the blade is facing you
  3. When you dip the paddle blade into the water, the concave part should sweep through the water
  4. Check your knuckles are in line with the blade.



Sailing was quite challenging. We were in pairs and were taught a few techniques to not make us capsize. However, most of us did but our instructor helped us to get back on the sail. Teamwork was crucial because while one of us was pulling the rope, the other person had to control the boat.