Try A Boat, Get Afloat is no more! Conwy Council and their ridiculous approach to health and safety are the issue.

Try a Boat Get Afloat.

Due to the nonsensical stance of Conwy Council and those that operate the leisure facility our use of the boating lake in Eirias Park has been stopped. They have decided that the water may on occasion be unfit for human consumption so have banned all paddling activities in the lake. We have never had a club member end up in the water in living memory, nor have any issues been reported that may be the cause of coming in to contact with the lake water. We have rigorous safety policies that are second to none for any paddle sport club. The council are hiding behind a health threat that just does not exist. All of this means that not only are we not able to put on this fantastic event for the local community but we have had to move our regular paddling location some considerable distance from the clubs base. Conwy Council refuse to listen to us, will not sit down and meet with us and will not allow us, one of the best paddle clubs in the country to take responsibility for our own health and safety. 

The 2018 “Try A Boat, Get Afloat” was held May 13th 2018

As usual the event took place in Eirias Park at Llyn Eirias Boating Lake.

We commenced paddling for the public at about 10AM and finished off around 15.30, in that time we had over 130 people come along and , under our supervision had a go at canoeing or Kayaking. This has once again resulted in a few new members signing up with us and has increased our membership level to over 110

In the last few years this event has proven to be very popular and has given some of our “Try A Boat” participants the bug to take the sport up and have gone on to join the club and are now active members of Colwyn Canoe Club getting out and paddling on a regular basis.

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