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A (secret) special offer from Gone Swimming - Wild Swimming Holidays in North Wales
Firstly, welcome to the influx of new subscribers that we have seen - thank you for taking an interest in what we have to offer.
The open water swimming season is now in full swing, just last week we had our first brave souls venture out into the (not so) icy depths for their first open water coaching session - in preparation for a mile swim in Ullswater later this year. Both Debbie & Nik did really well, and we got some great feedback "I learnt more in those two hours, than I have in the last six months of swimming."
We are really looking forward to the H2Open Day down in Reading on the 28th. There is encouraging demand for our wet weekends, and there is still spaces available on trips - have a look at the dates & locations.
So - what is this special offer we are going on about. Very simple.
For this weekend only - we are offering you the chance to book four places on a wet weekend, and only pay for three. So for the ridiculous total price of �525 (�175 per person) you can bring four people away for a half-board weekend (breakfast & lunch included).
What is the reason for this? Simple, we want to encourage you to bring a friend, bring a colleague, bring your wife, husband, mistress or toyboy! We want to encourage more people to try open water swimming - and the best way to do that is through you encouraging your friends to give it a go.
To take advantage of this offer, speak to Gabby at the H2Open Day or send us an email this weekend. You don't have to have booked and paid, as long as we have received an e-mail from you before we switch on the computer on Monday, then you can take advantage of this - on any wet weekend trip that we have currently scheduled.
We look forward to receiving your e-mail.
Dan & Gabs
The Story of Swimming
Book Review: Our blog post last week was Gabby's review of the Story of Swimming by Susie Parr. Susie was even kind enough to drop us an email to say thanks!
Wild Swimming Underwater
Video: Both of us are interested in freediving, as we feel it gives us even more freedom to explore the aquatic world.
Stand Up Paddle board UK
Stand Up Paddle board UK Deal
We've got a great deal going on at the moment!
15% off all Flat Water or White Water courses when you book 2 or more people!
For more information about our courses head to our website at www.standuppaddleboarduk.com
To enjoy this fantastic deal call or email us before 01/07/12.
Sealife Trips 2012
Sealife-adventures is a Visit Scotland 4 star Wild Life Experience. We run wildlife, whirlpool and whale watching trips from our purpose-built easy access pontoon and private car park on Seil, a scenic 30 minute drive south of Oban. Our boat offers a unique combination of uncrowded comfort, stability and exceptional speed from silenced twin engines.
All trips are skippered by David, a marine biologist who has been an owner/skipper in this area for 25 years. Our enthusiastic wildlife guide will provide commentary and an endless supply of hot drinks and biscuits - there is a washroom.
We've had some great trips this May with good sightings particularly of eagles and some dolphins, and are looking forward to the summer ahead!
We have scheduled the following trips for the next few days, pre-booking is strongly advised. We can schedule in other trips to suit you.
Please phone us on 01852 300 203 (eve and weekend) or 01631 57 10 10 (office hours), if you wish to book or for more information or if you wish us to schedule in more trips.
5 hour whale & Corry - Sat June 2nd, 2012 8:30 - Spaces
5 hour whale & Corry - Sun June 3rd, 2012 9:00 - FULL
3hr Corry wildlife cruise - Sun June 3rd, 2012 14:00 - Spaces
4 hr corry, poss whale - Mon June 4th, 2012 9:45 - Spaces
4hr whirlpool special - Mon June 4th, 2012 14:00 - Spaces
5 hour whale & Corry - Tue June 5th, 2012 10:00 - Spaces
3hr Corry wildlife cruise - Tue June 5th, 2012 15:00 - FULL
4hr Corry wildlife cruise - Wed June 6th, 2012 11:15 - Spaces
5 hour whale & Corry - Thu June 7th, 2012 12:00 - Spaces
5 hour whale & Corry - Sat June 9th, 2012 14:00 - Spaces
5 hour whale & Corry - Sat June 9th, 2012 12:45 - spaces
3hr Corry wildlife cruise - Mon June 11th, 2012 13:15 - spaces
3hr Corry wildlife cruise - Tue June 12th, 2012 9:45 - spaces
5 hour whale & Corry - Tue June 12th, 2012 12:45 - spaces
3hr Corry wildlife cruise - Wed June 13th, 2012 14:45 - spaces
5 hour whale & Corry - Thu June 14th, 2012 13:00 - spaces
4hr Corry wildlife cruise - Mon June 18th, 2012 8:45 - spaces
5 hour whale & Corry - Mon June 18th, 2012 12:45 - Full
5 hour whale & Corry - Tue June 19th, 2012 10:00 - Full
Scottish Wildlife Trust
Come and support the SWT at our annual
at the lovely Achnacloich Gardens
on the A85 - 2 miles east of Connel
SATURDAY 2nd June
11am till 4pm
Lunches ~ teas ~ home baking ~ plants ~ gifts ~ raffle ~ displays
At this wonderful venue for the last time!
ALL VERY WELCOME
Clearsky Adventure Centre
Clearsky's activity ideas for this Bank Holiday weekend at Castle Ward
Great weather forecast and what a line up of activities at Castle Ward this Jubilee Bank Holiday weekend!
Strangford Sea Safari and Marine Waterfall Picnic!
There are a few remaining spaces on the Strangford Sea Safari trips this Sunday, for both The Narrows Sea Safari Voyage and The Whirlpool Special trips - see below for availability.
The Marine Waterfall Picnic is a new and exciting trip for 2012! See the stunning highlights of the Sea Safari trip with an additional stop off at Ardkene Castle, to enjoy a picnic overlooking Ireland's only Marine Waterfall, 'The Dorn'!
Trip leaves 12.15pm this Sunday 3rd June, spaces are limited.
11.00am - The Narrows Sea Safari Voyage - 7 spaces available
12.15pm - Marine Waterfall Picnic - 6 spaces available
2.30pm - The Narrows 'Whirlpool Special' - fully booked
3.30pm - The Narrows 'Whirlpool Special' - 1 space available
4.30pm - The Narrows 'Whirlpool Special' - 6 spaces available
Reply to this email or call 028 437 23933 to reserve your seats!
Bike and Canoe hire
Available all the Bank Holiday weekend, what better time to take advantage of our COMBO discount? 15% off the total price if you book both bike hire and canoe hire! As well as our top notch Vitus mountain bikes, we have Tandem bikes available and children's equipment from age 9 months!
Reply to this email or call 028 437 23933 to reserve your seats!
Family Adventure Day this Sunday!
Spend some quality time together this Sunday and have some fun with exciting activities such as Archery, Canoeing and Orienteering! Family ticket offer available - don't hesitate, get the family together and get giggling! A few spaces remain on both the 11am session and 2.30pm session, book asap to avoid disappointment!
Reply to this email or call 028 437 23933 to reserve your spaces.
International Bread Festival - Activities Extravaganza!
Monday 4th June
Come on down and join the fun at Castle Ward this weekend - entry is free and there are lots of things to see and do! It's the final day of the 'Turn 'o' the Tides' festival, celebrating Strangford Lough and the lecale area, and will include a bake-off from Channel 4's famous pair 'The Baker Brothers' (Tom & Henry Herbert). There will be a gingerbread man competition, taster sessions and the lighting of the Beacon in celebration of the Jubilee weekend - joining others across the UK who will also be attending beacon lighting events. Live entertainment in the evening from Finbar Keaveney means you can make a whole day of it. Some of the fun activities available on the day are -
Fireman Sam Giant Inflatable Slide
Laser Clay Pigeon Shooting competition
Sea Safari sightseeing boat trips
Bike and Canoe hires
...and lots more! Call us on 028 437 23933 for more info; we look forward to seeing you there!
Surf's Up! Polzeath
Surf's Up! - Climb Every Mountain
Today we have some surf. Chest high, light breeze - and no rain. Well not right now, we did earlier. If we believe in the law of averages, which I do, the summer holidays are going to be stonking - ninety degrees, head high, light offshore... you can quote me on that! Still quiet on the beach with general traffic - school groups are keeping our heads above the pulpit. Speaking of the Olympics (we weren't) can I remind anyone aged 17 or below that you can enrol on our Junior Scheme when you come along for lessons - Gold, Silver and Bronze certificates awarded for achieving the appropriate levels. Do three or more lessons and it's a freebie, from us to you (07760 126225).
Diamond Jubilee Special
To mark the very special occassion this weekend, of Janey's birthday (!), we're offering a 10% discount off any red, white or blue Surf's Up! hoodies bought in the Surf's Up! shop from now until Wednesday. That's genius right? You just can't hold me back. Pop in and see Sarah. If you're after a surf lesson, please call to pre-book on 07760 126225 - it's gonna be busy, busy, busy. That's your heads up... you've been warned!
Another little tip off - if you speak nicely to Wailo on the beach, we may have a couple of soft surfboards for sale. Just our little secret okay.
The bunting is up, the flags are flying, 2-3ft forecast for the week, there's a huge buzz of anticipation down here on the beach - we're like coiled springs, good to go. Can't wait! Time to feel that sand between your toes.
A holiday in North Cornwall would not be complete without a visit to the legendary Surf's Up! Surf School, to try your hand at the Sport of Kings. The coaching team on Polzeath Beach have been holding the hands of aspiring surfers of all shapes, sizes, ages and abilities since 1995 and reckon they've just about cracked it! "It's simple but not easy," is the way they describe it and a few tips from the top are all that are needed to fast track the learning experience. Most beginners will be up and riding in a two hour session, more experienced riders will relish throwing out some spray with their new found turns. Polzeath Beach is the perfect destination with a gently shelving sandy beach and consistent surf. Shops, cafes etc are all within staggering distance after the lesson. And if you want to know why it's so popular with the rich and famous, just check out the scenery. Stunning. "An awesome activity, with awesome instructors, in an awesome location," commented one happy client. And who would disagree? Lessons are available everyday at 10m and 2pm. Booking in advance advised on 07760 126225 or www.surfsupsurfschool.com. Slip, slap, slop.
Beach House Special - 24th June - 27th June, sleeps ten, funny dates hence �450!! Call Rach on 07760 126225 if that tickles your buds. Couple of Duke of Edinburgh Residential places left at Surf's Up! flat.
We have surf, but as yet this morning, no sun. It's a bit overcast. I have it on good authority that it's going to break through any min.
Sun has his hat on!
Time to give us a ring and book those surf lessons, strike while the iron is hot. 8th - 13th July is surprisingly still available at the Beach House.
Okay, we've got a lot to get through, grab yourself a Latte, hobnob and chair and we'll crack on. In no particular order...If you're coming down this weekend for the Bank Holiday and you're one of the first five people to go up to the trailer and ask the following question to the person on bookings, "Have Ginsters been repairing all the pot holes in this village?" (If they're going to be repaired how about making them nice and flat, rather than crimped along the edges! Grrrr - no good for my bike.).... we'll throw in some free board hire for you (as long as you've either booked or are booking a lesson). And if you go to the shop and tell Sarah, "My pockets are lined with the hair of a Camels Hump", she'll give you a 10% discount off Surf's Up! stock. (Don't forget we now have a full compliment of Finisterre gear in store).
Just a few dates left for the Beach House (sleeps ten right on the sand), as follows - 20th May - 25th May, 25th May - 1st June, 24th June - 27th June, 8th July - 13th July (that last one's just this minute become available). If any of those dates work for you, then please give Rach a shout (07760 126225). The Duke of Edinburgh residential courses are proving very popular this year - staying in our flat with loads of surfing. Sweet - only a few dates left for those.
If you're 17 or under then you can go for Gold with the Junior Surfing Scheme logbooks. Keeping with the theme of Olympic year, there are three awards - Gold, Silver and Bronze - log your surfing progress, a great guide as to where you are with your surfing and what's next to work on. Free when enrolled onto either the Weekender or the Developer Courses.
The fast track booking system is working a treat. Book your lessons in advance, complete all the paperwork and payment before you head down and you won't be hanging on waiting for others to complete their's. That's working really well.
Edith May Trading Company
Barge Match Success!
We are pleased to report that the Edith May had a very successful Passage Match, racing from Gravesend to Harwich. She was first over the start line and romped home to win for the first time since the Blackwater Match last July. This weekend (30th June) is the Pin Mill Match, in Suffolk, which is one of the highlights of the year. There are still spaces available for the match, with an 830am pick up from Pin Mill on Saturday morning. Cost - �125 per person (includes food throughout the day, but not evening supper tickets, which can be bought for �8).
Dickens Festival, Friday 8th-Sunday 10th June
The Edith May, fresh from the Queens Jubilee, will be in attendance at the Rochester Dickens Festival this weekend.
Running short trips (ca. 1hr) from Rochester Pier, departing each day at 0945hrs, 1130hrs, 1330hrs, 1445hrs and 1615hrs, tickets can be bought on the pier or via the website (http://www.edithmaybargecharter.co.uk/shop/category/sailing-trips1/) 24hrs in advance.
If unsure of availability, please call 07814950442.
3hr Chatham Trips June 16th/17th
One of the only chances to enjoy the 3hr Chatham cruises this year, we still have space on the following trips:
Saturday 16th June - 0900-1200
Sunday 17th June - 0900-1200, 1400-1700
The trips include tea and coffee and are priced at �30 per person.
Thurs 24th May - Cream Tea Cruise, 8 places remaining
Mon 5th June - (post Jubilee) London Bridge to Gravesend, including Tower Bridge lift - 6 places available @ �125
Fri 8th/Sat 9th/Sun 10th June - 1hr trips for Dickens Festival from Rochester Pier - available http://www.edithmaybargecharter.co.uk/shop/category/sailing-trips1/
Sat 16th/Sun 17th June - 3hr cruises from Chatham @ �30 (0900-1200, 1400-1700)
Wed 20th June - Lunch Cruise, 6 places remaining
Thurs 5th July - CTC, 8 places remaining
Tonight, (April 3rd) @ 8pm - 'Pub Dig', Rory Mcgrath digs up the garden of the Command House pub and enjoys a trip on a sailing barge.
Sunday 3rd June - The 'Edith May' will be attending the Queen's Jubilee Pageant, being the first boat in the Parade of Sail, moored by London Bridge. She will be flying all her winner's pennants, dating back to the Queen's Coronation Match of 1953, so should be quite noticeable to the 250 million television viewers!
Coming Soon - A new programme on the BBC, detailing the history of Britain's food. One episode features the sailing barge 'Lady of the Lea', with a special guest appearance from the Edith May.
Photo Gallery of Windsurf Lessons & Windsurf Rental
The windsurf season is off to a great start, you can now check out all the on-water action by going to our Poole Windsurfing Photo Gallery page.
Our windsurfing students can now use this gallery to find shots of themselves & their friends that were taken out on the water during their lessons with us at Poole Windsurfing. If you have been on a windsurfing lesson with us, why not have a scan through the photo gallery and show your family and friends what you have been getting up to!
All the action is split into Beginners, Imporvers & Advanced windsurf courses & albums made for each month of the season to make it easy to find what you are looking for. You can even hover over the images to be shown what month it was taken in, making it even easier to find photos from your lessons.
We also have the following albums for you to look through:
- The Poole Windsurfing School - setup, equipment & teaching venue
- Poole Harbour Sunsets - it may be in the UK but the sunsets here are amazing!
- Poole Harbour & Sandbanks Area Photography - to showcase what is some of the best coastline in the UK
- Poole Windsurfing Holiday Locations - Location & action shots from planned holiday destinations
Keep checking back to the Poole Windsurfing Photo Gallery for up to the minute windsurfing pictures!
Enjoy - Poole Windsurfing.
Minds Wide Open - Latest Windsurfing Movie
The new windsurfing movie Minds Wide Open is a truly awesome achievement, bringing together all the current big guns in windsurfing, traveling to inspiring locations and being seamlessly bought together by producer Andre Paskowski. From the makers of the ground breaking windsurfing dvd Four Dimensions.
The producers of Minds Wide Open have this to say about their latest windsurf dvd.
"From the producers of Four Dimensions - prepare to join a bigger and better team on a new journey of breathtaking windsurfing action and cinematography. With a spectrum of mind-bending angles shot in stunning locations. It's time to taste the future and keep your Minds Wide Open."
The list of pro windsurfers in this movie points to the fact that the content is just going to be off the scale!
These are the guys that are pushing the limits of windsurfing right now in all disciplines (wave, freestyle and freestyle wave). They are the ones doing the biggest airs, sickist tricks and craziest wave riding on the planet.
The Minds Wide Open windsurf dvd combines the greatest progressive windsurfers with some really crisp and visually amazing footage taken at all the top windsurfing destinations. If you have watched the trailer above then you know that seeing the whole movie is a must!
Errant Surf Holidays
Surf France Next Week - �310 includes all travel from London, all meals, surf coaching, all meals and hire
Every now and then we get some pretty good last minute deals to the sunshine. This has to be one of the best for anyone based in and around London looking to trade The Tube for a real surf tube ;-)
We have 15 places left on our surf coach leaving London this Saturday 30th June 2012 for one week in sunny France, arriving back in the UK on Sunday the 8th July 2012.
The surf coach will leave Oxford Brookes student union at 11:30am and Imperial college students union at 12:30 just an hour later. The postcodes are OX3 0BT & SW7 2BB respectively.
There are 3 surfing packages from which you can choose from when staying with us in France.
1. Basic - �290 per person
This includes return transport from London to France, accommodation, food (3 meals a day) wet-suit, non-surf equipment (volleyball, football posts and ball etc) camp bikes and an amazing lively and fun itinerary full of games and partying.
2. Beginner - �310 per person
This includes the entire above plus 4 x 2 hour lessons and free board hire as well as photos and videos of the surf sessions.
3. Intermediate - �300 per person
Includes the basic package plus 3 x 2 hour lessons with our O'neil sponsored surf instructors. This will also include photo & video analysis and all photos of sessions. ever 2 hour session is photographed or filmed from start to finish.
To Book Go ONLINE or call 020 8133 6438.
2013: January, February, March, April, May
2012: January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December
2011: February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December
2010: September, October, November, December