Farlington students take to the water

Ten students at Farlington School have completed an introductory course to kayaking, sailing and paddle boarding.

The 8-week programme was conducted at Southwater Watersports Centre.

Farlington’s sporting ethos is to encourage girls to participate and enjoy sports, to maintain their interest and develop a healthy life beyond school. In Years 11 and above girls are given the option to try a wide variety of activities from golf to indoor climbing.

The instructors – Adrian, Carol-Ann and Peter – at Southwater Watersports Centre focused on making the activities enjoyable and informative. The girls found it challenging, yet exciting, to try something outside the normal curriculum.

The Farlington students learned how to sail safely in both calm and windy conditions. They worked in pairs with one student taking control of the sail and the other taking responsibility for the rudder.

Under reefed sails in the final week, the girls needed all their newly acquired sailing skills to avoid capsizing in the gusty wind. The exciting afternoon will live long in the memory of all the participants.

Farlington’s John Dwyer, who took the students to Southwater, said: “The girls acquired so much from the watersports activities. In addition to the physical benefits of these sports, other skills were also enhanced: teamwork, leadership, communication and confidence.

“The sports options which are external to the school are always popular and build on the skills students have gained within the more traditional school sporting activities. A big thank-you must go to the staff at Southwater who made it such an enjoyable experience for the girls.”

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