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Take Time this Go Paddling Week

This Go Paddling Week we are taking time to go back to the basics of what the week is all about...getting as many people on the water enjoying themselves as possible! In 2019 the week runs from 25th May to 2nd June.

Watch the video above to find out more about the week.

The lightbulb moment

Over the years our mileage targets have been a great way of recording how far people have paddled but we recognise lots of people want to take part but don’t know their mileage. So, this year we are setting a people target, to get as many people on the water as possible!

In the past we feel we missed out on the ‘I just got in a boat for the first time for 20 minutes’ and the ‘but I’m a playboater’ and even the ‘how many miles is 8 times down the white water course?’ type of paddlers feeling they could participate. We hope that just being able to record that you went for a paddle will make taking part in the week far more accessible to all.

It will also make it easier for clubs, centres and coaches to record their results for the week. Instead of adding up miles we just want you to tell us who you put on the water.

The theme

We know that people take to the water for a huge variety of reasons. From exercise to headspace, exploration to challenge, spending time with people to spending time away from people. Whatever the motivation we are going to be encouraging people to Take Time this Go Paddling Week. To step away from the usual routine of life and discover all the amazing things paddling has to offer.

We would love for you to help us with this by putting on activities throughout the week and registering them with us. We can then promote your activities through our website and send you materials to help you advertise to club members or the public.

Drum roll please...

We’re sure you’re all desperate to know what the target is for 2019! Changing from miles to people has meant we had to have a good hard think about a tough but achievable target. We hope that you will help us get 10,000 people on the water throughout the week!

What next?

We have a fresh new logo for the week, which you can find attached to this email or here. Please feel free to use it to promote any activities you are running throughout the week.

Over the next couple of months the website will be having a facelift and further resources will be developed and released.

We really appreciate all the support clubs, centres and coaches have shown to the week over the years and hope you will all Take Time to join us again for 2019.

If you would like any further information on the week please contact [email protected]