As we paddle into the New Year, our thoughts begin to flow towards new challenges and various resolutions we’d like to achieve throughout the year. Establishing some New Year goals is a great way to stay motivated, focused and protect our overall well-being.
To get you thinking and the inspiration flowing, we’ve pulled together our top three resolutions every paddler can strive to accomplish. Which one will you choose?
Thinking about setting yourself a New Year’s paddling challenge? Looking for some inspiration? Look no further than Go Paddling’s eight carefully developed challenge routes covering iconic locations around the United Kingdom.
If you fancy stepping it up then Go Paddling’s eighth challenge takes things to the next level by offering paddlers the equivalent to the three peaks challenge. The 3 Lakes Challenge is designed to test your endurance to the max by challenging you to take on the UK's longest natural lakes: Llyn Tegid (Lake Bala) in Wales (7 miles), Windermere in England (11 miles) and Loch Awe in Scotland (25 miles).
So what are you waiting for? Take a look at the routes by clicking
here, decide which one is appropriate for your ability and inspires you the most; then all you have to do is start planning and training to take on the challenge. Just be sure to check local covid restrictions before setting out on any training or challenges.
Developing your paddling skills can really help you to explore more locations, take on more diverse environments or to feel more comfortable with fellow paddlers on a trip.
If you haven’t been paddling too long and looking to develop your independent paddling skills in a dynamic and fun environment then look no further than the Discover or Explore awards. Visit gopaddling.info/category/paddling-awards/ to find out more about the Paddle Awards and how to find a course near you.
If you are looking to develop further in your chosen craft or you fancy challenging yourself in something new then you’ll want to check out the personal performance awards. You’ll find a personal performance award for every craft and discipline to suit your paddling development.
Find out more information about the Personal Performance Awards and how to find a course near you by visiting paddlesuptraining.com/category/personal-performance-courses/
Our last resolution is to ask you all to support our Clear Access Clear Waters campaign. After an unprecedented year of people taking to the water there has never been a more vital time to push for fairer access to our blue corridors flowing throughout England and Wales.
The quickest and easiest way to support the campaign is by signing our online petition calling for fair, shared sustainable access to our waterways. Please click here to sign our petition and to learn more about why we are pushing for 20,000 signatures. If you have time please do write to your local MP sharing with them your paddling journey.
Once you’ve signed our petition, why not think about organising a paddle cleanup to help showcase the positive impact paddlers can have to ensure the waterways are kept tidy and safe. Click here to find out how you can start planning your paddle cleanup. Don’t forget to share your photos on social media using the hashtag #clearaccessclearwaters.