|Aoraki Dragon Boat
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Lake Pegasus, north Canterbury
Please be aware that Lake Pegasus is now subject to a health warning from the Canterbury District Health Board (CDHB) following identification of potentially toxic blue-green algae in the lake (see details here: Land Air and Water Aotearoa - Lake Pegasus cyanobacteria warning). This has become pretty much an annual occurrence now and in some ways I'm surprised it's taken this long to occur after such a hot summer.
As a result, those teams that train at Pegasus will now need to move to other training locations. The Waimak teams and the Rangiora HS team will be re-locating training to the Kaiapoi River with immediate effect.
We're in the process of moving boats around to accommodate, noting that no boats will remain at Pegasus beyond this weekend. This will put a bit more pressure on training times at the northern training venues (i.e. Kaiapoi River and possibly Lake Rua), but I don't think there should be any clashes. Please be accommodating of others, though.
Not great news, but at least we've managed to get all our regattas completed without interruption
Remember, the small-bridge area is Out of Bounds. Under the Swing Bridge is OK, but the gaps under the eastern bridge are too narrow for safe passage.
If you need access to the boats, contact Rick Smith for the padlock codes etc.
Which is yet another reason to let Aoraki know when your team wants to train at Lake Pegasus or Lake Rua or Owles Terrace.
Lake Rua (part of "Roto Kohatu")
Another popular site is "Lake Rua" which is just north of Johns Rd, near the Airport. This makes it very handy for teams like Airways and Aurecon Engineering. And especially handy for the School teams like St Margarets, Riccarton and Hillmorton. Aoraki is grateful to CCC Park Ranger Arthur Adcock for allowing us (and Kore Sailing and one or two other groups) to use the smaller of the lakes at Roto Kohatu.
NOTE: during summer, Lake Rua has Boats beside the containers that you can use. We now have a 40 foot container at the lake and so use the standard Combination number to get into the side door of the yellow container for the sweep oars, life jackets, safety gear etc. If you have forgotten your paddles you may borrow the ones in the container but please return them. There are several boats at Lake Rua at the moment - Champion 20-paddler boats and Swift 10-Man boat -see below.
NOTE: There is a DETOUR in place. Access to Greywacke Rd WAS directly off Johns Rd (OPPOSITE the Harewood Crematorium). But since the road widening work, we now have to enter from Sawyers Arms Rd:
Owles Terrace, New Brighton
Note, Tu Meke Prem Womens say they will have "Only a couple of sessions [at Owles Tce] closer to SI Champs + Nationals". Similarly, Tu Meke Prem Mixed say they will have "Only a couple of sessions [at Kaiapoi] closer to SI Champs + Nationals".
Proposed by Paul Fidow (Arawa Canoe Club) and agreed by ECAN Harbourmaster Gary Munch.
Of course Teams generally prefer to train closer to their home, so training on the Avon River appeals to many. Long term storage of Aoraki gear (at the old CCC Maintenance Yard in Owles Terrace, in New Brighton) means city teams/those in the east have a handy venue. Aoraki Dragons collaborate with "New Brighton Waka Sports Association" to use the ex-CCC maintenance yard next to the Avon River, with access from Owles Terrace (at the Pages Rd end).
Even when Ecan says the polution is no worse than before the earthquake, Aoraki does NOT RECOMMEND paddling in the Avon. Rua and Pegasus water is cleaner than Avon on a good day. But some teams have taken full responsibility for the health and safety of their paddlers, and Aoraki makes the boats available provided they can be safely transported to the water (ie negotiate the badly damaged ramps and obstacles) AND provide safe storage.
Kaiapoi River, North Canterbury
Note, Tu Meke Prem Mixed say they will have "Only a couple of sessions [at Kaiapoi?] closer to SI Champs + Nationals". Similarly, Tu Meke Prem Womens say they will have "Only a couple of sessions [at Owles Tce] closer to SI Champs + Nationals".
A compound adjacent to the Kaiapoi River, off Raven Quay, just upstream from the footbridge at the end of Black Street.
The above picture shows the loading ramp from the fenced compound, to the Kaiapoi River - take care, it can be very slippery.
This boat has long since moved to Greymouth, but for some time it lived in the fenced compound.
On the water training is as shown in the tabs (one hour slots), at Lake Rua, Pegasus or Owles Terrace, New Brighton.
NEWS - Coach the Coaches
Aoraki ran a very useful training day at the end of August. Aimed at any team coaches, new or experienced, Rick Smith coordinated the session at Airways in Russley on Sunday 30th August from 10 am to 2 pm (lunch provided). Topics included The essence of coaching • Motivating for performance • Getting a team started • Teaching the basics • Developing a coaching plan for each session and for the season • Setting Goals and measuring progress • Working with a school team: How to make it easy for new schools • Taking a team from social to competitive. Presenters included the highly energetic Marg Foster (of MotivatioNZ.co.nz and the ex Netball Player and Coach for Canterbury Flames and the Silver Ferns) and our local experts Evan Roper, Rick Smith and Russell Stocks.
Sweep Training and Accreditation
Each season Aoraki runs Sweep training, which consists of a theory session (in a classroom) and practical session(s) at Lake Pegasus. Email email@example.com to register. For exxample on 3rd and 10th Ocober 2015 from 11 am at Lake Pegasus, candidates were Sharon Henderson (CCC), Kyle Treacy (Tu Meke), Shaun Butler (P1) and Laura Ross (Waimak).
Official start to Training is after Labour Weekend (eg 27-October-15). Teams should email firstname.lastname@example.org with their request for 'training slots', and also when they know of any changes (including cancellations). Please ensure your crew are fully familiar with the safety protocol (esp 5.10 to 5.20).
How long can I train for?
NZDBA have lifted the restrictions on the number of training sessions that any team can have. In the past, Corporates have been limited to 10 sessions per season. NZ Dragon Boat season ends at the end of March/ early April, and starts again after Labour Weekend.
'Designated' training starts after Labour Weekend (ie late October). There will be about 7 weeks before the Aoraki Ice Breaker (early December) and another week or so training before the Christmas break. Training resumes about a week into the new year (about 10-Jan). This will allow about eight weeks training before the South Island Champs (early March), and another one or two before the Nationals. This gives about 19 weekly sessions.
Note, teams may continue their training over winter if they wish - please email email@example.com.
Where are the boats at?
Over winter, the boats all go back to Owles Terrace, New Brighton. But after Cob Web Blaster (end of September) Aoraki moves the small Swift Boats (10-paddler) and Champion (20-paddler) Boats to training venues as follows. HOWEVER, beware that they may be shifted in the days before a regatta (eg from Thursday or earlier).
Note that three of the "Champions" ( 20-paddler boats) belong to teams. These black boats have been bought by Tu Meke, CPC Canterbury Paddling Club and Abreast of Life, so please use a red boat in preference.
One of the Champion boats (the CPC boat) has been loaned to Nelson on a long term basis - free for them to use so long as it is actively used for paddling, training or racing.
Some old boats have 'gone south’. One was in the maintenance compound at Lake Hood, but they will 'retire' it to the children's playground - a brilliant idea. Another has gone to Dunedin. And the 'graffitti boat' has been in Greymouth since Dec 2012. A fourth old boat is on semi-permanent loan to the Tipu Tai-Tama Voyaging Trust.
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