|Aoraki Dragon Boat
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Lake Pegasus, north Canterbury
There are four boats at Lake Pegasus at the moment (Oct-16).
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.
There are 4 boats at Pegasus at the moment (plus a trolley):
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 - multiple Champion 20-paddler boats and usually a 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
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
Aoraki has moved the boat from the compound by the Kaiapoi River to Lake Rua.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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).
One of the Champion 20-Man boats (the CPC Canterbury Paddling Club 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. Note that three of the "Champions" belong to teams. These black boats have been bought by Tu Meke, CPC and Abreast of Life, so please use a red boat in preference.
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