Kayaking Fun Day and 1-Star Award Training

The coach teaches the basic techniques of kayaking.

In the summer, The College launched a wide array of term-break programmes for its students to experience out-of-classroom learning and grasp the chance to get together with their peers face to face. The first term-break programme Kayaking Fun Day and 1-Star Award Training was held in June 2022. Six College students had a taste of kayaking in Tolo Harbour.

College student Miss Tan Yongying, a Year 3 MBChB student, wanted to try some water sports since being admitted into the University. She was glad to take part in the one-day training in June. For the kayaking training, she thought there must be a lot to prepare but to her surprise, all she needed was only a pair of heel-covered shoes and sun protection gear.

Yongying said, “Our coach taught some basic skills, like embarking and paddling, then we were set on our kayak and had a try in the sea. The experience in the kayak was quite different from my imagination. I thought it would be free and relaxing. However, when I was really on the water, I found myself turning into circles and kept bumping into my groupmate’s kayaks. Luckily, I got a patient and experienced coach, telling me to control the direction with my hands instead of paddle. With practice, I finally mastered the forward and reverse paddling with direction control, and it was really fulfilling to feel the progress bit by bit.” Yongying is looking forward to a 2-star award kayaking training to improve her skills in the future.

Yongying (second left) and other five College students complete the 1-star award training in kayaking.

The coach talks about the characteristic of kayak.