Friday, 27 November 2009

Kayaking at the pool

We recently went to the pool to find out more about life in the Arctic and how important kayaks have been in Inuit culture. We found out for ourselves how boat skills were essential to survival without having to worry about Arctic temperatures.
We had great fun learning!

First we got to grips with moving the boat about.

These pool boats are much shorter than the sea kayaks the Inuit used.

Getting in from the water was tricky - but it could be done with a little practice!

Capsizing turned the boat upside down so we had to learn how to empty it safely.

Setting off for the hunt with spears, looking for walrus and seals.

Returning with the catch!