Photo: It was an exciting 5-days outrigger canoe paddle camp for the 10 teenagers at Deep Water Bay from last week.
Tropical Storm CHABA is coming near and moving in the direction of the coast of western Guangdong in the next couple of days. At this hour we are still under a T1 warning, both Deep Water Bay and Emerald Bay clubhouses are remaining open.
The club operation will resume 2 hours after Typhoon 8 signal has been lowered. While signal 3 is still in effect, members are not allowed out on the water. If typhoon 8 is lowered after 3 pm, the club will remain closed for the day and resume normal operation on the next day.
When tropical cyclone Signal 3 is raised, normal operation will continue in the clubhouse. Members must stop all water sports & activities. Members please secure their own boats.
Various precautionary actions are taken by staff.
As soon as Typhoon 8 or above signal is hoisted or is imminent, no paddlers or members are not allowed out on the water. All the club facilities are closed.
Fellow members, it is now hot and sticky as the height of summer approaches. Whilst I would be the first to agree that Face masks are a nuisance, they are, however; a ‘legal’ requirement. The DWB Clubhouse has been observed by Government Inspectors and found seriously wanting in our preventative protocols!
Members and staff have been observed to be mask-less when they were NOT directly consuming food or drink. When properly asked, we were unable to show detailed records because so many of us had not signed in properly.
These inspectors will return, probably without notice or warning. If we are again found wanting, the club may be forced to close or face hefty fines.
So please- do your part to keep our club safe and available for all to enjoy.
Gordon Loch Hon.Sec.
In June, the club held a 5-day outrigger canoe paddle camp for 10 teenagers. We covered a lot of ground during the week, starting off with the basics of the Polynesian outrigger canoe and finishing with a paddle around Middle Island and then a BBQ back at the club. In addition to the outrigger canoe, the kids also spent one day learning Surfski and Stand-up Paddleboard, which was a lot of fun.
And on one of the afternoons, our friends from ‘Plastic Free Seas’ joined us to do a beach clean-up with the kids so they could learn more about the ocean environment and what we can all do to reduce plastic pollution.
The coaches all agreed that the kids made fantastic progress during the week. On the last day, we held a race for the two 6-man outrigger canoes and all agreed that the kids showed impressive skill (and speed!) by the end of the week.
We hope to build on this type of paddle camp so that more children can get to know outrigger and other paddle sports and enjoy the excitement and fun that they offer.
"Collect aFREEDRY BAG!!!"
For this summer, if you've registered for the Junior's Dragon Boat course. You will be collecting a Free Dry Bag from the club. And this 10 Litre dry bag is waterproof wet with adjustable shoulder straps and a safety lock that protect your gear in dry or wet weather conditions
*Please do not immerse the bag completely in water for a long time.
The club also acknowledges the efforts of Suj Kang (LM-1231) for using one of our strengths (long-distance paddling) to raise funds for charity. This kind of social initiative should be noted and applauded. Let’s hope he will have some real support for the next time we try this.