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Herts Canoe Lifeguards was formed around 1985 by an enthusiastic group of paddlers who were looking for new ways to getting out and about in their kayaks.  Before long they discovered that sporting events that included open water swimming (such as Triathlons), were woefully short of any real safety support for the swimmers taking part.

Using kayaks to provide safety cover proved ideal, a kayak can get up close to the swimmers without endangering them with an outboard propeller on a rescue boat (as was the standard safety cover method at that time), the kayaks were quiet and completely free of engine exhaust fumes, and kayaks have carrying handles within easy reach of a swimmer looking for a safe haven in the middle of a lake.

  A Few HCL Members
HCL Games Makers  

The members of Herts Canoe Lifeguards embarked on Lifeguard training in accordance with BCU (British Canoe Union) standards, First Aid training with the Red Cross, and other training syllabuses to ensure that their safety team members were ready to deal with whatever situation they may face while providing safety cover.

Herts Canoe Lifeguards went from strength to strength quickly gaining a reputation for excellent swim safety cover, we have provided safety cover at many prestigious Triathlons and open water swimming events including the London and Blenheim Palace Annual Triathlons, and Herts Canoe Lifeguards were the safety cover unit of choice for the 2012 London Olympics.

 

 

Gallery
Below you'll find a collection of pictures taken here and there along the way, some light hearted, and some of us posing :-)

2014 Devizes to Westminster 2014 Devizes to Westminster 2014 Devizes to Westminster 2014 Devizes to Westminster
2014 Devizes to Westminster preparation 2014 Devizes to Westminster
more preparation
2014 Devizes to Westminster
Just before getting onto the Thames
2014 Devizes to Westminster
First team sets off

2014 Devizes to Westminster 2014 Devizes to Westminster 2014 Devizes to Westminster 2014 Devizes to Westminster
2014 Devizes to Westminster
Legs stretch at Putney Steps
2014 Devizes to Westminster
London Eye in sight
2014 Devizes to Westminster
Friendly support handing out Choccy
2014 Devizes to Westminster
Linda Cook with Parliament in the background
2014 Devizes to Westminster 2014 Devizes to Westminster 2014 Devizes to Westminster 2014 Devizes to Westminster
2014 Devizes to Westminster
Get out at the London Eye
2014 Devizes to Westminster
Get out at the London Eye
2014 Devizes to Westminster
Loading up to come home
2014 Devizes to Westminster
Team photo
Swift Water Wading Training Great East Swim Team London 2012 Olympics Team Canoe Lifeguards Champs Winners
Christmas Cracker Training Outing to a Climbing Wall Champs Preparation Climbing Wall Experience
More Champs Prizes HCL Team Somewhere..?? Swift Water Swimming at Lee Valley Swift Water Swimming at Lee Valley
Swift Water Swimming at Lee Valley Swift Water Swimming at Lee Valley Swift Water Swimming at Lee Valley Swift Water Swimming at Lee Valley
Swift Water Swimming at Lee Valley HCL at Champs HCL at Champs HCL at Champs
HCL Team HCL Team HCL Team After Dark Canal Paddle
After Dark Canal Paddle After Dark Canal Paddle After Dark Canal Paddle Swift Water Swimming at Lee Valley
After Dark Canal Paddle After Dark Canal Paddle Llandysul Trip HCL at Champs
Llandysul Trip Llandysul Trip Llandysul Trip HCL at Champs
AGM Award Giving AGM Award Giving Rope Practice HCL at Champs
HCL at Champs HCL at Champs HCL at Champs HCL at Champs
Territorial Army Presentation After Dark Canal Paddle Bush Craft Training Bush Craft Training
Bush Craft Training
How to keep a chick warm
500 of these were ceremonially sent down the LVWWC Course at the London 2012 Olympics HCL at Champs Grrrr....
What's wrong with this phone..!!