The first water trip of the year saw students head out to Whonnock Lake in Maple Ridge. Students were split into two groups with one group trying out single person kayaks, and the other group learning paddling techniques in 2 person canoes. After a short break for lunch the groups switched activities and got to experience the other discipline. Highlights from the trip included paddling near an active beaver dam, paddling through marshy trails, racing other students on the paddling course, avoiding pirates on the water, and Marcus getting a little closer to the water than he wanted to. All in all the students got a chance to disconnect from daily life for a day, learn some paddling techniques and basic water safety, and experience a beautiful natural setting, even though Jakob’s pirate music was very annoying. Outdoor Education students please leave a 100 word blog response below.