I was slightly trepidatious when Aidan announced that we were to attend a canoeing course at SYC. The day arrived and we packed up our canoe with all our equipment (in the Whiteley household this usually means everything apart from the kitchen sink!). When we arrived we met Tony Kearsey who by default had decided to attend the course too. Rob (the trainer) arrived and was very friendly and obviously loved everything about canoes and being on the water. Rob checked our canoe - all the equipment passed his inspection.