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    Default Hard work in the Bahamas, someone has to do it.

    I got a contract to teach a 3 week maintenance course on the Shorts SD360 aircraft for Pineapple Air in the Bahamas, with weekends off there was time for some paddling.


    My class of engineers in front of a SD360, an aircraft made by Short Brothers in Belfast.

    On the first Saturday I was informed by one of the Pineapple Air staff that there was to be an open day at a local nature reserve, with free kayaking available.
    Free is always a good starting point, and a nature reserve a good place to paddle.



    The Bonefish Nature Reserve.

    I met up with Wolf who was supplying the kayaking and booked myself in for the first 20 minute session.


    Wolf’s KayakingClub, Bahamas.


    A solo sit-on-top. Perfectly good for the conditions in the nature reserve.


    The area around the dock, beautiful mangrove with shallow water and an inflowing tide.


    A diversion through the mangrove, depth here about 4 inches.

    The other customers in the group were all complete novices so I assisted Wolf in giving basic instruction on how to steer. Wolf was assisted by his young son Josh (about 10 years old) who was a hero and led the groups all day while Wolf and I gave instructions.


    When we returned to the dock the queue of customers had increased. Not helped by the SUP trial boys using the same dock.

    I suggested to Wolf that I stay on my boat and assist with the next group, he kindly and keenly agreed.


    More customers needing guidance.

    I assisted with guiding 8 more groups over the next 3 hours, even moving into one of the sea kayaks to free up the sit-on-top for customers.
    They were all locals, mostly mothers with children, no tourists. It was great to get to chat with the local people.



    More comfort, more speed, less turning ability.


    The queue of customers just kept growing


    After 10 mins out it was time round them up and head them back to the dock.

    After 3 hours paddling I was running out of steam and overheating in the midday sun, I had to stop and leave Wolf and Josh to carry on, on their own.
    They soldiered on for another 2 hours.

    The next day, Sunday, I had to stay in the shade and take some rest therapy.


    Relaxing on Jaws Beach, (where they filmed Jaws !)

    On the following Saturday I joined Wolf on an evening paddle on Lake Cunningham.
    Starting from the Rowing club which has some homemade sleek looking rowing skiffs.


    Rowing Club


    Setting off towards the east end of the lake.


    Passing some upmarket housing.


    It may be a sit-on-top but I am just happy to get out for a paddle.

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    A local resident operates a float plane from the lake, the hanger is 10 times bigger than his house.


    Wolf’s son Josh, a hero in my eyes, and a little grebe.

    After a hard day at the office a little chill out is called for.


    Beach hut bar.

    Thanks Wolf for the opportunity to get out on the water.

    The Bahamas is a great place for adventures, open Canadian canoes are not the most suitable for the conditions, sit-on-tops are better for beginners and shorts inshore trips, but the possibilities for sea canoes, especially on the outer islands is fantastic.
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    All very serendipitous.
    I'm not jealous at all.

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    Well, why wouldn't you?

    A tough assignment, no doubt, but you rose to the occasion.


    Pineapple Air is a fantastic name, and I love their "The Sweetest Way to Fly" strapline. Ever since I first saw it on your FB, I can't get this song out of my head, even though its Coconuts and Barbados, not Pineapples and Bahamas:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GaElH0EHjIs

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    Fantastic.

    I am not remotely jealous either.

    It's a steady job but he wants to be a paperback writer

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    Looks like a lovely place and not a mechanical shark in sight.

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    So that's what you get up to at the weekends. Not a bad distraction for a sunny day. Better than laying about on the beach. I like the look of that sea kayak.
    Big Al.

    Only when the last tree has died
    and the last river been poisoned
    and the last fish been caught
    will we realise we cannot eat money.
    ~Cree Indian Proverb

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    Quote Originally Posted by rbm109 View Post
    All very serendipitous.
    I'm not jealous at all.
    Had to get the dictionary out, "Faculty of making happy discoveries by accident."
    That about sums it up.

    Quote Originally Posted by Mal Grey View Post
    Well, why wouldn't you?

    A tough assignment, no doubt, but you rose to the occasion.


    Pineapple Air is a fantastic name, and I love their "The Sweetest Way to Fly" strapline. Ever since I first saw it on your FB, I can't get this song out of my head, even though its Coconuts and Barbados, not Pineapples and Bahamas:
    That's my theme song !

    Quote Originally Posted by Crow View Post
    Fantastic.

    I am not remotely jealous either.
    Glad to oblige

    Quote Originally Posted by Ditch Crawler View Post
    Looks like a lovely place and not a mechanical shark in sight.
    Just up the road was Flipper beach, where they made the film Flipper !
    You are showing your age if you remember that one.

    Quote Originally Posted by Big Al. View Post
    So that's what you get up to at the weekends. Not a bad distraction for a sunny day. Better than laying about on the beach. I like the look of that sea kayak.
    It was good practice for the trip to Venice.
    More on that to follow.

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    I remember Flipper!
    A nicely different blog.....not sure I could take the heat though.
    A ship should not ride on a single anchor, nor life on a single hope - Epictetus

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    It looks okay I soppose but it can never compare to the satisfaction of herding bricklayers for a living

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    Nice one, working in the sunshine is always great and some canoe time thrown in for good measure - bonus.
    Simms ..

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