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Out On The Water

A group of students braved the waters of a local reservoir as part of their BTEC Public Services course.

The Year 10 and 11 students took part in team building activities at Rutland Water as part of their public service skills unit.

They got to grips with kayaking before putting their practical skills to the test and taking part in a raft building exercise.

They then put their vessels to the test on the reservoir's North Shore.

 Active teacher James Aston who runs the course, said:  "After fitting into their wet suits they kayaked around a distant buoy and tried paddling backwards, swapping kayaks and paddling standing up.

"Their second activity was raft building, which was completed to various levels of competence. Three groups managed to sail their rafts, while the rest got stuck in the mud or saw their rafts fall apart in the water.

 "The groups were a credit to the academy and all of the students  participated well in to activity, even though they got very muddy and wet."

Year 10 students Corey Bowden and Joe Samuels- Hammond took part in the exercise.

Corey said: "It was a really great exercise and taught us a lot about team work."

Joe, who has taken the course in his bid to become a search and rescue pilot with the RAF said: "The day was all about team work and was really enjoyable. I am really learning a lot and hope the course will stand me in good stead for a later career in the RAF."