I also mentioned that I'm shit scared of water, boats, drowning and falling out of boats etc.
So, you know, not one of my better ideas. But I had a theory....
... all fears are there to be conquered (except one, and that shall never be conquered cos it's just too scary).
Therefore, I trekked down to where I was supposed to meet, with my swimwear on under my clothes and a towel and some warm clothing.
Found the person holding a paddle in the middle of the students union building and followed them. What follows was something I am slightly embarrassed by, but yet stripping off in front of a load of other people of both genders is much less embarrassing when you have swimwear on already. And Jeez, apparently getting into a full length wetsuit is difficult whatever your gender.
So, wetsuit, kag, buoyancy aid helmet and boots on and I was ready to go.
And go we did. Slight lesson first on how to hold a paddle, and we were literally thrown into the water in the boats.
First important step, could I get out of my canoe if I went under....
Well, apparently yes I can. And even with a splash deck on too.
An hour later, cold, very wet and bedraggled I headed home to a hot shower.
Verdict: I love it, can't wait to go again!