Wild Family Fun

Tales of living, working and enjoying life in the outdoors

July 01, 2014

My Little Adventurer

My daughter really does amaze me with her love of the outdoors.

I feel so blessed to be able to develop her interest and love of outdoor adventures, starting at such a young age. It’s been fantastic for myself and my husband to watch her grow, gain confidence and find her own unique personality, all because of the experiences she’s had by taking part in her outdoor activities.

A good example of this is our adventure at Cardiff White Water Centre, recently.

I had to do some weekend work at Cardiff White Water Centre, and decided to make the very most of the day. When I finished my work, my husband and daughter met me at the Centre. We all changed into wetsuits and safety gear, ready for an afternoon of padding on the flat pool. It was my daughter’s first time in a kayak, and I was so nervous. I’d had a few bad experiences in a kayak while on a river (albeit in fast water) and it put me off for a bit, but I was very keen for my daughter to experience kayaking.

My husband stood in the water alongside us for those first wobbly moments. We handed my daughter a paddle, sat her in a boat and launched into the water,

She had a few nervous wobbles to start with, but after a few gentle hints, pointers and some light coaching, she got better by each stroke.

The biggest challenge was to see if she would be comfortable tipping out of her kayak and into the water. It’s a good exercise as it helps to build confidence and takes away the fear, by creating an understanding that you’ll just pop out of the boat if it should tip.

I don’t know I was worrying about, as my little water-baby threw herself into the water and emerged giggling, asking if she could do it again, again, again!


We had a gorgeous afternoon, improving her paddling techniques, playing games and tipping our boats, so that we could cool off in the water.


I was one proud Mum watching my daughter on the water, and she enjoyed herself so much that she has joined a local paddling club.


She’s started her journey; from tadpole to water-baby to an outdoor-active adventurer!!

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16 thoughts on “My Little Adventurer

  1. Kierna says:

    You must be so proud of her, brave girl, I know I always struggled with overcoming my fear of going under the water when in a canoe or kayak. Thanks so much for supporting the OPP too.

    1. kim says:

      Hi, I had the biggest smile on my face! One proud Mum.
      That is my fear as well, but fear gets harder as you get older I think.
      Glad I could link in!

  2. What a delight to see such a smile on her face and yours wasn’t far behind either. You and your husband should be very proud of yourselves for the way you’re bringing her up, giving her so much confidence to face the world. No wonder she’s taken to being a water baby , a hiker and a woodland enthusiast.
    Your posts are an absolute treat to read Kim since there aren’t enough parents doing what you do instead of parking the children in front of a TV.
    xxx Massive Hugs to you all xxx

    1. kim says:

      Hi David,
      Well you got me, I do love your comments but this one made me cry. A huge thank you as its not often we hear we are doing a good job as parents and it is very easy to focus on the bad experiences.
      We love being able to give her a wide range of experiences that will enrich her childhood. It’s also great family time!
      I can not thank you enough for your wonderful comments, its part of what makes posting my stories special, thank you again.
      Take care you,

  3. Awww I am sure that my husband would love to go here! A keen kayaker who wants his son to do the same sports too! Looks so much in there =) #LetKidsBeKids

    1. kim says:

      That’s a great way to start I think, having parents that have a passion for something. Great to be able to pass that knowledge and enjoyment to your children. A brilliant place for water sports, fingers crossed your husband will get a chance to visit. #letkidsbekids

  4. Coombemill says:

    What a perfect outdoor pursuit. Looks like lots of fun and learning with plenty of lovely fresh air. My own kids love anything like this too, a real adventure. I hope you get to go again and great that the tipping over went so well. Thank you for joining me for Country Kids

    1. kim says:

      Hi, her outdoor adventures are getting more daring as she gets older! Great to have the chance for outdoor adventures on our doorstep too.
      Really glad I could link in this week! #CountryKids

  5. Karen Bell says:

    Fantastic! She did really well. I know how wobbly those kayaks can be, I used to do it a little bit when I was younger. I’d love my kids to experience that sort of thing too.
    You are right to be a proud mummy!
    Thanks for linking #letkidsbeKids

    1. kim says:

      Hi, it was such a great day out and I was so happy she loved it. Yes kayaking is so wobbly and I think that’s why I love canoeing instead!
      Glad I could link in with #letkidsbekids

  6. Christine says:

    That’s great that she enjoyed it so much. My daughter did it with the scouts last year and although she’s a strong swimmer she wasn’t very comfortable about the capsizing aspect. #letkidsbekids

    1. kim says:

      Hi, the capsizing bit was the most worrying for me. Alot of children hate that part and its what makes them not want to carry on. I was very glad that my daughter felt happy with it.
      Thank you for commenting. #letkidsbekids

  7. jenny paulin says:

    your daughter has such a great zest for adventure and fun and i think it is fantastic that she is so adventerous and willing to try so many new activities x

    1. kim says:

      Hi, she certainly is a lover of all outdoor things. I love it that she is able to start at such a young age.
      Thank you for commenting.

  8. I did a little bit of canoeing when I was much younger, and it took a while to get used to the sensation of capsizing and ‘falling’ out of the boat 🙂 So wonderful to hear that your daughter enjoyed it so much!

    1. kim says:

      Hi, I love canoeing, its one of my favourite outdoor activities. And yes the falling out part is such a strange thing to have to learn!
      I love seeing my daughter enjoy herself with it too, thank you for commenting.

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