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Wildlife Investor Day - our first corporate SUP event goes with a bang!

As part of our ongoing relationship with the Wildlife Trust, ActionVan hosted an Investor Day - Inviting local supporting business to a Stand Up Paddle taster session and BBQ.

Scheduled for a 9:30am Friday morning meet and greet representatives from six companies along with Hants & IOW Trust volunteers turned up on the dot along with the un-forecast torrential rain. The plan had been to run through a demo session on land followed by everyone getting suited and booted and on the water by around 11am Thunder and lightning put pay to that!

Quick change of plan and thanks to Graham (the Trusts guest speaker) scheduled for lunchtime for stepping in and doing a superb job in filling time. 

The 15 guests listened with interest to a fascinating and informative talk on the local wildlife and climate affect to the River Hamble and joined in the discussions huddled under a gazebo as the storm passed overhead with the lightning hitting a neighbouring boatyard the other side of the M27!

Talk over and the weather abating 7 of our plucky guests were still up for the SUP challenge so straight into the demo on the ActionVan simulator.

Half an hour gave everyone the basics and the magnificent 7 along with AV staff and fellow instructor JP from Kai Sports took to the water.

An hours paddle instruction and short trip did the job in working up an appetite for a welcoming & warming BBQ back on damp land!

All in all a great day was had by all despite the weather - some valuable networking and a different take on team-building.

If your business is interested in a corporate or team-building event please get in touch with ActionVan today or if you'd like to find out more about the Wildlife Trust in your area check this out


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Based on the River Hamble. AV SUP School is a recognised British Stand Up Paddleboard Association (BSUPA) School offering Beginner to Advanced Lessons as well as SUP Tours & Adventures.

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