School Program – Bottle Boards
We will be launching our full schools program from September 2018. There are 3 stages to the program: an assembly or motivational talk; the Bottle Boards workshop and the SUP course. To find out more or to invite The Whale Company to your school please email email@example.com. We also run corporate and community events.
‘Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.’ Nelson Mandela
Assembly / Motivational Talk
Carlos and Carolyn became the first people in the world to paddle a marathon distance on a stand up paddleboard (SUP) made of plastic bottles in 2017. They went on to complete 12 marathons in 12 countries in Europe, catching the eye of the media to raise awareness of plastic pollution. In 2018 they paddled the length of River Thames on their Bottle Boards, stopping to collect messages from children, which they delivered to the Minister for the Environment in the House of Commons. As experienced teachers, Carlos and Carolyn are able to tailor the assembly/talk to children of all ages. They share short video clips and photos of their journey and talk about why they were inspired to take action against plastic pollution whilst encouraging children to think of innovative solutions to the problem.
Bottle Boards Workshop
Bottle Boards is a full day educational workshop to learn how to build a SUP out of recycled plastic bottles. We bring the issue of plastic pollution to the classroom in a fun and positive way, sharing expedition stories and exploring innovative solutions to the problem of single use plastic: by turning waste into a resource; talking about alternatives and encouraging children to think creatively about circular economy design, considering the whole life cycle of a product and its impact on the environment. Doing an activity in a group teaches patience, communication and teamwork. The building process is simple:
1. fill bottles with air
2. cut bottles into sleeves
3. sandpaper bottles and sleeves
4. connect bottles to make long pipes
5. glue pipes sideways, add PVC pipes for rigidity
6. glue a yoga/ EVA mat on top
Plastic Bottle Guide
The highlight of the program is getting onto the water and learning how to stand up paddle. The Whale Company has partnered with Active 360, the SUP club at the forefront of developing SUP in London. SUP is the world’s fastest growing water sport; it is a great workout that builds fitness and core strength whilst developing confidence, independence and determination. SUP is a sport that enables people to connect with nature and there is no coincidence that it is fast becoming associated with protecting the environment because when you go paddling you do not want to see pollution. The impact is powerful and will initiate change.
Through SUP we want to help people to connect to nature, to themselves and to others. When you do a physical activity you become present; you forget the stresses of life and feel happy in the moment. We live in a society surrounded by noise and distraction, many of us are addicted to technology, isolating ourselves from the real world and as a result depression and obesity are on the rise. We want to encourage people to take time out to find some space for themselves.
Connect to Nature
… we protect what we love.
Connect to Yourself
… unlock your full potential.
Connect to Others
… happiness comes from sharing.