Yes, I know you hear it all the time .... work / life balance. As a manager you spend a lot of time ensuring that the team below you have balance, or should I say strive to have balance. Lead by example you say to your staff. Yes I am guilty, I have forgotten what the word work / life balance means.
I have lived at San Remo for over 3 years now and look at the water each day thinking how great it would be to get out there. Well I now have, I bought myself a kayak and am regularly paddling out on Westernport Bay.
How great it is out on the water around Phillip Island! I haven’t braved the surf yet and have been staying close to shore. The first time I put the kayak in just over the bridge from San Remo at Newhaven, had a great paddle around the corner of Newhaven and up to the bridge leading over to Churchill Island.
On the second trip from the shore I could see a bird caught up in fishing line on a floating jetty. I had a knife in my car, so I paddled out to the jetty to see if I could help. Luckily I was able to get the fishing line away from the leg, unfortunately the bird is going to have to deal with the fish hook. Hopefully it will find its way out, it was cut free and off it went, my good deed done for the day.
The next few paddles I have been launching at the San Remo Foreshore and paddling under the bridge back up along the shoreline past Silverwater Resort towards Andersons. I’ll have to find a way to have the Chef drop me down a sandwich and cold drink as I paddle past the resort. I have also had a paddle at Rhyll, but word of warning to all – be sure to look at when the tide is going out. I had to wrestle through the mud to get back to shore, lesson learnt, speak to the locals so you know how to get home.
All in all, I am glad that I finally said it is time to get on the water. It has given me a different perspective of the Island and I still have a lot of spots to discover, paddle around Churchill Island, Cowes and Ventnor. Work / life balance..... I am catching up
- Ivan Skidmore, General Manager