Hartlepool crowds enjoy water activities at annual Marina Fest

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The annual Marina Fest in Hartlepool turned out to be a success once again with crowds coming down to take part in a range of activities.

The event organised by the On Water Training saw residents come down to Jacksons Dock at the Marina on Saturday to have a go at activities including paddle boarding and open water swimming under the guidance of experts.

The Marina Fest proved to be a success once again.

The Marina Fest proved to be a success once again.

Featuring stalls by those including the RNLI and the Hartlepool Sea Cadets, the event proved hugely popular in its third year.

Alex Watson a member of the On Water team said he was pleased with the turn out.

He said: “The event is about introducing people to the different activities that On Water Training provide on the Marina.

“There are a number of experiences that people can take part in such as paddle boarding, open water swimming and the fast rib experience that goes out to sea .

The event offered paddle boarding and open water swimming sessions.

The event offered paddle boarding and open water swimming sessions.

“People also had the chance to take part in dingy sailing taster sessions and a ThunderCat co-pilot experience.”

During the day around 2,000 came along to watch the activities and take part in them themselves.

European Flyboard champion Sonnie Bean was also at the event, along with Hartlepool born jet skier Jason Bleasdale.

Trigma open water swimming group were also on hand and visitors were able to enjoy refreshments Jackson’s Wharf pub while they watched displays including a boat parade.

Crowds turned out to the Marina Fest.

Crowds turned out to the Marina Fest.

Adam Henderson from On Water Training who helped to organise the event said: “This is an introduction to the water activities that people can get involved in with On Water.

“We just want to get the message out there that the Marina is not just for people with expensive boats, it is for everyone to use.

“We are very pleased with the tun out and people have been very excited by it.”

On Water Training offers various activities on the Marina from May to September every year which are open to the public.

Judith Mace from Peterlee brought her two grandsons to the event.

She said: “It is a great event and its brilliant that it is local.

“We enjoyed watching the swimming.”