November 6, 2012

New ownership for Africa’s premier kayak school, Kayak the Nile

After 8 successful years on the Nile, kayak school owner, Jamie Simpson, has decided to move on. As of December 2012, 'Kayak the Nile’ will be under the new ownership of Sam Ward and Emily Wall. 

Jamie will be undertaking new ventures within the adventure tourism industry and will be continue to be involved in kayaking as an ambassador for Fluid Kayaks.

“Jamie has shown many thousands of kayakers around Uganda, and together with his company, has introduced many of them to the sport for the first time. We are all very grateful for his efforts and inspiration.” – Sam Ward

The new owners intend to carry on the excellent work that Kayak the Nile already does, and hope to add a new level of expertise to the coaching operation. British kayakers, Sam and Emily already have extensive local knowledge having been coaching and running trips there for Sam’s company, Love it Live it, for the last five years and working on the river there for a number of years before that.

Love it Live it will also continue in its current form, running kayaking holidays to many of the world’s top destinations and offering specialized top level coaching to everyone from complete beginners through to the British Freestyle Team. Where better a place for Love it Live it’s new head quarters than the banks of one of the best rivers in the world?!

With such a variety of white water available in Uganda, there is something for every age, ability and interest, from complete novice right up to the very best kayakers. The new owners look forward to the pleasure of sharing this amazing river with the kayaking world!

February 8, 2012

NSR Photo Competition - with Love it Live it

Going to this year's infamous National Student Rodeo?

Want to win some coaching for your canoe club? 

One of Love it Live it's prizes for NSR2012 is a free 3 hour coaching session* for one lucky canoe club.

For your chance to win, enter our new photo competition. The theme is 'Why our canoe club needs coaching'. From now until March 2nd we'll be accepting entries via our Facebook Page and Twitter.

How To Enter
You can either 'like' us on facebook then post your photo to our wall with the caption 'Why our canoe club needs coaching' or tweet your photo to @samloveitliveit with the tag #NSR2012.

We'll accept one entry per person (not per university). The winner will announced at the NSR party on Saturday March 3rd. You must be a competitor and there on the night to claim your prize. The deadline for submitting your entry is 6pm on March 2nd 2012.

The competition will be judged by the LiLi team, we'll be looking for entertaining photos that fit the theme. 

**Love it Live it will also be giving away a 'Experience the White Nile' coaching package worth £799 in a free raffle at rodeo itself. Come and find the LiLi stand on Saturday March 2nd to enter!**

Photo Competition Prize Details
The prize includes a detailed briefing, an on water session, video analysis and a written review for each participant. For more information on the coaching that LiLi has to offer check out the following link:

*The prize is a 3 hour coaching session for a group of 1 to 4 people. It is is valid for one year after NSR 2012. The session will take place at Holme Pierrepont, Nottingham on a date agreed upon by Love it Live it.  

January 10, 2012

Experience the Ottawa - with Love it Live it

After a fantastic trip to the Ottawa River in August 2011, we've decided to make Canada a regular destination for Love it Live it. Online now are all the details regarding this trip; check it out at the following link:

And if you'd like to view some more photos to whet your appetite for this awesome white water destination then please view the gallery here:

What to learn more about this, or any of what Love it Live it has to offer? Then email us on:

November 19, 2011

LiLi 2012 Trip Dates!

Love it Love it has updated it's calendar for the 2012 season and the dates are now on the website for the following packages:

Experience the White Nile, Uganda

Experience the Zambezi, Zambia 

Experience the Rivers of Nepal 

Experience Northern Thailand 

Freestyle Development Camps 

These dates are flexible. We will alter the length and start dates to suit your needs wherever possible, and arrange a completely new date if that's what you require. Drop us an email if the date you want is not there...

For more info, check out trips page on the website
Following the success of our first 'Experience the Ottawa, Canada' trip this summer, we will now be running these trips regularly. It's a beautiful place and an amazing river! More details on this trip coming soon... 

November 16, 2011

Kayak coaching gift vouchers for Christmas

Looking for a Christmas gift for the kayaker in your life? Then why not buy them a coaching session?

You can chose either a 3 hour session, a full day or two full days of top quality coaching.

Our coaching sessions are flexible and tailored to suit the individual's needs, whether it's freestyle, rolling or river running, LiLi can help. Sam is currently one of the coaches for the GBR Freestyle Kayaking team so he knows his stuff when it comes to all things playboating!  For more details about what's on offer please check out the following link:

We also have gift certificates available for all our coaching camps and trips abroad.

If you would like to purchase a LiLi gift voucher, then please email us on

Happy Holidays!


October 27, 2010

GB Team Selection 2011

Next year the World Freestyle Kayak Championships will be held in Plattling, Germany and this past weekend saw two selection events take place in Nottingham the results of which will help decide the 2011 GBR Team.

Day Seven: October 23, 2010

The men's team has seen a few changes this year with newly turned senior James Weight winning an event and multiple time team member Dicky Chrimes not entering. Going into the last league event at Hurley things can still change. Sam Anderson has done the maths and has posted where things currently stand on the SquareRock blog.

As Sam explains, this year's system for deciding the team is a different to the usual. It started back in May...

There’s 3 parts to it with your best result in 2 parts making up your overall score. Part 1 is the new British Championships League ranking which comes from paddlers best 2 results from 4 events (Tryweryn in May, Boulters in July, Nottingham in Oct and Hurley in Nov). Part 2 was the Twin Waves competition and Part 3 was the Tardis competition last weekend (23/24 Oct). The points given for each placing are: 1st 50, 2nd 47, 3rd 45, 4th 43, 5th 42, 6th 41, 7th 40, 8th 39…..

Full results of the both Saturday's and Sunday's events can now be seen on Alan Ward's blog: Liquid Projects

Day Seven: October 23, 2010

In the women's event, myself and Claire O'Hara won an event each securing our places on the team. Nicola Beeby and Jen Chrimes are currently tied for the 3rd spot. This year, 12-time team member, Fiona 'Flea' Jarvie, has decided retire from international competition. Flea has always been such a strong and positive member of the team and UK freestyle committee, things won't quite be the same without her!

On a personal level, I'm excited to be back on the team and am looking to another World Championships!

Day Eight: October 24, 2010

Day Eight: October 24, 2010

Day Eight: October 24, 2010

Day Eight: October 24, 2010

Text and photos by Emily Wall

October 1, 2010

LiLi Experience the Zambezi 2010

I've just got back from Zambia where I've been running a 2 week ' Experience the Zambezi' trip. I had a great bunch of clients - Dave, Kat, Chris and Ross. We had a great time on and off the water and really got stuck into everything that was on offer in and around Livingstone. Here's a bunch of photo's from our trip - thanks to all the guys for helping get some great shots!!

-Before my LiLi trip started we had some great levels for surfing below rapid 7-

-The start of our multi-day trip, below vic falls-

-Ross, Will and Kat still happy despite the raft portage-

-Ross, Dave and Will stoked to be under Vic Falls with the Eastern cataract behind us-

-Chris ripping up the wave at rapid 2-

-Will on the lip, with Dave and Ross following at 5-

-Chris getting stuck in on Upper Moemba-

-Darren showing us how it's done in a gear raft at Upper Moemba-

-The 'African Limo', loading up the truck after another day's kayaking-

-Great for fitness, but maybe not quite as enjoyable as the river, the hike out at 10-

-About to tuck into a local Zambian meal at Mukuma's house-

-Elephant checking us out on our 'Booze Cruise', or wait was it a 'Sunset Safari'?!-

-Ross and Chris went on a walking Safari on their day off and saw Rhino's-

-Chris, Dave and Kat also went walking with big cat's. Hmmmm-

-Cooking dinner in the middle of the Batoka gorge after another great day kayaking. Now that's what it's all about!!!-

So another Zambezi trip has been and gone. We had a great crew and great levels and great times.

Thanks to for providing our transport and multi-day raft hire, and to Ben Campbell for help with logistics.