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by Tourer
Sun Oct 11, 2015 10:48 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Safety and group dynamics and thinking
Replies: 31
Views: 5112

Re: Safety and group dynamics and thinking

Basically we are now having to teach what kids used to teach themselves. Imagine the legal consequences if I was a child today: ankle fracture on a snowy unswept stair case, tibia fracture in a 2 on 1 (me) fight, re-match for that one much later 1:1...´deep leg wound in soap box race accident, beat...
by Tourer
Fri Oct 09, 2015 8:30 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Safety and group dynamics and thinking
Replies: 31
Views: 5112

Re: Safety and group dynamics and thinking

so in particular smaller clubs don't get insurance cover if they don't have qualified coaches who do their updates all the time.... Naturally, those clubs who aren't affiliated to the BCU etc don't have it's cover - but that doesn't mean it can't be obtained, although almost certainly not from the ...
by Tourer
Fri Oct 09, 2015 2:20 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Safety and group dynamics and thinking
Replies: 31
Views: 5112

Re: Safety and group dynamics and thinking

You shouldn't just send people off ( whether they are 2 or 20) who know little or nothing about the situation without passing on some basic knowledge about safety. The people who understand the dangers have a duty to inform those who don't. Simon True. Years ago in the UK my club suggested to do a ...
by Tourer
Tue Oct 06, 2015 4:55 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Safety and group dynamics and thinking
Replies: 31
Views: 5112

Re: Safety and group dynamics and thinking

Dear Ian, I havn't said everybody and I didn't mean you in particular nor did I mention any names let alone intended any personal offense. There are indeed a lot of most competent people around the Solent and UK South where I did some of my paddles, with groups and solo. I think the person who start...
by Tourer
Mon Oct 05, 2015 8:58 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Safety and group dynamics and thinking
Replies: 31
Views: 5112

Re: Safety and group dynamics and thinking

The incident I quoted, cold water, 6 C, was why they drowned ("it's called cold paralysis"), not able to support their heads out of the water. b.aids, PFDs, are there to save a lot of cost and time finding the bodies. Yes and maybe prevent life boat volunteer crews from being traumatised by so much...
by Tourer
Sun Oct 04, 2015 11:47 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Safety and group dynamics and thinking
Replies: 31
Views: 5112

Re: Safety and group dynamics and thinking

... "Safety and group dynamics and thinking", there isn't any if the group don't really know each other and don't know the "sport" / "event" they are undertaking. That's why, for those people, written rules and procedures are introduced. Maybe this helps in case of litigation at a court of law ? Pr...
by Tourer
Sun Oct 04, 2015 7:09 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Safety and group dynamics and thinking
Replies: 31
Views: 5112

Re: Safety and group dynamics and thinking

Which is why I really don't like "group leader" mentality. As for mountaineering there are a number of well documented causes of sometimes fatal accidents: - tiredness/lack of attention - overinflated confidence - advanced beginners and "very old hands" who think they are invincible - last not leas...
by Tourer
Sat Oct 03, 2015 7:36 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Safety and group dynamics and thinking
Replies: 31
Views: 5112

Re: Safety and group dynamics and thinking

... What? I don't know who you paddle with, but virtually everyone I paddle with has - and uses - a VHF. These days, it's got nothing whatsoever to do with perceptions of expertise, it's a means of inter-group comms as much as a safety aid in case of trouble.... Mike. I am sure you are a very exper...
by Tourer
Fri Oct 02, 2015 12:00 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Safety and group dynamics and thinking
Replies: 31
Views: 5112

Re: Safety and group dynamics and thinking

"The Arete du Peuterey is in condition". "Well what are we waiting for?" There's no calculation involved. Same as with paddling, it's either "Yes I fancy that" or "No not today". You're kidding yourself if you think people actually sit down and say to themselves "now what are the risks involved her...
by Tourer
Thu Oct 01, 2015 7:01 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Safety and group dynamics and thinking
Replies: 31
Views: 5112

Re: Safety and group dynamics and thinking

Hi, I think reading the article that the problem was not any form of suicide but over confidence & over estimation of ability, largely brought on by the type of personality the diver had, but also by having a support group who shared his self view. I had not posted before out of respect for the div...
by Tourer
Wed Sep 30, 2015 9:50 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Safety and group dynamics and thinking
Replies: 31
Views: 5112

Re: Safety and group dynamics and thinking

Very interesting. I wonder how often the issues of "Groupthink" and "Destructive Goal Pursuit" (especially combined) are factors in "Our" world. Without denying these factors common causes of accidents in mountaineering (according to the German Alpine Club Safety Committee statistics) are - tiredne...
by Tourer
Tue Sep 29, 2015 10:01 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Safety and group dynamics and thinking
Replies: 31
Views: 5112

Re: Safety and group dynamics and thinking

Very interesting. I wonder how often the issues of "Groupthink" and "Destructive Goal Pursuit" (especially combined) are factors in "Our" world. I can't comment on diving but know a word or two about mountaineering. There are situations when in worsening weather conditions a group seems to get into...
by Tourer
Sat May 16, 2015 9:41 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Waterproof cameras
Replies: 20
Views: 3563

Re: Waterproof cameras

Now the Olympus TG-4 is on the market (or soon will be), and that one will also make RAW files. Maybe the others will follow, but I know one thing - when this one dies, the new one will have that possibility. In the SLR-film time I was a big fan of the Olympus OM system, I am simply incompetent to ...
by Tourer
Thu Apr 30, 2015 10:09 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: P&H "Wire" skeg users?
Replies: 6
Views: 1195

Re: P&H "Wire" skeg users?

The safest bet IMHO, without mentioning any brand name, is to choose a boat design that handles well with wind and following seas without vitally needing a skeg. Any wire operated skeg can suffer from a kinked wire, rope skegs are fiddly to use and even more so with wet and clammy fingers which is w...
by Tourer
Thu Apr 30, 2015 9:50 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: In praise of the "half roll"
Replies: 10
Views: 1824

Re: Maybe the BCU got it wrong......

WRONG, Nick: the BCU is always right - it is them who set the standards worldwide !

"Name two manufacturers of kayaks in Britain?"

Malcom X, aka MEGA, P&H aka Pietsch & Hansen ;-)
by Tourer
Tue Dec 30, 2014 8:41 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Survey about Shoulder Injuries
Replies: 17
Views: 3857

Re: Survey about Shoulder Injuries

I use these exercises, and paddle backwards as much as I can be bothered to do :) http://www.performancevideo.com/shoulder_exercises_for_sea_kayaking The only time I nearly popped my shoulder was when practising eskimo rescues, and I put my hands behind my shoulder line. I always keep them in front...
by Tourer
Fri Oct 17, 2014 1:19 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Arrow Ivalu Greenland Kayak - has anybody paddled one?
Replies: 13
Views: 3424

Re: Thank you, Tourer.

I looked here because a friend considered to buy an Arrow or Tahe Reval while I tried to push him for an NDK. Excellent, Ceegee and Nick ! Too keen to try a Shrike. Is there no thread/news area for DIY boats and paddles or did I miss that ? Aged 13, after some successful wrestling matches without ma...
by Tourer
Thu Oct 16, 2014 1:06 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Arrow Ivalu Greenland Kayak - has anybody paddled one?
Replies: 13
Views: 3424

Re: Arrow Ivalu Greenland Kayak - has anybody paddled one?

An of course there is the TITS video of Aled Williams testing the Rockpool Underground too... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RkLowLPgyFY Whow - would be certain death or severe injury for me. Since long I decided to become a teacher in the next life, not someone who does day, night and week end sh...
by Tourer
Wed Oct 15, 2014 12:55 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Arrow Ivalu Greenland Kayak - has anybody paddled one?
Replies: 13
Views: 3424

Re: Arrow Ivalu Greenland Kayak - has anybody paddled one?

Nigel Dennis (SKUK) now makes a Greenland style composite rolling kayak.[/img] Obviously a trend. To make sense a tight fitting boat like this or the apparently near identical Tahe Greenland should come in various sizes as people do as well. There is a point for an ocean cockpit but I prefer a key ...
by Tourer
Mon Oct 13, 2014 11:31 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Waterproof cameras
Replies: 20
Views: 3563

Re: Waterproof cameras

Recently ALDI had or still has a small waterproof camera for 59 €, they locally sell it now at 29 €, probably not comaprable to an AW 100 four or five times that price or so but makes pictures and so far has survived splash mounted on the boat. The downside is you can hardly see anything on the scre...
by Tourer
Mon Oct 13, 2014 9:48 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Arrow Ivalu Greenland Kayak - has anybody paddled one?
Replies: 13
Views: 3424

Re: Arrow Ivalu Greenland Kayak - has anybody paddled one?

Nothing will ever beat the Anas Acuta, Peter ;-) I just don't fit into the Tahe Greenland/Blackpearl. If it wasn't for the fact that the one size larger Tahe Greenland T didn't have enough deck height to put my feet straight up I would have gone for that one - unbeatable quality of Kevlar build, ver...
by Tourer
Wed May 14, 2014 10:44 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: skin care and saltwater
Replies: 9
Views: 1251

Re: skin care and saltwater

"Gloves in a bottle " From Allergy bestbuys .com. Prevention is always better than the cure. makes your skin smooth and prevents water absorbtion. Clothing Abrasion, and paddling rash on longer trips also helps prevent blisters. I put it on my hands under my arms and round my neck prior to donning ...
by Tourer
Wed May 07, 2014 1:45 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Folding kayaks^
Replies: 63
Views: 10237

Re: Folding kayaks

Obviously you choose what is available as for local market and budget. In theory the Grabner Discovery is the ultimate folder as it is a hybrid inflatable with inner frame, so slimmer and stiffer than an inflatable and probably stiffer than a classic folder, heavy duty pro quality Hypalon skin (Grab...
by Tourer
Wed May 07, 2014 10:54 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Folding kayaks^
Replies: 63
Views: 10237

Re: Folding kayaks

Tourer, what fab videos, it looks so much fun and I love the music - did you board any other ships, take prisoners...? :D It wasn't me in that video, some Austrian apparently, I just picked that from someone on Youtube but I used to sail a Klepper Aerius II on the much rougher UK south. The S4 with...
by Tourer
Sun May 04, 2014 2:27 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Folding kayaks^
Replies: 63
Views: 10237

Re: Folding kayaks

I understand Dave to have now closed the Knoydart business - and certainly they don't appear on the current F/craft dealer list. Obviously I am out of touch with news in the UK. https://www.globetrotter.de/wassersport/kajak/?listMode=grid&sort=name&sortdir=asc&keyword[]=Faltboote This is the search...
by Tourer
Sun May 04, 2014 8:54 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Folding kayaks^
Replies: 63
Views: 10237

Re: Folding kayaks

http://www.dhd24.com/extra/kaufen-verkaufen/faltboot.html DHd24 is an AdMag in Germany, folding boat section, so plenty of offers while the market in the UK almost doesn't exist. I think the main reason for the rarety of folders in the UK is due to - geography and infrastructure - thousands of miles...
by Tourer
Fri May 02, 2014 6:21 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Canoeing in Europe - advice
Replies: 4
Views: 657

Re: Canoeing in Europe - advice

No literature ? How wild does it have to be ? As a rule of thumb the further east or north you go the wilder it gets. Wolves, Cranes, Storks, Eagles, European Bison, Beavers galore, Otters, Bears perhaps ? France has some lovely rivers but no big lakes, not much inland wildlife as almost everyone is...
by Tourer
Fri May 02, 2014 12:24 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Skim Differ - rapid learning curve
Replies: 2
Views: 1154

Re: Skim Differ - rapid learning curve

Dear Graham, I had coaching while I lived in the UK but I also learnt from arguably avoidable mistakes and live to tell about it, even got a formal BCU 3 star, FSRT and a RYA VHF radio license but all that is only good as long as it is used and updated. Here, not quite as close to the water as befor...
by Tourer
Thu May 01, 2014 10:53 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Skim Differ - rapid learning curve
Replies: 2
Views: 1154

Skim Differ - rapid learning curve

Ever since I had the too small Dex for a short spin I was hankering after something like it: low wind load, long water line, hard chined, roughly 320 litres not more. I almost took to the Zegul Greenland T Carbon Aramide but could not straight out my feet under the deck, and then, well there was an ...
by Tourer
Mon Apr 28, 2014 4:42 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Experience with Navigator rudder ?
Replies: 0
Views: 526

Experience with Navigator rudder ?

Since having experienced on a solo trip with a folder a jammed rudder cable miles from a suitable spot to land on I was alwys reluctant to consider rudders though my new Skim Differ that has a very sensitive skeg slider easily pushed down as you past with the paddle and that is prepared for a rudder...