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by James G
Sun Oct 19, 2014 10:35 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: DofE Paddling Supervision
Replies: 11
Views: 1864

Re: DofE Paddling Supervision

The trick is to find appropriate water. At Bronze, our canoe groups require extra training sessions first and then have one day of canoe training. This is fine because the expeditions are on local canals which are rarely more than waist deep and little more than a canoe length in width. Our supervis...
by James G
Mon Sep 17, 2012 10:39 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Do clubs and youth groups paddle on 'restricted' rivers?
Replies: 9
Views: 1139

Re: Do clubs and youth groups paddle on 'restricted' rivers?

I would always stick to agreements or areas with no issues with a school group as a headteacher getting phonecalls from irate members of the public, whether well founded or not, could seriously curtail future activities.

James G
by James G
Thu Aug 30, 2012 10:53 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Introducing your kids to paddling - What age ?
Replies: 43
Views: 5959

Re: Introducing your kids to paddling - What age ?

My son had his first canoe trip at 5 weeks, but he didn't really get into it until he was almost 2. He's two now and doesn't try much paddling yet, but loves running his paddle or hand in the water, finding riverside blackberries, collecting balls and counting cows. We don't cover great distances, b...
by James G
Mon Jun 18, 2012 6:12 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: BCU efficiency???
Replies: 13
Views: 921

Re: BCU efficiency???

I did my Level 2 transfer course in November and haven't had anything back yet. It's lucky that I don't plan on doing the assessment as it looks like they might not be able to return the paperwork in time. I'm also still waiting for an answer to a question about remit that I asked in Autumn (and hav...
by James G
Fri Jun 01, 2012 10:21 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Scotland canoe trip ideas 4 days
Replies: 7
Views: 801

Re: Scotland canoe trip ideas 4 days

My Gold group looked at the Spey, but decided that the training required to get to a standard where they could do it without a leader paddling with them (which is a requirement of the award) would be prohibitive. They've chosen to use Loch Veyatie, Fionn Loch and Loch Sionascaig for their practice a...
by James G
Mon Feb 27, 2012 8:25 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Saws - where do you carry yours?
Replies: 33
Views: 1667

Re: Saws - where do you carry yours?

An 8 Inch folding saw lives in my BA. If I'm going onto something with an increased likelyhood of wrapping a boat, a second, rigid, saw in a sheath is attached to the hull of my boat on the right hand side in front of the kneeling thwart.
by James G
Thu Dec 22, 2011 12:10 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Being guided ...
Replies: 74
Views: 4283

Re: Being guided ...

A good guide can open up more suitable experiences and hence aid learning. I regularly use a guidebook or website to guide me to suitable rivers.

It depends on how good the guide is and how they are used.

James
by James G
Sat Nov 19, 2011 9:58 pm
Forum: Canoeing
Topic: Family Day Out
Replies: 4
Views: 736

Re: Family Day Out

The Derwent from Forge valley to Ganton certainly qualifies as "something different". We did it with myself at the back controlling the boat and my Dad at the front with secateurs and loppers. It used to be dredged every year so you can see where everything used to get cut back to. It's deep, but ve...
by James G
Mon Oct 17, 2011 5:48 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Advanced Water Endorsement
Replies: 23
Views: 2094

Re: Advanced Water Endorsement

Old L4's were never trained nor assessed within an advanced environment and as such the qualification is without merit, That's perhaps a little harsh on them. They were trained and assessed to safely lead within an advanced environment (5*) and trained (coaching processes) and assessed (level 3) to...
by James G
Tue Aug 30, 2011 8:04 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: CE remove basic membership
Replies: 41
Views: 2786

Re: CE remove basic membership

I think the cost is quite resonable whne compared to RYA or MTLE membership or other club membership fees. MLTE don't require you to be a member in order to keep their qualifications. That's £37 less per year. Multiply that by, say, 50 years and you reach a rather sizeable amount. If the BCU provid...
by James G
Fri Aug 19, 2011 7:29 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Competent levels at star award
Replies: 112
Views: 2858

Re: Competent levels at star award

Given that one to three star don't actually qualify you to do anything and that personal skills are re-assessed during coaching assessments, Is it really that important that the awards are tightly standardised? I'm thinking of how it would be done and to standardise assessments in school there are t...
by James G
Fri Aug 19, 2011 5:23 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Safe? or not?
Replies: 12
Views: 1699

Re: Safe? or not?

Would that be the same member of the crowd instructing them to hold onto their boats? Perhaps not the best idea when the boat could get wrapped around a rock. Incidentally, I wouldn't wear a helmet for this in an open boat.

James
by James G
Wed Aug 17, 2011 9:45 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Flatwater multiday
Replies: 2
Views: 270

Re: Flatwater multiday

The Severn? Start at Atcham, Portage Jackfield rapids and camp at the Woodbridge pub. Or start at Llandrinio, camp at the pub at Montford Bridge and finish at Shrewsbury.

James
by James G
Wed Aug 17, 2011 9:40 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Competent levels at star award
Replies: 112
Views: 2858

Re: Competent levels at star award

I would say that the solution to feeling uncomfortable about coaching/leading a given group in a particular environment is not to do it. This could entail changing the group or the environment or simply not leading on that particular day. If they feel that they need further training and experience f...
by James G
Wed Aug 10, 2011 2:00 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Advanced Water Endorsement
Replies: 23
Views: 2094

Re: Advanced Water Endorsement

It seems to involve (slightly) more training time than the old level 4, plus an assessment before the award is granted. Surely this makes it more credible than the old level 4, which was widely accepted at the time. I also notice that the Open Canoe AWE is now split into open water and whitewater fl...
by James G
Fri May 13, 2011 7:05 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Duke of edinburgh (silver)
Replies: 13
Views: 664

Re: Duke of edinburgh (silver)

Funding's always a big issue, but remember that you and your friends could always do some fundraising to help you to hire instructors and pay for transport and the assessment fee. Our LA outdoor centre has kindly lent us their boats for our current DofE Bronze group and we are all giveing their time...
by James G
Wed May 11, 2011 9:48 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Duke of edinburgh (silver)
Replies: 13
Views: 664

Re: Duke of edinburgh (silver)

I2 nights "in appropriate accomodation" . It used to be camping but this has now been relaxed to include YHA, bunkhouses etc etc . Andy There are 20 conditions that a DofE expedition must fulfil. Number 14 from the website is "Your overnight accommodation should be camping." In the assessor trainin...
by James G
Mon Apr 11, 2011 10:26 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Do BCU affiliated Clubs need a Level 3 coach?
Replies: 53
Views: 1943

Re: Do BCU affiliated Clubs need a Level 3 coach?

You are totally incorrect! Good answer Ian; fact not opinion. In the course guide on the CE website under the heading "The Level 2 Remit" it states A Level 2 Coach is trained and assessed to plan, deliver and review a series of four coaching sessions, for paddlers who fall into the LTPD Paddlesport...
by James G
Sun Apr 10, 2011 11:32 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Do BCU affiliated Clubs need a Level 3 coach?
Replies: 53
Views: 1943

Re: Do BCU affiliated Clubs need a Level 3 coach?

A MWE holder is limited to a series of 6 progressize sessions, wheras a Level 3 can plan and run annual training programs. So a new coach with MWE is not qualified to run 8 progressive sessions on a canal with the school club, but an old style Level 1 coach is.

Crazy really,

James
by James G
Thu Mar 24, 2011 6:11 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Kayaking Coaches Research
Replies: 19
Views: 1040

Re: Kayaking Coaches Research

I've done it, but the last two parts are questions, not statements, and hence I'm not sure how one can agree or disagree with them.

James
by James G
Sun Feb 06, 2011 10:34 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Welsh Referendum
Replies: 8
Views: 1179

Re: Welsh Referendum

Assembly influence has already caused Welsh schools funding to become over £600 per pupil per year less than in England. As a teacher in a Welsh school, I'd be aiming to limit their powers as much as possible. I just wish there could be an option to scrap the assembly altogether as it drains a huge ...
by James G
Tue Feb 01, 2011 8:15 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Canal kayaking holidays
Replies: 19
Views: 1581

Re: Canal kayaking holidays

I've only been checked once. To my mind, the point is that canals are man-made structures that cost a lot to maintain and therefore if you want to use them you should pay towards the upkeep.

James
by James G
Sun Jan 23, 2011 10:40 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: CRB for BCU?
Replies: 193
Views: 7073

Re: CRB for BCU?

The alternative is checks carried out by employers for those that coach children, the BCU offering to check coaches on the behalf of clubs where children will be coached and no checks for those who do not coach children. I don't see the problem with this. Nor do I see any benefit in the duplication ...
by James G
Sun Jan 23, 2011 8:31 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: CRB for BCU?
Replies: 193
Views: 7073

Re: CRB for BCU?

For whatever reason, the BCU have decided this is part of their Child Protection Policy Perhaps you sould read the policy again. It can be found at http://www.canoe-england.org.uk/media/pdf/SPC-P1%20060409.pdf . The BCU makes the following recommendation to clubs, centres and coaches with respect t...
by James G
Sat Jan 22, 2011 7:05 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: CRB for BCU?
Replies: 193
Views: 7073

Re: CRB for BCU?

That's two things (Child protection course and CRB) that the BCU have asked for in order to keep our coaching quals that have had their deadlines extended. Both these new deadlines have been communicated through roundabout routes rather than by the BCU direct. I guess that the message has to be that...
by James G
Tue Jan 11, 2011 10:44 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: CRB for BCU?
Replies: 193
Views: 7073

Re: CRB for BCU?

When I rang up to ask why I had to copy all my certificates and send them in again to register for level 2 transfer, I was told that CE, WCA and SCA keep seperate records and hence CE can't check any prerequisites gained through other home nations (which is why we have to constantly send in copies o...
by James G
Tue Jan 11, 2011 8:44 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: CRB for BCU?
Replies: 193
Views: 7073

Re: CRB for BCU?

Apparently being an active teacher and youth worker does not count as sufficient evidence of awareness of child protection procedures. Still, it's nice that coaches who have no contact with children or vulnerable adults are only expected to pay £7.99 and lose half an hour of their lives to learn how...
by James G
Tue Jan 11, 2011 6:56 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: CRB for BCU?
Replies: 193
Views: 7073

Re: CRB for BCU?

Would it be too cynical to consider that "old" qualifications will only be recognised if coaches remain upated and that implimenting an ever more complicated, costly and pointless set of requirements for remaining updated will cause a lot of coaches qualifications to lapse? At that point, the BCU co...
by James G
Mon Jan 10, 2011 5:55 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: CRB for BCU?
Replies: 193
Views: 7073

Re: CRB for BCU?

So I do have to pay for CRBs. Along with all the other taxpayers.

James
by James G
Sun Dec 26, 2010 9:49 am
Forum: Canoeing
Topic: OC Dee
Replies: 10
Views: 2060

Re: OC Dee

Hi Chris, I have a handful (probably one or two, but potentially up to six) of secondary school students who might be interested in this. Is it the sort of thing that they could come along to, either with their parents or by themselves (our school is just up the road). They'd be 15 to 18 years old a...