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by Ian Dallaway
Fri Jan 11, 2019 7:52 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: What degree WW paddle
Replies: 24
Views: 1443

Re: What degree WW paddle

From the blade exit position of a stroke you have to lift your elbow from next to your abdomen to next to your head, and as you do this you rotate the arm from the shoulder and this is where the shaft ends up rotating 45 degrees before you plant the next stroke. The right wrist (in the case of a ri...
by Ian Dallaway
Mon Jan 07, 2019 7:55 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: What degree WW paddle
Replies: 24
Views: 1443

Re: What degree WW paddle

Hi, If you find the Powerhouse blade on a 194 shaft too big, than going to a longer shaft will make the blade feel even bigger. Have you considered the Werner Sherpa? Similar shape to the Powerhouse but slightly smaller surface area. In terms of feather angle, there is very little difference between...
by Ian Dallaway
Tue Dec 11, 2018 7:44 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Spraydecks & Macno's
Replies: 8
Views: 839

Re: Spraydecks & Macno's

I had a real game trying to find a deck to fit my Machno too. I tried an IR deck (rand deck - don't know which model but it was their largest size)- had it stretched over the cockpit for 3 weeks, took it off and couldn't get it back on without 2 of us and a lot of struggling. In the end I sent it ba...
by Ian Dallaway
Wed Oct 31, 2018 8:52 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Tryweryn Information
Replies: 8
Views: 804

Re: Tryweryn Information

The Tryweryn normally have a something like a 6 week shutdown starting on 1 November. I believe this is requested by the water company.

There may or may not be water releases during this period, but they won't necessarily be advertised on the website or the water info line.

Hope that helps.
by Ian Dallaway
Thu Oct 25, 2018 8:31 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: New Coach Award E-Learning
Replies: 7
Views: 620

Re: New Coach Award E-Learning

When you have done the module and had a look at the syllabi etc I would be interested to hear your views about the new scheme. As a club we have trained our novices at our weekly sessions with groups being pretty flexible in make up and likely to get a different coach each week. Then if members wan...
by Ian Dallaway
Thu Sep 20, 2018 11:09 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: What trousers?
Replies: 8
Views: 710

Re: What trousers?

Hi Bob, it might be an idea to have a look at some of the neoprene trousers that are available. As a newbie, they will be far more robust and will probably protect you from bumps and bruises better than dry trousers. They are a lot cheaper too, and will last for years. You will get wet - but it's a ...
by Ian Dallaway
Fri Jul 27, 2018 7:52 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Well Done Canoe Wales!
Replies: 51
Views: 3997

Re: Well Done Canoe Wales!

You'd have to then be able to prove that the land between the footpath was either publically accessible or that you had permission of the landowner. You'd then need to also find parking you could use. And to find a get out where you could also directly access a right of way. And then to haul your b...
by Ian Dallaway
Tue Jul 24, 2018 9:17 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Krab on a Throwline?
Replies: 26
Views: 2048

Re: Krab on a Throwline?

They will be wearing helmets. The slight risk of a cut eye is probably more preferable to swimming off down a G4-5 rapid. If your bag is krabbed into the boat for security you may not have time to faff around removing it. If I was in the water I'd prefer someone to just throw the damn thing rather ...
by Ian Dallaway
Tue Jul 17, 2018 1:50 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Dagger axiom 9.0 newbie
Replies: 2
Views: 306

Re: Dagger axiom 9.0 newbie

Hi,
assuming that you fit the boat ok, and it's comfortable, then it sounds like the perfect boat for what you want it for.
I'm sure you'll enjoy paddling it.
by Ian Dallaway
Thu Jul 12, 2018 7:36 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Krab on a Throwline?
Replies: 26
Views: 2048

Re: Krab on a Throwline?

A better idea with the karabiner is to attach it to the rope inside the bag. It is always there then and can be used for equipment recovery. When the rope is used to rescue a swimmer the krab is padded by the bag and won't hurt anyone. Either clove hitch it inside the bag next to the knot, or with ...
by Ian Dallaway
Tue Jul 10, 2018 2:29 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Krab on a Throwline?
Replies: 26
Views: 2048

Re: Krab on a Throwline?

Thanks guys on that note, what kind of Krab do you use? The ideal karabiner is a large HMS screw lock type - larger the better ideally, as then it is much easier to use with cold hands and it will pass a knot if you need to set up a tension diagonal with 2 ropes joined together. You ideally need to...
by Ian Dallaway
Tue Jul 10, 2018 9:35 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Krab on a Throwline?
Replies: 26
Views: 2048

Re: Krab on a Throwline?

Bag should be thrown beyond the swimmer anyway, if they grab hold of it they'll just run out to the end... Mike That isn't always the case. In stoppers for instance you are looking to hit the swimmer with the bag. the rope alone is too easy to miss and sinks quickly in the aerated water. A better i...
by Ian Dallaway
Mon Jun 18, 2018 8:30 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: A few beginner questions
Replies: 3
Views: 519

Re: A few beginner questions

Hi Seamer,
the best advice I can give you is to get in touch with your local canoe club (and maybe even join them...).
From memory, Stockton and Thornaby Canoe Club are based by you. Have a look at https://www.stocktonthornabycanoeclub.co.uk/

Happy Paddling
Ian
by Ian Dallaway
Tue May 22, 2018 7:39 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Axiom 8.5 advice
Replies: 11
Views: 993

Re: Axiom 8.5 advice

Hi JimT, don't get hung up on trying to compare volumes of boats, simply as it really depends more on how it is distributed than the actual numbers. Also, in the boats you are talking about, most of that volume will be OUT of the water and as such it doesn't affect performance in any great way. I be...
by Ian Dallaway
Fri Dec 08, 2017 2:35 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: neoprene v latex seals
Replies: 4
Views: 527

Re: neoprene v latex seals

There are quite a few replies to a similar thread recently. Those answers are applicable here too... With any cag and dry trouser combination, they are a compromise in terms of keeping you dry, as you will normally get wet around the waist seal - especially so during a swim. The best combination to ...
by Ian Dallaway
Mon Nov 06, 2017 3:47 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Feather angle recommendations
Replies: 18
Views: 2479

Re: Feather angle recommendations

This topic has been done many times in the past, with lots of passionate discussion on either side of the zero feather. I guess the question could be linked to what feather Slalom paddlers use? As Whitewater paddlers, Slalom is our nearest competitive discipline. A lot of the 'marginal gains' have a...
by Ian Dallaway
Mon Oct 23, 2017 10:58 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Competition – Name this new rapid on the Greta
Replies: 33
Views: 2901

Re: Competition – Name this new rapid on the Greta

I thought all rapids have to be given horrific sounding names - if only to help with the bragging rights (or swim excuses) in the pub afterwards.

as it was caused by Storm Desmond...
How about 'Desperation'
by Ian Dallaway
Fri Sep 29, 2017 5:23 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Personal Performance Awards - review
Replies: 44
Views: 3236

Re: Personal Performance Awards - review

Of course the 4 and 5 star awards are not 'defunct', they have merely been renamed and they still contain personal skills requirements as well and leadership skills You are correct of course Adrian. What I was referring to was that the names 4 & 5 star are now defunct as these awards are now correc...
by Ian Dallaway
Fri Sep 29, 2017 2:25 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Personal Performance Awards - review
Replies: 44
Views: 3236

Re: Personal Performance Awards - review

I thing BC need to disclose their analysis as to what exactly is wrong with the star awards and why changes will address the shortcomings. e.g. are they seeking more attendees on training centres or what? Ian I guess some easy answers as I see them are: 1. The Leadership awards have now been separa...
by Ian Dallaway
Mon Jul 17, 2017 3:44 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Is BCU Insurance valid on private reservoirs?
Replies: 6
Views: 887

Re: Is BCU Insurance valid on private reservoirs?

Nice one Chris - good reply.
by Ian Dallaway
Fri Apr 28, 2017 10:47 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Powerhouse vs sherpa
Replies: 12
Views: 2426

Re: Powerhouse vs sherpa

My normal paddle is a Werner Stikine (foam core but similar power face size of the Sherpa). This is my preferred paddle but I do have a Powerhouse that I use on shallow rocky rivers where I don't want to abuse the Stikine's too much. I definitely prefer the smaller blades as you have better accelera...
by Ian Dallaway
Wed Mar 29, 2017 7:40 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: British Canoeing AGM
Replies: 70
Views: 6384

Re: British Canoeing AGM

Ah, OK. The aim is to create a new database/website or similar to help us continue to work of many paddlers in researching and documenting public rights of navigation. Both at the national/general level and at the local level. Also anything that helps build the case for these rights - relevant case...
by Ian Dallaway
Tue Mar 14, 2017 7:33 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Finding an effective voice for recreational paddlers
Replies: 18
Views: 1297

Re: Finding an effective voice for recreational paddlers

If we want to have a voice that Government might listen to, I fear we need to use the organisation recognised by the Sports Council, ie, BC. Pointing them in the right direction will take some effort, and an understanding of how they are organised. The AGM is not the place to do that, it's the form...
by Ian Dallaway
Fri Mar 10, 2017 8:12 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Cutting LH cranks to set as RH
Replies: 7
Views: 654

Re: Cutting LH cranks to set as RH

Does anybody have any experience of splitting Werner Cranks with a heat gun? I've done it once - with an old cranked carbon powerhouse. It took a very long time, applying gentle heat to break the glue bond. The heat is critical as too cold doesn't achieve anything but too hot and you'll melt the re...
by Ian Dallaway
Thu Dec 22, 2016 3:25 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Rescue kit
Replies: 48
Views: 2882

Re: Rescue kit

only thing i carry that isn't already on this list is a couple of nylon pulley wheels. These fit onto a karibiner, and reduce friction a LOT compared to not using one at all. Small and light, and definitely better than those daft swing cheek pulley wheels. True, those pulley wheels do work ok for r...
by Ian Dallaway
Wed Dec 21, 2016 7:34 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Rescue kit
Replies: 48
Views: 2882

Re: Rescue kit

One thing though - their video explainer on how to set up a Pig Rig is wrong. There needs to be a knot at the anchor to stop the sling sliding through the ring there. Only then will it be a 2:1 pulling on a 2:1. It may seem counterintuitive, but someone (Simon Westgarth?) did some tests a while bac...
by Ian Dallaway
Wed Nov 30, 2016 10:44 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: First thing you coach on WW
Replies: 150
Views: 8271

Re: First thing you coach on WW

maybe when you turn your head (and shoulders) to the new direction of travel, an edge is initiated anyway......
by Ian Dallaway
Wed Nov 30, 2016 7:41 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: First thing you coach on WW
Replies: 150
Views: 8271

Re: First thing you coach on WW

Simon Westgarth wrote:1, point the boat where you wish to go.
2, turn your head to initiate any change in direction
3, learn tactics before technique

Totally agree. It covers everything you need for the first sessions on moving water.
by Ian Dallaway
Mon Nov 21, 2016 3:38 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Change to four star
Replies: 54
Views: 3048

Re: Change to four star

Only in that the names are completely different so now goes 1* 2* 3* Leader Advanced Leader. . Or it goes: 2* coach award Or: Paddlesport Leader Award..... Or you simply skip all of the above and go paddling instead. By separating the names it does give clear distinction between what is seen as a p...
by Ian Dallaway
Mon Nov 21, 2016 3:08 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Change to four star
Replies: 54
Views: 3048

Re: Change to four star

It also separates the leadership awards from the personal performance awards (star awards). Is that really happening Ian? I didn't see that in any announcement. There is obviously a difference between leadership awards and personal performance awards anyway. The fact that the leadership awards were...