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by Jim
Tue Jan 17, 2017 4:01 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Loss of white water
Replies: 13
Views: 1195

Re: Loss of white water

Aha, there are documents about the committee structure and terms of reference of each committee on the public about page:

http://canoescotland.org/about
by Jim
Tue Jan 17, 2017 3:56 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Loss of white water
Replies: 13
Views: 1195

Re: Loss of white water

Not sure because I'm terrible friend and don't call him very often these days - Neil has announced that he will stand down as soon as a replacement can be found (I don't know how easy that will be under the new board competency framework), there is no news that he has yet and he was still recreation...
by Jim
Tue Jan 17, 2017 3:42 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Not known for kayaking.... but in a kayak!
Replies: 16
Views: 710

Re: Not known for kayaking.... but in a kayak!

morsey wrote:
waverley610 wrote:... is Shaun Baker wearing bling?!
Sector 'no limits' watch


Sector having been one of his sponsors for many, many years....
by Jim
Tue Jan 17, 2017 3:37 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Loss of white water
Replies: 13
Views: 1195

Re: Loss of white water

No idea what other NGBs do. I suspect we do. In England at least. Unless of course it affected a river used for stick dodging competitions. I've been doing the 'stick dodging' for a couple of years now, you would be surprised how little support 99% or more of all stick dodging related activity gets...
by Jim
Tue Jan 17, 2017 2:24 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Loss of white water
Replies: 13
Views: 1195

Re: Loss of white water

The SCA Renewables policy is public: http://canoescotland.org/sites/default/files/resources/documents/SCA%20Renewables%20Policy.pdf As for success rates, I have had a dig around in the members only self service documents area and cannot find anything that appears to relate this, the only recreation ...
by Jim
Mon Jan 16, 2017 8:50 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Loss of white water
Replies: 13
Views: 1195

Re: Loss of white water

SCA recreational committee monitor applications here, if there is well known paddling interest they get involved, if there is possible paddling interest they ask other paddlers (often here) before deciding whether to get involved or not. If the 'river' is completely unfeasible for paddling they don'...
by Jim
Sun Jan 08, 2017 9:44 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Wings?
Replies: 16
Views: 745

Re: Wings?

Testing yourself against someone else is no good, you need to get yourself timed with both paddles and see which is faster - but spend some time getting used to wings first to make sure you test fairly. And don't do 2 runs back to back, the second will be slower. However much my technique improves, ...
by Jim
Wed Jan 04, 2017 4:53 pm
Forum: Competition
Topic: Whitewater boat for slalom
Replies: 5
Views: 273

Re: Whitewater boat for slalom

Stone minis will be perfect for you, even at the Div 3/4 event in a couple of months you will find some div 4 paddlers in creek boats. At the minis you will get to see paddlers from all divisions race (maybe even Joe Clarke) on a handicap basis to give lower division paddlers a chance to win some ra...
by Jim
Sat Dec 31, 2016 1:07 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Possibly the best top ten list ever...
Replies: 22
Views: 1663

Re: Possibly the best top ten list ever...

Stein Inn, but not for river types, sea kayakers only. You can even sit on the terrace with your beer and watch the tide covering the vast expanse of sand in front of a possible camp site on the other side of the loch - if it still looks like a long carry, just order another round..... Dunure Inn, a...
by Jim
Sun Dec 18, 2016 2:07 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Composite boats are they worth it?
Replies: 6
Views: 578

Re: Composite boats are they worth it?

I don't know the Perception Essence so can't comment on its suitablility for open crossings, but there are quite a few polythene boats on the market that are perfectly good for that kind of thing. The question about whether composite boats are worth it is difficult because it depends so much on the ...
by Jim
Fri Dec 16, 2016 3:24 pm
Forum: Private Sales - Canoeing
Topic: Paddles
Replies: 3
Views: 139

Re: Paddles

Are you going to be using the fly for playboating, or general river running? I assume you are up for a curved blade rather than flat? For general river running something like the Werner Bandit seems OK if on a budget, or perhaps Aquabound edge (I use one of these as a second paddle). The glass VE is...
by Jim
Wed Dec 14, 2016 4:14 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Tactical Considerations for River Running
Replies: 18
Views: 1095

Re: Tactical Considerations for River Running

Okay, on the top of a drop I may be thinking of which side to pull on, but that's it. Even in the run up to the drop having decided I need to say, boof with a right stroke, there's no planning on how to ensure I endup with the right stroke in the right place. Since I paddle C1, I don't even have to...
by Jim
Mon Dec 12, 2016 3:16 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: First thing you coach on WW
Replies: 150
Views: 5327

Re: First thing you coach on WW

The coaching advice that has stuck in my mind mostly revolves around technique more than tactics, but it's not my place to say that this is true for everyone. I think it often is true for many people, but what we have come to realise is that when this happens a person can get blinkered into masteri...
by Jim
Sun Dec 11, 2016 11:27 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: recommend me an old fashioned coach
Replies: 9
Views: 848

Re: recommend me an old fashioned coach

Something like this?

http://www.classicbuses.co.uk/
by Jim
Sun Dec 11, 2016 10:59 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: First thing you coach on WW
Replies: 150
Views: 5327

Re: First thing you coach on WW

Nothing at all wrong with taking your river runner on flat water for strength and endurance training if you can already paddle it, I was thinking more of the system that is based around almost everyone starting out in that kind of boat where often the struggle to make it track makes it impossible fo...
by Jim
Sun Dec 11, 2016 1:49 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Tactical Considerations for River Running
Replies: 18
Views: 1095

Re: Tactical Considerations for River Running

Interestingly, paddling OC1 (and slalom C1) have had a bit of an impact on the way I plan because every now and then there is a move which depends on the paddling side and at that point I can't just go by tactics, I also have to work out how a righty can negotiate that particular move (because I can...
by Jim
Sun Dec 11, 2016 1:41 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Tactical Considerations for River Running
Replies: 18
Views: 1095

Re: Tactical Considerations for River Running

Interesting. Many years ago, at a slalom competition, another paddler asked me what strokes I was using between two particular gates. I hadn't a clue; the only way I'd know was if I went to paddle the section again and remembered to think about it. At the time, I thought "he must know a lot mo...
by Jim
Sun Dec 11, 2016 1:19 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Coaching the mind on WW
Replies: 3
Views: 427

Re: Coaching the mind on WW

Ah, soft skills! I would mainly try to get people to relax and usually do it by diversion, for example finding something they can do and then setting that as the goal for the start of the session so they can start out with something positive and immediately gain confidence achieving it, which helps ...
by Jim
Sun Dec 11, 2016 12:52 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: First thing you coach on WW
Replies: 150
Views: 5327

Re: First thing you coach on WW

Several hours on flat water - what a trial! I was a flat water paddler for 6 years and enjoyed every minute of it. What you just wrote seems to contradict what you wrote in the previous paragraph, i.e. "the title of the thread [...] kind of assumes that the paddler has sufficient previous expe...
by Jim
Sat Dec 10, 2016 11:49 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: First thing you coach on WW
Replies: 150
Views: 5327

Re: First thing you coach on WW

The opening question talked about paddlers new to WW so I also assumed it was meant to be about paddlers with at least some boat time under their belt and a grasp of the basics, which is how things are normally done. It isn't always the case though, a few years ago some of my kitesurfing mates wante...
by Jim
Fri Dec 09, 2016 3:45 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: First thing you coach on WW
Replies: 150
Views: 5327

Re: First thing you coach on WW

But basically I would have thought Tactical and Technical should go hand in hand and really should be taught at the same time. I see it must be hard to plan tactics, say crossing a grade 2 rapid if you do not know what paddle strokes you need to use (technique). Tactical is a level above that, you ...
by Jim
Thu Dec 08, 2016 7:11 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: First thing you coach on WW
Replies: 150
Views: 5327

Re: First thing you coach on WW

Can I just ask if we have established that when eddying out The boat is on an edge of some sort approaching the eddy line - then is flat as it crosses the eddy line - then is on some degree of edge again when in the eddy? It depends where you approach from, a lot of approach vectors work well with ...
by Jim
Thu Dec 08, 2016 7:09 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: First thing you coach on WW
Replies: 150
Views: 5327

Re: First thing you coach on WW

Simon, we are kinda both talking about the same thing, but you are slightly inaccurate. Let's take leaving an eddy into the current. You say the boat has to be flat so the hull slides onto it. Hey, there is no 'have to' or 'must do' in paddlesport. There is an evolving understanding of the mechanic...
by Jim
Thu Dec 08, 2016 4:26 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: First thing you coach on WW
Replies: 150
Views: 5327

Re: First thing you coach on WW

As for "it's the concept that we also gain stability through directional momentum" - that sounds scientific, but it's a vague generalisation that disregards any number of variables that affect how in control a paddler is. I can maximise my directional momentum by paddling at full pelt dow...
by Jim
Wed Nov 30, 2016 4:46 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: First thing you coach on WW
Replies: 150
Views: 5327

Re: First thing you coach on WW

WTF? Edging is dropping an edge to make the hull asymmetric, or to cause it to deflect flow at a different angle, you may drop it an almost immeasurable amount, or beyond 90 degrees but if the boat isn't heeling it isn't edging. What about if you are side-surfing in a stopper? Say the oncoming wate...
by Jim
Wed Nov 30, 2016 12:58 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: First thing you coach on WW
Replies: 150
Views: 5327

Re: First thing you coach on WW

Maybe I should be totally clear. By "edging" I mean "lifting a knee", however slightly. The boat may stay flat because you are merely counteracting the water's attempt to roll you over. But the technique you are using is called edging and it's the same whether the boat leans or ...
by Jim
Wed Nov 30, 2016 4:56 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: First thing you coach on WW
Replies: 150
Views: 5327

Re: First thing you coach on WW

Interestingly, since I started doing slalom I have had to drastically reduce the amount of edge I use when breaking out, it really kills the boat speed and at my weight I have little enough to start with and it is hard to get it back up. Watch any competent slalom paddler crossing eddylines and you ...
by Jim
Tue Nov 29, 2016 3:49 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: First thing you coach on WW
Replies: 150
Views: 5327

Re: First thing you coach on WW

First thing to teach on moving water is: Smile! Let the students know they are most likely going to fall in at some point in the session and that it is nothing to worry about, all part of the fun. Get them to embrace enjoying whatever happens. Obviously I wouldn't advocate taking a student on their ...
by Jim
Tue Nov 29, 2016 3:28 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Transporting a kayak
Replies: 5
Views: 535

Re: Transporting a kayak

Unscrew the aerial and take it into Halfords and ask the nice man (or lady) if they have either a flexible aerial or an adjustable (that you can set below the roof rack level) aerial that will fit (keep your old aerial). I did this too late and although the aerial itself never got damaged the base p...
by Jim
Tue Nov 29, 2016 2:51 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Shrike, a lightweight sea kayak for home construction.^
Replies: 93
Views: 22208

Re: Shrike, a lightweight sea kayak for home construction.^

Not too tricky at 1/6th scale I should imagine, you should see the lengths some modellers go to making 1/16th or even 1/72nd scale stuff look realistic and weathered :)

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