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by Scots_Charles_River
Thu Mar 07, 2013 10:20 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: First Aid policy?
Replies: 17
Views: 1367

Re: First Aid policy?

The last few I have done have been theory/classroom based day 1 then Scenarios day 2, put the theory into practice. Scenarios outside and very varied and realistic.
by Scots_Charles_River
Sat Mar 02, 2013 7:23 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Deck Slates.
Replies: 49
Views: 7197

Re: Deck Slates.

Hi, These stickers will be posted out later in the week, waiting for them to arrive at my house. I'll post a printout of payment details with the stickers set. After the first 15 there were many more requests via PM, so the printer will run another batch but I may get him to sell them direct as I'm ...
by Scots_Charles_River
Fri Feb 22, 2013 11:50 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Deck Slates.
Replies: 49
Views: 7197

Re: Deck Slates.

These are being printed, wiht a UV stabile laminate, and are just smaller than A4 and are £3 a set, plus free P+P. Remember these have been done as a favour, at cost price, and the total number fit a sheet, hence the number. 15 Sets - preferably one set each and if demands higher than 15, the next b...
by Scots_Charles_River
Wed Jan 30, 2013 7:08 pm
Forum: Scotland - Southern Uplands
Topic: River Avon - A801 to Linlithgow
Replies: 2
Views: 3469

Re: River Avon - A801 to Linlithgow

At Linlithgow bridge, there is a river wide weir which looks easily runnable but may have towback - I have not run it so inspect. There is also a weir after the Birkhill Caly Mine Gorge at the bottom of the Ski Slope, river wide. There is a low road bridge after this which has a nice wave and recirc...
by Scots_Charles_River
Fri Jan 25, 2013 4:47 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: River Awe’s flows revised to improve fish spawning and juven
Replies: 28
Views: 6818

Re: River Awe’s flows revised to improve fish spawning and j

There has been a lot of changes to the SCA recently so I'm sure Recreational WW is a priority.
by Scots_Charles_River
Mon Jan 21, 2013 5:32 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: River Awe’s flows revised to improve fish spawning and juven
Replies: 28
Views: 6818

Re: River Awe’s flows revised to improve fish spawning and j

Thanks for keeping us up to date.

Are the SCA Access Committee on board ?
by Scots_Charles_River
Fri Jan 18, 2013 7:08 pm
Forum: Competition
Topic: Disgraced Lance Armstrong
Replies: 4
Views: 1310

Re: Disgraced Lance Armstrong

Armstrong has only admitted stuff last night coz the WADA report has outed him. He is a cheat, liar, bully, thief etc etc, He has a 100million fortune. I say this after waiting roadside in the heat on Alpine and Pyrenean cols to see him in the TDF. Used to be a fan of his. Most sports have PED issue...
by Scots_Charles_River
Mon Jan 14, 2013 9:18 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: 3 Star Sea and 4 Star Leader Seas Skills DVD ROM - any good
Replies: 7
Views: 721

Re: 3 Star Sea and 4 Star Leader Seas Skills DVD ROM - any

OwenBurson wrote:I won't add to Kate great reply, but just to say that the DVDs are primarily aimed at coaches delivering those awards, not those taking them.
Same as the 2 Star DVD, a bit of moderation.......
by Scots_Charles_River
Sat Jan 12, 2013 6:23 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Landing fees
Replies: 19
Views: 2012

Re: Landing fees

The Lake if Menteith landing fee has not been enforced when I landed there. The boatman says it was because we landed, we said we didn't take the boat over ! We had paddled. Under the SOAC Access Code, I think inland water can only be access fee applicable if there was charges before 2006. I think i...
by Scots_Charles_River
Sat Jan 12, 2013 4:17 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Deck Slates.
Replies: 49
Views: 7197

Re: Deck Slates.

Friend who is making them, at cost, is busy. He runs a print business form home.

Will post up in a few days.
by Scots_Charles_River
Mon Jan 07, 2013 7:55 pm
Forum: Canoeing
Topic: advice on canoe
Replies: 5
Views: 1999

Re: advice on canoe

Paddling it solo and lifting on/off will be the deciding factor. Grummans are not that light, my Charles River is 32kg and the Grumman is 31kg.

Maybe go for a Royalex as they are lighter, but pricey.
by Scots_Charles_River
Mon Jan 07, 2013 7:36 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Which Pulley?
Replies: 82
Views: 4589

Re: Which Pulley?

Anyway, how do folk carry pin kit ? I do not carry a pin kit, but gear that has other utility that can also be used for generating mechanical advantage. One tied sling with a crab for towing, creating an anchor or prusik, one open sling for reach rescues, a leash for my paddle on longer reach rescu...
by Scots_Charles_River
Mon Jan 07, 2013 5:36 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: breakdown of coaches by level
Replies: 43
Views: 2595

Re: breakdown of coaches by level

Looks like there is a tail off from L2 training to Assessment.
by Scots_Charles_River
Mon Jan 07, 2013 5:09 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Which Pulley?
Replies: 82
Views: 4589

Re: Which Pulley?

RHS = Rolled hollow section Surely the green sling is a tape prussik. I thought RHS = Right Hand Side? When I typed RHS that's what I meant...... Anyway, how do folk carry pin kit ? As an Open boater, tend to keep it in a wee bumbag. 1-In the boat - may get pinned with the boat or 2- On your person...
by Scots_Charles_River
Sun Jan 06, 2013 10:08 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Which Pulley?
Replies: 82
Views: 4589

Re: Which Pulley?

RHS = Rolled hollow section Surely the green sling is a tape prussik. It's not a climbing extender. Climbing extenders are short with the mid section of the loop sewn flat with just a small Krab loop at each end and don't have much use in canoeing. Climbing extenders extend the krab out from protec...
by Scots_Charles_River
Sun Jan 06, 2013 5:46 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: breakdown of coaches by level
Replies: 43
Views: 2595

Re: breakdown of coaches by level

SWWC is not mentioned in the 5*WW syllabus. The 5 Star Assessor Notes mention being able to '..identify lines for different craft eg white water and touring...' That is the only time type of craft is specified. http://www.canoe-england.org.uk/media/pdf/5%20star%20OC%20assessor%20notes.pdf Maybe fol...
by Scots_Charles_River
Sun Jan 06, 2013 4:32 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Which Pulley?
Replies: 82
Views: 4589

Re: Which Pulley?

Answer jargon with more jargon? What is an extender? Wilf mentions it and shows one in his pic, it's a sling that is connected to he boat strong point. Comes from the climbing world. It's the RHS spectra green sling, boat out of shot. Against my better judgement, I shall enter this debate. No doubt...
by Scots_Charles_River
Sun Jan 06, 2013 1:32 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Which Pulley?
Replies: 82
Views: 4589

Re: Which Pulley?

Look at the pics, it's on a loop not actually clipped on the extender - I think.
by Scots_Charles_River
Fri Jan 04, 2013 9:39 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Kayak Trail - Oban to Helensburgh
Replies: 67
Views: 9502

Re: Kayak Trail - Oban to Helensburgh

Some specific sites mentioned here
http://www.argyllandtheislandsleader.org.uk/?p=2924

Stramash is involved, a Community Enterprise that provide Outdoor Education.
by Scots_Charles_River
Fri Jan 04, 2013 6:26 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: breakdown of coaches by level
Replies: 43
Views: 2595

Re: breakdown of coaches by level

Good luck with that. The BCU are very cagey when it comes to disclosing numbers of Star Tests and Coaching qualls awarded. I only wanted to know how many people did a particular test and training each year to determine if there was any point in training/getting signed off to run it...and yet they c...
by Scots_Charles_River
Fri Jan 04, 2013 5:56 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: breakdown of coaches by level
Replies: 43
Views: 2595

Re: breakdown of coaches by level

Of course there is no separate award for specialist WW canoe at 3* or 4*, candidates are assessed in whichever craft they choose. Indeed, ad 3* the syllabus only refers to kayaking, not canoeing . 5* WW only refers to kayaking. Strange that these have not been 'regularisd'. Indeed, ad 3* the syllab...
by Scots_Charles_River
Sat Dec 29, 2012 3:17 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Flat Earth Sail
Replies: 43
Views: 6427

Re: Flat Earth Sail

Nope, just got one yesterday. They are 'hands free' for depowering in a gust. I don't have the paddling skills to adjust a sheet or halyard and paddle. There are also a lot cheaper if you want to dabble in sailing a canoe/kayak. I saw Patrick Winterton talk through a video clip of him capsizing, the...
by Scots_Charles_River
Sat Dec 29, 2012 2:13 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Flat Earth Sail
Replies: 43
Views: 6427

Re: Flat Earth Sail

Nice thing about the Bicpsort Sails is they de-power at 18knts, due to the flexible outside poles.
by Scots_Charles_River
Tue Dec 25, 2012 9:02 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Kayak Trail - Oban to Helensburgh
Replies: 67
Views: 9502

Re: Kayak Trail - Oban to Helensburgh

Douglas, I was in RHU Sea Scouts from 83-91, as Scout to Leader. So not we are not contemporaries. However, great way to get my sea legs and great fun. Still do voluntary OL with my school, as a payback fro all those hours and weeks - 2 week summer - camps that Leaders gave up for us. I think if the...
by Scots_Charles_River
Mon Dec 24, 2012 8:23 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Kayak Trail - Oban to Helensburgh
Replies: 67
Views: 9502

Re: Kayak Trail - Oban to Helensburgh

I'm in RHU just now (adjoining Helensburgh). It may be better to do sections, eg Portavaddie portage to Kyles etc. I think it's a very exposed route, contrasting with the Caley Trail. We sailed Wayfarers around Ascog Bay, at Scout Camps. We also rowed (pulled in Sea Scout parlance)through Dorus Mhor...
by Scots_Charles_River
Sun Dec 23, 2012 9:49 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Kayak Trail - Oban to Helensburgh
Replies: 67
Views: 9502

Re: Kayak Trail - Oban to Helensburgh

Scots charles river we waited till high tide and paddled up to Lochgilphead (the mud at low tide here is another masochist's delight). We went into the canal here portaged from here to here then came out here , where there is a lower jetty with some steps up to the tow path then we launched into th...
by Scots_Charles_River
Sun Dec 23, 2012 12:23 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Kayak Trail - Oban to Helensburgh
Replies: 67
Views: 9502

Re: Kayak Trail - Oban to Helensburgh

Anyone got a link to a map or access/egress points ?
by Scots_Charles_River
Wed Dec 19, 2012 9:00 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Tay news
Replies: 1
Views: 635

Re: Tay news

Never heard about that incident,

There was a Rafting/Fishing Voluntary agreement reached recently
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-t ... l-20613489
by Scots_Charles_River
Tue Dec 18, 2012 4:54 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Lulworth rescue
Replies: 2
Views: 871

Re: Lulworth rescue

This they did & then returned to the beach to collect the abandoned canoes. They dropped down the winch man who tied the canoes together and the helicopter then pulled them through the surf to the inshore lifeboat waiting just outside the surf line, who in turn took the canoes to the all weather li...
by Scots_Charles_River
Sun Dec 16, 2012 3:10 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Support your local Kayak shop
Replies: 91
Views: 6647

Re: Support your local Kayak shop

Performance Kayaks wrote:I do feel that Destination Stoores are the way forward, but until someone has the investment funds to have Bikes, Outdoor Kit and Kayaking Kit all under the same roof they are a long way off.

Saying that, I think that Ro-Ho and Up and Under are that way inclined.
Destination Store = Decathlon