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by Robert Craig
Sun Sep 23, 2018 11:02 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Paddling the Great Glen in Winter
Replies: 11
Views: 596

Re: Paddling the Great Glen in Winter

The portages are all easy, as the surfaces are nice and smooth. However, you migh want to consider launching at the top of Neptune's Staircase. That's a long portage for not much paddling. +1 for cafe at "Well of seven heads."
by Robert Craig
Mon Sep 17, 2018 11:01 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: BCU 3 star assessment questions
Replies: 12
Views: 602

Re: BCU 3 star assessment questions

Duct tape solves many problems. Denso tape wouldn't be suitable for mending clothes, a tent, or as a bandage cover. It's often possible to dry the surface if necessary. Notice that if the compass is in a map case you may need to but a wet hand into the case to set the compass. Mine's just lark's-foo...
by Robert Craig
Fri Aug 31, 2018 2:34 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Insurance and qualifications
Replies: 84
Views: 2396

Re: Insurance and qualifications

Not because I was there, but because I was negligent.
by Robert Craig
Fri Aug 31, 2018 12:46 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Insurance and qualifications
Replies: 84
Views: 2396

Re: Insurance and qualifications

I think nearly all of this anguish comes down to the ridged formal leader and followers approach pushed as the only way to proceed by the BCU. You don't get groups of walkers, cyclists or climbers getting their knickers is a twist about liability yet their doing activities with a similar or even gr...
by Robert Craig
Fri Aug 24, 2018 12:07 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Insurance and qualifications
Replies: 84
Views: 2396

Re: Insurance and qualifications

I've had a worry for some time that the FAQ quoted above and the insurance schedule document are in conflict. I tried to bottom this out by contacting both the broker and the BCU. The broker said (orally, so I can't substantiate it) that for club members, experience and qualifications were irrelevan...
by Robert Craig
Fri Aug 24, 2018 11:18 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Insurance and qualifications
Replies: 84
Views: 2396

Re: Insurance and qualifications

And incidentally, I don't think it matters whether reasonable precautions have been taken. Not taking them would be negligence, but it's negligence insurance.
by Robert Craig
Fri Aug 24, 2018 11:17 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Insurance and qualifications
Replies: 84
Views: 2396

Re: Insurance and qualifications

...., the club committee reckons that as long as I submit my paddle plan to them and they approve it, I can take the group and be covered by the club insurance. .... [/quote] I believe that statement to be true. You are a club member, and it's a club trip ('cos the committee approved it). So you (an...
by Robert Craig
Mon Aug 20, 2018 9:32 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Insurance and qualifications
Replies: 84
Views: 2396

Re: Insurance and qualifications

A I see it, if it's a formal club trip, the club committee are taking responsibility that the trip will be "sufficiently" safe. So those taking part don't have to do their own assessment of the leader. This is very valuable to members, who may not have the ability to do this assessment. To my mind, ...
by Robert Craig
Sun Aug 19, 2018 9:35 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Insurance and qualifications
Replies: 84
Views: 2396

Re: Insurance and qualifications

Signing a disclaimer doesn't do much. It's only an indication that you gave consent to participation - but it doesn't prove the consent was informed consent.

I think negligence can still happen even with consent.

But I don't really know - I'm not a lawyer.
by Robert Craig
Sun Aug 19, 2018 8:41 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Kayak adventure book
Replies: 10
Views: 696

Re: Kayak adventure book

"Paddle to the Arctic", by Don Starkell covers kayak. His previous (but not as gripping) "Paddle to the Amazon" is about canoeing.

A thrawn b*gger, as we say up here.
by Robert Craig
Sun Aug 19, 2018 7:25 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Insurance and qualifications
Replies: 84
Views: 2396

Re: Insurance and qualifications

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.... (other than BCU membership which doesn't cover me if i act as a leader - as i understand it). .....
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That's the crux of the discussion here. I think that the BCU insurance covers all club members on club activities regardless of qualifications.
by Robert Craig
Fri Aug 17, 2018 2:35 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Insurance and qualifications
Replies: 84
Views: 2396

Re: Insurance and qualifications

If the club member is deployed to lead a session by the club, the club would be responsible and would be asked should it come to court etc why they had deployed that person and why they deemed them fit to do so! Hence clubs needing insurance - it should be noted that the BC Club insurance also cove...
by Robert Craig
Fri Aug 17, 2018 1:42 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Insurance and qualifications
Replies: 84
Views: 2396

Re: Insurance and qualifications

Thanks, failed to find that. It does seem to support the theme that you are covered either: as a coach (but needing a coaching qualification); or as a club member (not needing a coaching qualification). Pushing the boat out further, it seems to me that an incompetent club member who coaches is still...
by Robert Craig
Fri Aug 17, 2018 1:05 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Insurance and qualifications
Replies: 84
Views: 2396

Re: Insurance and qualifications

Thinking further, I think that the policy does cover unqualified coaches provided they are club members taking part in a club activity. Can't check, now that the FAQs are gone.

It would be good to have clarification of this - any BCU folk listening?
by Robert Craig
Fri Aug 17, 2018 12:53 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Insurance and qualifications
Replies: 84
Views: 2396

Re: Insurance and qualifications

Ah, that's a change to the schedule, hadn't seen that. Doesn't say that the qualification has to be relevant to the activity ...

Doesn't seem to require anything similar for trip leaders, as far as I can see.

I see the insurance FAQ's have disappeared from the BCU website.
by Robert Craig
Fri Aug 17, 2018 12:13 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Insurance and qualifications
Replies: 84
Views: 2396

Re: Insurance and qualifications

... Am I right in understanding the policy is all about being sued for negligence ? ... Yes,I believe so. But it would pay up only if damages were awarded. To my mind the difference between a formally led trip and a peer trip is that in the first instance someone other than the participants (so may...
by Robert Craig
Fri Aug 17, 2018 10:55 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Insurance and qualifications
Replies: 84
Views: 2396

Re: Insurance and qualifications

sean107 wrote:
Fri Aug 17, 2018 10:42 am
Robert Craig wrote:
Fri Aug 17, 2018 10:16 am

1) Does anyone get sued
That, I think, is the biggest part of the question
It's not only "does anyone get sued", but "does anyone spend the rest of their lives thinking (or being thought by others) that they were responsible for an injury or death?
by Robert Craig
Fri Aug 17, 2018 10:16 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Insurance and qualifications
Replies: 84
Views: 2396

Re: Insurance and qualifications

... So what do you have to do, in a club context, to keep the insurance valid? You need to show you have adequate competence and experience, and in an affiliated club, having the relevant BC qualification is one way to that. ... My understanding is that the BCU insurance is in place whether or not ...
by Robert Craig
Tue Aug 14, 2018 2:55 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Leaving a vehicle
Replies: 11
Views: 731

Re: Leaving a vehicle

The "Harry Potter" car park is down beside the river, on the North side of the road. You can launch straight into the river.

Station car park would be a long carry, and a bit anti-social, I agree.
by Robert Craig
Tue Aug 14, 2018 1:56 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Leaving a vehicle
Replies: 11
Views: 731

Re: Leaving a vehicle

Out of season, I've left my car overnight in the "Harry Potter" car park (slept there once) several times, with no issues. As to informing police or coastguard, I've never considered doing that. Means I can change my plans without consulting anyone except those with me. In season, the hotel car park...
by Robert Craig
Thu Jul 19, 2018 9:48 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Boat for tiny person
Replies: 14
Views: 836

Re: Boat for tiny person

My wife is 53 kg and loves my Vela.
by Robert Craig
Mon Jun 25, 2018 11:07 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Polarised glasses?
Replies: 7
Views: 511

Re: Polarised glasses?

This doesn't answer the question you ask. But I find photochromic lenses magic!

Can't mix polarised and photochromic, though.

Never tried polarised
by Robert Craig
Sun Jun 24, 2018 12:54 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking Gear For Sale
Topic: PALM PEYTO BOUYANCY AID FOR SALE
Replies: 0
Views: 179

PALM PEYTO BOUYANCY AID FOR SALE

Palm PEYTO buoyancy aid (aka pfd), red, size M/L for sale.

New and unworn, still go the dangle tags on.

£60

Glasgow area, near Pinkston Watersports or could post at cost.
by Robert Craig
Sun Jun 24, 2018 12:44 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Celtic (lendal) paddle rattles
Replies: 2
Views: 284

Re: Celtic (lendal) paddle rattles

Might be a lump of epoxy squeezed out when the blade was attached?
by Robert Craig
Tue Jun 19, 2018 12:19 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Access issue at the take-out of the lower Moriston
Replies: 5
Views: 1365

Re: Access issue at the take-out of the lower Moriston

Most immediate action would be a complaint to the local Council access officer. Facilitating access and enforcing the removal of obstructions is a Council task.
by Robert Craig
Mon May 14, 2018 12:19 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: First aid kit - do you carry one
Replies: 12
Views: 989

Re: First aid kit - do you carry one

Always carry, never used.

Leads to the question: "have you ever needed your FA kit (needed in the sense of life or limb saving), and what in it was useful?"
by Robert Craig
Tue May 01, 2018 9:58 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Gooseneck for Flat Earth sail
Replies: 3
Views: 321

Re: Gooseneck for Flat Earth sail

Thanks - I'll have a poke about
by Robert Craig
Sat Apr 28, 2018 2:53 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Gooseneck for Flat Earth sail
Replies: 3
Views: 321

Gooseneck for Flat Earth sail

A friend is trying to acquire a new gooseneck (or gooseneck + boom) fro a Flat Earth sail. The gooseneck, which is a plastic moulding, looks as though it might be a re-used standard moulding for some other purpose, but (as I don't know its name) I can't use the might of Google to find it. Anyone got...
by Robert Craig
Tue Apr 24, 2018 12:04 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Other than the Wye ...
Replies: 6
Views: 604

Re: Other than the Wye ...

Spey too, though admittedly neither in England or Wales - otherwise fits your requirements.
by Robert Craig
Tue Apr 24, 2018 12:00 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Gelcoat damage on brand new kayak
Replies: 13
Views: 951

Re: Gelcoat damage on brand new kayak

My own keel strip has been bashed on rock, dropped, and suffered all sorts of abuse. It's worn through, and chipped. But the gelcoat hasn't flaked of as shown in the pictures posted. Doesn't look right to me. I support the idea of trying to pick off some more gelcoat with a fingernail or a blunt scr...