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by jen2706
Mon Sep 26, 2011 5:03 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Head Games
Replies: 9
Views: 1008

Re: Head Games

Go and play on some really easy water for a bit, preferably something that you've done before. Don't get hung up on what grade it is - the object is to have fun, relax and play. Build up if/when you feel ready.
by jen2706
Wed Sep 21, 2011 9:13 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Pool Sessions - qualifications?
Replies: 18
Views: 1337

Re: Pool Sessions - qualifications?

At uni I think we used to be allowed the safety cover to be CST/coaching quals as long as everyone was wearing a BA. That meant that there was no chance of anyone ending up at the bottom.
by jen2706
Tue Mar 01, 2011 9:34 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Anyone know were i can get gortex?
Replies: 12
Views: 905

Re: Anyone know were I can get gortex?

Point North at http://www.profabrics.co.uk

Pennine Outdoor at http://www.pennineoutdoor.co.uk/

Give them a call if you can't find what you want.
by jen2706
Wed Jan 12, 2011 9:08 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Do I need an AALA license?
Replies: 8
Views: 1133

Re: Do I need an AALA license?

From the AALS web page http://www.hse.gov.uk/aala/watersports.htm "For any of these activities to be licensable, they need to be done on 'specified water' – this is the sea, tidal waters (eg estuaries), inland waters more than 50 metres from the nearest land excluding any island or on turbulent inla...
by jen2706
Sat Jan 08, 2011 8:15 pm
Forum: Paddling Partners
Topic: Looking for boaters who would like to get coached on G4
Replies: 6
Views: 772

Re: Looking for boaters who would like to get coached on G4

Thanks Andy,

I've already got several coaches in mind, and the final decision will depend on where we go and who's involved.
by jen2706
Sat Jan 08, 2011 8:09 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: General Seamanship^
Replies: 7
Views: 2120

Re: General Seamanship

As an add on to point 10, have a list of 'people to contact in an emergency' for each person that everyone has a copy of. If there's an accident, the last thing you want is to get them carted off in an ambulance/helicopter/lifeboat, and then sit there wondering what their partner/parents names and a...
by jen2706
Fri Jan 07, 2011 10:54 am
Forum: Paddling Partners
Topic: Looking for boaters who would like to get coached on G4
Replies: 6
Views: 772

Looking for boaters who would like to get coached on G4

I'd like to do my 5* assessment this year, but am still sometimes unconfident on G4 water. I'd like to arrange a weekend of coaching on G3/4 water on personal paddling with a level 5 coach. I'm looking for 1 or 2 other people of a similar ability to join in, and split the cost; I think it would be £...
by jen2706
Wed Nov 24, 2010 7:04 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: DAM X Cags
Replies: 20
Views: 2947

Re: DAM X Cags

I've got the thick non breathable one for my dry suit (3 years old) and the thin non breathable one for my cag (6 months old). Both brilliant and apparently indestructable - definitely recommended! Fabrics both as I was expecting - the thick one is quite chunky, but it means I have no real worries i...
by jen2706
Tue Nov 02, 2010 5:34 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Kayak Safety? How relevant is it...
Replies: 8
Views: 1214

Re: Kayak Safety? How relevant is it...

Having just concluded in the survey that I wouldn't wear any other safety gear, despite listing 4 paddling injuries, am feeling the need to add more information. I don't think more safety gear is the solution to any of the problems I've had - yes I could wear a full face helmet, which would have sto...
by jen2706
Fri Oct 22, 2010 3:53 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: No more AALA?
Replies: 42
Views: 2241

No more AALA?

http://www.hse.gov.uk/aala/recommendati ... h-aala.htm

What do you think - is it a step forward or a step back, or something completely irrelevant?
by jen2706
Sun Aug 29, 2010 9:48 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Bus Service - Kenmore-Grandtully ?
Replies: 4
Views: 239

Re: Bus Service - Kenmore-Grandtully ?

http://www.travelinescotland.com/ - a really useful website, and usually seems to be right.

Looks like you can do it via Aberfeldy, although not until the afternoon.
by jen2706
Wed Jul 28, 2010 11:22 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Solo or social paddling, Please discuss
Replies: 46
Views: 2418

Re: Solo or social paddling, Please discuss

Surely as a coach, if I'm leading a group of beginners down an easy (for me) bit of river, I am in effect soloing. If I swim or get into trouble, I can't expect them to rescue me.
by jen2706
Sat Jul 24, 2010 10:21 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Am I being selfish?
Replies: 11
Views: 1161

Re: Am I being selfish?

The opposite of selfish - you're giving up your time to teach others! I agree that doing it is the way to learn - but learners do need to be doing approximately the right thing, otherwise they just get it wrong and get frustrated. So they need a bit of understanding first. For some people, especiall...
by jen2706
Fri Jul 02, 2010 12:42 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: More Garry release info wanted
Replies: 2
Views: 220

Re: More Garry release info wanted

Yes, we were there. It was a full release - a couple of other paddlers there reckoned it was a bit over the normal release level (I don't go often enough to know one way or the other). But enough water to spend 5 hours playing :D.

Enjoy!
by jen2706
Thu Jun 03, 2010 7:51 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: The SCA want to listen!
Replies: 2
Views: 534

The SCA want to listen!

The SCA have put an online survey up to find out the views of all paddlers in Scotland. Please fill it in if you wish to let them know your opinion - it appears that you can skip through the survey without answering questions if you don't want to.
by jen2706
Mon Apr 12, 2010 6:08 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: My opinion of UKCC has just changed...
Replies: 8
Views: 1184

My opinion of UKCC has just changed...

You can do the qualification in Angling!

http://www.anglingtrust.net/page.asp?se ... ngling+FAQ

Any takers?
by jen2706
Fri Apr 09, 2010 8:44 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: I Spy With My Little Eye
Replies: 400
Views: 43367

Re: I Spy With My Little Eye

I'm missing the I spy action now, so 2 obvious seasons, and then you have to look really really carefully to see the dead leaves and the spring flowers...

http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=5 ... =537742872

I spy some pink boat action :).
by jen2706
Mon Aug 03, 2009 5:13 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Whats the sharpest waterproof camera?
Replies: 5
Views: 415

Re: Whats the sharpest waterproof camera?

I have a Canon Powershot A610 (£155) and waterproof case (£130). Bulky, but all the functions work in the case (including the optical zoom), and it has a manual mode, so I can change the settings to cope with low light levels. I like it. I can email you images of boating pictures I've taken with it ...
by jen2706
Tue Jul 28, 2009 3:20 pm
Forum: Courses, Trips and Guiding
Topic: 2 day first aid courses in Scotland
Replies: 3
Views: 203

Re: 2 day first aid courses in Scotland

I've PMed you
by jen2706
Fri Mar 13, 2009 5:21 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Friday's feel good thread - Hot Stuff
Replies: 29
Views: 1358

Re: Friday's feel good thread - Hot Stuff

Paddling the Leny before work this morning :D.
by jen2706
Tue Feb 03, 2009 1:05 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Cwmnantcol, Craiglas and Einion
Replies: 6
Views: 496

Re: Cwmnantcol, Craiglas and Einion

I worked at a local centre, and we used the gorge for gorge walking. The tree I think came down about 4 years ago. The land owner is a local farmer who owns the campsite - I think it's the one just up the road from the entrance. Good luck!
by jen2706
Wed Aug 20, 2008 6:07 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Dissertation ideas, female paddlers...
Replies: 50
Views: 4318

I did try to get some info out of the BCU a couple of years back as to whether there was actually a male/female imbalance in their membership and at different coaching levels. They were spectacularly unhelpful in providing any information at all, so I'd recommend trying to get the data before making...
by jen2706
Tue Dec 04, 2007 1:24 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: New 2* Syllabus
Replies: 3
Views: 813

L2

The new 2* and 3* are now prerequisites for the UKCC L2, otherwise you could coach canoeing having never been in a canoe before...
by jen2706
Tue Dec 04, 2007 1:18 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Pink Kayaks
Replies: 34
Views: 4375

pink

Go on, I'm intrigued. Are you people with pink boats:

(a) girls, who think the colour is 'pretty'
(b) boys, who think the colour is funny
(c) some other category?

Jenny
by jen2706
Fri Nov 30, 2007 1:19 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Night Paddling
Replies: 32
Views: 3452

night paddlin'

Night paddling is awesome - no, you don't need a moon or glow sticks, but a head torch, a river you know well, and a grade easier than you can paddle normally are all recommended. Plus enough water for rocks to be covered. It means that you only see things coming up a couple fo seconds before you hi...
by jen2706
Fri Sep 14, 2007 4:44 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: DRYSUITS ......... What do people recommend?
Replies: 20
Views: 3599

DamX. Made to measure, cheap and really tough. What more do you want?
by jen2706
Tue Aug 14, 2007 8:55 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: New system?
Replies: 40
Views: 5332

You have to have logged experience of paddling G5 for the new 5*, although the assessment is only on G3/4. Does this put anyone else off? Does it make me a better leader if I can throw myself down G5?

Just wondering.
by jen2706
Mon Aug 06, 2007 8:30 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Applications / Advantages of Sculling for Support
Replies: 63
Views: 5019

For me personally sculling was a great way to learn to roll - I was really scared of putting my head in the water for several years, but slowly built up my confidence by sculling myself a little bit further over each time. No, it's not how I'd now usually teach it now, but it helped me!
by jen2706
Tue May 15, 2007 10:51 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Participation figures
Replies: 11
Views: 1655

It can't be - they say that 'noeing is the most popular watersport by far, but there are more 'anglers from land' in the figures given.

Just a thought.
by jen2706
Thu Apr 05, 2007 11:31 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Flights to Nepal
Replies: 11
Views: 1615

we flew with Qatar, who were good, bar a bit of hassle when the message about our luggage being large and plastic didn't get passed on when the return flights were reconfirmed. They took them in the end. Flights cost £600 - £800, depending on how far in advance they were booked. Actually out there i...