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by Andy B (of MCC)
Thu Jun 16, 2016 1:26 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: 4 star touring training
Replies: 1
Views: 344

Re: 4 star touring training

One in mid-July in the East Midlands:
http://www.empaddlers.org/index.php?opt ... &Itemid=92

Andy
by Andy B (of MCC)
Tue Apr 29, 2014 1:17 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: BCU Rebranded - British Canoeing
Replies: 123
Views: 13393

Re: BCU Rebranded - British Canoeing

Chloe Nelson at the BCU, ...Helpfully, she's clarified what consultation was carried out, and with whom. Here's her response ; "Viewpoints considered were; paddlers, non paddlers, club members, non club members, recreational canoeists. Mostly in the midlands areas. Small focus groups were run in Oc...
by Andy B (of MCC)
Mon Oct 10, 2011 1:50 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Boats for Light People!
Replies: 19
Views: 994

Re: Boats for Light People!

Small Detox, or Spice, from Fluid kayaks?

Andy
by Andy B (of MCC)
Thu Aug 18, 2011 4:12 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Spey Bay to Newtonmore - Hitching a lift
Replies: 4
Views: 635

Re: Spey Bay to Newtonmore - Hitching a lift

Try typing 'Spey taxi' into the search facility on this site - you'll find several threads on this subject.

Andy
by Andy B (of MCC)
Wed May 04, 2011 12:51 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Darley Bridge to Matlock
Replies: 7
Views: 635

Re: Darley Bridge to Matlock

... saw at least five cars arriving with canoes on top just as we left ...... That might have been us then! Sorry to hear you encountered a grumpy. I've now lost count of the number of times that I've paddled that section - had some serious verbal once and some grumpy comments on another two occasi...
by Andy B (of MCC)
Tue Mar 15, 2011 3:43 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Funding for 4 Star WW Leaders Award Training & Assessment
Replies: 8
Views: 697

Re: Funding for 4 Star WW Leaders Award Training & Assessmen

If it is to benefit your club, have you asked your club committee? Some are now helping with leadership costs as well as coaching quals. As for the CE regions, whilst in East Midlands we don't offer funding directly, we are looking at how we can put on the necessary training and assessment at as low...
by Andy B (of MCC)
Thu Aug 12, 2010 3:09 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: to old to start
Replies: 28
Views: 2667

Re: to old to start

A lady in my old club started paddling when she retired, aged 60. She was having trouble getting out throught the break down at Woolacombe one year in her solo kayak, so she jumped at the chance of going in the Topo Duo - we then surfed waves with faces which were longer than the Duo by a good few f...
by Andy B (of MCC)
Thu Jul 08, 2010 1:01 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Sketchup models of kayaks?
Replies: 1
Views: 745

Sketchup models of kayaks?

Anybody know of, or have, any Google Sketchup models of WW kayaks (river runners or creekers) that I could use, please? I'm working on the design of a new storage building for our club, and want to generate some pictures to show what will fit where - so far I've found good Sketchup models of open ca...
by Andy B (of MCC)
Wed Jun 16, 2010 3:03 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Welsh Inquiry into Access
Replies: 79
Views: 5081

Re: Welsh Inquiry into Access

117. People from outside Wales wishing to use Welsh inland water subject to an access agreement and occasional users would be able to purchase short term licenses locally. Hmmmm - From where, at 9am on a Sunday morning in sleepy rural Wales where none of the nearest villages even have a shop any mo...
by Andy B (of MCC)
Tue Jun 08, 2010 4:07 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: NEW NATIONAL RIVER LEVEL INFO FROM THE EA
Replies: 16
Views: 2291

Re: NEW NATIONAL RIVER LEVEL INFO FROM THE EA

So once this is in place, the 'thermometers' will need to be calibrated to paddling levels - the scale used on 'wheresthewater.com' work well for me (Empty, Scrapable, Low, medium, High, Very High, Huge). Is it a lot of work to add a space for each river listed in this site for a hyperlink to the ap...
by Andy B (of MCC)
Thu Apr 08, 2010 1:24 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: More fatalities - Ireland
Replies: 1
Views: 1072

More fatalities - Ireland

http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/breaking-news/uk-ireland/two-kayakers-killed-in-weir-tragedy-14758858.html http://www.independent.ie/national-news/two-kayakers-drown-in-weirtrap-tragedy-2129417.html What a horrendous week for our sport - and for the many family and friends of those who have died w...
by Andy B (of MCC)
Tue Apr 06, 2010 3:45 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Paddling en route to Slovenia?
Replies: 4
Views: 479

Re: Paddling en route to Slovenia?

Ralph Wilson wrote:The Upper Ammer (Scenic) and Loisach (fun) on the Germany Austria border
Definitely recommend the Loisach.
Nearby you've also got the Rissbach and the Brandenberger Ache.

Andy
by Andy B (of MCC)
Fri Mar 19, 2010 12:01 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: High brace
Replies: 27
Views: 1448

Re: High brace

I was impressed with the bracing shown on the G17 DVDs, but does that fit within the remit of the syllabus? A.5 Supporting - both static and on the move. Candidates should possess a range of support strokes in order to maintain balance in varied circumstances. Demonstration should include low and h...
by Andy B (of MCC)
Wed Nov 18, 2009 4:04 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Quick Drysuit Fit Question
Replies: 6
Views: 377

Re: Quick Drysuit Fit Question

Depends on your back to leg length ratio - if you are long in the back for your height, you may find you have no 'slack' fabric when sitting and always feel it is pulling down your back. Conversely, if you have long legs, you might have a baggy crotch. Going up a size normally privides for extra gir...
by Andy B (of MCC)
Tue Nov 17, 2009 7:38 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: What did you do this weekend?
Replies: 50
Views: 2731

Re: What did you do this weekend?

Great Langdale Beck then the Rothey on Saturday.
Greta (Keswick) then Upper Kent on Sunday.

Upper Kent had just enough water at the start, but Cowan Head weir/rapid had quite enough for a first descent by all of our group.
by Andy B (of MCC)
Mon Nov 16, 2009 4:16 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Cag parts suppliers
Replies: 6
Views: 368

Re: Cag parts suppliers

Dam-X do a pre-glued neck seal (think it's £14) - it irons on. Suitable for other brands or cags / drysuits as well as their own. Much easier than messing about with cleaners and glue, and the bond is excellent. Comes with full instructions. My extra bit of advice is to use a piece of baking paper o...
by Andy B (of MCC)
Mon Nov 16, 2009 3:29 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: WW helmets... what do they really protect you from?
Replies: 27
Views: 1744

Re: WW helmets... what do they really protect you from?

What grade WW are they tested up to? I don't see what river grades have to do with it. A lump of rock has the same hardness whether it is in a grade 2 or a grade 5. The speed and depth of water over a rock has no correlation with the grade. The likelihood of hitting a rock in the first place is a m...
by Andy B (of MCC)
Mon Nov 02, 2009 12:45 pm
Forum: Lost and Found
Topic: Found next day - Lost paddles - Gloy - 28 Oct
Replies: 4
Views: 297

Found: Lost paddles - Gloy - 28 Oct

We went back the next day and found them sat on a couple of rocks in the middle of the river - less than 1km from where they were lost (which was just above bridge before the main drop), and well above the strainer. So we guess they were probably recirculating in a stopper somewhere until it dropped...
by Andy B (of MCC)
Mon Oct 12, 2009 4:20 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Thanks to Adam & Trys - Regional Coach Update
Replies: 3
Views: 297

Re: Thanks to Adam & Trys - Regional Coach Update

Hi Pete, Glad you found a coach update day so useful - especially regarding UKCC transition. Can you share any examples from individuals (no need to give names) of where they are / where they are going - and some of the 'realistic truths' you found out? It might be useful to give some hope to others...
by Andy B (of MCC)
Mon Oct 12, 2009 12:45 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Lakes for paddling on in Cornwall
Replies: 3
Views: 168

Re: Lakes for paddling on in Cornwall

Useful link to South West Water's reservoirs here
by Andy B (of MCC)
Mon Oct 12, 2009 11:43 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Fishing Season closed dates?
Replies: 6
Views: 2410

Re: Fishing Season closed dates?

Don't think there is a simple answer - seems to be different according to individual rivers AND the type of fish.

But if there is enough water - go paddle (with due respect for the environment and other river users, etc.!)

Andy
by Andy B (of MCC)
Fri Oct 02, 2009 1:24 pm
Forum: Courses, Trips and Guiding
Topic: BCU Coaching/WWSR/4 and 5 Star Courses
Replies: 12
Views: 1039

Re: BCU Coaching/WWSR/4 and 5 Star Courses

AWWSR on 12/13 November needs a couple more people to ensure it runs.

If anyone is interested and needs some very affordable accomodation for Thursday night, please drop me a PM.

Andy
by Andy B (of MCC)
Fri Oct 02, 2009 12:03 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: UKCC Level 3?
Replies: 204
Views: 12429

Re: UKCC Level 3?

I wish the BCU would sort themselves out! I'm a teacher and this whole qualification kerfuffle is stopping me taking lots of students on grade 2. They're getting bored of the lake and the flat river! I'm an old school level 2 and have nowhere to go! My employer doesn't accept the new 4 star leaders...
by Andy B (of MCC)
Wed Sep 23, 2009 4:45 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Responses required
Replies: 304
Views: 19225

Re: Responses required

And there are more still to be posted - mine was submitted on Friday for which I received acknowledgement on Monday, but has yet to appear.
by Andy B (of MCC)
Wed Sep 09, 2009 5:46 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Hitting tiny eddies- advice
Replies: 26
Views: 1401

Re: Hitting tiny eddies- advice

Same concepts as everyone else has said, but from a different viewpoint. Don't just work on your own - get someone to watch and tell you whether you appear to be: a) aiming for the wrong place on the approach (mis-reading the speed of the water?) b) not building enough speed across the current (late...
by Andy B (of MCC)
Wed Aug 19, 2009 4:12 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: On the topic of Weil's again...
Replies: 25
Views: 2049

Re: On the topic of Weil's again...

Jo, Thanks for sharing your horrendous experience, even though I can only offer sympathy and not any first hand experience of Lepto. I think it is good to keep regular reminders appearing so that we all have a better chance of recognising the symptoms. And just to add another warning - I only recent...
by Andy B (of MCC)
Thu Aug 13, 2009 3:33 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: UKCC for recreational Paddlers
Replies: 245
Views: 12535

Re: UKCC for recreational Paddlers

Another big difference (to me) which is rarely discussed - the old scheme (L2 & L3) trained you to teach skills/outcomes, not to coach people. I consider myself lucky to have done the old Coaching Processes course whilst 'only' an old L2 coach (CP was a pre-requisite to become old L4) - by understan...
by Andy B (of MCC)
Tue Jul 28, 2009 1:07 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Kayaking based project- help needed
Replies: 13
Views: 680

Re: Kayaking based project- help needed

A case for mobile phones / GPS etc, that doesn't fall apart after a few months use? - plenty of stories on here with bad experiences if you do a search.

Andy
by Andy B (of MCC)
Mon Jul 27, 2009 5:55 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: mamba 8.0 v big dog force (m)
Replies: 24
Views: 4442

Re: mamba 8.0 v big dog force (m)

Wait a bit longer until the Big Dog Flux is out? Why do you want a new boat, and what do you want it to do different to the Lil Joe? Couldn't work it out from your comments. FWIW, I found the Force (L) tracked better in turns than the Mamba (8.5), and whilst the Force looks big out of the water it i...
by Andy B (of MCC)
Mon Jul 27, 2009 5:40 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Is BCU 4 star too expensive to be worth it?
Replies: 6
Views: 510

Re: Is BCU 4 star too expensive to be worth it?

Is BCU 4 star too expensive to be worth it? At commercial prices, for many recreational paddlers - probably Yes! Whether or not they want a certificate, if your paddlers want to be paddling grade 3+ with confidence and a reasonable degree of safety, reasonably quickly, they will need some guidance /...