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by twopigs
Thu Aug 08, 2019 1:20 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: The Upper Thames in October - Cricklade to Lechlade
Replies: 6
Views: 262

Re: The Upper Thames in October - Cricklade to Lechlade

A couple of friends of mine did this stretch in kayaks a couple of weeks ago. Apart from the usual trees across the river it was okay. They reported no new obstructions. If you have time chain saws or at least hand saws would be useful!!
by twopigs
Wed May 08, 2019 9:08 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Paddle recommendations
Replies: 9
Views: 829

Re: Paddle recommendations

4 piece Celtic wins over the Shuna ..... Continuously variable feather and adjustable length. If you're going to buy a new paddle you might as well buy one which can be adjusted. Select your blade size with care. Big paddlers might be okay with the 700, but it is amazing how different the 650 feels ...
by twopigs
Sat Apr 27, 2019 6:54 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: New Boat
Replies: 5
Views: 522

Re: New Boat

In my humble opinion - if you're happy to start paddling Grade 2/3 rather than pushing the grades from day one - go for something with unforgiving edges and paddle on water where the consequences of getting it wrong is a swim...... I have seen a lot of people using big volume boats that look after t...
by twopigs
Thu Mar 14, 2019 9:42 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Anyone running new Personal Performance Awards?
Replies: 22
Views: 1141

Re: Anyone running new Personal Performance Awards?

And for more indications regarding the new approach I suggest you look at https://gopaddling.info/category/paddling-awards/?utm_source=GoPaddling&utm_medium=SideBarCTA&utm_campaign=Start/Discover One of our club coaches was having difficulty understanding the difference between Discover and Explore ...
by twopigs
Wed Mar 13, 2019 11:22 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Anyone running new Personal Performance Awards?
Replies: 22
Views: 1141

Re: Anyone running new Personal Performance Awards?

My concern at the moment as there is very little description showing what is expected in the syllabus document, so details of what strokes are expected, as it is left to student to choose what they want to do. Now in the past we had say for 2 star, we had a syllabus, we had Training notes and Asses...
by twopigs
Mon Mar 11, 2019 5:33 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Anyone running new Personal Performance Awards?
Replies: 22
Views: 1141

Re: Anyone running new Personal Performance Awards?

With the theme of the Explor award being 'independence' (I've bolded the bit that Lee Pooley, Head of Coaching repeated over and again at the presentation I went to at BC HQ)... Your Explore Award gives you ownership; allowing you to choose where you move next in the world of paddlesport. Working w...
by twopigs
Mon Mar 11, 2019 5:19 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Scorpio Advice Please -Scudder or Skeg
Replies: 13
Views: 932

Re: Scorpio Advice Please -Scudder or Skeg

Stick with the skeg ....... saves £100 and is one less thing to go wrong!
by twopigs
Sun Mar 10, 2019 11:04 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Anyone running new Personal Performance Awards?
Replies: 22
Views: 1141

Re: Anyone running new Personal Performance Awards?

I would be interested to know whether you and your club see the lack of a precise syllabus as a strength or a weakness of the new system? Do you foresee any risk that students who do not pass will find that their mate didnt have to do/show skillX but was still given the award ? I think overall the ...
by twopigs
Tue Mar 05, 2019 12:08 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Anyone running new Personal Performance Awards?
Replies: 22
Views: 1141

Re: Anyone running new Personal Performance Awards?

Not got to the point of running the new awards yet but our thoughts are somewhat similar .... At Discover we are expecting paddlers to be able to explain why they are wearing what they are wearing. "Mum told me to wear a wetsuit" will not be judged satisfactory! We are expecting to run Discover at a...
by twopigs
Fri Feb 01, 2019 2:05 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Should a 4* Leader be a 5* Follower?
Replies: 23
Views: 1293

Re: Should a 4* Leader be a 5* Follower?

If a "follower" is not co-operative or lacks the skill to participate, the responsibility still lies with the leader to address the problem, if necessary by refusing to let the person paddle. Taking this to it's conclusion, a bad follower should be excluded from a group? Is this not a round about w...
by twopigs
Fri Feb 01, 2019 11:53 am
Forum: Courses, Trips and Guiding
Topic: Canoe Leader assessment in April?
Replies: 2
Views: 253

Re: Canoe Leader assessment in April?

There a number of assessment opportunities on the BC site - but none listed for April .... some for May ... some for the last weekend of March ..... https://www.britishcanoeing.org.uk/canoe-near-you?category=courses&specifically=leadership%20course&refine=moderate%20water Maybe all the assessors are...
by twopigs
Thu Jan 24, 2019 9:45 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: River Wye - Glasbury to Hay "consultation"
Replies: 4
Views: 513

River Wye - Glasbury to Hay "consultation"

Consultation from Powys Council re launching at Glasbury .......

https://en.powys.gov.uk/article/6689...-y-Bont-Survey
by twopigs
Wed Jan 16, 2019 1:53 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: What degree WW paddle
Replies: 24
Views: 1387

Re: What degree WW paddle

I hate to rise to the provocation of the previous post, but if no one responds to it, the OP might end up getting the wrong paddle. Plus one .... Try before you buy - and get one that suits your body size, your boat shape ..... I have a friend who is a good 10 cm shorter than I am and not as wide a...
by twopigs
Tue Jan 15, 2019 10:56 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Paddle Roll Call
Replies: 7
Views: 713

Re: Paddle Roll Call

Five of us managed to paddle from Ross-on-Wye to Monmouth .... about 20 miles .... in sea kayaks
by twopigs
Thu Dec 06, 2018 1:58 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Recommend Me A Good WW Book Please
Replies: 9
Views: 724

Re: Recommend Me A Good WW Book Please

Can't go far wrong with https://www.pesdapress.com/index.php/product/white-water-safety-rescue/ Although I prefer the first edition in glorious black and white!! It goes without saying buying ww kit is only worthwhile if you know how and when to use it! Maybe get on a WWSR course on one of the chill...
by twopigs
Tue Dec 04, 2018 11:30 am
Forum: Courses, Trips and Guiding
Topic: Sea Kayaking Courses Pembrokshire
Replies: 5
Views: 478

Re: Sea Kayaking Courses Pembrokshire

Peterw2378 wrote:
Mon Dec 03, 2018 1:31 pm
Hi
Can anyone recomend any good Sea Kayaking course providers / Instructors in the Pembrokshire area, looking for an improveres course next spring.

Thanks Pete
Mayberry Kayaking - works out of Goodwick & a real gent! (Well he was Mayor of Goodwick recently.)
by twopigs
Mon Nov 19, 2018 2:51 pm
Forum: Wales - South
Topic: River Wye Boughrood Take Out Problem?
Replies: 1
Views: 530

Re: River Wye Boughrood Take Out Problem?

Email from: SWOAPG Coordinator - South Wales Outdoor Activity Providers Group <Mail@paysubsonline.com> Sent: 17 November 2018 09:35 Subject: NO PARKING for canoeists at Llyswen School! Paddlers on the UPPER WYE: please note revised parking arrangements at LLYSWEN / BOUGHROOD (South of Builth Wells):...
by twopigs
Wed Nov 07, 2018 6:28 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Stiff hands
Replies: 23
Views: 1719

Re: Stiff hands

2 Quick suggestions:
Relax!
Flex your top hand - open the fingers and have the paddle shaft supported on the palm and thumb - it is meant to be "a fixed point" - relative to the shoulder. (Difficult if you're wearing pogies I guess.)
by twopigs
Tue Nov 06, 2018 1:28 pm
Forum: Competition
Topic: Racing Coach Training
Replies: 2
Views: 355

Re: Racing Coach Training

Second update - 2 spaces left - £75 per person.
by twopigs
Mon Nov 05, 2018 2:52 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Kayak Related Questionnaire
Replies: 8
Views: 722

Re: Kayak Related Questionnaire

Yes there are. I've found a lot of similarities within peoples answers even on the open ended questions. Having them as open as they are lets me see the full scope of answers, rather than generated replies that I have offered. It may take longer to go through results and find recurring issues, but ...
by twopigs
Mon Nov 05, 2018 11:20 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Kayak Related Questionnaire
Replies: 8
Views: 722

Re: Kayak Related Questionnaire

davebrads wrote:
Sun Nov 04, 2018 8:44 pm
Some very open questions, you may not get the kind of answers you were hoping for.
Agreed!
by twopigs
Mon Oct 29, 2018 10:25 am
Forum: Wales - South
Topic: Trees on Mellte & Usk / recent floods
Replies: 2
Views: 255

Re: Trees on Mellte & Usk / recent floods

Walked over the bridge at Abercamlais at the weekend. (About two thirds the way from Sennybridge down to Aberbran.) The bridge has suffered considerable damage in the recent flood, the upstream parapet and part of the roadway have collapsed. There were two diggers on the riverbed clearing the debris...
by twopigs
Fri Oct 19, 2018 9:10 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: River running Usk in composite boat
Replies: 6
Views: 757

Re: River running Usk in composite boat

The Usk has about a quarter of the catchment of the Wye ..... so it drains quicker. This morning Trallong showing 0.49 m - I reckon 0.60 m is a nice level for 3* ww kayak training. It looks like it is dropping about 0.10 m a day so I would not bother this weekend - but it will be your call! The sect...
by twopigs
Wed Oct 17, 2018 7:41 am
Forum: Courses, Trips and Guiding
Topic: Race Coach training
Replies: 1
Views: 353

Re: Race Coach training

Update - November 3 & 4 now full. Spaces still available on November 24 & 25. That course will run.
by twopigs
Wed Oct 17, 2018 7:35 am
Forum: Competition
Topic: Racing Coach Training
Replies: 2
Views: 355

Re: Racing Coach Training

Update - course on November 3/4 now full - but spaces available on 24/25 November. Course will run.
by twopigs
Tue Oct 16, 2018 3:27 pm
Forum: Courses, Trips and Guiding
Topic: CNTP course providers in SE?
Replies: 5
Views: 784

Re: CNTP course providers in SE?

Owen Burson on the Isle of Wight??
by twopigs
Fri Oct 12, 2018 7:55 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Peak whitewater one Vs Dam x
Replies: 4
Views: 766

Re: Peak whitewater one Vs Dam x

My Dam X 3000 is still going strong after 11 years ..... okay it needs replacement seals once in a while but Andi has always got the suit back to me within days (usually posted to him Monday, back by Friday). Made to measure! After some discussion Andi added a belt above the hips to stop the suit sl...
by twopigs
Wed Sep 26, 2018 2:52 pm
Forum: Courses, Trips and Guiding
Topic: Race Coach training
Replies: 1
Views: 353

Race Coach training

There will be Racing Coach Training courses at Gloucester Canoe Club on the weekends of 3 & 4 November and 24 & 25 November. The only pre-req is to have done (or APLed) the Core Coach training. As of yesterday there are five places available and the courses will run. The training is being subsidised...
by twopigs
Wed Sep 26, 2018 2:46 pm
Forum: Competition
Topic: Racing Coach Training
Replies: 2
Views: 355

Racing Coach Training

There will be Racing Coach Training courses at Gloucester Canoe Club on the weekends of 3 & 4 November and 24 & 25 November. The only pre-req is to have done (or APLed) the Core Coach training. As of yesterday there are five places available and the courses will run. The training is being subsidised...
by twopigs
Mon Sep 17, 2018 11:36 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: BCU 3 star assessment questions
Replies: 12
Views: 1087

Re: BCU 3 star assessment questions

We have an assessment coming up in October, on reading the guidance notes maybe someone can help with some questions? - What would constitute a basic repair tape? Duct tape (waterproof?) and cable ties along with the knife? - For paddling to a bearing I assume a walking type compass around my neck ...