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by twopigs
Wed Feb 26, 2020 11:13 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: new from British Canoeing
Replies: 9
Views: 622

Re: new from British Canoeing

Snip ... I think the actual proposal (and I guess it's item 9 that's the problem) is a bad idea but a lot would depend on whether they are expecting people to stick strictly to the remit of their qualification. There does seem to be a bit of a cultural thing in paddling that everything needs to be ...
by twopigs
Mon Feb 24, 2020 9:51 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: NERDS! Rapids whose line changes drastically with levels
Replies: 9
Views: 807

Re: NERDS! Rapids whose line changes drastically with levels

Mill Falls on the Usk?

Very low it can be a zig-zag, as it gets higher it can be a stay left, and higher still a "straight down the middle". The zig-zag can be entertaining in an open canoe!
by twopigs
Mon Feb 24, 2020 9:34 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: BC consultation
Replies: 36
Views: 1480

Re: BC consultation

The only purpose of a consultation is to be able to say that there was a consultation Sadly, it looks like that is the case here. BC response on social media is to say something like "This is a formal consultation, so we're not taking account of your comments here". If BC wants to be seen as a memb...
by twopigs
Tue Feb 18, 2020 1:41 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: BC consultation
Replies: 36
Views: 1480

Re: BC consultation

A good set of questions, Dave, but no that you have the answers I am sure you can think of a number of follow-up questions. You organise a trip, club activity, you are a kayak leader, six people turn up on the day, three kayaks, two canoes and one SUP. You presumably send the three home? So long as...
by twopigs
Wed Feb 05, 2020 11:55 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Group shelter size
Replies: 9
Views: 386

Re: Group shelter size

Go for one for the whole group .... 4 - 6. If you have 2 people walking out to meet or summon assistance just pull the shelter in! Don't forget to pack the roll mat / Thermorest type mat to insulate the casualty from the cold ground! So long as the group has all the kit you can share the load - if y...
by twopigs
Tue Feb 04, 2020 9:28 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: A boat to start off with
Replies: 37
Views: 930

Re: A boat to start off with

Another vote for looking at the Dagger GT range .... the Max might be too big for you. Pyranhna Master GT? At the risk of upsetting people - no ..... nothing like the Daggers of the InaZone/Z1.
by twopigs
Mon Dec 02, 2019 11:24 am
Forum: Canoeing
Topic: Pulling left
Replies: 11
Views: 527

Re: Pulling left

It does sound as if your natural on-side should be the right so driving the boat towards the left seems "normal". I would defo go with markers on the gunnels to see if your stroke length is even - but you may be rotating the body more to one side than the other at the catch ...... There is so much g...
by twopigs
Mon Dec 02, 2019 8:50 am
Forum: Canoeing
Topic: Pulling left
Replies: 11
Views: 527

Re: Pulling left

If you were paddling on one side and using a J-stroke would it be your left or right side?? I have noticed that some paddlers have a "good" grip on the paddle on their on side so that the paddle blade is perpendicular to the keel line whereas on their off side the paddle blade is not perpendicular t...
by twopigs
Thu Nov 28, 2019 9:22 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Some questions about tandem kayaks
Replies: 26
Views: 1147

Re: Some questions about tandem kayaks

Deep questions about your relationship ...... I would say everything is possible - but your other half needs to be able to trust you to judge the conditions as suitable for her to enjoy herself and to look after her. Yes you could roll back up without help from her - but will she react in a co-opera...
by twopigs
Tue Nov 26, 2019 3:09 pm
Forum: Wales - South
Topic: Warning warning Crickhowell
Replies: 13
Views: 1016

Re: Warning warning Crickhowell

Thanks for the warning ...... I always assumed that Powys would be out and about checking their pay and display car parks now they are charging 7 days a week ...... It probably only needs ten tickets issued to pay for one CEO for the day.
by twopigs
Fri Nov 15, 2019 8:56 am
Forum: Paddling Partners
Topic: New Years Eve Extinction Rebellion fireworks paddle Thames fo
Replies: 6
Views: 599

Re: New Years Eve Extinction Rebellion fireworks paddle Thames fo

Surely the correct thing to do is for all users of UKRGB to apply for these NYE2019 licences ...... and co-ordinate applications to arrive on the morning of December 20th?????
by twopigs
Tue Nov 12, 2019 2:29 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: First aid kit contents
Replies: 7
Views: 686

Re: First aid kit contents

My first coach told me to sort my own First Aid kit and carry it with me ..... so he could use it on me and not have to worry about replenishing his!
by twopigs
Thu Oct 17, 2019 11:17 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Sea Kayak Helmet Comfortable - Are There Any?
Replies: 10
Views: 1012

Re: Sea Kayak Helmet Comfortable - Are There Any?

Try WRSi .... they come with lots of foam bits to pad the helmet to your head shape

https://www.wrsisafety.com/
by twopigs
Wed Oct 09, 2019 9:39 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Which Drysuit?
Replies: 18
Views: 1882

Re: Which Drysuit?

mmmm i wish people would be more constructive with comments around damx drysuits....saying they are bulky and restrictive is just plain nonsense.... yes - they have thicker fabric, which is why it lasts years and years beyond anything else yes - because of this you dont need to wear as many layers ...
by twopigs
Sat Sep 07, 2019 6:05 pm
Forum: Courses, Trips and Guiding
Topic: cotswolds end of September
Replies: 4
Views: 423

Re: cotswolds end of September

Another suggestion near Cirencester ..

Waterland Outdoor Pursuits www.ukwatersports.co.uk
by twopigs
Thu Sep 05, 2019 9:44 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Tryweryn - where does the water come from?
Replies: 15
Views: 1504

Re: Tryweryn - where does the water come from?

An equally nerdy fact is that the water from Llyn Celyn can be diverted into Lake Bala before being released further downstream!
by twopigs
Thu Aug 08, 2019 1:20 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: The Upper Thames in October - Cricklade to Lechlade
Replies: 8
Views: 900

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: 1043

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: 643

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: 1584

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: 1584

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: 1584

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: 1290

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: 1584

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: 1584

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: 1490

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: 513

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: 584

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: 2085

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: 824

Re: Paddle Roll Call

Five of us managed to paddle from Ross-on-Wye to Monmouth .... about 20 miles .... in sea kayaks