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by Alec
Thu Dec 20, 2018 10:26 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Club administration software
Replies: 9
Views: 891

Club administration software

Looking into club administration software for a club as the amount of club paperwork and computer duplication is a bit excessive. Is anyone using any of the club administration software packages at the moment (eg Webcollect, Myclubhouse, gomembership)? Any others out there we should consider? How / ...
by Alec
Fri Aug 31, 2018 11:08 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Spraydeck question
Replies: 2
Views: 513

Re: Spraydeck question

Some do - often depends on how well used they are and how strong you are.
by Alec
Fri Jun 15, 2018 5:36 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Access issue at the take-out of the lower Moriston
Replies: 5
Views: 1582

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

Isn't the get out for the Lower Morriston on River Left?
by Alec
Tue Apr 17, 2018 12:01 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Advice on putting kayaks on a roof rack
Replies: 19
Views: 2238

Re: Advice on putting kayaks on a roof rack

Fusions are no wider than lots of other kayaks. It doesn't matter if they overhang the bars slightly as long as they're tied down properly.
by Alec
Fri Feb 16, 2018 6:08 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Are you better at kayaking if you do other adventure sports?
Replies: 36
Views: 2954

Re: Are you better at kayaking if you do other adventure sports?

I know I'm going to fail before I've even started as all of them need a certain level of commitment to have any chance of success. You need to be able to see yourself succeeding to be able to succeed. Often called visualisation. Imagine yourself doing the activity successfully and think about what ...
by Alec
Mon Oct 16, 2017 3:46 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: thermal fabrics
Replies: 5
Views: 876

thermal fabrics

So I've been using Reed Transpire fleece thermals for years but they're now very thin and holey and need replacing. Do I buy the same again or do I try something different? What is the difference between all the thermal fabrics available? Palm Pontetorto Technostretch is 1.5-2x the price of Reed Tra...
by Alec
Sun Jul 30, 2017 12:08 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Werner 2 piece paddle stuck?
Replies: 4
Views: 518

Re: Werner 2 piece paddle stuck?

Has happened to me before. WD40/GT85 can help. If they're really stuck then 2 people hold the join over a pan of boiling water whilst trying to rotate / pull the join.
by Alec
Tue Jul 18, 2017 2:31 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Bl**dy Rolling
Replies: 369
Views: 42942

Re: Bl**dy Rolling

EJ - recently made video. That video is from 8-9 years ago I'll let you read this thread for some opinions on EJ as a coach https://www.ukriversguidebook.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?t=71604 Maybe I need to qualify my comment about sculling for support a little. It can be useful for developing differe...
by Alec
Thu May 18, 2017 5:51 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Recommend me a Spraydeck
Replies: 10
Views: 1756

Re: Recommend me a Spraydeck

If I remember right the Riot cockpit was a different size and shape to everyone else and you did have to buy Spraydecks that were Riot specific if you wanted to stay dry.
by Alec
Fri May 12, 2017 10:01 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Bl**dy Rolling
Replies: 369
Views: 42942

Re: Bl**dy Rolling

Nothing wrong with his posture although his arm position is unorthodox - but probably not uncommon in elite slalom.

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by Alec
Tue May 09, 2017 7:13 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Bl**dy Rolling
Replies: 369
Views: 42942

Re: Bl**dy Rolling

Ask yourself "What are you showing off?"

My answer would be "A stroke that serves no useful purpose anywhere in paddlesport, which encourages bad posture (body position) and leaves the shoulder very open and exposed to injury"
by Alec
Mon May 08, 2017 11:46 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Bl**dy Rolling
Replies: 369
Views: 42942

Re: Bl**dy Rolling

Who on earth is still teaching you the skulling brace in this day and age?

Surely that stroke was consigned to history along with the slap support 20 years ago.
by Alec
Mon Mar 13, 2017 7:47 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Water Safety Kayakers Required - East Lothian - 2nd July
Replies: 4
Views: 813

Re: Water Safety Kayakers Required - East Lothian - 2nd July

Swim Safety are estimating £45 and working from 0600-0830.
by Alec
Wed Feb 15, 2017 4:27 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Fort William - Easter
Replies: 13
Views: 1459

Re: Fort William - Easter

If it rains there'll be water in the rivers. If it doesn't rain bring walking boots, bikes and any other dry activity kit you have. This winter has been uncharacteristically dry. Can't imagine that Laggan dam will be releasing. The loch behind it is really really low and will need a lot of heavy rai...
by Alec
Sun Dec 25, 2016 6:32 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Possibly the best top ten list ever...
Replies: 26
Views: 2744

Re: Possibly the best top ten list ever...

Bridge of Cally hotel (Perthshire Blackwater). Good beer, great food and a log fire.

Lade Inn is good for a post Leny pint.

For chippies Dunkeld and Pitlochry are both excellent.
by Alec
Sun Dec 11, 2016 11:48 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: First thing you coach on WW
Replies: 150
Views: 8952

Re: First thing you coach on WW

Another way to think of Jim's point about which boats to learn forward paddling in is to ask yourself "How many paddlers have we lost because they spent 1or 2 sessions trying to go in a straight line on flatwater in a WW boat (probably with broken backrest and a missing footpeg), couldn't do it so g...
by Alec
Tue Nov 29, 2016 8:11 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: First thing you coach on WW
Replies: 150
Views: 8952

Re: First thing you coach on WW

But it is to do with edging. How do you counteract "the boat heading off downstream while the paddler is still heading upstream", except by lifting your knee slightly and leaning downstream slightly? By correcting /changing your SPANGLE In case it wasn't clear, I have been talking about situations ...
by Alec
Mon Nov 28, 2016 2:04 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: First thing you coach on WW
Replies: 150
Views: 8952

Re: First thing you coach on WW

They may use low braces but they aren't using low braces for breaking in and out.
by Alec
Sun Nov 27, 2016 9:51 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: First thing you coach on WW
Replies: 150
Views: 8952

Re: First thing you coach on WW

You can get into an eddy without edging. Keep the boat flat and paddle forward over the eddy line at the top of the eddy and keep paddling until you reach the back of the eddy out of the way of anyone else following you. Do need to teach edging for breaking in and ferry gliding but wouldn't be the f...
by Alec
Sat Nov 26, 2016 10:28 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: First thing you coach on WW
Replies: 150
Views: 8952

Re: First thing you coach on WW

Paddling forward, maintain forwards momentum, always have an active paddle in the water and never paddle backwards.
by Alec
Wed Nov 23, 2016 2:24 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Change to four star
Replies: 54
Views: 3127

Re: Change to four star

Why are people interpreting the 4* as being able to take beginners /novices out on their max remit of grade 2(3). A 4* paddler should be able to look at the group they have and select an appropriate trip (up to a max of 2(3) that they can take the group down safely. If they have lots of novices then...
by Alec
Tue Nov 22, 2016 12:00 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Change to four star
Replies: 54
Views: 3127

Re: Change to four star

Do you think your inland proficiency is equivalent to the new 4* or old 4*? ie - did it contain any leadership skills?
by Alec
Mon Nov 21, 2016 4:51 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Change to four star
Replies: 54
Views: 3127

Re: Change to four star

So where is the line between leading and coaching? Wherever you want it to be. I tend to assume that most club trips will be leading with the leader giving hints and tips as you go along. Coaching would involve spending a lot of time on specific river features and sessioning them multiple times and ...
by Alec
Mon Nov 21, 2016 3:24 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Change to four star
Replies: 54
Views: 3127

Re: Change to four star

Is that really happening Ian? I didn't see that in any announcement. Only in that the names are completely different so now goes 1* 2* 3* Leader Advanced Leader. But not really separate as you still need 3* to do leader and leader to do advanced leader. Don't understand why you're not allowed to acc...
by Alec
Mon Nov 21, 2016 9:31 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Change to four star
Replies: 54
Views: 3127

Re: Change to four star

If it's possible to go straight to assessment for this new paddle sport leader award when are BC going to make it possible to go straight to assessment for 4 & 5* (Leader / Advanced Leader)? Or at least get rid of the "training must have been in the last few years" rule.
by Alec
Sun Nov 20, 2016 7:49 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: What are the best grade 3 rivers?
Replies: 6
Views: 1080

Re: What are the best grade 3 rivers?

Maybe not the best but the Llugwy and Wye are fairly reliable for water. Mawddach below PTF. Loads in Wales - just get the Welsh Rivers guidebook and go exploring. Good alternatives to the Loop are the Tavy and the Walkham or a low water run of the upper dart.
by Alec
Sat Nov 19, 2016 10:13 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Rolling Question and Advice for Newbie
Replies: 22
Views: 2225

Re: Rolling Question and Advice for Newbie

How flexible are you generally and how strong is your core? You shouldn't be hanging upside down; when upside down you should sort of be doing a sit up - try and get your face as close as possible to the cockpit rim then twist your torso to the side and you should be able to get your hands and paddl...
by Alec
Thu Nov 17, 2016 6:03 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: What shoes for kayaking?
Replies: 10
Views: 1226

Re: What shoes for kayaking?

Are the falling apart Palm shoes the 2015 or 2016 model?
by Alec
Tue Nov 08, 2016 12:21 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: pool sessions
Replies: 12
Views: 990

Re: pool sessions

Our club charges £2, £4 or £6 (junior, member, non member) for a 100min pool session. Session is split into 20min blocks. get at least 2 sessions in a boat, usually 3 occasionally more. Coaches available to those who request it. If numbers are low we make a loss but you get more time in a boat. The ...
by Alec
Fri Nov 04, 2016 12:57 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Paddling playboat on river
Replies: 9
Views: 1063

Re: Paddling playboat on river

You may have been getting away with some relatively poor technique in your Burn and Karnali and to some extent bobbled down rivers and the boat looked after you. Your EZ has much harsher edges so will punish poor technique. As Mark says concentrate on the Fundamentals and get some coaching / guidanc...