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by scottdog007
Wed Mar 13, 2019 12:22 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Anyone running new Personal Performance Awards?
Replies: 22
Views: 948

Re: Anyone running new Personal Performance Awards?

............ I guess clubs and other organisations delivering the new Personal Performance Awards will have to create their own expectations. I know from experience that those standards will differ .... Yep these PP Awards can very so differently from club to club, or provider to provider which doe...
by scottdog007
Wed Mar 13, 2019 10:56 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Anyone running new Personal Performance Awards?
Replies: 22
Views: 948

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 Assess...
by scottdog007
Sat Feb 09, 2019 9:44 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Recycled plastic kayaks
Replies: 6
Views: 759

Re: Recycled plastic kayaks

I used to be a polymer expert. From what I remember no plastics were pure. So generally most boats were made of polyethylene, which is seen as one of the best plastics or polymers to recycle. But other ingredients are added, one specific ingredient is AV anti-ultraviolet degradation. So taking old p...
by scottdog007
Sat Feb 09, 2019 9:29 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Left-handed paddlers
Replies: 29
Views: 1580

Re: Left-handed paddlers

If paddling from a fresh, so never paddled before why not let them paddle with right handed paddles. I am basically left handed but to to all sports this changed to whatever was available to me and of course I was ignorant as to what was left or right handed at the time. I paddle right handed, play ...
by scottdog007
Sat Feb 09, 2019 9:18 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Are there any decent electic pumps for inflatable SUPs?
Replies: 7
Views: 1764

Re: Are there any decent electic pumps for inflatable SUPs?

Wow, been away for a while so just seen this post aimed at me. My pump BTP12 has worked well, but I have only used it for 2 or 3 SUPs one after another. I had planned to pump up 10 SUPs in a row on many occasions but this all changed. Basically I read an article where someone pumped up many SUPs wit...
by scottdog007
Mon Oct 22, 2018 2:39 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Paddling incident in Nepal.
Replies: 0
Views: 622

Paddling incident in Nepal.

I heard on Sunday a person I met earlier this year Mariano Alós Ferrer drowned on the Tampa Kosi river in Nepal. Not sure if he was rafting or kayaking. Mariano and others at ‘Kayak Campo’ looked after myself and my club in the Spanish Pyrenees kayaking sections of rivers there back in June. Mariano...
by scottdog007
Mon Sep 17, 2018 1:59 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Insurance and qualifications
Replies: 84
Views: 3500

Re: Insurance and qualifications

You can have 3 situations. a) Leader/Coach Qualified plus British Canoeing membership & insurance b) Leader/Coach out of remit plus British Canoeing membership & Insurance c) Leader/Coach not having British Canoeing membership & insurance. Insurance then comes from clubs affiliation insurance to BC ...
by scottdog007
Tue Jul 31, 2018 5:48 pm
Forum: Canoeing
Topic: To the Massif Central
Replies: 12
Views: 3795

Re: To the Massif Central

A group of us did this a few years back and we were expecting to find it too difficult so planned to be a long way from the Dam. But not the case, during the day the release would be just 10%. We had a French speaker with us and asked the dam operators how we could find out when the release would be...
by scottdog007
Tue Jul 24, 2018 5:04 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Krab on a Throwline?
Replies: 26
Views: 1880

Re: Krab on a Throwline?

Incidentally the large sprung karabiner will clip on a paddle shaft. These are the crabs you often get with a sling. I have a sling with 2 of these on in my BA. So when say someone is stuck on an island with loads of water rushing around them, throw them a line with this crab on it, attach the paddl...
by scottdog007
Wed Jul 04, 2018 9:39 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Not managing to pull a spraydeck
Replies: 46
Views: 2842

Re: Not managing to pull a spraydeck

I did falling out of a boat at the weekend with and without spray decks in a lake on a lovely hot day with 3 adults and I was shocked on how much faffing around was done before they would go over. All of them were really nervous. I've had loads of issues with youth in swimming pools who have been pa...
by scottdog007
Thu Jun 21, 2018 7:59 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: FSRT How to register a course?
Replies: 1
Views: 289

FSRT How to register a course?

Foundation Safety & Rescue. I thought I was a provider and in the last 2 years I have run courses but now the link I used to register has stopped working and when I go to British Canoeing website seems not much is said about it and no courses running. I cannot remember being told this was changing. ...
by scottdog007
Mon May 14, 2018 12:05 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Do you carry a BCU Membership Card on the river ?
Replies: 39
Views: 5617

Re: Do you carry a BCU Membership Card on the river ?

Out of interest, has anyone anywhere ever made a claim on their 3rd party liability cover? .............. I know of 2 incidents. In one the member of the club insisted in looking after the new paddlers or beginners and on one occasion took them over a weir. One of the new paddlers pulled his arm ou...
by scottdog007
Mon May 14, 2018 11:39 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: First aid kit - do you carry one
Replies: 12
Views: 1256

Re: First aid kit - do you carry one

If you are a coach or a leader taking a group out you should know or ask before getting on to the water "who is carrying a first aid kit". It doesn't have to be everyone or even the leader as long as one person in the group has one. If you are being taken out by others you should be asking if there ...
by scottdog007
Mon Apr 23, 2018 8:36 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Clubs and their Bank Account !
Replies: 6
Views: 726

Clubs and their Bank Account !

A club I am involved with is going through changes. There is a possibility of a long standing treasurer standing down. Now I am being told we do not have and cannot have ebanking as the process of having the 2 or 3 signatures make this difficult to operate. We are only getting to see statements once...
by scottdog007
Sun Mar 04, 2018 2:01 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Gloves!
Replies: 12
Views: 1059

Re: Gloves!

I admit most gloves make the paddle slippery, but if you wax the paddle they are super grippy. Which sounds strange as the same wax is used on skis especially to make them slip smoother.
by scottdog007
Sat Mar 03, 2018 10:00 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Gloves!
Replies: 12
Views: 1059

Gloves!

Generally I don’t need to use gloves, probably from my days of hard motorcycling in very cold weather. But some years ago I bought a fabulous pair not expensive and they were brilliant. They were so good at times I had to take them off because my fingers were burning. Now I lost one glove and bought...
by scottdog007
Sun Oct 29, 2017 8:00 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Scotland in February, enough water?
Replies: 7
Views: 755

Re: Scotland in February, enough water?

Not water you need to worry about but snow and ice. Some years ago I went up there in late February and there was loads of snow everything iced in. Had to move on down to the Lake District to find moving water.
by scottdog007
Thu Oct 12, 2017 9:06 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Some lessons learned from a swim.
Replies: 17
Views: 2245

Re: Some lessons learned from a swim.

........... One thing I have picked up is if you are running something bigger with set safety is to tell your safety team what your rough plan is if A perfectly example for me where this went wrong but was funny. On the River Orchy some years ago we put on safety on a rapid with 3 people with throw...
by scottdog007
Tue Oct 03, 2017 1:25 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Some lessons learned from a swim.
Replies: 17
Views: 2245

Re: Some lessons learned from a swim.

Finding out how sh!t the people you are paddling with are, who are clueless to how to rescue you. And then to find they have never done a rescue course before and you are in big water in Scotland or the Alps. Now after paddling many years I can tell immediately what to expect from a team. But when I...
by scottdog007
Thu Sep 14, 2017 11:56 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Personal Performance Awards - review
Replies: 44
Views: 3091

Re: Personal Performance Awards - review

For the 2 star change and making this individual disciplines now appeals to me. I enjoy both canoeing and kayaking fairly equally but at one time I believed they compliment each other and should be under one course, 2 star. But now I have changed my mind. I run 2 star courses and I have loads of can...
by scottdog007
Wed Sep 13, 2017 2:59 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Personal Performance Awards - review
Replies: 44
Views: 3091

Re: Personal Performance Awards - review

So they are still looking for feedback from their members / coaches on this it seems.

Is there a date when all this may happen, I can not find anything?

Are coaches expected to retain? I would doubt this as long as they follow the syllabus.
by scottdog007
Wed Sep 13, 2017 1:23 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Personal Performance Awards - review
Replies: 44
Views: 3091

Re: Personal Performance Awards - review

Does this now mean the '2 star' which is/was a canoeing and kayaking discipline, this will changed to individual disciplines?
by scottdog007
Thu Sep 07, 2017 12:09 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Access and facility charging at Canolfan Tryweryn
Replies: 91
Views: 5478

Re: Access and facility charging at Canolfan Tryweryn

I went up not long ago with a large group. Now I don't mind paying for something towards running costs, but we only wanted to do the bottom section, a few did the top. I think £7 is too much and when I heard others in my group were charged £14, I just thought that is well over the top and they have ...
by scottdog007
Tue Sep 05, 2017 4:23 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Rescues and letting go of the boat
Replies: 29
Views: 2994

Re: Rescues and letting go of the boat

Not long ago in some largest seas 2 guys paddling in front of me and next to each other, a wave hit one of them he shot sideways straight over the other guy and knocked him out of his boat. It happened so quickly. And wave took them a massive distant apart. Both experienced paddlers. The guy that fe...
by scottdog007
Thu Jul 13, 2017 11:28 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Sports hypnotherapy
Replies: 12
Views: 768

Re: Sports hypnotherapy

Interesting. I have a friend in my club who is a hypnotherapist I will ask him that question. In the past I have come across 2 people having issues upside down in their boats. One had a great roll, even in white water, but if asked to do an eskimo rescue where he needed to sit in his boat upside dow...
by scottdog007
Sat Jun 03, 2017 7:09 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Suggestions of a club sea kayaking trip with a provider!
Replies: 4
Views: 791

Suggestions of a club sea kayaking trip with a provider!

In my club I resently posted a video of a sea trip I did and now club members are asking me if I can organise one or two days sea kayaking for them Are there any suggestions of a provider that can run this for us? They will have to supply boats and kit. I am thinking an introduction to sea kayaking ...
by scottdog007
Sat Jun 03, 2017 7:01 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: When do you use and not use the skeg?
Replies: 15
Views: 1499

Re: When do you use and not use the skeg?

Compartments flood even on sea kayaks, if they're empty you should have an airbag in them. If you're leading, you should carry a rolled up one in case someone else's compartment leaks. In the book, "Sea Kayaker's Deep Trouble", about half of the cases involved breached compartments with the kayak p...
by scottdog007
Thu Jun 01, 2017 3:42 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: When do you use and not use the skeg?
Replies: 15
Views: 1499

Re: When do you use and not use the skeg?

rockhopper wrote:....... but there is a real danger you will end up with owning more than one boat...!

Rog.
Now you tell me. Too late I have 8.

Raptor, Burn, Stretch (for pool), All Star, Old Town Charles River, Dagger Exodus, and 2 old sea kayaks (with tiny cockpits, got to get rid of these).
by scottdog007
Thu Jun 01, 2017 11:18 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: 'Swimmers Ear' ! can you get this from swimming pools?
Replies: 4
Views: 612

Re: 'Swimmers Ear' ! can you get this from swimming pools?

Ah 'swimmers ear' and 'surfers ear' I didn't realise they are 2 different things.

Just read up on it, swimmers ear is a bacterial infection, normally in one ear, so can be easily caught but also easily treated.
by scottdog007
Thu Jun 01, 2017 9:46 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: 'Swimmers Ear' ! can you get this from swimming pools?
Replies: 4
Views: 612

'Swimmers Ear' ! can you get this from swimming pools?

I've been coaching a number of guys that have been paddling for one year, they are enthusiastic and want to perfect their rolling, so they have been doing a lot of rolling, mainly in a swimming pool but occasionally on a lake. One has developed 'swimmers ear'. Me as a coach and we as a club have not...