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by mdj
Sun Jun 08, 2014 7:38 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: J R Hartleys River Swale.
Replies: 13
Views: 1854

Re: J R Hartleys River Swale.

Give as good as they gave and tell them to f**k off. We've (paddlers) have been far too soft on this issue for far too long.
by mdj
Thu May 16, 2013 7:26 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: site specific sign off
Replies: 9
Views: 1962

Re: site specific sign off

Sorry to hijack the thread. But, it's quoted in all the Bcu stuff that the minimum quali for sign off for site specific is old school level 3. The question is, does the new UKCC level 2 and MWE count too? My experience of both schemes suggests that the standard of l2 & mwe is slightly higher and mor...
by mdj
Tue May 15, 2012 5:49 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Moderate Water Endorsement
Replies: 21
Views: 1282

Re: Moderate Water Endorsement

As the MWE is supposed to equip one for using the coaching skills you have in a more difficult environment, why can you not get new 4* and MWE on top of an old level 2? That would make sense! The BCU really have not thought this process through before implementing it. Further more the MWE is discip...
by mdj
Tue May 15, 2012 5:47 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Moderate Water Endorsement
Replies: 21
Views: 1282

Re: Moderate Water Endorsement

Because the BCU think: - all coaches under the old scheme are crap despite many years of experience for many - they have adopted a coaching scheme that is not fit for purpose (UKCC) - that anyone who has not been through their "rigorous" new UKCC process is not fit to coach You can go for APL but ne...
by mdj
Tue Mar 06, 2012 7:47 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Who Started "Wild Water"?
Replies: 31
Views: 3029

Re: Who Started "Wild Water"?

Nostalgia, Smalgia! Lets not forget the Speedo chump is messing up river access in England in 2012, and is responsible for the current BCU/CE access mess. He may have had a hand in developing canoeing in the UK, but currently he is chief Numpty. carry on... I agree... pretty sure he put an article ...
by mdj
Tue Mar 06, 2012 7:44 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Sleningford Water Mill
Replies: 11
Views: 1189

Re: Sleningford Water Mill

There's a nice layby river right after West Tanfield bridge. Get on, paddle (right) over the weir. Do the rapids. You walk back river left to the main grade 2/3 rapid and get out onto the road river left.
by mdj
Sun Aug 08, 2010 7:47 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Suggestions for gentle Yorkshire paddling
Replies: 5
Views: 387

Re: Suggestions for gentle Yorkshire paddling

The Ure, Mickley - Sleningford altough it is frowned upon at the moment.

http://www.ukriversguidebook.co.uk/foru ... =3&t=66183

I'll paddle it with you though if you need any backup.
by mdj
Sun Aug 08, 2010 7:43 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: River Ure - BCU STATEMENT
Replies: 205
Views: 16957

Re: River Ure - BCU STATEMENT

A few things: The campsite at Sleningford are pro-actively telling visitors not to paddle the aforementioned strectch of river and are quite insistent on this. I think Bewerley Park are getting a bit of an ear-bashing here. As a coach and teacher I take 120 students to Bewerley Park every year and f...
by mdj
Sun Aug 08, 2010 7:22 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Advice - Outdoor instructor
Replies: 15
Views: 1810

Re: Advice - Outdoor instructor

As everything that's been said. Plus a lot of centres will try and shaft you in the first few years by overworking you, not investing in you and taking the mick. There's some good employers out there but equally there are some dodgy centres that make tescos look like more of an attractive option. LE...
by mdj
Thu Jun 24, 2010 9:26 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: River ure access problem - update!
Replies: 70
Views: 6642

Re: River ure access problem - update!

Does this, combined with the totally inappropriate new coaching scheme make the case for a more competitive approach to the canoe/kayak governing body system. Look at Mountain Biking - bikers have a choice from a range of organisations suited to their needs. The BCU have become too fat, greedy and c...
by mdj
Thu Jun 24, 2010 9:22 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: River ure access problem - update!
Replies: 70
Views: 6642

Re: River ure access problem - update!

Access / Egress on this section is all on public rights of way so there are no problems. Carry on! Get on at Masham (on a public right of way) and you'll be doing your bit for the environment, it's 12km there and back (Slen to Masham) compared with the winding more fuel needy 21km of a road to Grew...
by mdj
Thu Jun 24, 2010 9:13 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: River ure access problem - update!
Replies: 70
Views: 6642

Re: River ure access problem - update!

Fair points made. However, how come I am paying the best part of £50 to be a member of the BCU and my main source of clear, consistent information is UKRGB, a website run without any of our BCU money? The BCU is a a load of crap. They don't give a s**t about their grass roots paddlers, they don't gi...
by mdj
Thu Jun 24, 2010 6:59 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: River ure access problem - update!
Replies: 70
Views: 6642

Re: River ure access problem - update!

What about a mass trespass on the Ure? We've been down that road before...with little success. I think the better tactic is to continue paddling discretely, respecting the environment, fishermen and locals. Don't engage in a confrontation: it just gives them ammunition to stereotype us. Survey afte...
by mdj
Thu Jun 24, 2010 6:19 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: River ure access problem - update!
Replies: 70
Views: 6642

Re: River ure access problem - update!

I paddle the Ure quite frequently always within the access agreement. However some years ago myself and a mate were at the receiving end of some quite intense abuse off a landowner for paddling on this section for no reason. After paddling and living in several european countries I just fail to unde...
by mdj
Tue Jun 15, 2010 10:28 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: How happy are BCU staff? Our survey says...
Replies: 11
Views: 1755

How happy are BCU staff? Our survey says...

Read the last page of Canoe Focus. Anyone get the impression that the finance lady wants to retire asap.
by mdj
Wed Mar 17, 2010 7:47 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: The BCU Coaching Governance and Management review
Replies: 50
Views: 2480

Re: The BCU Coaching Governance and Management review

What a half-arsed organisation the BCU is turning out to be.
by mdj
Sun Mar 14, 2010 8:00 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: UKCC Level 1 Course for Teachers ?
Replies: 31
Views: 2020

Re: UKCC Level 1 Course for Teachers ?

James G wrote:
Scots_Charles_River wrote: I can only see two real options, coaches almost always operating outside the remit of their BCU/UKCC awards or school canoe clubs gradually declining in number over the next few decades.

James
I think you've hit one of the UKCC nails on the head
by mdj
Sun Mar 14, 2010 1:43 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Down the local...
Replies: 44
Views: 2013

Re: Down the local...

Mine used to be stockghyll, whats nott good about it, continuse class 4 with bits of 3 inbetween, some horrible stoppers and little drops to keep you on your tows and it feels remote fo running through a small town. Pluss if you get on high enough theres an amazing absail in. But now is the don or ...
by mdj
Sun Mar 14, 2010 1:40 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: UKCC Level 1 Course for Teachers ?
Replies: 31
Views: 2020

Re: UKCC Level 1 Course for Teachers ?

I'd prefer not to mention which LEA is not accepting the new awards on a public forum. But it is happening. The new UKCC awards do not match the requirements of the main users which are centre staff, teachers and club coaches. We need an award system that is clear and straightforwards for employers ...
by mdj
Fri Mar 12, 2010 8:33 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: UKCC Level 1 Course for Teachers ?
Replies: 31
Views: 2020

Re: UKCC Level 1 Course for Teachers ?

It depends what county you are in. I know that some county LEA advisors WILL NOT accept any of the new UKCC qualifications as a valid award for coaching awards. There is much talk of a new scheme being formed. 4 star is certainly not recognised.
by mdj
Sun Mar 07, 2010 7:50 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Top tips for coaches.
Replies: 112
Views: 4352

Re: Top tips for coaches.

Steer well clear of the BCU
by mdj
Tue Dec 22, 2009 9:12 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: If you don't like UKCC/BCU awards!
Replies: 483
Views: 19562

Re: If you don't like UKCC/BCU awards!

Bonkers. No matter how much we complain the BCU are not going to do anything for us members. The BCU is no longer a "Union" - to quote the Oxford Dictionary again : UNION :the action or fact of uniting or being united. The BCU no longer provides this for members - it is time for a change. It is time...
by mdj
Thu Aug 27, 2009 10:43 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: UKCC for recreational Paddlers
Replies: 245
Views: 12468

Re: UKCC for recreational Paddlers

I think the BCU have pissed off too many paddlers with their lack of communication/consultation and iron curtain type ruling. Grass routes level means nothing to them. The BCU will cease to exist as an organisation providing an effective coaching structure. They are ultimately alientating the people...
by mdj
Mon Aug 24, 2009 6:11 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Kayak / Canoe Storage
Replies: 13
Views: 1001

Re: Kayak / Canoe Storage

This problem is only going to be exacerbated by the fact that the new UKCC coaching scheme forces kayak coaches to learn another discipline. I.e. open canoe. Where the hell are we meant to store these?
by mdj
Sun Aug 09, 2009 7:58 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: UKCC for recreational Paddlers
Replies: 245
Views: 12468

Re: UKCC for recreational Paddlers

Ditch the BCU. They don't care about their members. I only pay my £38.75 a year for the insurance and validation as a coach. Surely there must be enough higher level coaches/heads of centre to work towards a new, safe, logical scheme of qualifications? Easier said than done, I know! For far too long...
by mdj
Thu Aug 06, 2009 10:04 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: BCU formally launched a periodic review of BCU Coaching
Replies: 13
Views: 862

Re: BCU formally launched a periodic review of BCU Coaching

How do we make our opinions known?
by mdj
Tue Aug 04, 2009 9:19 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: UKCC for recreational Paddlers
Replies: 245
Views: 12468

Re: UKCC for recreational Paddlers

Nothing is the obvious choice for anyone who values freedom. Drive BCU to the wall financially and then the way would be open for a number of competing bodies ... who would HAVE to listen to the views of their members to retain any income !![/quote] Agree... look at mountain biking. They have severa...
by mdj
Tue Aug 04, 2009 8:58 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: UKCC for recreational Paddlers
Replies: 245
Views: 12468

Re: UKCC for recreational Paddlers

Having spoken to several heads of centres and LEA advisors it seems that the general consensus is that the current UKCC qualfications are not fit for purpose for Outdoor Education centre staff and school teachers. The old system was fine - it gave heads of centres clear guidance on what qualfication...