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by on the rocks
Thu Jul 22, 2021 11:56 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Thermals and UV protection
Replies: 12
Views: 487

Re: Thermals and UV protection

And it's always good to have a reason to practice a roll
by on the rocks
Thu Jul 22, 2021 8:21 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Thermals and UV protection
Replies: 12
Views: 487

Re: Thermals and UV protection

I’m one of those who wear a full drysuit, main reason being I don’t have anything else. What to folk recommend for hot weather when getting wet may still be on the agenda? Having said that I’ve never had problems with over heating, even last Sunday on Yorkshire coast, I just don’t wear much underneath
by on the rocks
Mon Jul 19, 2021 7:03 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Sea Kayak award
Replies: 2
Views: 313

Re: Sea Kayak award

As I understand it Coastal Sea Kayak is old 4 star now SKL without the Leadership. In an SKL assessment the paddling skills are no greater than for the Coastal award, but one may need to demonstrate them in a more stressful group situation. Sea Kayak Award is old 3 star without the roll. Holders of ...
by on the rocks
Sun Jul 11, 2021 12:11 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Replacement pump
Replies: 21
Views: 527

Re: Replacement pump

On a “single action” pump both strokes are doing useful work (rather than one being wasted). One stroke lifts water from the boat into the pump, the second stroke expels water from the pump over the side, the amount of lift being reasonably similar hence the effort on each stroke feels similar . A d...
by on the rocks
Sun Jul 11, 2021 10:12 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Replacement pump
Replies: 21
Views: 527

Re: Replacement pump

The Palm pumps are very popular and reliable. Have you considered putting an air bag behind the foot rests/pegs/plate so that there is less water to pump out?
by on the rocks
Fri Jul 09, 2021 10:59 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: New member from North Wales
Replies: 8
Views: 397

Re: New member from North Wales

Sea Kayaking Wales do very good introductory courses and will have a range of boats for you to try
https://seakayakingwales.com/beginners- ... ng-lessons
by on the rocks
Thu Jun 24, 2021 4:52 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Learning from mistakes!
Replies: 14
Views: 979

Learning from mistakes!

I always used to stow my pump in front of me between my spare paddle splits and handle pointing conveniently towards me Until recently with a failed roll, the pump handle had slipped forward in front of my deck pull. Pulling the loop dislocated my finger in a rather inconvenient location to paddle b...
by on the rocks
Tue May 18, 2021 3:09 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Latex neck seals
Replies: 3
Views: 283

Re: Latex neck seals

I bought a Peak Adventure suit, and sold it after a couple of years to replace it with a Deluxe because of the neck seal. The Adventure seal was ok for general paddling but not waterproof enough for sessions with lots of rescue and/or rolling practice. I'm very pleased with the Deluxe suit, the neck...
by on the rocks
Tue May 18, 2021 11:07 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Drysuit purchase advice
Replies: 25
Views: 1139

Re: Drysuit purchase advice

Peak one piece dry-suits are excellent with a range of entry options. They have good sizing options, eg small legs and large torso. Better to have a latex neck seal (eg deluxe) rather than neoprene neck (eg Adventure) particularly if you expect to get wet a lot, eg rescue practice and learning to roll
by on the rocks
Sun May 16, 2021 10:28 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: VHF radio found at Brickworks
Replies: 2
Views: 270

Re: VHF radio found at Brickworks

Owner has now been located :-)
by on the rocks
Sun May 16, 2021 4:39 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: VHF radio found at Brickworks
Replies: 2
Views: 270

VHF radio found at Brickworks

VHF Radio found at Brickworks Anglesey Sunday 16th May. Msg me with description for return
by on the rocks
Sat May 15, 2021 11:59 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Home made paddle floats - any tips
Replies: 78
Views: 2993

Re: Home made paddle floats - any tips

As a fellow oldie who also can’t get near a cowboy self rescue even on a mill pond i found a re-entry and roll not too bad to learn and is now reliable, as is paddling semi flooded to an eddy for pumping out. Key points are to make sure knees and bum are really locked in and boat is settled before s...
by on the rocks
Fri May 14, 2021 7:27 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: water on lens
Replies: 11
Views: 554

Re: water on lens

Update I bought some Rain X and applied it to the TG-4’s lens as instructed. I also attached a small piece of chamois to my camera strap. Had a great day swelly rock hoping followed by a fun session on North Stack tide race. No water drops on lens so no need to resort to the chamois. Very pleased. T...
by on the rocks
Mon May 10, 2021 10:46 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: water on lens
Replies: 11
Views: 554

Re: water on lens

Thanks Sean, and others. Generally I''m very happy with the TG-4 and have had many great results with it. It's that many of yesterday's shots of very close contacts with seals crawling over our boats and us were spoiled. I like Chris' suggestion of a small piece of Chamois leather and will give that...
by on the rocks
Mon May 10, 2021 9:00 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: water on lens
Replies: 11
Views: 554

water on lens

What's the best way to avoid or overcome this problem spoiling a day's photos?

I have an Olympus TG-4. I've heard of something you can apply to the lens to make it water repellant?

Thanks in advance
by on the rocks
Thu Apr 29, 2021 8:49 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: techniques for beginners
Replies: 41
Views: 2032

Re: techniques for beginners

If the OP Emilia is following this stuff I imagine she may be rather confused, a question about confidence has turned into bragging rights on how far one can swim or how many decades paddling in conditions without having to learn how to roll. For me confidence is being happy and comfortable should y...
by on the rocks
Mon Apr 19, 2021 3:21 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: techniques for beginners
Replies: 41
Views: 2032

Re: techniques for beginners

I think a pfd, drysuit and regular rescue practice in cold lumpy water more than makes up for my relative poor swimming capability, however using my paddle for assistance I've been able to "swim" 100m to shore in a practice session. I certainly don't intend not kayaking while taking up swimmer impro...
by on the rocks
Mon Apr 19, 2021 1:33 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: techniques for beginners
Replies: 41
Views: 2032

Re: techniques for beginners

Scared of deep water but still wanna go for this. How far can you swim without a PFD? 50 metres? 100 metres? If you can't swim forget kayaking until you can. This seems to be nonsense to me. I can't easily swim 50 m without a PFD, but I always wear one (and a drysuit) when kayaking, and I can manag...
by on the rocks
Sat Apr 17, 2021 5:14 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: techniques for beginners
Replies: 41
Views: 2032

Re: techniques for beginners

If you don't have a suitable supportive club near you (many don't) then a course is a very good investment
by on the rocks
Fri Mar 26, 2021 10:38 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Home made paddle floats - any tips
Replies: 78
Views: 2993

Re: Home made paddle floats - any tips

I'm also working to perfect my re-entry roll, currently in flat water due to lockdown. I think using a paddle float is counter productive. If I'm going to go through the hassle of deploying and fitting a paddle float then a far better solution is to empty and right the boat, stick the other end of t...
by on the rocks
Thu Mar 25, 2021 9:41 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Home made paddle floats - any tips
Replies: 78
Views: 2993

Re: Home made paddle floats - any tips

It reads like you were attempting a sweep roll with your float attached? Surely this will be difficult because the float defeats the profile of the blade which would give you the lift? a c-c roll may be better?
by on the rocks
Tue Mar 23, 2021 10:35 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: New boat choices
Replies: 32
Views: 1666

Re: New boat choices

One option could be to book a weekend sea kayaking coure where the provider will be able to lend yu a choice of boats. As well as helping understand the difference between short wide beamed kayaks and longer narrower kayaks, and how they handle in waves and chop, you wil also be able to calibrate yo...
by on the rocks
Wed Mar 17, 2021 1:00 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Home made paddle floats - any tips
Replies: 78
Views: 2993

Re: Home made paddle floats - any tips

Likewise I've been experimenting in my local very cold water this weekend, but to improve reliability of my re-entry and roll so I will have to resort to a paddle float less often. Key points seem to be patient enough to get really locked into the kayak, and ensuring the blade is orientated correctl...
by on the rocks
Sat Mar 13, 2021 5:34 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Into strong head wind
Replies: 132
Views: 4526

Re: Into strong head wind

As an aside, cutting off the pointless neoprene wrist seal from my poggies made them much easier to take them on or off
by on the rocks
Thu Mar 11, 2021 4:47 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Best sea kayak to get for Scotland?
Replies: 82
Views: 2961

Re: Best sea kayak to get for Scotland?

Helmets is s non argument surely? Wear one for rock hopping in swell and in tide-race sessions where rescues are likely to be part of the fun, and of course to fix your GoPro to! Otherwise baseball caps with a bungee retainer
by on the rocks
Wed Mar 10, 2021 1:45 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Best sea kayak to get for Scotland?
Replies: 82
Views: 2961

Re: Best sea kayak to get for Scotland?

Not having a helmet but considering a fiberglass repair kit for your boat does indicate conflicting priorities He's only young - at that age most of hadn't discovered we weren't invincible. The trick is not finding out the hard way (broken leg on an alpine climb for me). Too true, I lost most of my...
by on the rocks
Wed Mar 10, 2021 12:22 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Best sea kayak to get for Scotland?
Replies: 82
Views: 2961

Re: Best sea kayak to get for Scotland?

Not having a helmet but considering a fiberglass repair kit for your boat does indicate conflicting priorities
by on the rocks
Tue Mar 09, 2021 7:16 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Home made paddle floats - any tips
Replies: 78
Views: 2993

Re: Home made paddle floats - any tips

Dual purpose enhancement; make it so you can fold it open to make a comfortable padded seat for beach lunch stops
by on the rocks
Tue Mar 09, 2021 5:29 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Best sea kayak to get for Scotland?
Replies: 82
Views: 2961

Re: Best sea kayak to get for Scotland?

I also recommend a visit to Sea kayak Oban, you are unlikely to find a bigger range of boats to try anywhere. I would suggest combining a demo day with a 1:1 coaching day, Laura Bennitt there is an excellent coach. You may find it useful to better know your strengths and weakneses as I understand fr...
by on the rocks
Mon Mar 08, 2021 10:08 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Home made paddle floats - any tips
Replies: 78
Views: 2993

Re: Home made paddle floats - any tips

It's fun thinking about these options but when it comes down to it, the issue is why a re-entry roll needs help? Back in the summer my re-entry roll was reasonably reliable but I've recently had to resort to my local exercise compliant very cold gravel pit to attempt to resurrect it, so far with may...