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by davebrads
Tue Apr 12, 2016 7:53 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: What is the best psychological advice you could ever give?
Replies: 9
Views: 1286

Re: What is the best psychological advice you could ever give?

When inspecting a rapid near the top of your grade, once you have decided that you are going to run it think only of the line you want to make and don't spend any time thinking about the places you don't want to go or the consequences if things go wrong - leave that to your safety team.
by davebrads
Wed Apr 06, 2016 12:26 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Imaginary club coaching course
Replies: 83
Views: 5147

Re: Imaginary club coaching course

Coming back to the OP post, I wonder whether the question should be: "If you had to take someone from competent river paddler to competent river coach in say 6 paid-for days (plus any amount of personal practice), how would you allocate the days? Is 6 too few or too many? It can be done in 4½ days....
by davebrads
Tue Apr 05, 2016 10:26 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Imaginary club coaching course
Replies: 83
Views: 5147

Re: Imaginary club coaching course

I think that you are absolutely correct with your three scenarios, though there is still a possibility in scenario 2 where the most experienced person in the group could be held liable in the event of an accident. There is an acceptance of the possibility of injury or worse with any outdoor sport, y...
by davebrads
Fri Apr 01, 2016 2:47 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Imaginary club coaching course
Replies: 83
Views: 5147

Re: Imaginary club coaching course

If the most competent paddler there has no BCU quals & no record of what they've paddled they're likely to be "outranked" by the poor sap that took his 2* 8 years ago..... I am sorry but you are just plain wrong about this. "Duty of Care" is a concern for clubs & commercial guides, but for the aver...
by davebrads
Fri Apr 01, 2016 1:35 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Imaginary club coaching course
Replies: 83
Views: 5147

Re: Imaginary club coaching course

A bit of a sweeping statement Dave, and I am sure that I can find examples of poor practice in any group as well as good practice from a range of qualified coaches, from all of the schemes, as well as unqualified coaches True, but good coaches existed despite the poor quality of the old scheme and ...
by davebrads
Fri Apr 01, 2016 1:14 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Imaginary club coaching course
Replies: 83
Views: 5147

Re: Imaginary club coaching course

In fact there are advantages of operating within a club. If you are leading a club trip then at least some of the liability falls on the club. Your peers within the club have agreed, tacitly or not, that you have the skills and experience to lead the trip. The club will be insured provided they are ...
by davebrads
Fri Apr 01, 2016 1:06 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Imaginary club coaching course
Replies: 83
Views: 5147

Re: Imaginary club coaching course

DaveBland wrote: I really think you are missing the point Dave. Just because you are a better paddler cannot make you responsible for other paddlers in the group
See this article from the BMC. seems unequivocal to me,responsibility can't be dodged as easily as you suggest.
by davebrads
Thu Mar 31, 2016 9:26 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Imaginary club coaching course
Replies: 83
Views: 5147

Re: Imaginary club coaching course

Put it this way, I've taken many less experienced paddlers down quite a few rivers where they are pushing their abilities. Me and my buds have, of course given them extra cover and advice and encouragement, but ultimately they are there under THEIR choice – and they can walk round, not get on or wa...
by davebrads
Wed Mar 30, 2016 9:24 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Imaginary club coaching course
Replies: 83
Views: 5147

Re: Imaginary club coaching course

Of course the old coaching scheme was used for at least 15 years (someone correct me) and I don't recall anyone shouting out how inadequate that was. I know there were a few rumblings about the old L4 but the L1-L3 was recognised as being approximately satisfactory for their various remits; introdu...
by davebrads
Tue Mar 29, 2016 8:20 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Imaginary club coaching course
Replies: 83
Views: 5147

Re: Imaginary club coaching course

If we are talking newbs and less experienced paddlers, they should be on nothing harder than they could cope with, without any experienced/coachy types. That way they are they're on their own and any more experienced paddlers are not looking after them, merely on the same trip and able to show them...
by davebrads
Mon Mar 28, 2016 9:44 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: The price of paper these days..
Replies: 9
Views: 1704

Re: The price of paper these days..

Let's face it though, it is not like the BCU has ever really given half a crap about recreational or grass roots paddling unless you are on a direct course for an Olympic discipline. As a slalom coach I have to say that there is little evidence that the BCU give a damn about our sport either, they ...
by davebrads
Tue Mar 22, 2016 10:14 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Some of our US cousins getting their Darwin entry in.
Replies: 15
Views: 2130

Re: Some of our US cousins getting their Darwin entry in.

The article says he had been paddling for just over a year, which is pretty evident from the noob mistake he made hitting the rock, and then not reacting properly after he hit the rock. A comment from one of his friends on the Facebook post defends the decision to run the falls. I can only assume th...
by davebrads
Tue Mar 08, 2016 3:04 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Bl**dy Rolling
Replies: 369
Views: 42746

Re: Bl**dy Rolling

Take a look at Wikipedia . What we have got with a paddle is a class 3 lever, so the mechanical advantage is always less than one (that is the effort will always be greater than the resistance). The closer you move your hand (that applies the effort) to the resistance (the blade) the closer the mech...
by davebrads
Tue Mar 08, 2016 12:24 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Bl**dy Rolling
Replies: 369
Views: 42746

Re: Bl**dy Rolling

Just an observation in that your hands are really close to the blades, is this because the shaft is short? You don't look like you are broad shouldered and so would expect your hands further away from the blades. This would give you a little more leverage. I think you have it the wrong way around. ...
by davebrads
Tue Mar 08, 2016 10:43 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Petition to make waterways right of way.
Replies: 40
Views: 2397

Re: Petition to make waterways right of way.

I think that the wording of the petition is incorrect and I will not sign unless it is amended. It states "the bed and banks of rivers and canals are privately owned, unlike Scotland/the rest of the world." As far as I am aware ownership of the river bed has never been established in law. Remove or ...
by davebrads
Mon Mar 07, 2016 9:06 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Bow/draw strokes
Replies: 29
Views: 2210

Re: Bow/draw strokes

...are we talking draw or bow draw specifically?. I use the terms interchangeably these days, I should try to be more precise. The bow draw is almost obsolete in WW boats as they turn so easily there is no need to place it at the bow. It is at its most effective when placed as close to the pivot po...
by davebrads
Mon Mar 07, 2016 8:08 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Bow/draw strokes
Replies: 29
Views: 2210

Re: Bow/draw strokes

I don't think a pure bow draw is used much in general ww. More as a combo stroke, either 'stirring the porridge' or by altering blade angle with the feel of the water. I guess they are often used when entering big eddies under no pressure, just 'cuz they are fun to do, but not through necessity. Th...
by davebrads
Tue Mar 01, 2016 5:58 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: British Canoeing has a new CEO
Replies: 20
Views: 2024

British Canoeing has a new CEO

Announced in the digital edition of Canoe Focus, British Canoeing has a new CEO, David Joy, who apparently has been CEO of Scottish Athletics, Derbyshire Sport and England Golf. Is this the kind of person we want in charge of our governing body? I for one would rather have someone who cares about ou...
by davebrads
Fri Feb 19, 2016 3:27 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Angling Trust & British Canoeing in Court Soon?
Replies: 26
Views: 3170

Re: Angling Trust & British Canoeing in Court Soon?

The link goes to a 404 Error page not found
by davebrads
Mon Feb 15, 2016 6:32 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: What do you do with your car keys.
Replies: 23
Views: 1993

Re: What do you do with your car keys.

The best solution I came up with was to get a key cut without the immobiliser chip which would then be able to open a door but not start the car. I would carry this clipped in a BA pocket and hide the real keys in the car. I would let my computer buddies know where the key was so if the worst came t...
by davebrads
Wed Feb 10, 2016 2:45 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Paddles..
Replies: 4
Views: 1074

Re: Paddles..

I find that I need less feather with cranks, but I can't work out why.
by davebrads
Sun Feb 07, 2016 8:05 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Loki or Axiom one boat for all dither
Replies: 20
Views: 3245

Re: Loki or Axiom one boat for all dither

Struggling to convince myself that an axiom or a z.one will give much extra on the surf or for river running than my current Necky Jive 8.10. I agree. I'm not convinced that the I3 is the answer either, and I love the I3, I only bought one a few months ago having lost my original one after a big sw...
by davebrads
Wed Feb 03, 2016 10:46 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Boat choice
Replies: 21
Views: 1825

Re: Boat choice

GTs are great for flatwater and gentle white water. I've seen so many people struggle to paddle a GT in a straight line on flatwater that I would suggest it's a poor choice for flatwater or surfing. It seems to be trimmed bow-heavy which is ideal for whitewater, where the water is "overtaking" you ...
by davebrads
Wed Feb 03, 2016 10:30 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Loki or Axiom one boat for all dither
Replies: 20
Views: 3245

Re: Loki or Axiom one boat for all dither

I am pretty sure that the Loki will be an excellent surf boat, easily the equal of the Axiom if not better in the surf. I've only tried it on the river but I loved it. My Prozone was a great surf boat, though I've moved on to a composite surf kayak now, and I think the Loki is the closest modern boa...
by davebrads
Tue Feb 02, 2016 7:16 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Nooooooooooo! [Video nasty]
Replies: 6
Views: 1794

Re: Nooooooooooo! [Video nasty]

Worth having a read of his account of his experience on his blog too http://www.whereisbaer.com/
by davebrads
Tue Feb 02, 2016 10:32 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Boat choice
Replies: 21
Views: 1825

Re: Boat choice

Who ever learned to ride a pedal bike without starting with stabilisers? Loads of people! In fact the evidence is that stabilisers drastically increase the amount of time it takes to teach a kid how to ride a bike, which is why they're selling those balance bikes these days. I know what you mean th...
by davebrads
Fri Jan 29, 2016 10:36 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Using a throw line!
Replies: 29
Views: 2942

Re: Using a throw line!

I personally always throw at the swimmer; I think that most people will automatically compute for the speed of travel of the victim, it's something we have evolved the skills for ever since we learnt to pick up rocks.
by davebrads
Fri Jan 29, 2016 10:31 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Boat choice
Replies: 21
Views: 1825

Re: Boat choice

I haven't paddled a Recoil, but from the looks it is more of a pumped up playboat than a river runner, and is aimed at someone who wants to throw the boat around on a river. I think that a different boat would be a good move, but I would suggest that you don't go for a high-volume creeker for the re...
by davebrads
Mon Jan 25, 2016 1:17 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Alternative 'Which Boat' thread.
Replies: 6
Views: 1012

Re: Alternative 'Which Boat' thread.

Kept as a kayak. I decided some time ago that there was stuff that I would kayak that I would have to walk if I was paddling C1.
by davebrads
Mon Jan 25, 2016 11:24 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Alternative 'Which Boat' thread.
Replies: 6
Views: 1012

Re: Alternative 'Which Boat' thread.

The very worst boat I ever paddled was the Dagger Crossfire. This was a long time ago, it was supposed to be a playboat in the time when the original Acrobat was released, but handled like a pig. To be honest there were worse boats before it - not many people will remember the Pyranha Freestyle but ...