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by davebrads
Thu Mar 16, 2017 8:01 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: HPP - best time to go?
Replies: 6
Views: 763

Re: HPP - best time to go?

Most people arrive at 10.00 when the course opens so it is usually busy from then until 12.00. It is usually quieter then until 2.00 when everyone gets back on. If you want a really quiet session go for about 4.00 onwards, especially on Sunday.
by davebrads
Wed Mar 08, 2017 6:59 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Does fear affect your paddling ability?
Replies: 12
Views: 1074

Re: Does fear affect your paddling ability?

I have also observed the opposite, where someone who hasn't either capsized or taken a swim for some time becomes increasingly scared because it has been so long since they have experienced it, and they then do everything they can to avoid it happening with the inevitable result that they continue n...
by davebrads
Tue Mar 07, 2017 11:44 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: British Canoeing AGM
Replies: 70
Views: 6190

Re: British Canoeing AGM

I think this is really important. If you agree, then please publicise it to your clubs/colleagues and encourage as many people as possible to use their proxy vote.
by davebrads
Mon Feb 20, 2017 10:33 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: New Kayaker- Wetsuit choice
Replies: 9
Views: 1019

Re: New Kayaker- Wetsuit choice

My paddling goes back far enough when standard winter paddling kit was a long john wetsuit, a couple of old woolly jumpers and a leaky cag. In my experience the wet suit worked great when you were swimming but didn't keep you very warm at all on longer winter paddles. Since you generally end it sitt...
by davebrads
Sun Feb 12, 2017 9:27 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Access dispute stateside
Replies: 8
Views: 1124

Re: Access dispute stateside

I've experienced a couple of instances where landowners have brought along a gun to reinforce their opinion - on the Rawthey and (incredibly) the Goyt. Both a long time ago now, perhaps things are getting better.
by davebrads
Sun Dec 18, 2016 10:55 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: First thing you coach on WW
Replies: 150
Views: 7919

Re: First thing you coach on WW

3. Am I / you happy with the consequences if it goes wrong and I miss the line? You may end up going to plan B and paddling a different harder line, or it might be a swim. 4. Can the team set up safety to adequately mitigate against point 3? If I get a no on these then it's shoulder the boat time. ...
by davebrads
Sat Dec 10, 2016 7:13 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Tactical Considerations for River Running
Replies: 18
Views: 1375

Re: Tactical Considerations for River Running

I would have thought line was the first thing. You'll be looking for the cleanest line down the river (unless you are playing around in which case you might take a more interesting line). You then will plan how you're going to make that line, what features you want to avoid, and what features you mi...
by davebrads
Fri Dec 09, 2016 6:05 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: First thing you coach on WW
Replies: 150
Views: 7919

Re: First thing you coach on WW

Finally, I challenge you to put someone who's never been in a kayak before, and who's never read a book or watched a video on kayaking, on a grade 2 river and tell them to cross it without being flushed downstream. Tell them exactly what tactics to use, but NOTHING about how to paddle. I guarantee ...
by davebrads
Thu Dec 08, 2016 10:38 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: First thing you coach on WW
Replies: 150
Views: 7919

Re: First thing you coach on WW

Not edging is a neat trick, but edging is almost always the surest way to stay in control of your boat while you're learning. If you are taught to edge on breaking into or out of the current you will always do it, and you will never find that sweet spot where the edging is "just right" (which of co...
by davebrads
Mon Dec 05, 2016 9:44 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Pyranha Loki - any good?
Replies: 22
Views: 2202

Re: Pyranha Loki - any good?

When paddling out and a wave is about to break over you, take a big stroke,throw your weight forward, head down, and lay the paddle along the boat. Because these boats are low volume at both ends you can usually get them to sub under the wave fairly level and avoid being endered. They are great fun ...
by davebrads
Fri Dec 02, 2016 10:28 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Small or Medium Burn 2
Replies: 7
Views: 585

Re: Small or Medium Burn 2

I'm 5ft 7 and 71 kg, so not so much different. I ended getting a medium because there are occasions when I wanted the extra volume, but that was only on proper grade 4/5 water. The small will be fine for most Alps paddling. I don't think that it is the volume of the river that matters so much as the...
by davebrads
Wed Nov 30, 2016 11:36 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: First thing you coach on WW
Replies: 150
Views: 7919

Re: First thing you coach on WW

Some of the comments on this thread seem to have forgotten the title. We are talking about teaching beginners, so that is grade 2 water not grade 3, and edging is not essential on grade 2,nor is it the first thing you will teach. That is not to say it isn't important, just that it might be better to...
by davebrads
Wed Nov 30, 2016 10:54 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: First thing you coach on WW
Replies: 150
Views: 7919

Re: First thing you coach on WW

Most of the paddlers I have taught have not been taught to edge, they just learnt it. And some of them are more than just competent on HPP and Lee Valley.
by davebrads
Tue Nov 29, 2016 3:34 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: First thing you coach on WW
Replies: 150
Views: 7919

Re: First thing you coach on WW

Ferry gliding does not necessarily require edging. Perhaps not, in the same way that kayaking does not necessarily require a paddle. Adrian is right though. The only time you really need to edge is during the transition between the eddy and flow, and on grade 2 the transition is weak enough to get ...
by davebrads
Mon Nov 28, 2016 8:42 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: First thing you coach on WW
Replies: 150
Views: 7919

Re: First thing you coach on WW

The low brace is the main culprit preventing transition to paddling on moving water. The paddler is taught it as a way of preventing capsize when in actual fact it does nothing of the sort. Whenever I have observed the low brace being taught the students are asked to rock the boat to one side and us...
by davebrads
Sun Nov 27, 2016 6:11 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: First thing you coach on WW
Replies: 150
Views: 7919

Re: First thing you coach on WW

Not even being close to a coachy type, but wouldn't it all start with a 'classroom' session In my opinion, definitely not. I find on the whole that adults are far harder to teach than kids, and it is mostly because they try to understand what is going on before they will try anything and this is re...
by davebrads
Thu Nov 24, 2016 8:17 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Change to four star
Replies: 54
Views: 2937

Re: Change to four star

An awful lot of volunteer and centre coaches don't have the qualifications, ability or venue to take beginners on moving water. This would massively reduce the number of people who even try as few youth groups or centres could offer paddling in this way. Plus a lot of people don't want to do more t...
by davebrads
Thu Nov 24, 2016 10:34 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Change to four star
Replies: 54
Views: 2937

Re: Change to four star

I am also worried that some people don't think that you can coach beginners on moderate water, though I feel that this is a result of the BCU star scheme itself which focusses on developing skills on flat water before moving to moving water. As a result many paddlers now believe that this is the onl...
by davebrads
Sun Nov 20, 2016 7:02 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Canoe Wales Statement Regarding Accusation of Trespass on the River Dee
Replies: 13
Views: 1636

Re: Canoe Wales Statement Regarding Accusation of Trespass on the River Dee

I don't think they fish the tail section itself, but the pool below it where portaging paddlers will be getting back in.
by davebrads
Sun Nov 20, 2016 7:00 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Pyranha Loki - any good?
Replies: 22
Views: 2202

Re: Pyranha Loki - any good?

It's a great boat, but I am speaking as a 70 kg paddler in a medium. I would have thought that you would swamp the medium and need a large.
by davebrads
Wed Nov 16, 2016 10:17 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Beyond Manky
Replies: 1
Views: 478

Re: Beyond Manky

Disgusting, but fun to watch
by davebrads
Sun Nov 13, 2016 11:14 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: 30 or 45 degree feather
Replies: 13
Views: 1171

Re: 30 or 45 degree feather

Other things being equal, the motion of paddling is completely symmetrical, Except it isn't for the majority of paddlers. The usual technique involves a control hand that maintains its grip on the shaft while the other hand allows the shaft to rotate between strokes. The feather accommodates this r...
by davebrads
Sun Nov 06, 2016 7:14 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Paddling playboat on river
Replies: 9
Views: 990

Re: Paddling playboat on river

Just another thing to add. Artificial courses are particularly unforgiving to edgy boats eg playboats and slalom boats. So you are really making it hard for yourself trying to learn how to paddle a playboat on Pinkston. If you can make some time to paddle it on a natural river to ease your way in.
by davebrads
Fri Oct 21, 2016 10:15 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Watch this vid [but well away from tea and keyboard]...
Replies: 6
Views: 1095

Re: Watch this vid [but well away from tea and keyboard]...

DaveBland wrote:So European. It makes a compelling argument for Brexit.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cduRkMCS6zA
Funny, I thought it made a great argument for Bremain! That's politics for you.
by davebrads
Wed Oct 19, 2016 9:51 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Adaptable Design
Replies: 6
Views: 596

Re: Adaptable Design

The problem with all PE slalom boats is that they don't handle anything like composite boats, and up to now they have been far too big for junior paddlers. Consequently they have been useless for teaching kids and even battered old boats are better. This boat won't be cheap and decent secondhand boa...
by davebrads
Fri Oct 07, 2016 3:00 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: England's Best Grade 3 river?
Replies: 24
Views: 2644

Re: England's Best Grade 3 river?

I was going to suggest the Lune too, because of the above but also because it is paddleable and still somewhat interesting even at reasonably low levels, whereas the Greta needs at least a minimum amount of water before it is worth bothering to get on. However the Greta only gives more as it gets hi...
by davebrads
Wed Oct 05, 2016 9:50 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Hardest unpaddled rapid in the Woorrrrrlld.....
Replies: 1
Views: 728

Re: Hardest unpaddled rapid in the Woorrrrrlld.....

How about the Monessie Gorge on the Spean, with the qualification that it must be running at least 5 pipes? The entrance fall may be death on a stick and therefore it may have to be excluded on that basis, but the stuff below looks crazy but maybe not impossible.
by davebrads
Fri Sep 30, 2016 9:28 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Worst name for a boat?
Replies: 13
Views: 1021

Re: Worst name for a boat?

*mediocre Hillman (Chrysler) car
by davebrads
Fri Sep 30, 2016 6:40 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Worst name for a boat?
Replies: 13
Views: 1021

Re: Worst name for a boat?

But the worst name ever must be the Dominatrix, difficult to top that one I would think
by davebrads
Fri Sep 30, 2016 6:39 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Worst name for a boat?
Replies: 13
Views: 1021

Re: Worst name for a boat?

Chalky723 wrote:Pyranha "Machno"
I think it's quite nice that Pyranha are naming a boat after a N. Wales river.