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by davebrads
Fri Aug 26, 2016 10:16 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Best white water boat you have ever paddled
Replies: 12
Views: 1730

Re: Best white water boat you have ever paddled

The I3. It was usable on white water up to quite a high level, and is fun enough to make smaller stuff interesting. Great in surf too. It does have its limitations for sure, I found them a couple of times running the wrong kind of river in the wrong kind of conditions, but maybe looking at this it w...
by davebrads
Wed Aug 24, 2016 9:47 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: HPP – on the scrounge...
Replies: 18
Views: 2014

Re: HPP – on the scrounge...

I doubt if you were shivering in today's temperatures, and the water won't have been much cooler either.
by davebrads
Wed Aug 24, 2016 9:46 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Worst Whitewater boat you have paddled.
Replies: 50
Views: 5298

Re: Worst Whitewater boat you have paddled.

Pyranha master (which I think they still make a variant of) is one of my all time hate boats, but again I don't think I ever did any WW in it. I liked it better than the Dancer, but that's not saying much, and it was my first plastic WW boat in which I ran a fair bit of grade 4 before I decided it ...
by davebrads
Wed Aug 24, 2016 9:40 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Worst Whitewater boat you have paddled.
Replies: 50
Views: 5298

Re: Worst Whitewater boat you have paddled.

Surely though fibreglass whitewater boats have been replaced by plastic boats because....well...the plastic ones are still around after 20years of use while the fibreglass ones...aren't. How many 20 year old plastic boats are still being used, I bet it's not that many. I guess mostly because people...
by davebrads
Tue Aug 23, 2016 5:46 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Worst Whitewater boat you have paddled.
Replies: 50
Views: 5298

Re: Worst Whitewater boat you have paddled.

Disagree with Dancer, which was first good plastic boat. It was the only widely available plastic boat for a while, then it took a while for anyone to produce a half decent alternative. It was still rubbish. The fibreglass Olympic VI was a much better design and was probably over 10 years old by th...
by davebrads
Tue Aug 23, 2016 11:21 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Worst Whitewater boat you have paddled.
Replies: 50
Views: 5298

Re: Worst Whitewater boat you have paddled.

Gambler. +1 Mi335, hideous build quality, I think mine ha twice as much plastic on the left over the right. I never could get it to go in a strait line. I never paddled a Gambler but agree about the Mi335, in fact all the Mi boats were dreadful. I think they even made a copy of a Dancer and made it...
by davebrads
Mon Aug 22, 2016 11:17 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Worst Whitewater boat you have paddled.
Replies: 50
Views: 5298

Re: Worst Whitewater boat you have paddled.

Probably the Pyranha Freestyle, but to be fair it was their first attempt at a plastic boat, and at least it wasn't as bad as the Perception Dancer so that must have been the worst. Except that boat was preceeded by the Mirage, almost exactly the same design but a couple of foot longer so maybe that...
by davebrads
Mon Jun 13, 2016 2:17 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Spraydeck design rethink
Replies: 24
Views: 2027

Re: Spraydeck design rethink

How many boats do you have Jim? If you say that you have several boats with keeper footrests that must mean at least 3. If then most have bullkheads/solid foam I would say that means that at least twice as many have these, so let's say 6. As far as I know that you also have a C1, a WW spec boat and ...
by davebrads
Wed Jun 08, 2016 9:46 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Lee Valley
Replies: 130
Views: 7009

Re: Lee Valley

Thames - yep, lots of weirs, identify one where it would be feasible to dig a WW channel..... Hmm, they are all either in heavily built up areas or very well to do areas where getting the land would be impossible I always thought that a great opportunity was missed when they constructed the Jubilee...
by davebrads
Wed Jun 08, 2016 9:40 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Spraydeck design rethink
Replies: 24
Views: 2027

Re: Spraydeck design rethink

Someone once told me that they were trapped on the bottom of the Gyr because their spraydeck loop snagged on something on the bottom of the river. They came off before it became life-threatening but gave them a scare anyway. I was also told that toggles on the spraydeck release were deprecated becau...
by davebrads
Tue Jun 07, 2016 2:19 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Tyn Cornel for sale
Replies: 19
Views: 3611

Re: Tyn Cornel for sale

The campsite has new owners, Isi and Stu, and they are really nice people and very paddler friendly, Stu being a raft guide and paddler himself. The are maintaining the site to the same high standard as the previous owners, something that they could not be criticised for, but there are less signs :-)
by davebrads
Tue Jun 07, 2016 10:23 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Lee Valley
Replies: 130
Views: 7009

Re: Lee Valley

As a wider point I think that new ways of creating artificial courses needs to be thought out using gradients of rivers created by weirs for example. The reliance on pumps should be minimised, or at least decent ways of supplementing the power needed to power them need to be thought out. Imagine HP...
by davebrads
Mon May 23, 2016 8:26 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Tees - Abbey Rapids
Replies: 9
Views: 2215

Re: Tees - Abbey Rapids

And the Dee. In those days the Town Falls slalom was huge, and televised. The BCU should have used the power that gave us to sort out the problems on the Dee once and for all, but instead a highly restrictive access agreement was accepted just to preserve a couple of slaloms and a couple of river ra...
by davebrads
Mon May 16, 2016 9:23 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Barrier across the Dee
Replies: 33
Views: 4524

Re: Barrier across the Dee

I really don't think that anything could be built across the Dee that would survive even an ordinary flood, never mind a stonking flood. It would collect debris and the pressure would be enormous, and if it didn't collapse it would turn into a dam and cause even more damage. I expect that the Welsh ...
by davebrads
Mon May 16, 2016 7:15 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Barrier across the Dee
Replies: 33
Views: 4524

Barrier across the Dee

There has been a posting on the Waters of Wales Facebook discussion group regarding a letter from the Dee Valley Fishing Syndicate stating that they are going to build a barrier across the river Dee just downstream of the railway bridge, and threatening prosecution for trespass, aggrivated trespass ...
by davebrads
Thu May 05, 2016 10:23 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Whitewater paddle feather
Replies: 9
Views: 1372

Re: Whitewater paddle feather

Oh no, not another feather thread! There has been a lot of discussion over the years, and often it has got quite heated, do a search if you are interested. However despite the antagonism I think that we have learned quite a lot. I certainly have revised my opinion as a result, and this is what I cur...
by davebrads
Tue Apr 26, 2016 7:32 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Want a new job?
Replies: 4
Views: 1066

Want a new job?

British Canoeing is advertising for a Head of Coaching and Qualifications. It's well paid so hopefully they will get someone who can sort out the mess things have got into. https://www.britishcanoeing.org.uk/about/jobs/?utm_source=mailoutinteractive&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=New%20Vacancy%20-%20...
by davebrads
Mon Apr 18, 2016 8:50 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Imaginary club coaching course
Replies: 83
Views: 4981

Re: Imaginary club coaching course

But I do have one query... aren't 'leadership skills' part of what should be being coached to paddlers? It's not much use having all technical skills if you don't know how to apply them in a river trip setting. In which case, those skills are best [and arguably, can only be] taught by someone with ...
by davebrads
Mon Apr 18, 2016 1:57 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Imaginary club coaching course
Replies: 83
Views: 4981

Re: Imaginary club coaching course

This ^^ There is a strong argument that you don't even need to be a competent paddler to be a competent coach. I would add that I think it would be very difficult for most people to be able to coach skills when they haven't experienced them themselves especially when paddling relies so much on the f...
by davebrads
Thu Apr 14, 2016 4:11 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Imaginary club coaching course
Replies: 83
Views: 4981

Re: Imaginary club coaching course

But the original topic was the "mythical Imaginary club coaching course" We have got a bit off topic haven't we :-) I think that there is a lot of confusion between a coach and a river leader, which is understandable as there are areas where the two cross over, and often the same people in a club a...
by davebrads
Wed Apr 13, 2016 2:24 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Imaginary club coaching course
Replies: 83
Views: 4981

Re: Imaginary club coaching course

what this entire conversation has overlooked is that only as a BCU coach / 4* leader do you get liability insurance. Therefore, no qual = no insurance. This is not the true, and it has been discussed: In fact there are advantages of operating within a club. If you are leading a club trip then at le...
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: 1174

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: 4981

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: 4981

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: 4981

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: 4981

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: 4981

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: 4981

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: 4981

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: 4981

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...