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by Dave B
Tue Jan 11, 2011 12:38 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Canoeing incident at Diglis Weir
Replies: 4
Views: 1386

Re: Canoeing incident at Diglis Weir

Hi I paddled down from Bridgnorth to Bewdley that day, the Severn was rising at the time and travelling at about 5mph. The Dragon Boat crew did well with the rescue and with the extra man power were able to pull back upstream. In a Kayak or Canoe you would be hard pushed to maintain you position. To...
by Dave B
Tue Nov 30, 2010 6:52 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Ukcc level 2 transfer costs
Replies: 47
Views: 1295

Re: Ukcc level 2 transfer costs

Hi, I went on a Level 2 transfer course a year a go. It was quiet intense, but I went into it thinking that you would do the course and come out the other side an new level 2 coach. You dont, the next step is to build up a folder (like for a NVQ) then go for an assessment. For this you will need som...
by Dave B
Tue Nov 30, 2010 6:40 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring Kayaks For Sale
Topic: Aquatec S200 Dry suit
Replies: 4
Views: 431

Re: Aquatec S200 Dry suit

The Suit would fit: 36" waist and 44" chest and about 5' 10" tall. So it would be ok, if slightly large. The thing is I live in the midlands (frozen north) and you are in Devon. It may fit you ok, but the best way would be to try it on and also check its condition. I could get down to Symonds Yat, b...
by Dave B
Fri Nov 26, 2010 7:25 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring Kayaks For Sale
Topic: Aquatec S200 Dry suit
Replies: 4
Views: 431

Re: Aquatec S200 Dry suit

Er Bump (drysuit)
by Dave B
Sat Nov 20, 2010 4:10 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring Kayaks For Sale
Topic: Aquatec S200 Dry suit
Replies: 4
Views: 431

Aquatec S200 Dry suit

I am selling my old dry suit, though I have had it for a few years it has been well maintained. Spec is: Ankle seals, shoulder entry zip, confort zip, internal braces, spraydeck twin seal waist. To fit someone 5' 10 tall. Its total waterproof, so you will sweat in it. It will come into its own on we...
by Dave B
Tue Mar 23, 2010 8:55 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Town Falls Llangollen
Replies: 0
Views: 564

Town Falls Llangollen

I had my first trip down serpents tail and town falls on sunday. At the bottom of town falls below the bridge, I was kicking myself as I did not have a camera to take a photo back through the arch as the view was fantastic. Does any one know if there are any photos of the view available. For the pho...
by Dave B
Wed Feb 17, 2010 9:58 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Maps of River Locations by Country
Replies: 5
Views: 313

Re: Maps of River Locations by Country

I have made myself a Tom Tom points of interest file that shows the access points of my local rivers and also the areas where I have paddled. Some one made up a simular file for the rivers in wales. I did it by finding the accesspoints in the river guide books and from this site on the OS mapping. T...
by Dave B
Sat Feb 06, 2010 10:11 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Fan Propulsion!
Replies: 13
Views: 986

Re: Fan Propulsion!

At last, a pratical use for an old Europa
by Dave B
Fri Nov 27, 2009 9:41 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Rea at Neen Savage Ludlow
Replies: 4
Views: 378

Re: Rea at Neen Savage Ludlow

Dave from the WFCC had a look at it last weekend. The get in at the ford looked ok, but when he drove to the get out the water was stagnant and the river looked like it was blocked by trees up stream. So they went an did the town section of the Teme, in 15 mins.
by Dave B
Sun Nov 22, 2009 12:45 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: University Canoe Clubs (after a bit of info from you guys)
Replies: 7
Views: 1122

Re: University Canoe Clubs (after a bit of info from you guys)

I think that rather than going through the L1 to L2 Coaching route, just go for training the experienced paddlers to 4 star and paddle as a group of friends. L2 will not cover you for moving water. The new 4 star covers river leadership. I wont go into my thoughts on the new UKCC coaching more that ...
by Dave B
Sun Nov 22, 2009 12:38 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Ordnance Survey Open Space
Replies: 4
Views: 555

Re: Ordnance Survey Open Space

I dont know, but what would be useful is a way of over laying information on rainfall, river catchment areas and rivers onto a map. Does any one know where this information is available. Hopefully then I can work out which rivers are practable to paddle on for an intermediate paddler like my self. I...
by Dave B
Sat Dec 13, 2008 10:13 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Are we seeing the end of the volunteer coach?
Replies: 64
Views: 3065

Re: Are we seeing the end of the volunteer coach?

The local club are how having problems running official river trips due to our some of our experienced level 3 coaches retiring or being of due to work and injuries. So far our coaches are 1 trainee level 3 and a level 2, with 3 trainee level 2's. We are running grade 3 and above trips as a group of...
by Dave B
Sat Dec 06, 2008 8:43 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: A new way to make class2-3 fun?
Replies: 23
Views: 2183

Re: A new way to make class2-3 fun?

I make grade 1 and 2 more interesting by using an open boat. I still find grade 3 interesting in a kayak. I paddle down then pole back up stream. You can also use a pole like a kayak paddle. The poling is done standing up.
by Dave B
Sun Nov 02, 2008 5:47 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Keys!!!!!
Replies: 30
Views: 2376

Keys!!!!!

Myself and two other paddlers arranged a trip on the River Teme at Ludlow. I have paddled with them before , but not often. Any way we meet and drove to a lay by just outside Ludlow to change. As we were in two cars I arranged that we would put all our dry kit into one car that would be left at the ...
by Dave B
Wed Oct 08, 2008 3:37 pm
Forum: England - Midlands
Topic: RIVER SEVERN (Bridgnorth to Bewdley)
Replies: 1
Views: 4561

River Severn levels

Its very high , fast and running brown. The barriers are not up at Bewdley, though its 1' to 2' below the top of the quay. Trimpley will be washed out.
by Dave B
Sun Sep 07, 2008 9:49 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Darwinism
Replies: 2
Views: 884

Darwin award

Must be something about the wharf. I was up by Burnsall in July, there were people lauching from the picknic field in kids blow up rafts, no problems the river was low. Walking up by Grassington I had a look at Litton Falls, at first glance a nice looking shoot then some twisty turns. The second loo...
by Dave B
Wed Jun 20, 2007 9:19 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Canoe England appoint a new Head of Access
Replies: 72
Views: 7708

New Head of BCU access

Fear not, Andy is a paddler. He likes paddling white water, he also likes mountain biking. Oh and his favored mode of transport is a old Land Rover with checker plates so he can stand on the front wings, roof to load kayaks / bikes. Though this may change as petrol landies dont do many mpg. I have p...
by Dave B
Wed Jan 03, 2007 5:55 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: New star awards out in September
Replies: 69
Views: 9295

New star tests

Does any one know what is involved with the new 1 and 2 star awards? You see I am a level 2 club coach, come next April we start running river sessions. It would be nice to know what to coach. If the existing star tests are changing is ther any point in testing people on them only to tell them later...
by Dave B
Tue Dec 05, 2006 11:01 pm
Forum: Everywhere else
Topic: mid wales condition
Replies: 6
Views: 1381

River Wye

Went down the upper Wye to Rhayader. River bank full. Passed the Marteg which was running white and pushed up the level on the Wye lots. Town fall is visable from the bridge, the massive v wave under the bridge is not. Enjoy. Most people swam at some time on the trip.
by Dave B
Tue Dec 05, 2006 10:40 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Local Council wants people to use Wye and Lug!!!!!
Replies: 2
Views: 701

Local Council wants people to use Wye and Lug!!!!!

I have just on the BBC Hereford and Worcester web site that Herefordshire County Council want to promote the better use of the Rivers Wye and Lug. Though I can not see what sections they are on about. It mentions sporting activities, then rowing, walking, cycling and horse riding. Still canoing is a...
by Dave B
Tue Oct 24, 2006 10:04 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: What Winter Wear?
Replies: 12
Views: 1830

What Winter Wear?

Last Autum I decided that I need a new wet suit. I decided to get a wet suit with arms, as opposed to a Long John type. I did this because I had a go trying to surf and was impressed with the warmth and mobility of the wet suits around now. Ok I still use a Dry Suit if it is realy cold but over the ...
by Dave B
Wed Aug 02, 2006 10:14 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Sat Nav
Replies: 21
Views: 3642

Converting OS grid ref to lat long

Hi, I also recently got a tom tom. I found that I ended up in some strange places when I tried to navigate to a point using post codes. Greneral rule post codes are good in an urdan environent and **** in a rural one, this is due to the size of the postal sectors. So I looked around for a way to con...
by Dave B
Fri Nov 18, 2005 1:19 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Embarrassing swimming pool accident
Replies: 2
Views: 1044

Embarrassing swimming pool accident

Er last week end, while pactising getting back into a general purpose kayak from deep water. I managed to cut my nose bady. What happened was that after jumping on the back and pulling myself up to the coptpit, I swung my self upright and my hands slipped. Resulting in my self swinging forward and b...
by Dave B
Wed Nov 16, 2005 5:17 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Water in the West
Replies: 10
Views: 1284

Water in the West

I hope that there will be some water in the Dart for this weekend and every body has not used it all up. There must be some left, after all it was in flood last weekend.
by Dave B
Sun Oct 23, 2005 6:35 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Off to Portsmouth...
Replies: 25
Views: 6346

Portsmouth

I used to live in Gosport. I used to paddle big fiberglass kayaks with the scouts at the creek at Alverstoke. I still vist Gosport every so often to see relatives. So what Is there of interest to a white water warrior. Not a lot. Except at the creek at Alverstoke, there is a small weir. Its under a ...