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by chriscw
Tue Nov 03, 2015 3:48 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: What to look for in a paddle?
Replies: 17
Views: 1694

Re: What to look for in a paddle?

Paddling exclusively deep water in park and play spots. Buy a really expensive showy paddle. Rock bashing in the Peak District or Wales a cheaper pair will suffice you are going to damage them whatever you use eventually. Borrow all your mates paddles especially when you are cold and wet and see how...
by chriscw
Thu Oct 22, 2015 11:30 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: USK levels now and this weekend.
Replies: 4
Views: 893

Re: USK levels now and this weekend.

Thanks.
by chriscw
Thu Oct 22, 2015 10:37 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: 2 star - why canoe and kayak
Replies: 76
Views: 6588

Re: 2 star - why canoe and kayak

Recreational paddling is excellent exercise, even if you do it very gently it is much better than being in a chair watching TV or playing with a computer, many recreational paddlers though do paddle quite a lot. Then there is the whole issue of getting the boat from your boathouse to the roof rack a...
by chriscw
Thu Oct 22, 2015 10:06 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: USK levels now and this weekend.
Replies: 4
Views: 893

USK levels now and this weekend.

Looking at the level guage at brecon the usk is still very low after yesterday's rain and dropping again. I am assuming it is too low to navigatge at the moment and likely to be so at the weekend. Does anyone know better?
by chriscw
Tue Oct 20, 2015 2:37 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: 2 star - why canoe and kayak
Replies: 76
Views: 6588

Re: 2 star - why canoe and kayak

If you own a canoe and paddle it quite often you will have no trouble passing the two star yourself. As far as candidates you want to coach are concerned it will help them at the early stage of their paddling career to try both types of paddle. It will also help them to decide where they want to go ...
by chriscw
Fri Oct 16, 2015 3:03 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Kayak fleet for scouts sujestions please
Replies: 26
Views: 3043

Re: Kayak fleet for scouts sujestions please

For what most scout groups want sit on tops are certainly the way to go I should have mentioned them before. Mostly scouts are playing and doing introductory sessions. I even heard a number of leaders say that the ONLY reason do do any activity in scouts is to get the appropriate badge. That is of c...
by chriscw
Wed Oct 14, 2015 3:03 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Kayak fleet for scouts sujestions please
Replies: 26
Views: 3043

Re: Kayak fleet for scouts sujestions please

You DO need some smaller boats and shorter paddles with small looms for smaller paddlers. Bear in mind though that whereas a larger Scout, Explorer Scout etc CANNOT use a boat they will not fit in a smaller scout can fit in a larger boat and still have some fun even though they will need a turn in t...
by chriscw
Thu Sep 03, 2015 1:16 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Middle East Advice
Replies: 5
Views: 1043

Re: Middle East Advice

How about the Shuf mountains on the west coast of Saudi it rains most days there. I wonder though if one is at all free to travel there?
by chriscw
Thu Aug 27, 2015 10:15 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: What do you wear under your drysuit
Replies: 4
Views: 1267

Re: What do you wear under your drysuit

I got a woolly bear 'free' with my drysuit. because of my body shape it is not at all suitable for me the zip in the onsie is very fiddly and needs to be left undone if I intend using the comfort zip in the drysuit, it also does not go down far enough to enable me to get at the old man.... So I wear...
by chriscw
Fri Aug 14, 2015 11:08 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Water Temperatures
Replies: 286
Views: 52107

Re: Water Temperatures

Glad to hear that you are back in action. I was swimming in the Thames with my daughter and grand children last Friday. The water seemed quite warm to be and the kids were happy with it too. I did not have a thermometer with me but I would guess somewhere around 55 degrees (13 degrees C). If you are...
by chriscw
Thu Aug 06, 2015 10:51 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: How do I use upright roof bars properly
Replies: 19
Views: 5741

Re: How do I use upright roof bars properly

Normally when putting two Kayaks on edge the first one goes with the cockpit facing outwards from the uprights and the other with the cockpit facing towards the first one, Put the boats so that one is bow to the front and the other bow to the back of the car and they sit together nicely. I would the...
by chriscw
Thu Aug 06, 2015 10:02 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Kayaking shoes worth it
Replies: 41
Views: 6762

Re: Kayaking shoes worth it

I have some rather nice palm tough boots with a side entry zip and another similar pair of a different brand. These are very comfy on my Hoss or when canoeing and good to walk in when portaging to and from access points. I previously had lace up boots but always though these did present a significan...
by chriscw
Wed Jul 22, 2015 10:28 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Recommendations for boat carry set-up pls
Replies: 16
Views: 1483

Re: Recommendations for boat carry set-up pls

helicopter? Seriously though on a related matter shorter portages can be a pain too. Boats appear to be specifically designed to perform excavations on one's shoulder.... I have found that resting the back strap on top of my helmet can work quite well but not of course for the kind of portage that y...
by chriscw
Wed Jul 15, 2015 6:19 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Recovering from Sciatica
Replies: 3
Views: 1041

Re: Recovering from Sciatica

I have spinal stenosis which is similar and have had no advice to stop paddling, rather the reverse since it is an activity I can do unlike walking.... I suppose we are all different and the prognosis for any medical issue we encounter are too. If you can get a second opinion, also ask why you need ...
by chriscw
Wed May 20, 2015 12:46 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: British Canoeing Access & Environment Workshops
Replies: 25
Views: 2013

Re: British Canoeing Access & Environment Workshops

Surely a point to environmental projects, which should of course be "entirely optional", is to help earn a welcome. We do of course have a right to paddle any inland waterway we like but it would be nice if we were actually welcome everywhere, instead of just most places, and of course if everyone ...
by chriscw
Wed May 20, 2015 12:45 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: British Canoeing Access & Environment Workshops
Replies: 25
Views: 2013

Re: British Canoeing Access & Environment Workshops

maggot drowners Using derogatory terms for fellow water users is hardly moving us towards harmonious sharing of the resource is it? I was rather hoping it might raise a small chuckle among our angler friends, after all they are some of our most obvious partners in any environmental projects. If not...
by chriscw
Wed May 20, 2015 10:02 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: British Canoeing Access & Environment Workshops
Replies: 25
Views: 2013

Re: British Canoeing Access & Environment Workshops

Surely a point to environmental projects, which should of course be "entirely optional", is to help earn a welcome. We do of course have a right to paddle any inland waterway we like but it would be nice if we were actually welcome everywhere, instead of just most places, and of course if everyone ...
by chriscw
Tue May 19, 2015 11:32 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: British Canoeing Access & Environment Workshops
Replies: 25
Views: 2013

Re: British Canoeing Access & Environment Workshops

Surely a point to environmental projects, which should of course be "entirely optional", is to help earn a welcome. We do of course have a right to paddle any inland waterway we like but it would be nice if we were actually welcome everywhere, instead of just most places, and of course if everyone w...
by chriscw
Mon May 11, 2015 3:42 pm
Forum: Courses, Trips and Guiding
Topic: Mainstream Training weekend 1,2 and 3 Star, FSRT
Replies: 1
Views: 710

Re: Mainstream Training weekend 1,2 and 3 Star, FSRT

Any more takers for this weekend, if so please email Geoff gedling, see above, or PM me.
by chriscw
Wed Apr 08, 2015 8:45 am
Forum: Courses, Trips and Guiding
Topic: Comments box after making a donation on the courses site?
Replies: 2
Views: 754

Re: Comments box after making a donation on the courses site

Thanks for clearing that up Mark as long as you have the donation and know that you have it that is the main thing.
by chriscw
Tue Apr 07, 2015 11:55 pm
Forum: Courses, Trips and Guiding
Topic: Comments box after making a donation on the courses site?
Replies: 2
Views: 754

Comments box after making a donation on the courses site?

I note that posters on the Courses, Trips and Guiding forum are requested to make a donation, which I have done and paste a copy of their post to the comments page that appears after making the donation. I did not see any comments page, have I missed something or does it not show up if you have no p...
by chriscw
Tue Apr 07, 2015 11:42 pm
Forum: Courses, Trips and Guiding
Topic: Mainstream Training weekend 1,2 and 3 Star, FSRT
Replies: 1
Views: 710

Mainstream Training weekend 1,2 and 3 Star, FSRT

Hi, Mainstream the association of Christians in canoeing are again running a training weekend at the Viney hill activity centre over the weekend of May 15th to 17th. The weekend is full board camping in pre pitched tents or you can bring your own tent, the cost is the same. The cost of the weekend f...
by chriscw
Tue Apr 07, 2015 5:17 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: New Zen
Replies: 9
Views: 1080

Re: New Zen

If you can get hold of an experienced coach and get them to watch you in the Zen (and the burn) they may have some very useful feedback.
by chriscw
Tue Apr 07, 2015 5:14 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: River Wye Trip
Replies: 4
Views: 1279

Re: River Wye Trip

As a rough guide 25KM is around 16 miles in English units. You could plan to do up to 20 miles in a day if you need to in order to get to camp sites but you will need to push it a bit, if doing more than 20 miles then you will need to consider not stopping for lunch, you can do some distance rafted ...
by chriscw
Fri Mar 27, 2015 10:22 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Nose Clips
Replies: 12
Views: 2217

Re: Nose Clips

I currently have the Zolzer ones but I used to use a similar design that was all plastic. There are loads of types on Amazon, generally I don't get on with the ones that are a bit of wire with rubber tips because they do not hold their shape and are not springy, also they are much harder to don one ...
by chriscw
Wed Mar 25, 2015 10:17 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Splitting 2* CW facebook
Replies: 60
Views: 5942

Re: Splitting 2* CW facebook

we always coached for 1 and 2 star in both craft even before candidates had to be tested in both because it does make so much more sense and gives new paddlers a chance to try out different aspects of paddlesport. personally I cannot understand why any kayak coach cannot paddle a canoe too at least ...
by chriscw
Tue Mar 17, 2015 1:29 pm
Forum: Canoeing
Topic: Recover Incapacitated paddler to Shore!
Replies: 13
Views: 3168

Re: Recover Incapacitated paddler to Shore!

As always it is a question of working out from what you know how you would tackle a given situation. Just like in Maths exam where the exam boards find creative ways to phrase multiply 2 by three or divide 12 by 4..... In the later case, Jim has a dozen lollipops and 3 friends if he divides the loll...
by chriscw
Fri Mar 06, 2015 2:01 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Which dry suit?
Replies: 10
Views: 1520

Re: Which dry suit?

I have a yak Titan which has served me well. To be honest I think all new dry suits are probably pretty good, do look after them though things like waxing the zips, a bit of talc on the arm and neck seals are worthwhile. With a price difference of only £100 or even less between a good dry cag and a ...
by chriscw
Mon Mar 02, 2015 1:27 pm
Forum: Wales - South
Topic: Afon Tywi - Junction Pool to Dolauhirion
Replies: 19
Views: 5414

Re: Afon Tywi - Junction Pool to Dolauhirion

One of our groups did this section on Saturday while I was paddling the Gwili. They were asked to pay £2 per head to cross land to get to the river by a man on a tractor claiming to be the farmer. Apparently it was not a particularly easy access, it always was quite steep. I do not know if this was ...
by chriscw
Tue Feb 17, 2015 1:08 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Usk Pollution incident
Replies: 3
Views: 1229

Re: Usk Pollution incident

Thanks Adrian,

For some reason I had it in my mind that is was above Crickhowell but I was not sure how far. As it is downstream it will not affect us, still a really bad thing to happen though.