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by chriscw
Wed Jul 30, 2014 10:54 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Having to do 2* canoe
Replies: 100
Views: 6878

Re: Having to do 2* canoe

If the BCU ran the DVLA Candidate: Hi I would like to take my car driving test please. BCU Examiner: Excellent, now please get on your motorbike and we can start the test. Snip you get the idea. Personally I do not think anyone should be allowed to drive a car unless they are a competent cyclist an...
by chriscw
Wed Jul 30, 2014 9:29 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Device to use with a GoPro
Replies: 7
Views: 1056

Re: Device to use with a GoPro

I have no problem at all with reading the images at home, and if the Android app worked on either an HTC One phone or the Google Nexus then I really would not have a problem at all as I could use my mobile devices with it wirelessly. I am wondering about the best device to use on the go but I think ...
by chriscw
Thu Jul 24, 2014 12:59 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Moonraker Kayak
Replies: 15
Views: 4273

Re: Moonraker Kayak

Happy memories of paddling a Moonraker in my youth about 45 years ago....
by chriscw
Thu Jul 24, 2014 12:29 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Wood Mill Weir, Itchen River and very angry Fisherman!
Replies: 8
Views: 1838

Re: Wood Mill Weir, Itchen River and very angry Fisherman!

In most rivers it is not allowed to fish within 30 yards of any weir anyway.. Stupid rule and i have no idea of the reason for it but there you are....
by chriscw
Thu Jul 17, 2014 11:59 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: SUP or surf kayak?
Replies: 88
Views: 5757

Re: SUP or surf kayak?

You will probably have more fun on a sup and most of them will be lighter than most surf kayaks. You will need deep pockets though for a piece of very light foam with a plastic skip SUPs are a ridiculous price.
by chriscw
Wed Jul 16, 2014 1:27 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: White water SUP
Replies: 11
Views: 1747

Re: White water SUP

Nice to see you here wavecloud! And thanks for the evening at Abingdon a week or two back.
by chriscw
Wed Jul 09, 2014 10:01 am
Forum: Paddling Partners
Topic: Alton Waters
Replies: 2
Views: 793

Re: Alton Waters

Is this at Alton in Hampshire? I was unaware of any waters in that area.
by chriscw
Wed Jul 09, 2014 9:59 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Who needs to launch new boats?
Replies: 29
Views: 3462

Re: Who needs to launch new boats?

personally to continue to support those in my town who want to try paddling I would like to launch: 1 At least two sea kayaks 2 At least two sit on tops 3 At lease 2 SUPs 4 At least one additional Canoe (really a replacement for the older of the two I have) 5 One additional small kayak perhaps a dyn...
by chriscw
Tue Jul 01, 2014 4:25 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: 38 - too old to start working in outdoor pursuits?
Replies: 18
Views: 2214

Re: 38 - too old to start working in outdoor pursuits?

One thing to bear in mind is the need thanks to helpful government legislation for CBT trainers to help those who want to learn to ride a motor bike and First Aid trainers due to First Aid at work legislation. One of the Ski instructors at a local dry slop used to use CBT and a second stream of inco...
by chriscw
Tue Jul 01, 2014 4:20 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Save the Conwy campaign - action needed!
Replies: 13
Views: 1615

Re: Save the Conwy campaign - action needed!

Thanks that does indeed help.

So a feedback point would be the need to return the water much higher upstream, which might in turn scupper the whole thing.
by chriscw
Tue Jul 01, 2014 1:03 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Save the Conwy campaign - action needed!
Replies: 13
Views: 1615

Re: Save the Conwy campaign - action needed!

They are using an existing fall to provide the head (one which if memory serves is not run, forgive me if I have confused it with another). They are building a small weir only to divert the flow into a buried pipeline, blending in the actual turbine building quite well and returning the water to the...
by chriscw
Tue Jul 01, 2014 12:55 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: 38 - too old to start working in outdoor pursuits?
Replies: 18
Views: 2214

Re: 38 - too old to start working in outdoor pursuits?

The problem with jobs that people will do for a song because they love it is that often there are many people chasing few jobs and the market sets the rate.... As others have said even in this thread you probably need a few strings to your bow if you want to work full time and make a living out of it.
by chriscw
Mon Jun 30, 2014 3:29 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Save the Conwy campaign - action needed!
Replies: 13
Views: 1615

Re: Save the Conwy campaign - action needed!

This looks like a really good well thought out scheme, We should give it positive feedback obviously, but are there any minor changes needed to make it work better for us?
by chriscw
Mon Jun 30, 2014 3:23 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Device to use with a GoPro
Replies: 7
Views: 1056

Device to use with a GoPro

I am a vary lucky boy, my daughter and son-in-law have given me a GoPro. How do people look at their GoPro footage when they are away? I know you can get a touchback for the GoPro which might be quite a good idea when wanting to use it as a normal digital camera, what is the best way though. Niether...
by chriscw
Fri Jun 13, 2014 12:21 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Where to go to look at and demo stand up paddle boards.
Replies: 9
Views: 918

Re: Where to go to look at and demo stand up paddle boards.

Great Paddle from the Burycroft with Dave AKA Wavecloud this evening. Sort of confirmed in my mind that a SUP is definitely something to save for.
by chriscw
Sun Jun 08, 2014 9:53 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Where to go to look at and demo stand up paddle boards.
Replies: 9
Views: 918

Re: Where to go to look at and demo stand up paddle boards.

EZ wrote:There's this place in London, but might be a bit far away for you.

http://www.active360.co.uk/
That looks interesting too. I must check exactly where they are this evening when I have more time.
by chriscw
Thu Jun 05, 2014 9:38 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Where to go to look at and demo stand up paddle boards.
Replies: 9
Views: 918

Re: Where to go to look at and demo stand up paddle boards.

Thanks everyone. I will see if I can find Dave on SOTP and also contact Woodmill who are pretty local to me.
by chriscw
Wed Jun 04, 2014 6:06 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Where to go to look at and demo stand up paddle boards.
Replies: 9
Views: 918

Where to go to look at and demo stand up paddle boards.

I am quite interested in adding a stand up paddle board to the fleet of boats I use to lend to people I coach. I can find them online OK at a price but I wonder if there are any actual shops where I can go to look and maybe even try before settling on one. I live in Basingstoke so somewhere in the S...
by chriscw
Thu May 29, 2014 10:12 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Nominations for British Rivers that need one of these
Replies: 5
Views: 1025

Re: Nominations for British Rivers that need one of these

morsey wrote:Trent

"Your message contains 5 characters. The minimum number of characters you need to enter is 7."
Try River Trent....
by chriscw
Wed May 07, 2014 10:06 pm
Forum: England - Southeast
Topic: Blue green Algae reported in the Basinstoke canal.
Replies: 5
Views: 2192

Re: Blue green Algae reported in the Basinstoke canal.

yes well at the very least I shall need to avoid using it when I am taking kids out.
by chriscw
Tue May 06, 2014 4:32 pm
Forum: England - Southeast
Topic: Blue green Algae reported in the Basinstoke canal.
Replies: 5
Views: 2192

Re: Blue green Algae reported in the Basinstoke canal.

Yes I had seen that. the EA is of course not the navigation authority for the Basingstoke canal. But the canal society have sought their advice on the matter. What i am wondering is whether or not to ignore the 'ban'.
by chriscw
Tue May 06, 2014 3:43 pm
Forum: England - Southeast
Topic: Blue green Algae reported in the Basinstoke canal.
Replies: 5
Views: 2192

Blue green Algae reported in the Basinstoke canal.

I have seen a report which admittedly looks a little fishy that the Ash Lock to Greywell section of the Basingstoke canal is closed to unpowered boats due to blue green algae. Does anyone know if this is true and if so is the 'ban' being enforced and should we be taking any notice of it or at least ...
by chriscw
Tue May 06, 2014 3:38 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Surrey river paddling/skills training
Replies: 7
Views: 1155

Re: Surrey river paddling/skills training

I have never paddled or swum in the Mole. The Wey and the Thames will be absolutely fine unless there has been some kind of spillage. I regularly paddle on the Thames and often get out for a swim or do rolling practice. In my youth we would often be swimming in the Wey even after an angling club tri...
by chriscw
Thu May 01, 2014 3:11 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Lee Valley - assessments
Replies: 58
Views: 5549

Re: Lee Valley - assessments

One more quickly question: do I need to be kitted out to swim on the legacy (too much of a whimp to get cold), or are we just asked to prove we can roll with swimming being an option for the non rollers ? The latter. We ask everyone to go upside down and hope they roll up. If they don't we expect a...
by chriscw
Mon Apr 28, 2014 5:26 pm
Forum: Courses, Trips and Guiding
Topic: BCU 2 Star
Replies: 1
Views: 416

Re: BCU 2 Star

The Mainstream Christians in canoeing training weekend is in Chesterfield from May 9th to 11th, Cost £25 including camping and any kit you need to hire. The weekend is self catering. BCU 2 star is one of the courses on offer. Contact Chrisc_w@yahoo.co.uk for further details and a booking form if you...
by chriscw
Fri Apr 25, 2014 1:02 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Kayak paddles for younger children.
Replies: 8
Views: 667

Re: Kayak paddles for younger children.

I have used Ainsworth inthe past, they seem fine for normal use, I know that one of their models can bend a bit over time with heavy use but basically an OK paddle I will look at their junior range i had forgotten them in the intervening years.
by chriscw
Fri Apr 25, 2014 12:17 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Kayak paddles for younger children.
Replies: 8
Views: 667

Re: Kayak paddles for younger children.

Hi Kelvin,

Great looking paddles, a bit more expensive than I had in mind. I shall give it some thought.
by chriscw
Fri Apr 25, 2014 12:03 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Kayak paddles for younger children.
Replies: 8
Views: 667

Re: Kayak paddles for younger children.

Another question on the same topic: I am thinking probably it will be best to get an unfeathered paddle, but will this cause confusion later on?
by chriscw
Thu Apr 24, 2014 4:37 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Kayak paddles for younger children.
Replies: 8
Views: 667

Kayak paddles for younger children.

Most of the kayak paddles I have are about 6 feet long and possibly have adult sized looms too. They are a bit long for younger children. I have seen shorter paddles but the ones if question had really large diameter looms, about 2 inches, which even I could not use comfortably. I need to source a k...
by chriscw
Thu Apr 24, 2014 4:29 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: BCU Rebranded - British Canoeing
Replies: 123
Views: 11987

Re: BCU Rebranded - British Canoeing

Surely the most positive thing about paddling is that it can be a lifelong pastime and that competition is not a required element to make it worthwhile. As far as I can see the new look is still more about competitive paddling than about paddling.... I am not against competitive sport of course not ...