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by dpround
Wed May 14, 2014 1:32 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Footwear for drysuits?^
Replies: 24
Views: 5287

Re: Footwear for drysuits?^

I have just started using a very cheap pair of walking boots made of synthetic materials - mainly as they were far cheaper than any of the proper boots. So far, so good!

All the best

David
by dpround
Tue May 06, 2014 11:38 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Paddle size
Replies: 11
Views: 1197

Re: Paddle size

I think the only thing that hasn't been said is that longer paddles with bigger blades increase the chances of you doing something nasty to shoulders etc.

David
by dpround
Wed Mar 12, 2014 10:12 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Level 2 Mentoring, who can do this?
Replies: 11
Views: 1107

Re: Level 2 Mentoring, who can do this?

IMHO a good bet is to find a UKCC L3 candidate and become one of their long term students.

All the best

David
by dpround
Wed Feb 05, 2014 9:51 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Report: A wee paddle on Loch Duich
Replies: 12
Views: 1643

Re: Report: A wee paddle on Loch Duich

Suddenly for the swimmer, the tide was by far the strongest force, and for the now empty boat, the wind. The two separated faster than the swimmer could paddle swim. You don't need the tide to get separated from the boat. Wind is more than enough. Here a little video which we made for the club abou...
by dpround
Tue Feb 04, 2014 10:38 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Report: A wee paddle on Loch Duich
Replies: 12
Views: 1643

Re: Report: A wee paddle on Loch Duich

Had an interesting demonstration on the weekend. Wind against tide, and quite a bit of both as playing the swellies (Anglesey). The tide was the stronger force, except perhaps in the gusts under the bridge. The eye opener was when someone fell out of their boat. Suddenly for the swimmer, the tide wa...
by dpround
Tue Jan 28, 2014 9:25 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Spraydeck grab loop snapped
Replies: 11
Views: 1380

Re: Spraydeck grab loop snapped

Playboater decks used to have a knee release band - I don't know if they still do. Something like that would give you a second option.

David
by dpround
Fri Jan 10, 2014 9:04 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Onesie
Replies: 15
Views: 1993

Re: Onesie

Odd, my Lomo onesie is very thin and so gets used quite a lot when the weather is moderate. I also have a Palm onesie, which was more money, but is much nicer though often too warm.

David
by dpround
Mon Nov 25, 2013 11:48 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Dullness alert -- coaching / supervising question......
Replies: 3
Views: 787

Re: Dullness alert -- coaching / supervising question......

It is far easier to supervise small groups. I have leaned from the scouts that it is easier to supervise 36 scouts as six groups of six, even if there are only a few leaders doing it (note other activities, not kayaking!). It is easy to see if all of a team of six are OK at a glance, but checking a ...
by dpround
Tue Oct 29, 2013 11:17 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Advice for the first paddle needed
Replies: 25
Views: 3227

Re: Advice for the first paddle needed

It is worth considering buying your first paddle as a two piece as many people use this as their spare paddle when they upgrade. To fit under the deck elastics the paddle needs to be two part. Buying a four part paddle means that you can use it as a spare for white water as well. (A two piece paddle...
by dpround
Mon Oct 21, 2013 11:20 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Avoid the "OK Plateau" - Deliberate Practise
Replies: 12
Views: 2275

Re: Avoid the "OK Plateau" - Deliberate Practise

Practising outside your comfort zone doesn't have to mean going to a higher grade water. There are lots of ways to make easy water hard, the most obvious of which is to set a slalom course. The requirement to put your boat exactly where you want it, instead of just hitting the eddy will teach a leve...
by dpround
Tue Oct 15, 2013 10:00 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Narrow paddle grip
Replies: 39
Views: 3958

Re: Narrow paddle grip

What do people consider to be a narrow grip? The standard grip is an elbow span and I would say a narrow grip is no more than two hand-breadths narrower than this. Pure beginners tend to start far narrower than is ideal, down to their hands only inches apart! The elbow span apart (paddle over head,...
by dpround
Mon Sep 02, 2013 1:33 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: sea kayak for big guys
Replies: 27
Views: 4859

Re: sea kayak for big guys

SKUK's romany excel (XL) is worth a look if you want a larger boat with a large cockpit. I am very pleased with mine.

All the best

David
by dpround
Thu Aug 29, 2013 11:00 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Introducing your kids to paddling - What age ?
Replies: 43
Views: 5959

Re: Introducing your kids to paddling - What age ?

My only advice to add to this is be very wary of the kids getting a scare in the water. Two of my kids had incidents and both of them have had their confidence severely affected.

I strongly recommend open boats or SOTs until they need to move on or beg to.

All the best

David
by dpround
Fri Aug 23, 2013 9:38 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Is lightness the thing in a good paddle?
Replies: 12
Views: 1353

Re: Is lightness the thing in a good paddle?

As a beginner, one way to make the differences between paddles more obvious is to take things to extremes - try a very long paddle, very short, biggest blades and smallest. Even then what you like as a beginner may not by a great choice as your technique is unlikely to be very good. I used to like a...
by dpround
Tue Aug 13, 2013 10:06 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Resignations from SCA Board of Directors
Replies: 137
Views: 12289

Re: Resignations from SCA Board of Directors

The camping & caravanning club have a model where members can sign up to additional special interest groups for a small additional fee on their membership. This model works very well and gives a clearly defined income stream to the special interest groups for very little administration effort. All t...
by dpround
Sun Jul 21, 2013 11:24 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Money talks
Replies: 17
Views: 2214

Re: Money talks

Nigel (skuk) Romany Excel (XL!) is a great boat for the larger paddler. It is a relatively new design so perhaps you have not seen it?

David
by dpround
Mon Jul 01, 2013 11:01 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Wild camping on the beach.
Replies: 4
Views: 2010

Re: Wild camping on the beach.

I think the best you are likely to get is wild camping will be ignored generally, provided that you are discrete - chose locations that are out of the way, pitch your tent at dusk and get off early in the morning. It would probably be wise to identify likely spots in advance. I am sure the local kay...
by dpround
Fri Jun 21, 2013 10:16 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Open cockpit sea kayaks
Replies: 23
Views: 3540

Re: Open cockpit sea kayaks

I am sure I have read 3* (sea at least) is fine in a SOT, 4* is OK, but you would be restricted to leading SOT. 5* I am sure is still no go. I have no idea why they place this daft restriction on leading only SOT - it is easy to X rescue a sea kayak from a SOT and it would be a challenge to find an ...
by dpround
Wed Jun 19, 2013 12:24 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Open cockpit sea kayaks
Replies: 23
Views: 3540

Re: Open cockpit sea kayaks

If I was a sea kayak manufacturer, I would be looking at what I could do with minimum compromise to make open cockpit versions of my products. I would also be looking to eliminate any straps. I feel careful design should be able to replicate all the contact points of a closed cockpit making them re...
by dpround
Tue Jun 18, 2013 11:31 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Open cockpit sea kayaks
Replies: 23
Views: 3540

Re: Open cockpit sea kayaks

Even the greater exposure with an open cockpit kayak could be considered a safety advantage - after all you will be dressed to keep warm when wet, so when it goes pear shaped and you take a swim immersion in cold water is less likely to be a serious problem. If I was a sea kayak manufacturer, I woul...
by dpround
Fri Apr 26, 2013 2:54 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Hanging kit to dry / over bath
Replies: 21
Views: 2697

Re: Hanging kit to dry / over bath

We have one of these over the bath for really wet stuff and another over the Aga for finishing off:

http://www.lakeland.co.uk/8849/Traditio ... tAodGnQAqQ

Plenty strong enough for watersports gear. Hang the stuff on and then winch it up out of the way.

David
by dpround
Wed Apr 24, 2013 9:40 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Level 2 Paper work ( Help )
Replies: 7
Views: 709

Re: Level 2 Paper work ( Help )

You *really* need a mentor - someone to observe your sessions as well as working through your session plans. Choose your mentor carefully as someone who is fully in tune with the new scheme will give you much better advice. A new scheme L3 coach would be ideal. I don't think an internet mentor will ...
by dpround
Mon Apr 08, 2013 9:38 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Online Logbook Idea
Replies: 9
Views: 1382

Re: Online Logbook Idea

I like the idea. I use a paper log at the moment as I find I need to be able to update it in the field or I forget - but I have misplaced it a few times - losing it all would not be good! An online logbook seems an excellent compromise. Kayaking is a niche market, so don't expect to get rich unless ...
by dpround
Mon Mar 25, 2013 11:39 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Remit for four star
Replies: 20
Views: 1625

Re: Remit for four star

Getting 4 star will not help you; even though it is a leadership award the scouts only recognise coaching qualifications. You need to be a level 3 coach with the appropriate endorsement to go straight to a B2 permit. Maybe you require 4 star equivalent experience to make the call on what is safe or...
by dpround
Mon Mar 25, 2013 11:33 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Remit for four star
Replies: 20
Views: 1625

Re: Remit for four star

Getting 4 star will not help you; even though it is a leadership award the scouts only recognise coaching qualifications. You need to be a level 3 coach with the appropriate endorsement to go straight to a B2 permit. I wouldn't take scouts into 4 star conditions, scouting A waters. There is lots of...
by dpround
Fri Mar 15, 2013 5:22 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Remit for four star
Replies: 20
Views: 1625

Re: Remit for four star

If you only want to do the straits with your leadership award / mwe, could you not speak to the WCA about their site specific award that iirc they are trialing? I could, but would also have to get the scouts to accept the award as I have two masters (WCA and Scouts). I have done a very early iterat...
by dpround
Fri Mar 15, 2013 3:00 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Remit for four star
Replies: 20
Views: 1625

Re: Remit for four star

Initial ideas for places to practice are the Swellies (way over 2kts, but way under sea state 4 in practically any conditions) and Puffin sound, which with choice of conditions and tide can look like sea state 4, but flattens off a lot outside the tide race. I have less experience of Puffin sound, s...
by dpround
Thu Mar 14, 2013 9:58 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Remit for four star
Replies: 20
Views: 1625

Re: Remit for four star

Frankly, force 5 was enough of a shock. I tend to go paddling when it is nice! Finding suitable mugs to go paddling with in silly (replace with challenging ed.) conditions is proving to be a bit of a tricky. I wouldn't bother, but I need four star (and MWE) to take the scouts practically anywhere, r...
by dpround
Thu Mar 14, 2013 9:35 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Remit for four star
Replies: 20
Views: 1625

Remit for four star

I am a bit confused by "winds not exceeding force four/sea state four" I think I have seen this interpreted as up to the top of force three/sea state three as well as to the top end of sea state 4 force 4. So I think four star remit is up to 2.5m waves at 16kts of wind. Four star leaders have to be ...
by dpround
Thu Mar 14, 2013 9:18 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Sea State Descriptions
Replies: 7
Views: 1837

Re: Sea State Descriptions

For the proper version, do you think you could add sea state 5, so that it is clear for four star what is out of remit?

Many thanks

David