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by dpround
Mon Mar 11, 2013 10:10 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Opinions please! on BCU 3 Star Touring Kayak award
Replies: 26
Views: 1763

Re: Opinions please! on BCU 3 Star Touring Kayak award

I'd say that any aspirant coach would be well advised to to as many 3* as you can, and certainly not less then one open boat and one kayak. Also try and observe and be coached by as many different coaches as possible. I have learned things from every coach I have seen in action. On the subject of ro...
by dpround
Tue Feb 26, 2013 9:55 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Self Rescue using a paddle to swim with!
Replies: 34
Views: 2322

Re: Self Rescue using a paddle to swim with!

I think it is a useful point that perhaps a few minutes should be spent in WWSR on swimming with a paddle. The first proper swim I had in WW (don't ask the details - v. embarrassing) I got out of the boat still clutching the paddle and then realised I had never swum defensively with a paddle, even t...
by dpround
Thu Feb 21, 2013 5:08 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring Kayaks For Sale
Topic: FS Palm Decent Pogies £10
Replies: 5
Views: 271

Re: FS Palm Decent Pogies £10

Yes please, can you post them? Are they in reasonable shape?

David
by dpround
Mon Feb 18, 2013 11:18 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring Kayaks For Sale
Topic: Loads of kit
Replies: 8
Views: 805

Re: Loads of kit

Can you post a picture of the hammock? I posted this question on the other site, but it was held for moderation, so no idea if you will ever see it.

David
by dpround
Thu Feb 07, 2013 2:06 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: BCU BRINGS BACK OLD AWARDS
Replies: 89
Views: 6767

Re: BCU BRINGS BACK OLD AWARDS

David no one on here is talking about taking people in a whitewater environment, we are talking upto level 2 which still only allows grade 2 at most. Above level 2 you are more than likely going to be doing coaching for financial reward, at least charging for your time. I consider this being a prof...
by dpround
Wed Feb 06, 2013 5:53 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: BCU BRINGS BACK OLD AWARDS
Replies: 89
Views: 6767

Re: BCU BRINGS BACK OLD AWARDS

I make that a total of 41.5 days mandatory training and assessment. No wonder my wife is complaining. Not that I have got any 4* or MWE yet.

David
by dpround
Wed Feb 06, 2013 5:47 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: BCU BRINGS BACK OLD AWARDS
Replies: 89
Views: 6767

Re: BCU BRINGS BACK OLD AWARDS

To get to L2 coach you need to do: (Only required training included FSRT (1 day) 2* (1 day) L1 coach (3 days + 1 assessment) 3* WW (1 day) 3* Open boat (1 day) LTPD (self study - 0.5 day) Child protection (1 day now?) First aid (now 2 day?) L2 coach training (4 days) L2 coach assessment (1 day) I ma...
by dpround
Wed Feb 06, 2013 3:15 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: BCU BRINGS BACK OLD AWARDS
Replies: 89
Views: 6767

Re: BCU BRINGS BACK OLD AWARDS

The scouts assessor can choose to extend a leader's remit beyond their UKCC remit, but in my experience it tends to go the other way! (Typical UK gold plating) All the best David I think a lot of this depends on the assesor as I know a couple of folk who have gained their paddling permit for up to ...
by dpround
Wed Feb 06, 2013 9:52 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: BCU BRINGS BACK OLD AWARDS
Replies: 89
Views: 6767

Re: BCU BRINGS BACK OLD AWARDS

The UKCC scheme was designed to help and create professional coaches with no thought for grass roots coaching at all. As an aside, I was under the impression that the Scouts had their own set of coaching awards precisely so they wouldn't need to bother with the BCU scheme? Dave Theoretically this i...
by dpround
Tue Feb 05, 2013 11:22 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: BCU BRINGS BACK OLD AWARDS
Replies: 89
Views: 6767

Re: BCU BRINGS BACK OLD AWARDS

I think this is a really interesting development and find it frustrating that listening to the members and making the changes they are asking for is considered so negatively. As a scout leader I just want to be able to take the scouts out. Coaching is an optional extra. I have spent a lot of time an...
by dpround
Tue Jan 29, 2013 4:28 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Old v’s New : Sea Kayaks
Replies: 9
Views: 1349

Re: Old v’s New : Sea Kayaks

I don't think there is anything particularly wrong with the designs that have stood the test of time (Nordkapp, NDK Explorer & Romany etc), though you need to be a little careful with the Nordkapps as the design has evolved a bit over the years. On the other hand some of the new features like the 4t...
by dpround
Fri Jan 25, 2013 1:14 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Lomo spray decks
Replies: 6
Views: 814

Re: Lomo spray decks

I have one of their cheapest spraydecks and it is still going strong a few years on. It is sufficient for my needs.

David
by dpround
Tue Jan 15, 2013 11:12 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: 3 Star Sea and 4 Star Leader Seas Skills DVD ROM - any good
Replies: 7
Views: 709

Re: 3 Star Sea and 4 Star Leader Seas Skills DVD ROM - any

Thanks for the advice. I am working on the personal skills, for instance last weekend I spent two days doing rough water training with Nigel Dennis and Eila. (First time around North and South stack & survived - yay!) I am looking at getting mentoring, or setting up a self-help group of other 4* asp...
by dpround
Mon Jan 14, 2013 2:52 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: 3 Star Sea and 4 Star Leader Seas Skills DVD ROM - any good
Replies: 7
Views: 709

3 Star Sea and 4 Star Leader Seas Skills DVD ROM - any good

Is this DVD from the BCU any good? I want to go for 4* sea, but need all the help I can get!

http://www.bcushop.org.uk/product/170/3 ... ls-dvd-rom

All the best

David
by dpround
Thu Jan 10, 2013 10:22 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: How long did it take you to roll and how?
Replies: 88
Views: 5868

Re: How long did it take you to roll and how?

I'm going to a coaching rolling coarse this evening, so that might change my views, but at the moment: Note everything to be practised bi-laterally. 1) Poolside practice, lie on side holding pool edge. Roll boat back and forwards with hips 2) By side of pool invert and recover using side of pool 3) ...
by dpround
Wed Dec 19, 2012 9:52 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Strategies for dealing with fear in bigger conditions
Replies: 45
Views: 3463

Re: Strategies for dealing with fear in bigger conditions

As a leader, be careful what you say. Some things are better discussed privately with your second! I managed to worry a student because I got some students to tandem in the open boats for a river crossing as I was not certain of their abilities solo. The problem was I said exactly that. They, of cou...
by dpround
Wed Dec 05, 2012 9:32 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Sit on Top Kayak for Fat People
Replies: 7
Views: 3352

Re: Sit on Top Kayak for Fat People

The OK Prowler Big Game is certainly designed for the larger person. At 34" wide the boat is huge. Initial stability is vast, but it is not particularly efficient to paddle both hydro-dynamically and because it is difficult to manage an efficient stroke on such a wide boat. The remainder of the Prow...
by dpround
Wed Nov 28, 2012 10:10 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Best cheap Olympus tough waterproof camera
Replies: 4
Views: 848

Re: Best cheap Olympus tough waterproof camera

My Olympus took pretty horrible pictures and died in my BA pocket in a swimming pool just out of guarantee. I had only used it a few times in the water. Even the kids didn't want to use it as the picture quality was so bad and lens very wide angle even zoomed in. I would get a cheap compact that wil...
by dpround
Fri Nov 16, 2012 10:55 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Cameras again
Replies: 9
Views: 1085

Cameras again

My Olympus tough (10m rated) leaked in my BA in the swimming pool and has now quit. I have looked at the reviews of a lot of "waterproof" cameras and they all seem to have disaster stories attached. I am not sure what to go for next, if anything. I have looked at the bottom of the market Gopros, but...
by dpround
Tue Nov 13, 2012 11:35 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Newbie looking for advice
Replies: 2
Views: 226

Re: Newbie looking for advice

You would probably get better answers in the sea kayaking section of the forum.

All the best

David
by dpround
Thu Oct 18, 2012 10:48 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Bring back the single discipline 2*
Replies: 57
Views: 2387

Re: Bring back the single discipline 2*

Canoe strokes can be taught very effectively using WW kayaks and a canoe paddle, especially in the pool. Canoe paddles are also great as an intermediate stage for teaching rolling. Personally, I am glad that the coaching scheme forced me to try open boats. I would never have tried them otherwise and...
by dpround
Mon Sep 24, 2012 10:55 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring Kayaks For Sale
Topic: Various for sale
Replies: 23
Views: 2040

Re: Various for sale

I'm interested in the paddles if still available. Can you post them? How much for both?

David
by dpround
Thu Sep 13, 2012 9:31 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Choosing your watercraft direction?
Replies: 7
Views: 776

Re: Choosing your watercraft direction?

I enjoy both and would not want to choose between them. I bought both a cheap WW kayak and a cheap canoe, so I get the best of both. On grade 3 WW I find a canoe really exciting, but also love the tranquillity of still water paddling. Grade 3 is about the limit for a trad canoe, but you can go to ev...
by dpround
Wed Sep 12, 2012 9:33 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Drysuit socks
Replies: 35
Views: 5173

Re: Drysuit socks

My experience of latex is that when it is new it is pretty tough. It gets more fragile as it gets older and at some point will tear. Replacing latex socks is not that difficult. The fitted socks are quite a bit nicer than the flat ones and not a lot more expensive.

David
by dpround
Mon Sep 10, 2012 2:39 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Dee Access Agreement
Replies: 236
Views: 22697

Re: Dee Access Agreement

An alternative would be if Canoe Wales had a 'fighting fund' and promised to support any paddler that runs into legal troubles over river access in Wales. This would encourage membership to CW, means everyone contributes the same amount to the fund, and start to encourage unity in the paddling comm...
by dpround
Mon Sep 10, 2012 2:32 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Dee Access Agreement
Replies: 236
Views: 22697

Re: Dee Access Agreement

A fighting fund needs to be a financially separate organisation, or it will not be able to perform its function and we will have no forwards movement. (It has to be able to take positions and risks that would not be appropriate for an NGB.) I would like to see one fund jointly run by Canoe Wales and...
by dpround
Mon Sep 10, 2012 11:24 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Dee Access Agreement
Replies: 236
Views: 22697

Re: Dee Access Agreement

I Think that the fighting fund needs to be raised in advance of any case coming to court as without the certainty of support who could afford to take the risk of fighting the case?

David
by dpround
Mon Sep 10, 2012 9:38 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Dee Access Agreement
Replies: 236
Views: 22697

Re: Dee Access Agreement

The Camping Club has a fighting fund, a charity (I think) set up to deal with legal issues etc. I would be very happy to pay into a similar fighting fund so that whoever gets dragged up to be the test case has some financial assistance with the legal costs. How many members has the WCA or BCU got? i...
by dpround
Mon Aug 27, 2012 7:53 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Dee Access Agreement
Replies: 236
Views: 22697

Re: Dee Access Agreement

I think there may be an arguement that this is being approched in the wrong direction by the kayakers. Kayakers believe that they have a right to use the river when they choose. Anglers believe likewise. An access agreement for paddling only is too one sided. The agreement would need to cover all ac...