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by GregS
Sun Jan 03, 2016 10:36 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Kayakers assisting in flood rescue efforts
Replies: 6
Views: 1294

Re: Kayakers assisting in flood rescue efforts

Take a look at the BCU Lifeguards website... including at what they've published about Flood Response : We are currently working on a flood response project to enable the canoeing community to be of real assistance to the emergency services during times of wide scale flooding. There is a real intere...
by GregS
Tue Sep 29, 2015 4:16 pm
Forum: Dates and Events
Topic: ACA Symposium - Tidal Thames - October 2015
Replies: 0
Views: 1457

ACA Symposium - Tidal Thames - October 2015

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-AAOF_kS4YSU/Vgj2SVpEwdI/AAAAAAAATMk/f264bp3pLbA/s912-Ic42/SB%2525281340347%252529.jpg Are you around at any time this coming weekend? Join in with a packed programme at the ACA Europe Symposium - complete with awesome (inexpensive) venue, great programme and some ...
by GregS
Thu Sep 17, 2015 11:22 pm
Forum: Dates and Events
Topic: Washburn - Saturday 21st September - with Shuttle & Race
Replies: 1
Views: 1559

Washburn - Saturday 21st September - with Shuttle & Race

OK - Rainchasers says the rivers are dry... and the Met Office forecast suggests we're not going to get more rain tomorrow... so who's up for fun and games on The Washburn on Saturday? I'm coordinating the release... and will be running a shuttle service all day. If you want to blast down to the bot...
by GregS
Thu Apr 23, 2015 11:06 am
Forum: Dates and Events
Topic: Mythbusting, Shooting Sacred Cows and Updating in Style!
Replies: 0
Views: 1441

Mythbusting, Shooting Sacred Cows and Updating in Style!

http://rally.singleblade.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2015/04/KH1110295.jpg So who's up for cutting through the overblown guff and shooting a few sacred cows? On Sunday 3rd May Dave Kohn-Hollins will cutting free from typical constraints with a Mythbusting course on WWSR and on Monday 4th May ...
by GregS
Mon Apr 20, 2015 9:15 am
Forum: Dates and Events
Topic: Canoefest 2015
Replies: 0
Views: 1781

Canoefest 2015

May Day Bank Holiday Weekend is just around the corner - and that means Canoefest 2015! Highlights this year include: Coastal Canoing with Jules Burnard A Day of Coastal Play with Ray (Goodwin) C-Boat Coaching with Kelvin Horner and friends River Rescue & Incident Management for Canoeists - with Chr...
by GregS
Wed Nov 12, 2014 8:34 am
Forum: Canoeing
Topic: 3 Star Open & 3 Star Touring - what is the difference?
Replies: 3
Views: 1913

Re: 3 Star Open & 3 Star Touring - what is the difference?

The touring award uses ungraded water with discernable flow, the other award uses grade 1 water More importantly, the Touring Awards (at all levels)n get away from the obsession with river canoeing... and opens the door to tidal paddling. Take a look at the guidance / training / assessing notes. Th...
by GregS
Thu Oct 23, 2014 2:31 pm
Forum: Dates and Events
Topic: English Open Canoe Symposium - 31st Oct - 2nd Nov. 2014
Replies: 3
Views: 2095

Re: English Open Canoe Symposium - 31st Oct - 2nd Nov. 2014

Last call for the forthcoming English Open Canoe Symposium: bookings close this Sunday (26th October) :)

by GregS
Fri Oct 17, 2014 11:30 pm
Forum: Dates and Events
Topic: The Washburn: 19th Oct, 2014
Replies: 1
Views: 1288

The Washburn: 19th Oct, 2014

So... according to the Rainchaser site, there's not a lot of water about in the North of England right now: link . https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-_XhbP7FAUI8/VEGTQq4FwOI/AAAAAAAAKyQ/WL8Vdu3cd30/s1024/Screenshot%25202014-10-17%252023.02.26.png The Met Office forecast for Saturday : Bright or sunn...
by GregS
Mon Oct 06, 2014 6:27 pm
Forum: Dates and Events
Topic: English Open Canoe Symposium - 31st Oct - 2nd Nov. 2014
Replies: 3
Views: 2095

English Open Canoe Symposium - 31st Oct - 2nd Nov. 2014

Tom, Anna and their Open Canoe Association team continue to beaver away behind the scenes on the... 2014 English Open Canoe Symposium ...and have started running information on their own website : Workshops Coach Update Evening Programme For a sense of what's involved, take a look at Kevin Callan's ...
by GregS
Thu Sep 18, 2014 12:24 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Suggestions to make teaching forward paddling more fun!
Replies: 20
Views: 3243

Re: Suggestions to make teaching forward paddling more fun!

BCU Coaching Handbook, Chapter 12: Forward Paddling. Prerequisites. "If forward paddling is to be seen as the core of paddling, then the ideal is that it will be introduced and developed in a boat that has inherent straight running characteristics [which] enable the paddler to focus on the skill of ...
by GregS
Mon Aug 04, 2014 12:42 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Having to do 2* canoe
Replies: 100
Views: 6867

Re: Having to do 2* canoe

I just find I can't do most of what I've learnt with 2 blades and a boat that's tiny with 1 blade and a supertanker. I suspect you're comparing what you can do in an appropriately sized craft with what you can do in a completely inappropriate craft. Many years ago, Patrick Moore designed a sized-se...
by GregS
Tue Jul 15, 2014 3:07 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: How to teach Low Brace & Low Brace Turn?
Replies: 55
Views: 4819

Re: How to teach Low Brace & Low Brace Turn?

at 2 star (these are 2 star strokes?) [...] flat water (2* remit) Context is everything, and for many, MANY boaters... canoeing isn't a "sport"... and "performance boating" isn't of ANY interest: we're talking folk who see boats as a means of getting from A to B... or as a "pastime"... For them... ...
by GregS
Mon Jul 14, 2014 9:43 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Kayaks for Kids
Replies: 16
Views: 2097

Re: Kayaks for Kids

There is another option if you are serious about your kids becoming white water paddlers, a slalom boat. Even edgier than the Dynamo, but the sport offers continuous challenges in safe environments to promote skill development while preventing stagnation and boredom. Well said! Lightnings are a bet...
by GregS
Mon Jul 14, 2014 2:47 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: How to teach Low Brace & Low Brace Turn?
Replies: 55
Views: 4819

Re: How to teach Low Brace & Low Brace Turn?

Low Brace Turn - Has been under debate for years! As I recall for assessment more recently the low brace was supposed to be ready just above the surface but the turn should be done with edging, with the low brace mainly there for confidence and for recovery if the candidate edges too far Paddle str...
by GregS
Mon Jul 14, 2014 8:57 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Having to do 2* canoe
Replies: 100
Views: 6867

Re: Having to do 2* canoe

Was trying to get scout permit The Scout Permit system is pretty flexible... so you should be able to get signed off in some way, shape or form: might initially be for assisting under the direct supervision of a more experienced instructor.... but that's a start! canoe 2 star [...] Rolling [...] FS...
by GregS
Sun Jul 13, 2014 10:12 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Having to do 2* canoe
Replies: 100
Views: 6867

Re: Having to do 2* canoe

But why make it mandatory - surely that's up to people to decide? It's a bit like if the OP wanted to learn to drive one of these [...] She could also drive one of these [...] or one of these [...] but when she's still learning why force her to drive one of these [...] And vice versa If you've lear...
by GregS
Sun Jul 13, 2014 7:21 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Having to do 2* canoe
Replies: 100
Views: 6867

Re: Having to do 2* canoe

Don't think the OP ever said she wanted to be a coach... Consider the function of the 2 Star. Successful completion is to be taken as an indication that the paddler has a grasp of some "fundamentals" of control on flatwater, and some generic understanding of how "the paddle, boat, and water interac...
by GregS
Sun Jul 13, 2014 4:44 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Having to do 2* canoe
Replies: 100
Views: 6867

Re: Having to do 2* canoe

Why does the club volunteer coach who wants to only teach kayaking have to [broaden their experience and understanding of generic movement skills] As a prospective L1 coach... you're not expected to have a very broad background. In fact, you can have almost NO experience outside of VERY narrow conf...
by GregS
Sat Jul 12, 2014 5:06 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Having to do 2* canoe
Replies: 100
Views: 6867

Re: Having to do 2* canoe

Minor point, folks... we're talking 2* here: a step up from the "encouragement" award of 1*... but fundamentally: an improvement award that helps paddlers develop fundamental paddlesport skills on flat water. The emphasis is on gaining a breadth of experience, creating the desired movement of the bo...
by GregS
Sat Jul 12, 2014 4:37 pm
Forum: Canoeing
Topic: Why C1? I don't get it
Replies: 22
Views: 3598

Re: Why C1? I don't get it

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by GregS
Thu May 01, 2014 12:21 pm
Forum: Canoeing
Topic: Standard open boating techniques - videos / DVD's?
Replies: 7
Views: 1888

Re: Standard open boating techniques - videos / DVD's?

I need to improve my canoeing technique can people suggest good coaching videos/DVD's on techniques on general canoeing? You'll struggle to find very much that's any good. Becky's video looks pretty. The old Bill Mason stuff has charm. Technically, Kent Ford's "Playboating" knocks spots off both. S...
by GregS
Wed Apr 17, 2013 4:12 pm
Forum: Canoeing
Topic: The End of an Era: John Bull has died...
Replies: 0
Views: 1050

The End of an Era: John Bull has died...

It is with great regret that we bring you the sad news that John Bull has died (16th April 2013). As founder of the Open Canoe Sailing Group and leading influence on the resurgence of interest in British canoe-sailing from 1990, we all owe him a great deal. His energy and commitment to sharing his ...
by GregS
Fri Aug 03, 2012 8:53 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Kayaking with kids
Replies: 22
Views: 3537

Re: Kayaking with kids

For kayaking, take a look at the recent" Introducing the kids " thread. The following advice from Ceegee strikes me as good spot on: 8 is a fine age. I built my daughter her first boat for her 8th birthday (but that's me). What is important is that the boat is "scaled" to her body size, i.e. reasona...
by GregS
Thu Aug 02, 2012 7:02 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Back in the day....
Replies: 4
Views: 909

Re: Back in the day....

There's nothing that makes you feel quite as old as some one posting a thread with a title that promises a little nostalgia, but contains pictures of kit that looks quite modern compared to half the stuff you're still using. :( LOL - and my thoughts entirely! I don't go back this far... but this is...
by GregS
Tue Jul 31, 2012 10:40 pm
Forum: Competition
Topic: London Legacy
Replies: 31
Views: 3758

Re: London Legacy

Slalom [...] two paddles in a day? [...] Nobody makes a newbie freestyle competitor go through flat water rankings first [...] standard slalom boat, made of rotomoulded plastic but less expensive than the high performance slalom boats Back in the 1980s, slalom was huge. Fundamentally, if you wanted...
by GregS
Thu Jul 12, 2012 5:50 pm
Forum: Canoeing
Topic: Advice on solo canoe
Replies: 14
Views: 5941

Re: Advice on solo canoe

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by GregS
Thu Jul 12, 2012 2:57 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Accident in Norway - Jora river
Replies: 5
Views: 3099

Re: Accident in Norway - Jora river

Pildo 's edited post (earlier in this thread) gives as much information as I've seen anywhere in the public domain. One fatality would appear to have been confirmed. One of the UK paddlers associated with this incident reports that the UK teams is all safe and sound, and that they were going to "deb...
by GregS
Thu Jul 12, 2012 1:59 pm
Forum: Canoeing
Topic: Advice on solo canoe
Replies: 14
Views: 5941

Re: Advice on solo canoe

I would get a Prospector style boat as these will do everything including poling and sailing! To the best of my knowledge, all Prospectors are tandems rather than (as sought here) solo boats, and I've yet to see a single one that could be classed (as sought here) as a "fast touring canoe" - for pad...
by GregS
Tue Jul 10, 2012 2:15 pm
Forum: Canoeing
Topic: Advice on solo canoe
Replies: 14
Views: 5941

Re: Advice on solo canoe

Putting some numbers on the above, most 16' Prospectors will have a similar optimum load range to the old Bell Chestnut (300lbs-600lbs) and newer Swift (350lbs-600lbs) Prospectors. For comparison, Hemlock's "modern Prospector" is the 16'5" Eagle (400lbs-700lbs). The John-Winters designed Dumoine (ar...