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by John K
Fri Jan 13, 2017 1:43 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Recommendations for new club paddles?
Replies: 15
Views: 1136

Recommendations for new club paddles?

Are the TNPs glass or alloy shafts? Any thoughts either way?
by John K
Fri Jan 13, 2017 11:43 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Recommendations for new club paddles?
Replies: 15
Views: 1136

Recommendations for new club paddles?

We're looking to buy about a dozen new paddles for our club, to replace the random and rather sorry looking collection that we've got at the moment. They will mostly be used by beginners, but should also be OK for a paddler's first season of white water up to grade 3. I think we could probably affor...
by John K
Mon Jan 09, 2017 12:54 pm
Forum: Wales - South
Topic: Afon Tawe - Glyntawe to Abercraf
Replies: 14
Views: 4682

Re: Afon Tawe - Glyntawe to Abercraf

We had a fantastic low-water run of this section on Saturday, starting at Craig-y-nos Country Park (kayak friendly, cafe, £2.50 pay and display car park, easy access to the river) and getting out just below Abercraf (grid ref SN813125) where there's a good sized layby close to the river. The get out...
by John K
Fri Dec 30, 2016 4:07 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Ainsworth touring paddles.. Thoughts?
Replies: 26
Views: 2189

Re: Ainsworth touring paddles.. Thoughts?

As far as I know no one stocks them as they only sell direct. Give them a call though and as well as giving you some good advice about which to chose, they may also be able to send you out a demo paddle to try.
by John K
Tue Dec 27, 2016 3:10 pm
Forum: Competition
Topic: Whitewater boat for slalom
Replies: 5
Views: 880

Whitewater boat for slalom

"C7.1.3 Except at British Team and Squad selection races, all whitewater boat types may compete without regard to boat specifications, provided the boat meets all applicable safety requirements as defined in Rule 19."

All the rules are here: http://www.canoeslalom.co.uk/committee/ ... _Rules.pdf
by John K
Fri Dec 23, 2016 10:33 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring Kayaks For Sale
Topic: Dagger Axiom 9 wanted
Replies: 8
Views: 552

Re: Dagger Axiom 9 wanted

Email sent :)
by John K
Wed Dec 21, 2016 11:42 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Rescue kit
Replies: 48
Views: 2768

Re: Rescue kit

Performance Kayaks wrote:Knife, Not Serrated.
That's interesting. Most rescue knifes have serrated blades, because they're generally thought to be better at cutting ropes. Why do you prefer a plain blade?
by John K
Wed Dec 21, 2016 6:48 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Rescue kit
Replies: 48
Views: 2768

Rescue kit

One thing though - their video explainer on how to set up a Pig Rig is wrong. There needs to be a knot at the anchor to stop the sling sliding through the ring there. Only then will it be a 2:1 pulling on a 2:1. It may seem counterintuitive, but someone (Simon Westgarth?) did some tests a while bac...
by John K
Mon Dec 19, 2016 9:34 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Rescue kit
Replies: 48
Views: 2768

Rescue kit

Most people have realised that they don't need pulleys if they use a webbing tape for a mechanical advantage system. Something like a Palm "Rescue tape" is pretty handy and multipurpose, and combined with carabiners are all you need. Bear in mind that if the rest of your team each have a tape and a ...
by John K
Wed Dec 14, 2016 8:49 pm
Forum: Courses, Trips and Guiding
Topic: north Wales WW kayak Courses over Xmas?
Replies: 6
Views: 747

Re: north Wales WW kayak Courses over Xmas?

That should be Witheridge...
by John K
Wed Dec 14, 2016 8:10 pm
Forum: Courses, Trips and Guiding
Topic: north Wales WW kayak Courses over Xmas?
Replies: 6
Views: 747

Re: north Wales WW kayak Courses over Xmas?

Try Rich Wetheridge at TNR Coaching.

http://www.tnrcoaching.co.uk
by John K
Wed Dec 14, 2016 1:12 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring Kayaks For Sale
Topic: Dagger Axiom 9 wanted
Replies: 8
Views: 552

Re: Dagger Axiom 9 wanted

riosso wrote:I'm interested, if Flayer isn't.
Thanks
I haven't sold it yet, so let me know if you're still interested.
by John K
Mon Dec 05, 2016 8:32 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: next boat after dynamo.
Replies: 15
Views: 1182

Re: next boat after dynamo.

Fair point. The Axiom 6.9 isn't massively bigger than a Dynamo, but the 8.0 is quite a big step up.
by John K
Mon Dec 05, 2016 4:45 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: next boat after dynamo.
Replies: 15
Views: 1182

Re: next boat after dynamo.

Axiom 6.9?
by John K
Wed Nov 30, 2016 4:05 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: PLA consultation on draft Code of Practice for Paddling on the Thames Tideway
Replies: 1
Views: 319

PLA consultation on draft Code of Practice for Paddling on the Thames Tideway

The PLA have published a draft Code of Practice for Paddling on the Tideway (the Paddling Code).

I haven't had a proper look at it yet, but there's quite a lot of it!

http://www.pla.co.uk/assets/codeofpract ... notice.pdf
by John K
Wed Nov 23, 2016 6:29 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Change to four star
Replies: 54
Views: 2937

Re: Change to four star

A 4* paddler should be able to look at the group they have and select an appropriate trip (up to a max of 2(3) that they can take the group down safely. I think that's they key. Grade 2(3) is only in 4* remit with a suitable group. The syllabus says "Successful performance at this level indicates t...
by John K
Wed Nov 23, 2016 6:12 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Panpan medico! ....I Tried to phone the BCU
Replies: 15
Views: 1548

Panpan medico! ....I Tried to phone the BCU

What number were you calling? The number on the web site is an 0300 number which is included in the "free" minutes on any package.

0300 0119500
by John K
Mon Nov 21, 2016 6:21 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Change to four star
Replies: 54
Views: 2937

Re: Change to four star

TRDRoberts wrote:A 4* leader is someone who is competent enough on grade 3 to lead others who are competent on grade 2(3)
That's what I thought, but there is no reference in the syllabus to the competence of the led group as far as I can see.
by John K
Mon Nov 21, 2016 5:17 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Change to four star
Replies: 54
Views: 2937

Re: Change to four star

Alec wrote:So where is the line between leading and coaching?

Wherever you want it to be...
So a four star leader with no coaching qualifications could take a group of beginners onto moderate water and be in remit?
by John K
Mon Nov 21, 2016 4:40 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Change to four star
Replies: 54
Views: 2937

Re: Change to four star

I'm working towards my 4* assessment and thought like SimonMW that the group needed to be reasonably capable at that grade. Looking at the syllabus and training notes though there is no mention of this at all.

So where is the line between leading and coaching?
by John K
Mon Nov 21, 2016 3:33 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Canoe Wales Statement Regarding Accusation of Trespass on the River Dee
Replies: 13
Views: 1636

Re: Canoe Wales Statement Regarding Accusation of Trespass on the River Dee

The original letter only referred to "trespass across water".
by John K
Sun Nov 20, 2016 2:13 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: What are the best grade 3 rivers?
Replies: 6
Views: 942

Re: What are the best grade 3 rivers?

The Conwy is good if you're in north Wales.
by John K
Sat Nov 19, 2016 6:09 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Change to four star
Replies: 54
Views: 2937

Re: Change to four star

Four star Touring is being replaced by Paddlesport Leader which has a slightly lower remit, but apart from that I think it's just a name change for the others.
by John K
Mon Nov 07, 2016 3:55 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Boat Transport Offer Thread
Replies: 10
Views: 1322

Boat Transport Offer Thread

I'm driving from Brighton to North Wales this Thursday 10 Nov, and returning on Sunday.
by John K
Mon Nov 07, 2016 1:22 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Helmet with MIPS
Replies: 5
Views: 769

Re: Helmet with MIPS

Is the Trooper sizing any different to the Rocker, which unfortunately doesn't fit my big head?
by John K
Sat Oct 29, 2016 8:40 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: paddling films
Replies: 7
Views: 1237

Re: paddling films

Rivering
https://vimeo.com/170380151/description

Locked in
http://www.redbull.tv/video/AP-1MR9M4PZ ... d=22904111
by John K
Mon Oct 17, 2016 8:00 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: I'm looking for first WW kayak
Replies: 6
Views: 555

Re: I'm looking for first WW kayak

Have fun :)
by John K
Mon Oct 17, 2016 6:08 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: I'm looking for first WW kayak
Replies: 6
Views: 555

Re: I'm looking for first WW kayak

It isnt good to buy one without testing it first. I wouldn't buy new without trying, but if you buy second hand you can just treat it as an extended trial and sell it for pretty much what you paid for it if you don't like it. If you're just starting out you probably won't really know whether a boat...
by John K
Wed Oct 12, 2016 7:29 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring Kayaks For Sale
Topic: Dagger Axiom 9 wanted
Replies: 8
Views: 552

Re: Dagger Axiom 9 wanted

I've got one. It's a bit worn and thin underneath, but no splits or repairs.

Looking for £250 for it. I'm in Brighton but could get it up to Lee Valley sometime if that's helpful.
by John K
Fri Oct 07, 2016 9:21 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: PLB use
Replies: 33
Views: 3085

Re: PLB use

Has anyone ever used a PLB in anger? under what circumstances and what was the outcome and response times? Here's a first hand account from a bloke who was ejected from his RIB when he was doing a solo crossing of the Irish Sea. It's pretty likely that the PLB saved his life. http://www.rib.net/for...