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by John K
Fri Aug 10, 2018 12:47 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Personal Performance Awards
Replies: 18
Views: 1238

Re: Personal Performance Awards

There’s always going to be an overlap but I think that the current system differentiates very clearly between personal paddling, leadership and coaching.
by John K
Fri Aug 10, 2018 10:26 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Personal Performance Awards
Replies: 18
Views: 1238

Re: Personal Performance Awards

I like the look of the new system, although I suspect people are weary of change since they've recently changed the system too many times over too brief a period. When were the star awards last changed? It’s been a while, certainly more than five years and possibly nearer ten? Changing 4* to a lead...
by John K
Wed Jul 25, 2018 6:15 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Krab on a Throwline?
Replies: 26
Views: 1991

Re: Krab on a Throwline?

Nice photo :D
by John K
Mon Jul 16, 2018 4:27 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Canolfan Tryweryn Charging Policy from FB
Replies: 2
Views: 535

Re: Canolfan Tryweryn Charging Policy from FB

cathalferris wrote:That's a "launch fee" and "paying for the use of the river"
They are two different things.

Charging a fee to use private land for launching is legitimate and well established (as at Mile End Mill for instance)

Attempting to charge to use the river and float past privately owned land isn’t.
by John K
Wed Jun 06, 2018 9:31 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Lee Valley or Nene Valley
Replies: 10
Views: 931

Re: Lee Valley or Nene Valley

Lee Valley for rafting, without a shadow of a doubt.
by John K
Wed May 30, 2018 5:22 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Recomendations for Latex Seal replacement
Replies: 10
Views: 895

Re: Recomendations for Latex Seal replacement

I’ve got no hesitation in recommending Typhoon. They’ll give the suit a full test and repair any minor leaks that they discover too.

Turnaround time is a week or two, so Rubberman may be better if you’re in a hurry though.
by John K
Tue May 29, 2018 7:37 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Well Done Canoe Wales!
Replies: 51
Views: 3908

Re: Well Done Canoe Wales!

I disagree. The fundamental thing they are charging for is access to the river across their land. The other facilities come as part of the package whether you want them or not and CT does not control the dam releases. As far as I am concerned this is legitimate, and doesn’t necessarily mean that CT ...
by John K
Mon May 28, 2018 7:15 am
Forum: Paddling Partners
Topic: Paddling in London
Replies: 9
Views: 749

Re: Paddling in London

I would try Tower Hamlets Canoe Club and see if they would take you on a trip with them as a guest. They are based in east London and often paddle up through central London.

http://towerhamletscanoeclub.co.uk/wiki/Home
by John K
Sun Apr 01, 2018 8:24 pm
Forum: Products and Media
Topic: Recommend Me - Home Paddle Fitness
Replies: 3
Views: 517

Re: Recommend Me - Home Paddle Fitness

Core strength is the key. Not just for the paddle stroke, but if your posture is good then body rotation will be much better too. Yoga works for me, some prefer Pilates or straightforward gym stuff. Then there's cardio so that you've got some breath left when you need to roll. I'm still working on t...
by John K
Sun Apr 01, 2018 8:10 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Thames levels next week near Abingdon?
Replies: 4
Views: 584

Re: Thames levels next week near Abingdon?

It's properly honking along at the moment with red boards up everywhere. Not to be messed with, especially around the weirs.
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by John K
Wed Mar 28, 2018 3:24 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Access Motion to BC AGM
Replies: 56
Views: 4513

Re: Access Motion to BC AGM

To charge for access to/use of private land is legitimate. To charge a block 'facility fee' to paddlers while making some of the same facility (e.g. Tryweryn Trail, map for Tryweryn Trail, WC, use of grounds for picnicking, rambling etc) free of charge to everyone else, and advertising it as such, ...
by John K
Wed Mar 28, 2018 12:16 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Access Motion to BC AGM
Replies: 56
Views: 4513

Re: Access Motion to BC AGM

The only reason to pay any fee is to prevent anyone hassling you while you paddle the river. That is your choice I suppose, but you should not ignore the possible effect on future negotiations. Charging for the use of private land to access a river is legitimate. Trying to impose restrictions on so...
by John K
Sun Mar 25, 2018 1:39 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Drysuit seals
Replies: 5
Views: 605

Re: Drysuit seals

I've not heard of a surface drysuit with silicone seals, it's generally a choice of latex or neoprene. I don't think silicone seals would be an easy retrofit as you can't glue them and need to use a ring system to clip them in.
by John K
Wed Mar 14, 2018 4:29 pm
Forum: Canoeing
Topic: Canoe hire to paddle the ardeche gorge
Replies: 4
Views: 594

Re: Canoe hire to paddle the ardeche gorge

jmmoxon wrote:All the rental companies provide that service, the difference is mainly in what boats they supply...

https://www.ardeche.com/en/canoeing/index.php

Mike
Do any of them hire "proper" canoes rather than sit on tops though?
by John K
Wed Mar 07, 2018 9:01 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Club membership management systems
Replies: 11
Views: 1437

Re: Club membership management systems

As someone who does the membership admin for a club using Webcollect I definitely wouldn't want to go back to a system cobbled together from Google forms and spreadsheets. It clearly works for you which is great, but for us the small annual fee from Webcollect is well worth it. Webcollect has its qu...
by John K
Sun Mar 04, 2018 5:40 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Gloves!
Replies: 12
Views: 1095

Re: Gloves!

I don't like wearing gloves for paddling, and to be fair I don't often need them. I do carry a pair of Suzys Sweat Shop Marathon porgies though for those extra cold days. They are easy to get your hands into and really make a difference. They are thin so take up minimal space in a BA pocket when the...
by John K
Mon Feb 19, 2018 3:06 pm
Forum: Paddling Partners
Topic: Mock Student volunteer
Replies: 4
Views: 781

Re: Mock Student volunteer

Plas y Brenin might be worth a try for mick student opportunities
http://www.pyb.co.uk/mock-students.php
by John K
Sat Feb 10, 2018 10:40 am
Forum: Lost and Found
Topic: Werner Sherpa's
Replies: 5
Views: 724

Re: Werner Sherpa's

Mike Dalby wrote:The phone number they contacted me on is: ...
Publicly posting someone's mobile number isn't cool. Even if you think they've done you wrong.

Maybe there are reasons why they haven't been able to help you get your lost property back yet. Stuff happens.
by John K
Fri Feb 02, 2018 12:09 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Unpinning boats
Replies: 2
Views: 507

Unpinning boats

A quick question about unpinning boats: in a situation that requires a 3:1 to release the boat, how often have you needed to move it more than a metre or so to get it unstuck?
by John K
Sun Jan 28, 2018 7:38 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Choosing an assessor?
Replies: 10
Views: 1083

Re: Choosing an assessor?

Well we've gone for an assessor we don't know, but we'll probably be on a river we know pretty well. We have been practising paddling it like we don't know it :)
by John K
Wed Jan 24, 2018 10:03 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Choosing an assessor?
Replies: 10
Views: 1083

Choosing an assessor?

There are a couple of us looking at doing our White Water Kayak Leader assessments in the not too distant future. We've asked around for availability on the dates we want and have been slightly taken aback by having, at last count, seven providers with availability for that weekend. Any thoughts abo...
by John K
Thu Jan 04, 2018 11:00 pm
Forum: Wales - South
Topic: River Wye - Llangurig to Rhayader
Replies: 10
Views: 4235

Re: River Wye - Llangurig to Rhayader

Any idea of a grid reference for this please? I think I know where it is, but just want to check.
by John K
Mon Jan 01, 2018 12:43 am
Forum: Courses, Trips and Guiding
Topic: 3* sea kayak theory and introduction to sea kayaking
Replies: 5
Views: 575

Re: 3* sea kayak theory and introduction to sea kayaking

It's quite a large river, with bigger tides than many places on the coast!
by John K
Sun Dec 10, 2017 9:04 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: British Canoeing Sea Kayak Coach
Replies: 55
Views: 4175

Re: British Canoeing Sea Kayak Coach

Owen wrote:No where is there any place for people who want to just be an independent group.
Why do you think that the 4 star syllabus doesn't apply to independent groups? What different training/qualification would you like to see instead?
by John K
Sun Dec 10, 2017 9:01 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: British Canoeing Sea Kayak Coach
Replies: 55
Views: 4175

Re: British Canoeing Sea Kayak Coach

I know of some people who have not taken the current 4 star because they feel they would then be obligated to run club trips and this isn’t something that particularly motivates them. That has to be the silliest excuse that I've heard for not developing your skills. Why would any qualification obli...
by John K
Mon Dec 04, 2017 6:41 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: End of a dream?
Replies: 20
Views: 2653

End of a dream?

There's definitely scope for small whitewater courses at some of the Thames weirs. I wonder if the EA would ever consider it? The Jubilee River in particular seems to have been a massive missed opportunity.
by John K
Tue Nov 21, 2017 2:39 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: End of a dream?
Replies: 20
Views: 2653

Re: End of a dream?

Any of the Olympic courses for a start.
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of ... er_courses
by John K
Tue Nov 07, 2017 8:36 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: next step in when to go boating?
Replies: 13
Views: 1945

Re: next step in when to go boating?

Aggregating forecast data with current levels has got to be the way forward, and should keep writers of algorithms entertained for a while. As well as the links above, the graph on "Is The Dart Running" offers a handy attempt at prediction too: http://isthedartrunning.co.uk/graph.html The gauge seem...
by John K
Wed Oct 25, 2017 9:08 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Fettling a kinked skeg wire
Replies: 45
Views: 2408

Re: Fettling a kinked skeg wire

Facebook is great for transient stuff, and has taken a load of noise out of forums generally over the last few years. Forums win hands down as a searchable repository of collective experience though, and I don't think there's much likelihood of Facebook seriously competing with that. As forums matur...