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by John K
Wed Mar 14, 2018 4:29 pm
Forum: Canoeing
Topic: Canoe hire to paddle the ardeche gorge
Replies: 4
Views: 799

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: 1538

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: 1226

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: 964

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: 901

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: 541

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: 1183

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: 1183

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: 4542

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: 616

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: 4427

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: 4427

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: 2759

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: 2759

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: 2115

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: 2489

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...
by John K
Wed Sep 13, 2017 10:10 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Personal Performance Awards - review
Replies: 44
Views: 3408

Re: Personal Performance Awards - review

Given that they plan to "Remove the link of personal performance awards to coaching qualifications", will anyone bother with any Personal Performance Awards anyway?
by John K
Mon Sep 11, 2017 3:51 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Access and facility charging at Canolfan Tryweryn
Replies: 91
Views: 6499

Re: Access and facility charging at Canolfan Tryweryn

The Dart gets overcrowded in season with lots of anti social parking on local roads because people don't want to pay to use the Country Park. The River Dart Country Park doesn't charge paddlers to access the river across its land like Canolfan Tryweryn does. The only charge is for car parking. Just...
by John K
Fri Sep 08, 2017 8:17 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Access and facility charging at Canolfan Tryweryn
Replies: 91
Views: 6499

Re: Access and facility charging at Canolfan Tryweryn

There appears to be one school of thought that says we have a right to park wherever we want to and access rivers across other people's property without ever having to pay anything. I don't think we do have that right, and unless we get land reform similar to Scotland that's unlikely to change. The ...
by John K
Thu Sep 07, 2017 2:13 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Access and facility charging at Canolfan Tryweryn
Replies: 91
Views: 6499

Re: Access and facility charging at Canolfan Tryweryn

In which case it would appear that the Chair of Canoe Wales may be attempting to exercise powers that he does not hold.

Is there a general rule that all NGBs are required to be crap at this sort of stuff?
by John K
Thu Sep 07, 2017 1:04 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Access and facility charging at Canolfan Tryweryn
Replies: 91
Views: 6499

Re: Access and facility charging at Canolfan Tryweryn

On WCA website it does say (which was posted on 11th Aug): "Any member of Canoe Wales can also submit a motion to be included on the agenda at the AGM. As per the Canoe Wales Articles of Association, these motions must be submitted within 42 days of the meeting and will be accepted at the discretio...
by John K
Thu Sep 07, 2017 1:01 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Access and facility charging at Canolfan Tryweryn
Replies: 91
Views: 6499

Re: Access and facility charging at Canolfan Tryweryn

It couldn't lead to that, because law-abiding paddlers only launch from public rights of way, which landowners can't charge to use. There are many places where we access across private land with permission without any fee being charged. In fact I can only think of two places where a fee is charged ...
by John K
Thu Sep 07, 2017 12:53 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Access and facility charging at Canolfan Tryweryn
Replies: 91
Views: 6499

Re: Access and facility charging at Canolfan Tryweryn

As suggested in CW's letter and Adrian Cooper's post above it may not actually be as cut and dried as that though. Granted it would be simpler if it was, but if this was any other land owner claiming that the only access was across his land for which a charge was payable, you can be sure that we wou...
by John K
Thu Sep 07, 2017 9:25 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Access and facility charging at Canolfan Tryweryn
Replies: 91
Views: 6499

Re: Access and facility charging at Canolfan Tryweryn

Indeed - but they are using the "facilities" & not being charged for it. Which gives the impression that the £7/£14 is a launch fee not a facilities fee. The "facilities" fee clearly includes a launch fee, and it's perfectly legitimate to charge paddlers to use private land to access a river. I thi...
by John K
Tue Sep 05, 2017 4:28 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Access and facility charging at Canolfan Tryweryn
Replies: 91
Views: 6499

Re: Access and facility charging at Canolfan Tryweryn

or does all access require use of private land for which a fee might be reasonable? Yes. Check out the OS map. The whole thing is a non-issue. CTWWC is a great facility, with changing rooms, toilets, a first aid room, and shuttle buses every half hour to the top of the run. It offers equivalent ame...
by John K
Tue Sep 05, 2017 12:07 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Access and facility charging at Canolfan Tryweryn
Replies: 91
Views: 6499

Re: Access and facility charging at Canolfan Tryweryn

I guess it will depend on the wording of the constitution but I would expect any member to be able to get their proposal onto the AGM agenda if they follow the correct procedure. I wouldn't expect it to be at the Chair's discretion. I am also very uncomfortable with the situation at the Treweryn as ...
by John K
Fri Aug 18, 2017 10:37 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Cag maintenance advice
Replies: 15
Views: 1281

Re: Cag maintenance advice

Online sales isn't a bad thing by any means, but a company needs to have the product knowledge and after sales support to back it up. I'm not sure Wetsuit Outlet can provide this for white water kayaking. In my experience Wetsuit Outlet provide absolutely excellent customer service. Their website h...
by John K
Wed Aug 16, 2017 6:43 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Kayaking watches?
Replies: 45
Views: 9551

Re: Kayaking watches?

+1 for the five quid watches from Decathlon. I've had them on my BA's for a couple of years now and haven't managed to kill them despite trying quite hard.
by John K
Thu Aug 10, 2017 11:56 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Woodmill Sluice - Please vote for a new WW course in Southampton
Replies: 21
Views: 2535

Re: Woodmill Sluice - Please vote for a new WW course in Southampton

On a road trip last week we stumbled across the Parc des eaux vives at Huningue in France. They have a really nice grade two whitewater course which might make a good model for Woodmill. The course has been built alongside the feeder canal between the River Loire and the Loire Canal, and has a much ...