Sunday, 23 July 2017

KKC at Dacre Lake

I'd organised a simple day for club members to get out and experience a little fun and skills training at this local venue. Many of our junior members only receive training in a pool environment which I believe, although good, does not allow them to attain their best potential. Add to this the environmental factors and I think is an all round better learning environment.

We had much weather but everybody had fun and maybe even learnt a thing or two, definitely a productive day.

Sunday, 16 July 2017

Friends & Family Paddle

A lovely forecast, what better than to spend the day on a chilled paddle with friends and family on a paddle and picnic day.

Sunday, 9 July 2017

KKC Howsham Slalom

A big event on the KKC calendar and a lot of effort had been made to make sure this weekend was as good as previous years.

Unable to make the Saturday I made up for it on Sunday by providing safety cover at the bottom of the weir. Several rescues later and I had the chance to compete with Scott in the club C2 - the less said the better....albeit we didn't swim...

The kids did much better..

Saturday, 1 July 2017

Moderate Water Leader Assessment

On the last couple of days of June I headed north to Grandtully on the River Tay. I had prepared for the two day assessment and I felt confident, lets just hope everything went to plan.

The assessment was very relaxed, it was really nice to paddle both the River Tay and Loch Tay over the two days with other aspirant canoe leaders and canoeists .

Glad to say I passed the the assessment and a big 'thank-you' to Ken Hughes for giving me the skills and confidence to be where I am now....

Sunday, 25 June 2017

Howsham Weir

The last chance of a bit of running water before my assessment so we headed to Howsham. Plenty of fun breaking in and out of the flow and a little bit of poling to..

Saturday, 24 June 2017

Canoe Rescues

Wanting to practice a little, the boy and myself had an afternoon at Dacre Lake.

Deep Water Canoe Rescues, solo, tandem, multiple boats, using Various Techniques from Ken Oliver on Vimeo.

Sunday, 11 June 2017

River Tees - A Little Bit of Summer Water

With a little bit of rainfall over the northern Pennines this June the river has had enough water in it for a little journey. We headed to Cotherstone on Sunday morning and made ready. Anthony was going tandem with me and Fiona was paddling on her own in the Silverbirch Broadland 15.

A detailed briefing on the beach prior to our journey.

First rapid, low levels are going to make for a bumpy ride.

A little bit of poling practice

Fiona looking good and in control.

With the water level being a little low and Anthony not particularly enjoying the close contact with boulders I decided we would line the next rapid.

It was good practice for both of us.

Down to the Reef Rapid, I had Fiona standing by with a throw line - specifically for Anthony whom had been briefed prior to descending the rapid.  I could swim line the boat to the side if necessary.

Fiona looking composed

tees from Ken Oliver on Vimeo.

Oh dear...

Just a bit wet then..

I made the decision to get off above the weir, the boy had done brilliantly, I did not want to push him too hard and I know he wasn't looking forward to the drop.  A lovely journey, from a leadership perspective this was a good trip, leading family down a river does raise the anxiety and presents its own issues. Everyone was smiling so as we got off so I'll take that as a positive.

Saturday, 10 June 2017

Canoe Logbook

Where is started.. February 2010

Level 2 training (first time around) April2010

Club Stuff July 2012

Germany August 2012

3 Star December 2012

First 'white' water Feb 2013

Must be getting serious - fitted a kneeling thwart - Feb 2013

L2 Training again.. March 2013

L2 Passed June 2013

Howsham with the boy Jan 2014

4 Star Training (#1) Jan 2014

Simple Guiding Jan 2014

4 Star Training (#2) Oct 2014

Ure Whitewater Nov 2014

Howsham Nov 2015

A Weeks Paddling and Sailing in the Lakes Jan 2015

River Ure Jan 2015

River Till Dec 2015

River Ure Oct 2016

Dave.. Nov 2016

River Idle Nov 2016

River Ure Dec 2016

River Tweed Jan 2017

4 Star Leader (#3) Jan 2017

Humber Feb 2017

Ure Feb 2017

Ure April 2017

WWSR May 2017

Humber June 2017

River Tees June 2017

Canoe Rescues

Howsham Weir

Thursday, 8 June 2017

Across the Humber

I was tasked with guiding a really nice chap across the Humber. He is making his way around the UK coast and this was to be his first crossing. Both his journey and the weather came good on Tuesday evening. High water was around 9pm and of course river traffic would also be be at its peak at this time.

We made our way down to the point from Kilnsea

We took advantage of a small gap in the traffic and made a quick dash for Bull fort.

Once within the safety of the fort cardinal markers we could relax a little.

Around the sandbank at Haile fort and the water glassed out.

An exhausted but very happy Andy

Not a huge journey but with the added pressure of getting through the shipping and then the necessity of quite a large ferry glide we where both happy to land at the Humber Mouth Yachting Club