Category Archives: Canoeing

River Leadership: Position Of Maximum Usefulness

Just because you are the leader, it doesn’t mean you always have to be at the front. On easy water you may decide to let one of your group go first, to allow them to make their own decisions and … Continue reading

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River Leadership: Avoidance

“Avoidance is better than cure” is about pre-empting what may happen and putting in to place measures to either eliminate or manage the risk. This is where the river leader’s experience based judgement comes in to play.

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River Leadership: Line Of Sight

First of all, everybody in you group needs to be in line of sight, so that you can see that they are OK and also to be able to pass signals. That doesn’t mean that you, as the leader have … Continue reading

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River Leadership: Communication

Recently, I was asked to write an article on river leadership for my local kayaking club. I’ve decided to reproduce it here on the iboutdoor blog as a short series. So here goes…. River Leadership I’m a great believer in that … Continue reading

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Useful River Signals

Most kayakers that I have paddled with tend to use similar signals for the basic instructions needed on the river: Stop All go One go Eddy out Go left/right These could be considered the minimum and most groups that paddle … Continue reading

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Mounting a river knife on a buoyancy aid

Externally mounted river knives are a little frowned upon in the UK, mostly because they look quite aggressive and our rivers are usually fairly close to urban areas. In the past, I have carried a folding knife in the pocket … Continue reading

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Caring For Your Drysuit

For the recreational paddler, equipment should last a decent amount of time. However, the more you paddle, the more wear and tear your equipment will accumulate. It’s not unheard of for those who are involved with coaching or guiding to … Continue reading

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