Category Archives: Coaching

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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What’s in a grade?

I’ve had some conversations with people focused on going up the grades recently, especially concerning grade 4. In my mind grade 4 is a bench mark grade. It’s the level where the consequences of “getting it wrong” increase, meaning that

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Rescue For River Runners

A bit of a re-blog here from Unsponsored on river rescue techniques. There is a brilliant series of videos on throw-bagging, live-baiting, mechanical advantage and much more to be found over at: http://www.rescueforriverrunners.com/ I’m impressed that someone has taken the time … Continue reading

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Yak Back: Kayaking and Lower Back Pain

As white water kayakers, we tweak the outfitting of our boats to be as snug as possible, to give the maximum amount of connectivity with our bodies and power transfer from our strokes. Great for effective kayaking technique, but it can … Continue reading

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