Archive for March 2013

STOP PRESS!! ….SMASH & BASH !   Leave a comment

Is your sea kayak sitting there looking a little sad and forlorn? Does it need a bit of TLC ? Not sure of the best way to tackle it ?

Then you need the SMASH & BASH workshop !

Learn all about the besst way of maintaining and repairing your kayak.

This workshop will consist of half a day in the workshop learning about kayak construction, simple repairs through to GRP repairs and plastic welding, followed by an afternoon on the water carrying out running repairs !

There will be a small fee of £10 to cover materials. If you could let me know if this interests you that would be great

(angela.bullamore@northyorks.gov.uk )

Posted March 27, 2013 by eastbarnby in Uncategorized

FULL TAUGHT SEA KAYAK EXPEDTION (inc 3 * 4* , coastal navigation and tidal planning )   Leave a comment

FULLY TAUGHT SEA KAYAK EXPEDITION
9th – 15th JUNE 2013

Have you dreamt of paddling to places you’ ve looked at on a map, but feel just a little apprehensive about venturing out without qualified guides? This course will ensure that you have got all the necessary skills to plan and undertake your own expedition, and leave you feeling inspired to take on your own adventure.

The expedition will commence at the close of the annual Sea Kayak Expedition Gathering (www.skeg2013.wordpress.com) , and will cover every step (or paddle stroke!) of the expedition process under the guidance and coaching of a BCU level 5 Sea Kayak coach. The location of this expedition will be decided by the course members as part of the planning process covered.

Although not specifically a qualification course there will be the opportunity for participants to cover 3* and 4* as well as coastal navigation and tidal planning. Please let us know if you are working towards any of these.

The course is designed to be flexible and cover the needs of each individual participant. The list below is for guidance purposes and it is expected that during the week learning situations will arise and be covered when required.

• Planning your exped – location and route proposals based on weather predictions, group ability, time, navigation and what you want to see!
• Menu planning – gourmet or lightweight
• Packing , including organisation of supplies,
• Launch sites
• Paddling skills for laden boats – efficient strokes = less tired!
• Choice of campsite, no trace, water sources
• What to do when it doesn’ t go according to plan!
• Communication and mid trip information gathering
• Cooking methods
• Mid trip repairs

It is proposed that the expedition group will leave East Barnby on Sunday 9th June after the Expedition Gathering(time to be arranged) and aim to travel part way to the launch site, completing the journey the following morning and sorting supplies before launching. The expedition will return to East Barnby on the evening of 15th June (Time to be arranged).
Previous experience required. It is expected that paddlers wishing to join this expedition have had some sea kayak paddling experience and would be happy paddling in moderate sea conditions up to a force 4. However please contact the centre if you are interested in this trip as a group of similar experienced paddlers could be catered for.

Equipment : Any equipment of your own will be the best option however the centre can provide all equipment – please indicate on your booking form what you require.

Cost of the expedition £495

For further information email ang.bullamore@north yorks.gov.uk
For a booking form please contact the centre 01947 893333

Posted March 25, 2013 by eastbarnby in Uncategorized

WORKSHOPS   Leave a comment

SKEG 2013 – WORKSHOPS

Expedition Media: video & photography
Optimise your memories of great paddling venues and expedition antics. Learn top tips for getting the best photographs and learn the art of putting together a video . Put new found skills to the test and you might win a prize over the weekend with a photo or video produced of the weekend

Navigation on the Move
Planning the finer navigation points of your intended trip whilst in the comfort of your tent over a whisky is one thing ! It can be testing whilst you are out on the water trying to co ordinate all those navigational components. This workshop will lead you through those skills and enable you to put to the water confident in your ability to meet on the water navigation changes head on and make the most of your “on the water time”!

Expedition Leadership: the philosophy & psychology of performance.
A practical based workshop looking at leadership styles, decision making, developing resilience, morale levels, developing autonomy.
“Forming, norming, storming, performing!!”
Really useful for those folk considering getting a group together for an expedition

‘Never be at the Back’: forward paddling unraveled.
Do you ever have that tired sinking feeling on a long days paddle? Feel like you’re an old banger rather than a racing car??!! We can re tune you!! With the help of video feedback and some level 5 coaching top tips you will be surprised how small changes can enhance your performance to top gear!

Incident Management: with the RNLI
Back by very popular demand from last year ( see the pictures in the archives) This workshop is run in conjunction with the Staithes RNLI crew. A variety of scenarios will be undertaken… sick , injured and lost paddlers all dealt with … real use of VHF to call the lifeboat . The workshop is flexible to the needs of each participant and was found to be exciting and useful last year.
Surf Skills: beyond the launch
Do you see surf as an obstacle to getting off the beach? Learn to use it to your advantage. Under the watchful eye of Chris Harvey who competes worldwide kayak surfing learn the finer points of surfing so you have full control and maybe even look cool as you surf your laden boat rather than looking like you are hanging on for grim death!!

“Aqua-caching” spice up your trip with coastal geocaches
Take the increasingly popular sport of geocaching to the water. Learn the art of using a GPS and then put those skills to the test trying to find some of the local caches along the coast. Then it’s time to plant (or maybe even float!) some of your own!

Forage & Feast: collect and cook!
Limpet chowder
Seaweed crips
Crab sandwiches…….. just a few of the possibilities as you paddle the coasts of this country . Take to the water to forage the coastline and then try out a few top recipes. Increase your culinary repertoire and amaze your fellow expeditioners with some unusual delicacies.

Fishing & Feasting
There is nothing quite like the feeling of hauling aboard a line of mackerel or a large pollock into your kayak, knowing that it will be cooked over a fire within hours or perhaps even smoked whilst sitting on some rocks for lunch.
Take to the water to discover the top tips and secret to a successful catch from award winning kayak fishermen. Try your hand with different tackle, then return to the beach to prepare and eat your catch.

Mid-Trip repairs
Don t let a broken boat ruin your trip. Acquire the expertise and knowledge to fix it ! Whether it’s a patch, a broken skeg, or a full blown hole try your hand at different repairs and discover the best methods for repair, without taking a floating workshop!

Posted March 25, 2013 by eastbarnby in Uncategorized

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FULLY TAUGHT  SEA KAYAK EXPEDITION

                                      9th – 15th JUNE 2013

 

Have you dreamt of paddling to places you’ ve looked at on a map, but feel just a little apprehensive about venturing out without qualified guides?  This course will ensure that you have got all the necessary skills to plan and undertake your own expedition, and leave you feeling inspired to take on your own adventure.

 

The expedition will commence at the close of the annual Sea Kayak Expedition Gathering  (www.skeg2013.wordpress.com) , and will cover every step (or paddle stroke!) of the expedition process under the guidance and coaching of a BCU level 5 Sea Kayak coach. The location of this expedition will be decided by the course members as part of the planning process covered.

 

 The course is designed to be flexible and cover the needs of each individual participant. The list below is for guidance purposes and it is expected that during the week learning situations will arise and be covered when required.

 

  • Planning your exped – location and route proposals based on weather predictions, group ability, time, navigation and what you want to see!
  • Menu planning – gourmet or lightweight
  • Packing , including organisation of supplies,
  • Launch sites
  • Paddling skills for laden boats – efficient strokes = less tired!
  • Choice of campsite, no trace, water sources
  • What to do when it doesn’ t go according to plan!
  • Communication and mid trip information gathering
  • Cooking methods
  • Mid trip repairs

 

 

 

It is proposed that the expedition group will leave East Barnby on Sunday 9th June after the Expedition Gathering(time to be arranged) and aim to travel part way to the launch site, completing the journey the following morning and sorting supplies before launching. The expedition will return to East Barnby on the evening of 15th June (Time to be arranged).

Previous experience required. It is expected that paddlers wishing to join this expedition have had some sea kayak paddling experience and would be happy paddling in moderate sea conditions up to a force 4. However please contact the centre if you are interested in this trip as a group of similar experienced paddlers could be catered for.

 

Equipment : Any equipment of your own will be the best option however the centre can provide all equipment – please indicate on your booking form what you require.

 

Cost of the expedition £495

 

For further information email ang.bullamore@north yorks.gov.uk  

For a booking form please contact the centre 01947 893333

Posted March 15, 2013 by eastbarnby in Uncategorized