Leadership

Leadership equipment in our 4 Star environment

I often get asked on BCU 4 Star White Water training courses can you provide a kit list of things we'd need to carry when leading our groups in a moderate water environment. Rather than keep writing one I thought a quick blog on the subject would be more appropriate. So here's the list of kit we'll need:

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The Beaufort Scale

As we head into the realms of open water canoeing, keeping an eye on the wind and it's effects on our environment are incredibly important. In order to assess the wind and it's impact on open water and sea conditions, the Beaufort Scale is used.

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Avoidance is better than cure...

In my last blog we talked about the scale of risk that we may encounter when having to effect a rescue whilst leading a group on the river, or in any other situation for that matter. In this post I explore the means and principles we can employ as leaders on a river trip to help avoid such situations occurring in the first place... C.L.A.P.

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Rescue Principles - SRTRG

In all of our environments that we work or relax in, keeping safe is the most important thing, irrespective of whether it relates to paddling or even walking our dog in the park. When we come across an emergency the first thing we need to consider is our very own personal safety - better to only have one casualty than two. It's never an easy decision to make, and it's all to easy to jump in fueled by the spur of the moment, but it's always better to work down the scale of risk to ourselves when executing a rescue. So why not think about SRTRG.

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River Running Strategies

Organisation as a group is key to running any rapid - be clear on your plan as a leader and make sure that your group is fully briefed. As a leader you should also make sure that everyone in the group is capable of implementing the line that you have deemed suitable. Remember as a leader your role is to facilitate the safety but also the enjoyment of the trip, ensuring that the group is having a positive experience which is important when runnning white water. Below I outline some strategies to help facilitate this...

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Group kit needed for river trips

OK for most of you this may seem like sucking eggs.. However, over the years I've seen a quite a few people turn up at sessions or trips ready and raring to go only to find... oh I don't have a helmet or woops I forgot my lunch... (hopefully they won't forget the car keys after the shuttle!!). So here's top tip number one when leading your first group of kayakers down the river...a sense of what you'll need as a group is as follows:

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