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BCU 3* Training in Lysekil, Sweden

skapad 2011-09-26 i 'Green Adventures Blog'

 

Last Friday evening, Nick and I arrived in Lysekil, to Torbjörn and Kathrine at Nautopp. The journey from Skåne to Bohuslän could have stopped earlier than we would have wanted to, when we 30 km north of Helsingborg realised that one of the back wheels of the car was smelling really bad and there was a lot of steam coming out of it. Great I thought, just another of these things thas is happening to me this year. But after a few more checks on the way, with the effort not to use the breaks too much, we realised that it was false alarm. Puh! It felt really good to arrive in Bohuslän with the car in one piece and at 19.00 that evening we met the candidates that had signed up for the BCU 3* Training course. It was wonderful to see the mix of people and to listen to their expectations for the weekend.

At 09.00 the day after, we met on the beach at Sivik, where Torbjörn and Kathrine have all their kayaks and paddle gear. We all packed our kayaks and left the beach behind us, starting with some useful warm up excersizes. Not having been in a kayak for almost a week, I found my self feeling a bit stiff in the back muscles and warm up excersizes are very easy to forget. So we spent 15 minutes doing that and then we could focus on the rest of the day.

On a course like this, you usually don´t travel very far, so it didn´t take long before Nick stopped and gathered the group. Now it was time for finding our balance in the kayak. Edging, moving our body in different positions inside the cockpit, leaning forward and backward were all very useful movements. So useful that Anders went over the edge and into the water a few times. He was a bit tired this morning, so at least he woke up and added some entertainment for the group. ;-)

Moving on to edging on the move, turning our kayaks, observing the others in the group and moving sideways in diffrent ways were all part of the personal skills section in the course that we kept coming back to during the two days on the water. Some skills we began doing in more sheltered water and then we moved on to apply them into more windy areas. Towing one and two boats, doing rescues in different ways and in different seastates was all very appreciated in the group I could tell. Everyone was very keen on learning new skills and the dynamic in the group was really good.

Day two consisted of some basic trip- and tidalplanning excersizes before we once again returned to Sivik to launch our kayaks. It was a bit windier than day one but it only lasted for a few hours. Then it calmed down again. The candidates were given different trip planning tasks and of course they had to find a beautiful spot for lunch. And so they did. After that, it was time to do some more realistic towing- and rescue techniques on the outside of an island with some more seastate. It all went really well and I think they all learned a lot from this excersize.

Finally back on the beach again we summarized the weekend together and I hope everyone had a good weekend with lots of new skills and inspiration to continue develop their skills and finding new dimensions in sea kayaking. And of course, there is also a 3* Assessment on the 17th of May next year to look forward too...


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And soon also on Nautopps website.

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Nick with the 3* gang at Sivik, just north of Lysekil, where the course took place.

Nick with the 3* gang at Sivik, just north of Lysekil, where the course took place.

The calm waters in the harbour made a perfect place to practise edging and moving sideways.

The calm waters in the harbour made a perfect place to practise edging and moving sideways.

And it was also the perfect choice for  a "fika", a coffee break.

And it was also the perfect choice for a "fika", a coffee break.

The sun went away and the big grey arrived, but only for a short while. I think we were lucky with the weather this weekend.

The sun went away and the big grey arrived, but only for a short while. I think we were lucky with the weather this weekend.

Leaning into the turn was a new skill for some and I think it was a popular one.

Leaning into the turn was a new skill for some and I think it was a popular one.

Hrm... how many towing systems do you really need for a day on the water?

Hrm... how many towing systems do you really need for a day on the water?

We had to do lots of rescues and Ragnhild was very keen on getting in the water. Every time!

We had to do lots of rescues and Ragnhild was very keen on getting in the water. Every time!

David was never short on smiles this weekend.

David was never short on smiles this weekend.

A chart, a tide table, a piece of chocolate and half a sandwich. All you need for planning your trip.

A chart, a tide table, a piece of chocolate and half a sandwich. All you need for planning your trip.

Are we being watched?

Are we being watched?

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