LUCC safety and danger day

What do you do on a Saturday, when you feel a tired and hungover after being up til 3ish the night before, snow is forecast and sometimes falling, and there is rugby on the tele.

Do you

A. Stay in bed

B. Get up late and have a fry up

C. Go to the lake district for a quick swim.

If you answered C, then LUCC safety day is for you…

After most the younger members of LUCC were seen in the early hours of Saturday at 51 bagot street drinking beers (and eating Stu’s Stew.. which was good), a good number were then spotted at 7.30ish at the Canoe Club sheds.

Will’s pre trip schedule

730am sheds

Leven 10am

Lunch 1300

Kent 1330

get off water 1630

in pub for 2nd 1/2 of rugby 1715

Was followed pretty much to the minute, a quick cruise down the Leven. An easier river with some teaching opportunities. Quite a bit of time was spent perfecting breaking in and out. Some ferry glide practice and the like. A river with a few drops and a few swims.

Then a quick drive off to the Kent, where despite the cold. LUCC’s finest lined up to swim the first drop… Then a quick bash down the kent. Which was fun.

Pics: Andy H

Defensive Swimming:




Helen J, L-shaped weir:

Team C1

Dave C1Dave C1

martin C1Martin C1

Capsize practice:

Will and Martin

Dingley Dell:

dingley dell


Thanks so much for organising such a productive and fun day of paddling, I had such an awesome time and I’m certain everyone else did too. The practical techniques you went through were very helpful and increased the beginner’s confidence massively. Also a big thanks to Squirrel and everyone else for doing safety for every hard section, some of us really needed that!! Cant wait for Scotland now. See you there! Very Happy Finn


River signals – be careful with these

Here are some you might see as they are in common use – they are not on Andy’s current list though:


tap head

In the UK, tapping the top of your head usually means “Come to me.” But in the US and among some boaters, it means “Are you OK? / I’m OK”


Upheld arm, or sometimes vertical paddle, means “Next one please.”  The paddle version is controversial – if you can only see the top of the paddle, how do you know if the user is signalling, or just trying to stay upright themselves.

The diving signal for “Are you OK? / I’m OK” is this:

OK O and K

River signals recap – advanced


Here’s some more:

Fingers doing a walking movement mean: lets walk round. Alternatively… getting out and walking round also signals “lets walk round.”

Shark fin in front of face: means “Go straight down the middle.” Alternative meaning (sea kayaking only) “dudu dudu dudud dududududuud….”

River signals recap – Traffic lights


choo chooStop

Stopping: “Talk to the hand.” Hand outstretched, palm flat, “Stop.” There are other “Stop” signals that some groups use: Crossed hands, like a scull and crossbones, or paddle horizontal above head, but we are choosing this “palm outstretched” one. When you see this, stop in an eddy. Preferably upstream of the person giving the signal. An alternative: see “Eddy out” signal.

Going: “Choo Chooooo” signal means “Safe / come on everyone!/Lets go!” Nevertheless, you are still allowed to give each other room, however funny a boat-jam might be.

For getting people to go one-at-a-time, try pointing at the person you want to go, and then point where you want them to go.

River signals recap – where are we going?

Go that way / Stay that side
Go there / Go that way / stay that side
Go that way / Stay that side
Go there / Go That way / stay that side
Eddy out (somewhere) (click)
Eddy Out - click me!
Eddy out (that side) (click)
Eddy out right - click me

BUSA WWR this coming weekend 10-11 Nov

This weekend, at the Washburn. 

Feel like rescuing folk? Or pointing and laughing from the bank? Get in touch with Andy R now, and volunteer to do both these things. More details.

Bring: Loud voice for cheering. The more the merrier, set to be a good weekend.

Focus on safety: How to cross a river

Equipment you will need: Green tights. A friar. A song about maids and castles.

The question is: Do you recognise the merry man on the right bank?