|CLUB ACTIVITY||BASIC SKILLS FOR YOUNGSTERS||SCA TOURING|
|24-Apr||Wed||Midweek Trip||Surf Day or|
|27-Apr||Sat||Erskine to Glasgow A|
|04-May||Sat||2 Star Assessment|
|05-May||Sun||2 Star Assessment|
|03-May||Fri||Sound of Arisaig|
|09-May||Thu||Evening Trip A||Gareloch||6.30pm||Beginners||Kidston||6.30pm|
|11-May||Sat||Islands of the Forth|
|12-May||Sun||Day Trip A||Loch Eck||A/B|
|23-May||Thu||Evening Trip||Loch Long||6.30pm||Beginners||Loch Long||6.30pm|
|25-May||Sat||Sugar Boat (A)|
|26-May||Sun||River Trip (Awe or Orchy)|
|04-Jun||Tue||Beginners Course||Pool||7.30pm||Skye (B/C)|
|06-Jun||Thu||Evening Trip A/B||Sugar Boat||6.30pm||Beginners||Craigendoran||6.30pm||Skye (B/C)|
|11-Jun||Tue||Beginners Course||Pool||7.30pm||Skye (B/C)|
|16-Jun||Sun||Day Trip B||Round Ardlamont|
|07-Jul||Sun||L1 Coach Course||Lochgoilhead|
|to||L1 Coach Course||Lochgoilhead|
|10-Jul||Wed||L1 Coach Course||Lochgoilhead|
|13-Jul||Day Trips from Oban|
|to||from Tarbet (C )|
|04-Aug||Up R. Cart (A)|
|17-Aug||Solway Coast (A)|
|to||Expedition B||Arnumurchan||Solway Coast (A)|
|18-Aug||Solway Coast (A)|
|15-Sep||Grey Dog (C )|
Helensburgh Canoe Club
Minutes of Committee Meeting, Sun 4th December 2011
Present: Geoff (Chair), Grant (Chief Coach, River Co-Ordinator), Hugh (Sea), Euan(Coach), Willie (QM)
Apologies: Ken (Treasurer), Mel
Club has healthy balance of £3050 with the pool fees paid until 17th Jan 2012
Spraydecks: The pool chlorine is wrecking the neoprene decks. Agreed to purchase 12 nylon decks and make up the number of useable neoprene decks to 12, including 3 for the sea kayaks. Use to be made of balance at Brookbank.
Kayaks. There is a shortage of sea kayaks for new members interested in trips. Grant will investigate the purchase of quality second hand boats from Glenmore Lodge with a maximum budget of up to £1500 for 3.
Clothing. Willie to investigate cost of Tops incorporating club logo (courtesy of Euan)
It was agreed that the pool time is most effectively used in structured courses, with individual practice using any remaining time (normally the second half hour). The Pool is primarily useful for Basic Skills and Rescue (incl. self-rescue and rolling). Grant was worried that Basic Skills do not have enough skills for fast successful rescues. The following Pool programme was agreed:
a) 6th/13th/20th December: Enhanced Basic Skills (using new coaching techniques)
b) 10th/17th/24th/31sth January: Foundation Safety and Rescue Training (FSRT) Cost £15
c) 7th Feb to 10th April: Adult Basic (minimum number 6) £30
d) 17th April to 26th June: Young Persons Basic £30
The FSRT course will require a classroom session and a half day practical at the end of Jan. Together with Basic Skills, beginners should be ready for a 2 star assessment in early February. Members in previous Basic Skills cohorts who have not done the 2 star are urged to get along to the pool and outdoor sessions in January. The FSRT is complementary to SEA Touring Training.
We are instituting a club meeting on the first Wednesday of the month. The meeting will provide an opportunity for speakers, films and discussion of trips, training etc. It will also be useful for registration. Location to be confirmed.
This Thursday (8th) weather permitting. Paddle on the Clyde followed by Xmas lunch. Dep Craigendoran 10am. Please join us for paddle, lunch or both. Contact Geoff for details
Weekend as soon as weather permits: Sea Trip for Touring Course. Contact Hugh for details.
Jan 14th/15th: Great Glen Paddle. Either Open or Sea Boats staying Sat night in YH. Contact Grant for details .
Registration and Membership.
Our membership list (52 strong) will be submitted as required by the SCA. It is unfortunately neither comprehensive nor correct and a membership secretary is urgently required for the coming year. We also need urgently someone to “check in” people on courses at the pool and collect the money from individuals.
1. Welcome and Apologies
Apologies from Keith Davies, Willie and Grant Dolier
2. General Report
3. Treasurers Report
4. Election of Committee
Because of pressure of work and family Keith had retired, Geoff Riddington was nominated by Hugh Murray, seconded by Sue Smith and duly elected
Vacant. Committee to seek a replacement for Geoff ASAP
e) Coaching Organiser
f) Convenor; Sea Trips
g) Convenor, River Trips
Vacant. We are still looking for someone to look after this important post.
h) Ordinary Members (Up to 6)
Sue Smith (Gender Issues)
Euan Forrest (Coaching)
Neil Walden (Social and Fund Raising)
5. Plans for the Coming Year
Pool time doubled after Easter. Youth Coaching course Easter to Summer.
Sea Trip plans for near future presented including Minch crossing.
After a short break for Tea and Biscuits, Sue Smith gave an entertaining and informative illustrated talk on her (and Alan’s) 8 week expedition to the Dalmatian Coast
Income and Expenditure Account (Year Ending 28th February 2011)
INCOME £ £
Membership Fees 605.00 730.00
Profit on pool and coaching activities (67.40) 339.42
Bank Interest 0.07 0.38
Scottish Canoe Association Affiliation 50.00 50.00
Venue rentals for meetings 0.00 0.00
Ancillary Equipment 245.00 531.00
Equipment Repair 0.00 188.00
Miscellaneous 0.00 50.00
Depreciation 545.69 545.69
SURPLUS/DEFICIT FOR YEAR (303.02) (294.89)
Balance Sheet as at 28th February 2011.
Notes £ £
Fixed Assets 1 1,637.09 8,368.25
Bank 10,482.72 1,578.22
Creditors 162.00 0.00
Debtors (157.40) (350.70)
Cash in advance 0.00 (420.00)
Net Current Assets 10,487.32 807.52
£ 12,124.41 £ 9,175.77
Capital Account: 2,124.41 9,106.37
Awards For All Grant 2 10,000.00 69.40
£ 12,124.41 £ 9,1755.77
20th March 2011
Notes to the Accounts as at 28th February 2011
1. Fixed Assets and Depreciation*.
Asset Purchased Cost Depreciation Value 29/02/11 Yr Total
10 Kayaks 08/12/06 3,274.16 545.69 2,182.76 1,091.40
Trailer 07/06/10 1,991.99 0.00 0.00 1,991.99
3 Canoes 07/06/10 2,073.63 0.00 0.00 2,073.63
3 Sea Kayaks 28/09/10 2,116.23 0.00 0.00 2,116.23
Trailer 20/10/10 1,095.00 0.00 0.00 1,095.00
545.69 2,182.76 8,368.25
* Fixed Assets depreciated over 6 years.
2. Awards For All Grant.
Grant awarded January 2010 £ 10,000.00
Expenditure in 2010/11:
2 trailers 3,086.99
3 Canoes 2,073.63
3 Sea kayaks 2,116.23
Ancillary canoe/kayak equipment 2,653.75
Balance in bank £ 69.40
I think we will probably look back at 2010/111 as the year that the club moved to maturity. For the first time we have a membership data base, a comprehensive kit list and even insurance. We now have a home for our gear and an up to date web site. We have established pool time which is about to be doubled. We are developing and running training courses with qualified coaches that have come through our club. In the case of our Sea Expedition Training we are almost unique in providing quality training.
At this stage I think it appropriate to thank a number of people;
Firstly our past chairman Keith Davis, who got the club going, did the initial paperwork and got us the funds for our excellent equipment. We all owe a great deal to Keith.
Secondly the club is indebted to the Dolier clan; Grant for his role as Coach in our training programmes, Natalie as our membership secretary and pool fund collector and Willie for getting to grips with the equipment side. To you all, our thanks.
Finally I would like to thank Hugh, not only for his efforts with the Sea Kayak training over the last few years but also for stepping in on the teaching side over the last few weeks. His support has been invaluable.
Activity wise we possibly may not have been quite as active as last year. Looking through the website we had 4 overnighters
1) A long weekend trip from West Loch Tarbert up the west coat to Tayvallich
2) A 5 day trip on West Skye
3) A long weekend on Loch Awe
4) A training weekend on Loch Lomond
We had lots of day trips e.g.
1) Loch Striven
2) Fog on the The Clyde
3) The River Awe
4) Loch Lomond.
5) Rough Water training at Ardrossan
We had lots of evening trips e.g
1) Loch Long at Finnart
2) River Leven
3) Loch Long at Ardentinny
5) Loch Lomond
For the first time, this year, members became competitors when Sue and Ruth entered the Round Lismore Sea Race; Sue becoming Veteran Ladies Champion and Sue and Ruth claiming second and third places in the Open Ladies category.
Finally this year cannot be allowed to pass without comment on our Open Day at Loch Lomond and our stand at Helensburgh 2011. Looking around, these appear to have been highly successful in introducing people to this great sport/recreation.
For the future I think one of our key problems is going to be remaining solvent. If we double pool time we must fill the sessions. We will have insurance and maintenance bills that we have not had before. We will have to ensure our membership is fully paid up. So possibly sadly today we are waving goodbye to our youth
AGM, Cup of Tea then
Illustrated Talk: Kayaking down the Adriatic. Sue and Alan on thier month long paddle from Rijeka to Dubrovnick
The outline programme for the season to next summer is as follows:
Sept/Oct 2010 Basic Paddling, Advanced Sea Skills
Nov/Dec 2010 Rescue & Rolling, Intro to Sea Expeds
Jan/Feb/March 2011, Basic Paddling (Adults), Sea Rescues and Rolls
April/May/June 2011 Basic Paddling (Juniors)
Training Course require at least 3 open water sessions
Paddle 2010 – Scotland’s Annual Canoe & Kayak Show will take place on Saturday October 23rd & Sunday October 24th 2010 at Bell’s Sport Centre, Perth.
continuing from previous years, this year the show will have:
The show will take place in conjuction with a new event – The Tay Descent on Sat 23rd Oct. This event has a tour and races covering 3 different courses. Race classes will cover different ages, abilities and types of boat.
More information can on Paddle 2010 and the Tay Descent can be found on the Scottish Canoe Association website http://www.canoescotland.org/events/ScotlandsCanoeShow.aspx.
Mandatory Safety Equipment/Adverse Weather Procedure
Our club has a good safety record but that does not mean we cannot reduce the probability of incidents still further. It is considered prudent to expand the information in the documents Trip Considerations and Kit List (Nov 08) and Touring Requirements and Abilities (April 09) to give clear instruction on what must be carried on day/multi day expeditions both at sea and on fresh water lochs. The following is recommended practice for all except close inshore training and short paddles under instruction. All individuals are expected to carry yachting type coastal flares of the hand held design; 1 x red, 1 x orange smoke as a minimum. A red 350 metre parachute flare is also recommended for ‘regulars’. A whistle and head torch/strobe must also be carried together with spare clothing (unless wearing a dry or wet suit) as a matter of course. The hand flares, whistle and torch/strobe must be carried in or attached to the buoyancy aid.
Other pieces of kit that regulars should consider obtaining in due course are;
VHF radio – for kayakers the submersible type is probably best. Guidance and training in their use can be arranged as necessary. Waterproof radios are available around £90 and submersible around £150. VHF hand held does not have a long range but can be invaluable in situations where shore stations, other vessels or aircraft are in reasonable proximity. They also receive weather broadcasts where location is favourable to reception.
Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) – The title says it all and is only for use in situations of dire emergency since once it is triggered, reception via satellite is virtually guaranteed and the resulting response is automatic i.e. emergency services are scrambled. The devices work anywhere in the world and there is a registration scheme for owners. One of the best and cheapest for our purpose is the McMurdo Fastfind 210 Personal Locator Beacon with GPS (transmit only) at a cost of £200. The device weighs 150grm, has a battery life of 5 years and transmits on a monitoring and a homing frequency with GPS position transmitted to increase response speed, hence the name. The alternative to an EPIRB is SPOT (see Geoff) at around £90 plus annual subscription of £90.
Strobe Light – a waterproof strobe light. Example is the ACR C-Strobe with a visibility of 2 miles in all directions on 2 x AA batteries at a cost of £23.
Tow Line – Suitable for sea use. These can be fixed permanently to a kayak or fastened round the waist of the paddler.
It is the responsibility of every individual to remain in close proximity to leader/group in poor conditions to enable communication. This is fundamental to risk reduction and response to any casualty situation. In conditions where spoken communication is difficult or impossible it is proposed to use two whistle signals.
One long blast: Meaning – You are too far away from me.
Action – Close up (or wait if someone has dropped back)
Two long blasts: Meaning – I have (or have seen) a problem.
Action – All go to assist
Where a member of a group cannot for whatever reason carry on paddling (two whistle blasts), the first action of the group, will be to close up to the casualty and either support and tow or, if there is sufficient sea room, raft up to consider/agree actions. Appropriate actions may vary but scenarios will be discussed in training. Handling/rescue of an unconscious (or otherwise unable to participate) casualty will be added to the self-rescue and buddy rescue requirements in the pool and open water.
It is quite possible that having purchased some of the above equipment you will never use it because your skill and judgement have kept you safe. That is exactly what is intended. If however you are involved in an incident you may well be grateful that you are fully kitted up.
The club currently possesses:
Thanks to the local Scouts, for larger training groups we also have access to 11 all purpose kayaks on a 3 level trailer (6 canoes/sea kayaks).
Club boats are available to members for loan free on all club events.
Club boats are also available at a nominal cost of £2 per day (£4 for canoes) for other trips if not being used by the club.