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Coaching Images from the falls of Lora

These images are hyperlinked from the Coaching Guide to the Falls of Lora. Level 5 Project by Tony Hammock

The numbers refer to the sections of the guide

If you are a BCU or SCA coach and you would like a copy of the guide, please email tony@seafreedomkayak.co.uk

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Section 1.5 Safety

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Buddy up. Everyone should have someone watching them when they are on the moving water.

From left to right:

Emphasise the importance of not letting go of your boat.

Rescues in the current - Load and go. Empty later

Watch out for other craft. Everyone else has right of way over kayaks and canoes as they are restricted by draft.

Section 2.4 Flood tide features

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From left to right

F1 North pier wave, just after it has started working, about one hour before Oban high water

F2 Breaking into the North Reef eddy line (south side) on a median tide

F2 Breaking into the North Reef eddy line (north side) early on during a 3.5m (HW) meter tide.

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Above - F6 Surgery rocks wave on median tides. Centre picture paddler Kate Dufas

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Above left - F3 Riding the central waves. 30 minutes before high water on a moderate spring tide. Paddler - the author, Tony Hammock

Above right - F5 The washing machine. One hour before high water on a 3.8 meter (HW) tide. It gets more powerful than this!

Section 2.5 Ebb Tide Features

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Above, left to right.

E1 South eddy line. On a spring tide,

E1 Breaking in on a median tide,

E1 On a big spring tide, viewed from the north side.

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Above, left to right.

E2 South channel race. Viewed from above at maximum flow spring tide

E2 Running the race (well, really, just missing the best bit of the race) on springs,

E2 Riding the race median tide.

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Above, left to right.

E3 North chute. Neap tide,

E3 Break in median tide,

E3 Same again later on,

E3 Getting the edge wrong.

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Above left to right (all on spring tides)

E4 Main wave, paddler David Bainbridge in a C1 playboat.

E4 Aled Williams on the centre wave (Photo Simon Willis),

E4 The forever wave.

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Above left. E6 and E7 The White Triangle (main wave in the foreground) Spring tides. Curly corner top left of picture

Above centre. White Triangle one hour after low water 2.7 meter range tide

Above right. Curly Corner on the same time and tide

Section 3.3.1 Coaching Exercises

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Playing Pooh Sticks on the North Chute