If you are interested in teaching yourself about Greenland rolling Christopher Crowhurst is the guy you need to talk to (or at least shift through his fantastic kayak rolling website, qajaqrolls.com.

A while back Christopher released the Rolling with Sticks Guide Book which is a really innovative and simple book that breaks down each individual Greenland kayak roll. The stick guys do a great job highlighting the key steps for each roll.

The brilliant idea with the book is that it’s printed and bound on waterproof paper so you can take it with you on the water

Rolling with Sticks DVD

Now Christopher has moved to the next step and produced an instructional DVD called Rolling with Sticks which looks pretty good.

Rolling with Sticks DVD preview from Christopher Crowhurst on Vimeo.

As the preview demonstrates, each video is clearly demonstrated showing it in multiple angles both above and below the water.

You can purchase just the book for $29.95, DVD for $19.99 or as a package deal for $39.95.

More info and image credits: qajaqrolls.com

Published in Teaching
Monday, 05 December 2011 23:14

New Expedition Skills DVD Trailer

There is a new instructional DVD coming out shortly called Expedition Skills by Olly Sanders and Nigel Robinson.

It looks really interesting and as far as I can remember, it’s the first time that anybody has put out an instructional DVD focused exclusively on the fine art of planning larger and longer kayak trips.

I think it’s great that somebody is tackling this topic. We have all read about major trips that have failed purely due to poor planning, poor gear decisions or poor trip partners (which probably kills more than people will admit!)

Topics will include:

  • Picking the Team
  • Packing
  • Tents, Food & Hydration
  • Injury Prevention
  • First Aid
  • Wildlife Safety
  • Cooking
  • Sanitation

According to the trailer it looks like Olly and Nigel have rounded up the who’s who of expedition paddlers and got them to contribute their wealth of knowledge. Contributors include: Trys Burke, Howard Jeffs, Ray Goodwin, Doug Cooper, Loel Collins and Nigel Dennis.

It should be available for purchase January, 2012.

More info: rockandseaproductions.com

Published in Video

Capture: Sea Kayak Essentials Volume 1

BCU Level 3 Coach, Nick Cunliffe and Matt Giblin recently released their second instructional DVD in the Sea Kayak Essentials series. Last time they focused on foundation kayak skills aimed at beginner and intermediate paddlers but this time they are stopping it up a notch as they focus on intermediate and advanced boat handling skills.

Sea Kayak Essentials covers a wide range of topics including open water forward paddling, moving water skills, tide race paddling, rock hopping and surfing skills.

The paddling nerd in me really liked this video. Be warned that in some areas it’s very technical which could turn of casual paddlers looking for pure entertainment. That being said; they do a fantastic job breaking down some very technical skills (eg. tidal race paddling) and present it in easy to digest chunks.

If you are the self learning type of paddler then this DVD will appeal to you. You know who you are; you read info in books or watch a DVD then go out and practice yourself and figure it out. This DVD will be right up your alley.

One thing that I do really appreciate is that the producers have also written 40 pages of technical notes to go along with the DVD allowing you to get even more detail out of the video. It’s a great resource for students but I believe it will also be a fantastic resource for instructors who are looking to increase their technical knowledge for rough water paddling skills. You can grab a copy of it on their website.

Except for Jennifer Lopez’s masterpiece Gigli, no film is perfect. One thing that I do wish Nick and Matt did was to spend more time explaining some techniques from a boat. Nick does a great job as host and instructor but I sometimes noticed the editing formula would be to introduce the skill and explain the key concepts while standing on a rock then cut to a boater in rough water doing it with nice background music. There was a couple times where I was longing for a voice over or specific graphics so I knew what to look for. As somebody who easily got distracted by the amazing rough water footage and scenery, it would help snap out of dreaming mode and back into learning mode. Of course didn’t happen all the time but it was a noticeable point to me.

Final verdict? If you are looking for a solid video textbook to get you going I found it for you.

You can grab your copy for £19.95 if you live in the UK or £21.95 if you are living anywhere else in the world. Sea Kayak Essentials is available in both PAL and NTSC formats.

Published in DVD Reviews

Sea Kayak Essentials Capture

There is a new kayak training DVD about to be released called Sea Kayak Essentials and it’s put together by the same gang that brought us Kayak Essentials last year which we were happy to review at the time.

This time round they are looking specifically at sea kayaking with a focus on the following skills:

  • 5 Essentials of Boat Speed, Angle and Trim; Body Position, Stroke Linking
  • Fundamentals of Posture, Connectivity, Feel and Power Transfer
  • Core skills of Forward paddling, Balancing and Turning
  • Use of the Skeg
  • Boat Awareness exercises

There are also sections that go into more detail on how to paddle in advanced conditions including tidal races, surfing and rock hopping.

I’m really looking forward to seeing this DVD. Kayak Essentials was well produced and focused a lot on the technical skill development so there was a lot of material to work with. Sea Kayak Essentials looks to be in a similar vein and very promising.

A trailer was recently posted and it’s embedded below.

You can find more information about Sea Kayak Essentials on their website.

Published in Teaching

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