We all know First Aid or CPR instructional videos can me more boring than watching grass grow in the middle of winter. To help get the message out about the new hands-only CPR technique, the British Heart Foundation enlisted the help of Hollywood tough guy, Vinnie Jones to show us how to do it properly.
If you want more information on hands-only CPR, head over to the American Heart Association’s website, handsonlycpr.org where you can also have the pleasure of watching an extremely boring instructional video in the tradition we have that we have all come to love (and hate).
Thanks to my buddy Mike for the video tip.
Jackson Kayak has launched JKTV. The premier episode is a pretty ambitious 25 minutes and covers a trip report from the Costa de Oro; Team Spotlight with Damon Bungard; Misadventures with Indiana James; Tech Tip- How to Backloop; Gear Review- GoPro Hero2 and the Shot of the Month.
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I could hardly finish watching this video of whitewater kayakers paddling a flood swollen river and I lost count after the 4th near drowning. The really scary thing is that the whole video seems to be shot on the same day with the same 4-5 guys.
Looks like they would do well to invest in some swift water rescue training to save them from being nominated for future a Darwin Award.
If you are at work, stop at the 5:30 mark as it gets NSFW at the end.
Wired recently posted an article as to the science behind massive flocks of starlings and why they can all instantly turn at the same time.
If you are like me you probably don’t have a lot of space in your living room to start building a 17 foot kayak.
To help solve that problem, Jöns Aschan from paddlingsfabriken.fi developed a papercraft kayak available for download. All you need to do is carefully cut out all the pieces with a pair of sharp scissors and tape it all together (just like the real thing). The price is €2.00 ($2.65US) and it works best if you can print it out on thick stock paper.
Looks like a great rainy afternoon project for sure.
David Wooldridge from Ridge Wilderness Adventures in Maple Ridge, British Columbia assembled a really well done instructional video specifically for Big Canoe paddling.
Over the past couple of weeks I have seen a large uptick in the number of Big Canoe videos released. By large uptick, I really mean I went from seeing zero big canoe videos to 3 in the past month.
As you might know, Paddle Canada rolled out their Big Canoe instructional program this year and what’s happening is the newly certified instructors are developing teaching resources for everybody else to use.
Creative Commons Licence on Flickr by tlindenbaum.
Paddling in a Voyageur canoe is a whole lot of fun. In fact one might even describe it as a boatload of fun (sorry about that). What makes them a great mode of transportation is that you can have a whole group of friends paddling along in a super stable craft. Only 3-4 people need to actually paddle to maintain speed leaving the other 15 people able to hang out and gossip.
But what happens if something went wrong and the boat tips over? Do you know what you would do?
Priscilla Haskin is a Paddle Canada canoe instructor from
Watching the video, you quickly realize it’s a time consuming and slow process to empty that big monster of enough water to allow participants to slowly climb in. Also, reminded me that if you are going out with a group you would want to make sure you have a conversation with them before leaving describing the basic process so people don’t panic while in the water.
Voyageur Canoe Photo used under Creative Commons from North Cascades National Park.
Roger Zahradnik from
Roger quickly turned around but by the time he was able to get back to the boat it had already been stolen by vehicle also going in the same direction on the highway.
According to the Door County Advocate, police are looking for a white box truck seen in the area carrying a stolen green Wilderness Systems Pungo in the back.
Ahh the Pungo. That classic kayak that was so popular to make fun of via online video from xtranormal.com a while back.
These two videos show that with enough time your do-it-yourself neighbour can come up with anything. To be honest I have no idea how this is helpful to the river clean-up it was apparently built for but I will be honest with you, I would be the first to sign-up to sit in that chair and just spin around while everybody else does the work paddling.
According to the video description it also shoots water balloons though I’m disappointed that there is no video for that. The video below shows how well thought out it is including an articulated boom arm and a rope to tip out the garbage when the bucket is full.