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Movie Monday 17 September 2018

Welcome to Unsponsored and Movie Monday 17 September 2018.

Movie Monday

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Social Media Saturday 15 September 2018

Welcome to Social Media Saturday 15 September 2018 at Unsponsored. You can also check out our Instagram feed here.

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Dagger Phantom – Gauley Fest

Dagger Kayaks are at the Gauley Fest this weekend with this great looking Dagger Phantom.

Dagger Phantom - Gauley Fest

The boat will be raffled to raise funds for American Whitewater.

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Late Summer Kayaking Adventures

Late Summer Kayaking Adventures

Late Summer Kayaking Adventures – Levels are low. Everywhere. That didn’t stop us to go up the Ashlu River and drop in even though levels were super low. Even though the river was bumpy at times it was worth going up there and a wee day out.

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C1 Kayak Conversions

Over the last few months we have seen a number of images on Instagram showing some really trick conversion kits that allow a K1 to be converted to a C1 without the need for lots of cutting/sticking of foam. We reached out to Paul Harwood at UK firm C1 Kayak Conversions to find out a little more about what they are doing.

C1 Kayak Conversions

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Movie Monday 10 September 2018

Welcome to Movie Monday 10 September 2018 at Unsponsored.

Movie Monday 10 September 2018

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Student Guide – Swimming In Moving Water

With the Tyne Tour coming up very shortly I thought it might be a good idea to release the next article in the student guide series. Although a student guide it is applicable to anyone who may be starting to make the move onto moving water.

From time to time this will happen and is far more common than even the great boaters like to admit. Capsizing and swimming is what helps us all get better, it’s part of the learning curve no matter what level of the sport you are currently at.

Student Guide - Swimming In Moving Water

There are two main goals if you find yourself in the water. The first is to stay safe whilst in the water and second is to get out of the water.

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World First Aid Day

It is World First Aid day, so it seems an appropriate time for the superb Dirty First Aid series.

We all love to kayak, sure. It has some things we love and some we hate. First Aid often becomes the elephant in the room.

When was the last time you or your peers did a course or a workshop? Do you keep ‘up to speed’ on developments?

In this series I am pleased to offer a ‘dirty’ First Aid approach. This is suited to kayakers and river users. Using a ‘find it fix it’ approach to incident care and management.

Dirty First Aid - The Series

This first article will lay the foundations of rapid emergency aid. It’s a simple approach that a basic personal First Aid kit and things carried on you can deal with. Now is not the time to discuss what you should or should not carry in your kit. Read the series and make your own mind up.

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Social Media Saturday 8 September 2018

Welcome to Social Media Saturday 8 September 2018 at Unsponsored. Enjoy!

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Student Kayak Guide – Surviving Your First Club Trip

Surviving your first Uni Club trip is all about preparation.

Firstly do you have the right kit and/or access to the right kit? If not get the very basics sorted. It’s going to be a miserable trip if you get really cold. Make sure you have a dry set of kit to get changed into at the end of the trip, something nice and warm is always a great idea and include a hat. A large beach towel is good bit of kit to get hold of. You’ll need to put this kit into something and also be able to carry your wet kit home with you. Ikea bags and plastic “bags for life” are superb for this job.

Double check you have everything with you before you leave the house/halls. There is only one thing worse then getting to the mini bus and realising that you have forgotten something critical and that is getting off the bus at the start of the paddle and realising that you have forgotten something critical.

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Student Kayaker Buyers Guide 2018

Although this buyers guide is directed at students in reality it will apply to anyone thinking about taking up the sport. Over the next few weeks many students will be starting Uni and will be looking at joining a club.

Student Kayaker Buyers Guide 2018

In most cases the Kayak/Canoe club in a university will be the best club to join. That can pretty much be guaranteed.

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Hydro Schemes Without Planning Permission

The Welsh Governement want to allow some hydro schemes to be built without any planning permission! Find out more on the Save our Rivers blog.

Hydro Schemes Without Planning Permission

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