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How To Run Rapids Using Cross Current Speed

In this video the Aquabatics Calgary team explain and demonstrate how to ‘get off the freight train’ of running rapids.

This tutorial highlights how to use cross current speed in rapids to start catching and tagging eddies to slow downstream momentum and to give more control and create time.

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How To Perform A Throwbag Rescue

In this video Aquabatics Calgary Ltd cover the setup, basic execution and key points of rescuing a swimmer with a throwbag.

How To Perform A Throwbag Rescue

The video assumes you have some knowledge of what a throwbag is and you have a basic idea of how to go about throwing the bag.

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Swimming In Moving Water With Chris Brain

If you spend time on or around water at some point you will take a swim.  Check out this great edit form Chris Brain and the guys from Palm Equipment on how to do it right.

Now this doesn’t mean that Chris swims a lot, simply that Chris knows the right way to do it.

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To Throw Or Not To Throw?

Let’s talk safety – To throw or not to throw? 

Nouria Newman posted this question on FB a few days ago.

When someone gets stuck in a hole it’s always a tough call. Do you throw them a line or not?

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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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How To “Head Dry” Back Deck Roll

How To "Head Dry" Back Deck Roll

So this is the follow up to the How to back deck roll video. Lots of things exactly the same here so ifs you can’t back deck roll, go check out last week’s video.

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How To Back Deck Roll

Seth Ashworth gives a run down of the back deck roll. This is a the most useful rolls in whitewater kayaking.

How To Back Deck Roll

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River Signals

River Signals

River signals are key to good communication on the water. But it’s important that the whole crew use and understand the same set of signals.

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3 Tricks From 5 Angles – Quim Fontané For ICF

What’s the difference between a McNasty and a Lunar Loop. Quim Fontane shows us 3 Tricks from 5 Angles.

3 Tricks From 5 Angles

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How To Tailee With Bren Orton

How to Tailee with Bren Orton

There are a lot of names to this trick such as the stern squirt, the squirt, the pirouette and the whooppie. But if you watch this video you are now only allowed to call it the Tailee from now on.

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How To Run A Big Drop With Adrian Mattern

How To Run A Big Drop With Adrian Mattern

Running big drops in a kayak is one of the sickest things you can do but it is not something you do every day and therefore I thought it might be helpful to give you a little beta about how I approach and handle big drops.

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Dealing With A Sieve Barrier

R3 France have recently posted the video below showing one of their training sessions that helps paddlers who end up swimming to deal with a sieve barrier.

Dealing With A Sieve Barrier

It is well worth a watch.

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