Saturday, November 19, 2011

Application of symposium lessons in real life

The first thing Jeff taught us about incident management is prevention. And this makes a lot of sense, for if your preparations are good and your decisions are based on good experience then your incidents will be minimal, hopefully so. 

Today we had wild rough seas with dumping waves, not conducive to good surfing, especially for a long kayak. My decision was to stay in the bay and just fool around in the breakers

Yoni on the other hand was on a Chaos surf kayak and spent some time at the rock  trying to catch the waves. He had some successes but didn`t stay too long

Dror was there too

And now back to incident management
. Do you carry a repair kit with you when you go out?
 Can you fix a broken paddle if you are miles away from home?
Well this little agricultural aid may just be the thing you need to keep handy. It`s for joining irrigation pipes, this one is 32mm, just the size of my Werner paddle.

these are the components

Heres` my Werner, actually its a few years old and the original joint had broken, and it was just sitting around because I hate to throw old stuff away. I always think that some day I`ll be able to use it,  fix it or do something with it  The one day Izzy showed me how to fix it.

Here`s how the parts go together

And finally , also you can have any angle feather that you like.
Now I realize that it`s a bit bulky, but so what, it can get you out of trouble  and may save your day.
Your paddle remains a 2 piece and the cost is minimal.
Something to think about if you go out in rough water or play in rock gardens.