DofE Online Canoe Training: Catch-up from Week 4
Look at the Canoe Expeditions Kit List and the DofE Recommended Kit List, which you'll find in the DOCS tab at www.craigalmondscouts.org/longcraig-explorer-unit/, and answer the questions below:
1. List 3 items of personal kit to wear (or have with you) that would keep you warm and dry when paddling:
2. Give examples of footwear that are appropriate for canoeing:
3. We often need to kneel in the canoe with our feet under the seat, to give you a bit more stability, so making sure your ankles can move easily is really important. What type of footwear limits your ankle flexibility and is NOT recommended for canoeing?
4. When canoeing, we have a small 'day bag' (e.g. rucksack or drybag) close to hand so that you don't have to empty your rucksack to find something you need. What items from the Canoe Expeditions Kit List do you think should be kept in your 'day bag'?
5. Which of the following items do you think are the most important to include in your Repair Kit in case you need it on your expedition(e.g. for fixing things like a broken paddle, broken canoe seat, rip in yourtent, etc)? Tick all that apply.
Strong Duct Tape
1-2 metres of paracord
Small multitool (e.g. Swiss Army knife)
Spare milk carton top
6. Once all your kit is packed in your canoe, we put a 'cam-strap' through everything and then round the thwart, yoke or seat post. Why?
Watch this video on how to put on your Buoyancy Aid (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fNSf30LNTeg) and then answer the questions below:
7. We all need to wear a buoyancy aid that fits properly when we're canoeing. What might happen if your Buoyancy Aid is too loose?
8. How do you test if a Buoyancy Aid is too loose?
10. When packing your kit and loading it into your canoe, which of the following are sensible things to do? Tick all that apply.
Anything that needs to stay dry (e.g. food, stove, tent) should be in a barrel
Food in loose carrier bags stuffed into free spaces is OK
Put all the heavy kit in one canoe
Load all the kit and then carry the canoe down to the water
Use waterproof bags (e.g. drybags or plastic bags) to keep your clothes dry in your rucskack
Pile the bags up on top of each other in the middle of the canoe
Deflate the floatation to give you more space
Keep your day bag under your seat or in front of you
Check the trim (i.e. balance) of the canoe once both paddlers are in and on the water
Put the heavy kit at the back of the canoe
Stand water containers upright in the canoe
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