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NSR safety team

Postby sam_newman » Mon Jan 12, 2015 5:23 pm

I've just had a message off Damx Mark asking if anyone from Leeds is interested in joining the NSR Safety Team

Being on the safety team is great fun, you get to spend the weekend jumping in and out of the river, frolicking, saving freshers and basically being a boss!

You will get repaid for you efforts with a steady stream of tea, biscuits, toasties and beer!

But seriously you will be involved in (in my opinion) the best kayak safety team in the country at one of the biggest kayak festivals in country. You will mainly be live baiting boats, paddles, freshers and any other swimmers out of course.

If you have even a little bit of safety experience or are simply keen to learn more then you should definitely do it.

It can be a cold experience though so make sure you are fairly kitted up or ask someone really nicely to borrow some kit.

Anyone who's interested either message me so I can put you in contact with Mark or look get yourself on this FB page - NSR Safety team
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Re: NSR safety team

Postby Robbing » Mon Jan 12, 2015 6:58 pm

I can honestly say, that i love being on the safety team. I'm on the safety team again this year. I've been on the safety team every year that i've been with the club/to NSR. Potentially it'll be my fourth year this year, if not, it'll definitely be my third.

For people who don't know. Live baiting is when a person is attached to a rope and they jump in to the water to rescue the person/boat/kit. There are one or two people that keep hold of the rope that is attached to the live baiter, who pulls them and what ever they've grabbed to the side and out of the water. At NSR this tends to break down to two/three roles. The live baiter jumping in grabbing what they can. The person(s) on the rope pulling them to the side and the person(s) who pull kit/boats/people out on to the bank. The person(s) who pulls the rope in tend to be the ones who pull people/things out on to the bank. But depending on the group dynamic (weight and strength of people, flow of water, and what they're grabbing), this is sometimes two roles and others it's three individual roles, which tends to naturally vary between the two from rescue to rescue. So don't be concerned if you don't want to jump in. I've never been the live baiter.

I've always done it in a wetsuit, thermals, cag, waterproof trousers, and trainers. They only ask people who have drysuits to jump in the water because you will get cold otherwise. In the past, they give people who don't have a drysuit the opportunity to be the live baiter towards the end of the day since you won't be stood around for long feeling wet and susceptible to getting cold.

Don't worry if you don't know how to do any form of safety work. They usually set up a short but complete class on how to be the live baiter and how to be the person hauling them in and getting them out.


It's good fun. When we're not saving people/kit, we enjoy a good dance - https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=10151539821819282 Which we tend break out throughout both days.
And oh lord, those toasties, cups of tea/coffee/hot juice/soup will be the best things you've had in your life! They're definitely worth their weigh in gold.


It's rewarding, you won't have a dull moment, you get fed by team toastie, you get the best seats in the house, especially for the final event (which everyone wants to watch), and if you didn't know anything about safety work, you'll get a swift lesson. What more would you want?


There are plenty of people who've been on the safety team in previous years within the club. So you can ask of us for advice if you're interested but a little unsure. Also don't feel that this is only for the boys. There have been plenty of girls throughout the years being both the live baiters and the ones hanging on to the ropes.
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Re: NSR safety team

Postby sam_newman » Mon Jan 12, 2015 8:27 pm

Haha thanks Rob!

I definitely didn't want to type all that out.

Are you doing it yourself this year? You should!
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Re: NSR safety team

Postby Robbing » Tue Jan 13, 2015 4:50 pm

I certainly am on safety this year! I enjoy it too much not to be.


I didn't plan to type as much as i did. It just happened.
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Re: NSR safety team

Postby Pyro » Tue Jan 13, 2015 9:34 pm

Robbing wrote:I certainly am on safety this year! I enjoy it too much not to be.


I love hearing this, especially from people like Rob who've done a fricking awesome job on Safety for the past few years :D

As someone who's been involved with the Safety team for a very long time, it would be great to have ANYONE from the club on board. Rob's said an awful lot of what I would say (cheers Rob!) but yeah, it's a great job, it's a great weekend, and we have a great gang of people on it.

The standard comment I hear from new people is "I've got no Safety experience, I won't be able to do it", and my standard answer is "Bollocks." We can teach anyone to do Safety, and for those of you who see yourselves paddling for a few years, and pushing yourselves, we'll teach you some essential techniques in a safe, simple, well protected environment with a bunch of great teachers and a great backup team. You will get more practice in one weekend than you would normally do in several years of normal boating. I won't lie, it's tiring, hectic and manic, but it's very, very satisfying.

Talk to Rob, Sam or myself about it if you're interested, or drop me an email address and I'll forward you the registration forms for the team if you're definitely interested.
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Re: NSR safety team

Postby Paddy F » Wed Jan 14, 2015 11:55 am

The Safety Team can definitely teach you loads!
Before my second year my only experience of safety had been learning to grab a throwline when in the water. Even if you just do bankwork (read pulling people and kit out the water) you see loads of good examples of how to handle lines, livebaiting and you ALWAYS have the best few of the kayaking action so you can learn from that as well!
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