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Postby Henkka32 » Thu Mar 07, 2019 6:39 pm

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Name of Swimmer: Hash Brown
Date: 5.12.2018
Location: Little Eas, Glens
Shitty excuse: Challenged myself to run it upside down on a tashty level
Actual Reason: Mentally and physically fatigued from pushing myself all day. Picked a nice line down but caught my edge on the way down. Over I went and bumped all the way down into the cauldron. Spent the next two minutes in the most extreme sidesurf of my life and fought my way out. Turns out the undercut on river left loves impeding your paddling on your left side and I was sucked in twice more. Eventually after rolling many times my paddle was ripped from my hands by the hole. One handroll and I knew I was spent. Pulled the deck and went deep. Balled up and starfished twice, each time caught in the towback and recirced. Third time I went into the undercut and genuinely thought my time was up. Luckily I followed the recirculating water into the small eddy inside the cauldron. My adrenaline was pumping and I clinged onto the rockface to get a breath. Steadied my breathing and to my surprise I was pretty okay with the situation and looked at my options out. Lucien and Graham were on the far bank readying ropes while Podge was ready to back them up. I signalled to lads I'd try climbing out and then tried climbing out but there was no foothold low enough. I asked for a rope and a crab that Graham had already prepared. Line was sent over and I caught the rope with a solid gold on the wall with my other hand. The crab I then attached to the stern of my boat that was helping pin me against the wall and gave the all clear. Grabbing the rope and taking a deep breath, Lucien and Graham hauled myself and my boat under Little Eas and I was grabbed by Podge who was in the eddy. The boys pulled me out of the river and we hugged it out. I took a moment to myself and processed what had happened while looking at the situation I was in. Grabbed the splits from my boat and put them together as the paddle had flushed down. Turns out I made left handed paddles and totally was not used to it. A few sketchy eddy catches later and I was greeted by Graham with my paddles he had found. Splits back into the boat and I had another swimming session 200m later. Light swim later and I was back in my boat. Paddled to take out and jumped off the bridge. Had a beer with me so bootie beer was completed at take out.
Emotional Issues arising from the event: I knew I was tired and should've been more aware of my surroundings. I've been paddling a long enough time now that I should've hopped out and looked at least. Not beating myself up about it because everybody swims and that being able to walk away from that situation unharmed and wiser for it is a much better way to look at these experiences. Would certainly attribute practicing in holes to my calm approach to the shit hitting the fan.
Persons requiring rescue pints: The three boys. Cheers lads.

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Postby JackKenny » Mon Mar 11, 2019 8:41 pm

Name of Swimmer: Jack Kenny
Date: 9/3/19
Location: Grade 2 Section on the Boluisce
Shitty excuse: I wasn't going to let a stupid tree interfere with the line I wanted.
Real Excuse: Bad river reading. Thought there was an eddy in between 2 bits of brush overhanging the river bank. Got sucked under the downstream tree and capsized. Tried to set up for a roll, felt the rocks on the riverbed and quickly started panicking when I realised I wasn't in the Lower Corrib. Tried pushing up off the bank but I just ended up pushing my upperbody out of the water and out of my boat too.
Emotional Issues arising from the event: Nothing really. It was a pretty chill swim on pretty chill water. Little bit of bruised ego in the immediate aftermath but I got over myself when I went down the rest of the river.
Specific Learning Outcomes:
Trees don't make eddies.
Chill out and take a second to look at the colour of the water next time I flip instead of rushing to do something dumb, panic always put you in more danger.
Persons requiring rescue pints: Staples and Fergal had me back in my boat within a minute or two. Cheers lads!
(booty beer still pending)

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Postby laoiseplunkett » Tue Mar 19, 2019 11:55 am

Name of Swimmer: Laoise Plunkett

Date: 6/3/19
Location: Little Eas, The Glens
Shitty excuse: Running rapids upright isn't all that effective in wearing away the awful black paint on my boat.
Real reason: My paddles knocked off a rock when I capsized and I let go of them, couldn't hand roll so I pulled my deck and swam.
Emotional Issues arising from the event: I don't think I recovered until we stopped for pizza.
Persons requiring rescue pints: Con
S.L.O.(s): Everyone should practice cannonball/starfish before you actually need it; it's pretty terrifying to have to trust in something that you've never tried before.

Date: 17/3/19
Location: Broken Weir, Boluisce
Shitty excuse: The level was pretty high so there wasn't much clearance between the water and the over-hanging tree. I was wrecked after getting the boat earlier and was struggling to keep up with the lads. I didn't tuck forward, my paddle got caught in the tree and I abandoned it. Capsized over broken weir. After a few attempts, I rolled up, but had to capsize again to avoid getting crowned by another tree. Tried rolling another few times before giving up and pulling my deck.
Real reason: I need to stop letting go of my paddles..
Emotional Issues arising from the event: Trees. Trees everywhere.
Persons requiring rescue pints: Staples and Con
S.L.O.(s) The fastest way of getting down a river is at a speed that everyone is able to paddle at. If you're in a rush, check the the weakest paddler in the group is comfortable with the pace when they still have the option of walking off. In hindsight, I would have stayed with the needy horse in the caravan park.

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Postby JackKenny » Mon Mar 25, 2019 4:42 pm

Name of Swimmer: Mise
Date: 21st & 22nd March
Location: Lower Corrib Rapids
Shitty excuse: First time getting thrown around in that sort of water. I was pretty scared the first day I went out so I didn't put up much a fight when I capsized. Carped my roll once or twice and pulled my deck. 2 swims that day. Also... that set of sea kayaking paddles I have are horrendous.

2nd day I logged a lot of time upside down and got my roll pretty consistently. Got window shaded in a hole and drank some water so pulled my deck again.

Emotional Issues arising from the event: Crashed into some rocks underwater that left me feeling too scared too keep throwing myself into the main wave. Overall I was just really happy to get my roll down though. (most of the time) :roll:
Persons requiring rescue pints: Luke, Henry & Kevin

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Postby DiarmuidM » Tue Mar 26, 2019 9:03 am

Name of Swimmer: Me..
Date: 22nd March
Location: Rapids
Shitty excuse: Deck implosions don't count as a swim...
Actual Excuse: Got on the wave, washed off, hit the hole sideways, flipped and rolled up. I tried to paddle off the wave train and nothing happened when I took a stroke. I looked down and my deck was off but, and this bit is very important, I was still in the boat. I was trying to make my way to shore to empty out but Con came along and I hopped out because it was easier that he x'ed it for me. Still don't think it counts as a swim though.
SLO: Don't use the shitty cheap deck you got for free with a gear order.
Emotional Issues arising from the event: First swim in my shiny new drysuit. (Being dry after a session is a new and intriguing sensation.)
Persons requiring rescue pints: Con
Bootie beer (Y/N): I'll do it eventually
Diarmuid Magorrian

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Postby Ciara.wall » Wed Aug 14, 2019 2:45 pm

Name of Swimmer: Ciara Wall
Date: 11/08/19
Location: Lead into Big Eas, the Glens
Shitty excuse: The moon’s gravitational force pulled me out of my boat
Actual excuse: Been a while since I was on the Glens so I was unsure of the line for Big Eas. Someone we met down there told me to push right at the very beginning of the rapid and “go under the trees”. My God it was a dreadful line… the tree branches had absolutely no give at all and I had to capsize to keep me from getting stuck. Next thing I was upside down getting absolutely thumped by rocks on my head. During this I just about managed to keep two fingers holding onto my paddle. I was running out of breath very quickly and tried to roll up but my paddle hit off something(probably a tree…) and I couldn’t hold out any longer. I had to pull my deck :( I came out of the boat, kept hold of my boat and paddle, and managed to swim into the little eddy on river left opposite the cave eddy.
Emotional Issues arising from the event: Quite disappointed with myself. After knowing the lines for the next two laps I was fine. I was also a little shook considering where I swam, I was lucky to have gotten out where I did, boat and all.
Specific learning outcomes: Sometimes you’re better off going for a scout, even if it’s a really quick one.
Persons requiring rescue pints: Managed to self rescue but due to circumstances outside of my control, I required some manpower to pull my boat up the steep bank, so thanks Con and Staples!
Ciara Wall