I was part of the negotiation team with the VERY senior executives and we formulated a suitable agreement for their support of kayak angling. Promises and assurances were given. Amongst them was the promise of active support and introductions to clubs for access negotiations. This did not happen. I did not renew my membership.
Despite repeated emails and telephone calls I received no assurances that the support would be forthcoming. I have had more success working alone on access matters. Simon is a great supporter of the Trust and he and I have had 'discussions' about their merit. Suffice to say our opinions are polar opposites.
Whilst I do not support the BCU's campaign for total access to all rivers I do think they offer the best 'paddle' training.
On the access point my thoughts are ' Responsible access to appropriate waters.'
Thats not a rant Terry. I asked the AT how would i benefit from membership and what if any access was available in yorkshire.
I got an email back telling me that kayak angling was not a priority and that i would have to talk to clubs direct. They also said that they were committed to protecting rivers and water ways from non angling recreational activities and protecting access for anglers.
They gave me the link to the joining page...they will never get a penny of my money.
The only reason they have a kayak angling section which is hidden away on the web site is to try to control and restrict kayak angling.
He is independant. Its a good course but not recognised by the bcu.
Its a business .
The BCU one covers the costs of the course while providing no income.
The AT is seperate again. Personally an organisation that is vehemently against kayak angling would not get 1p of my money.I suspect the course content would consist of telling you where you cant fish . I like the flyer where it says..help develop angling access....ha ha ha...note it doesnt say kayak angling access as you are on your own with that one.
Not recognised by the BCU. it's a business. AT is against kayaking.
All makes no sense at all to me.
i would not call myself an instructor as I let my qualification lapse. (BCU paddling) Basic training, Foundation Safety and rescue. First aid. All to be renewed every 3 years.
We were trained by level 4+5 coaches.
Are the instructors experienced kayakers or qualified coaches renewing their qualifications, With or without backup of an organisation or insurance? BCU are not against kayak fishing but kayaking is first and foremost. AT is all about the fishing but against kayaking. They say some of the fees go towards environment issues. You will already be paying the Environment Agency towards this from your fishing licence. Personally I can't see anything that would want me to throw my hard earned money at the AT. I paid a lot of money to the BCU for my courses and it was money well spent.
If you wanted to go kayak fishing I would take a BCU paddling course, get the qualification and then do your own thing, ( staying within the law ) Steve.