Okay I have a gripe! And I know I'm not the only one!
Should you have permission to coach..? I'm not talking about certification here I mean permission from an individual..
i have in my early days posted videos of a trip and had 'tips' posted in reply to my blog...at no point have I asked for advise so why do people think it's ok to give it?
If I ask for tips or "can you watch my video and tell what I'm doing wrong" then I expect tips and advise and Constructive critics however if I do not give you permission to critique my padding then what gives people the right to do so..? This is a question not a rant by the way... I would like your thoughts...?
Prime example would be your bobbing down a river and another group is there also, you see a dodge line or a bad choice...? We all have opinions but what gives you the right to voice it with that individual...? If it was one of your group maybe of close friends then this would be possibly acceptable I know in my OC1 circle of friends it certainly is, normally whilst they laugh at my swim but I expect it because in that environment I look up to everyone for advise and tips and they are all aware of my strive for perfection...
However if someone who didn't know me just walked over and said my boof was crap or I didn't use the correct stroke I would react very differently..
i am seriously interested in your views on this.. Is it just me who gets a little upset when random people think they have a right to openly critique mine or others technique or give me pointers online?
Or should you have permission to coach...
maybe be I see this differently as I am not a coach I'm not a bad paddler but I'm not a coach... I could teach a novice to paddle and could give plenty of hard learnt tips however I'm not a coach and unless asked would not dream of giving any advise to a fellow paddler..
take it away folks!
And please don't turn this into a fight... It's an open question and everyone is entitled to there own opinions!