Published on May 15th, 2023 | by Kayak Session
Swimming the Falls Of Falloch (Entry #8 Beaters For All 2023)
Follow Alex Page on how deep he goes when swimming over the Falloch in Scotland!
« I’d watched too many videos of people cruising the lead in and underestimated the hole, floated down the middle and got stuck surfing it, before bailing and swimming the falls. All safety needed was one of the guys at the bottom helping me out the pool »
By: Alex Page
Disclaimer: Originally, we created the Beater For All Video Contest with fun beaters in mind (kayakers getting worked and swimming out of it (or not…) with a smile. However, we have been receiving more and more videos showing scary & sketchy situations, some being real close calls. This created a debate among us, enriched by comments from viewers: should we or should we not show those videos? By encouraging and magnifying carnage and beatering, do we promote it? Do viewers forget the dangers of kayaking? We think otherwise. We came to the conclusion that those videos can be educative and show how dangerous the sport of whitewater kayaking can be, and how nasty and quickly can a situation turn from funny to bad. By showing those videos, we firmly believe that these can create discussions and a space for exchange about what could/should have been done to avoid such situations, which will ultimately lead to increases in safety and river knowledge. Note, we never show videos in which people would get hurt badly, or even worse, showing fatal accidents. Last but least, the videos are submitted by their authors, most time the « victims » themselves. NB, We do not poach videos.