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Dry Suit

Waterproof suit sealed at neck,wrists and feet.Designed to keep the wearer dry even when immersed.

Eights (Rowing)

A competitive rowing boat propelled by eight rowers.

Flip Line

Length of rope used to right an overturned raft.

Flip

Capsize of a raft.

Fours (Rowing)

A competitive rowing boat propelled by four rowers.

Hacking

Riding out in the countryside sometimes with instruction.

Helmsman

Person controlling the steering mechanism of a boat.

Ice Axe

Piece of personal equipment designed to aid and add security to walking on snow.

Karabiner

Metal clip used to attach climbing ropes to the climber or anchors.

Keyhole Cockpit

A cockpit of extended length, allowing the kayaker’s knees to clear the front of the cockpit rim without lifting his/her bottom from the seat.

Kill Cord

A small line attached to a power boat driver (usually at the wrist or ankle) and also attached to the rescue boat engine’s ignition. In the event of the driver falling over board the engine is cut off or ‘killed’

Knot

One nautical mile per hour (0.514 metres per second or 1.85 kilometres per hour)

Landfall

Nearest part of shore where it is possible to effect a landing.

Leading (rock climbing)

Being the first person up a climb.The leader’s only protection is obtained from running belays (runners).

Left Foot (Regular)/ Right Foot (Goofy)

Bindings on snowboards are set in a specific way for each rider/boarder depending which is the leading foot.

Live Rope

The rope directly connecting the climber to the belayer.

Menage Area

An indoor or outdoor arena which is used for practising riding skills and techniques.

Multi Pitch Climbing

Climbs that need to be broken down into individual pitches.The cliffs are usually higher than the length of the rope (50m).

Optimist

A class of dinghy, small in length, with a single gaff rigged mainsail used for teaching young children to sail.

Overfall

A tidal over submerged rocks and reefs which cause great turbulence in the water on the ‘downstream’ side of the obstruction.

Paddle Hook

Alloy hook attached to a paddle blade to provide an extended reach for use in a rescue situation.

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