Cold Water Immersion Clinic with Suzanne Hutchinson

Cold Water Immersion Clinic with Suzanne Hutchinson, a top kayaking instructor and Kokatat rep. This event requires pre-registration and is limited by the number and size of the drysuits in Suzanne’s fleet of demos. Call Canoe Imports[masked] to save your spot. There is a $10 registration fee for this demo - redeemable for $20 in store credit at Canoe Imports. An event where people will be getting wet. An inside talk where we discuss the dangers of cold water paddling along with appropriate dress. Then people get suited up into drysuits and then move the party outside to actually get wet. The plan for getting wet is just walking into the water and experiencing the cold. The next step would be to add boats. The purpose would be to do a wet exit out of the boat (first w/o skirt, then with). Then rescues / rolling for whomever would like.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Can you send me one or two specific things you learned from the workshop? will be interesting to hear what people came away given different levels of paddling and cold water experiences. I want to include it in a write up for Kokotat's blog. Thank you!

    October 31, 2012

    • Dorothy T.

      You need to rinse your gear even after paddling in FRESH water, not just salt.

      November 1, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      Good reinforcement on layering and new info on liquid detergent not being good for breathable fabrics.

      November 1, 2012

  • rob

    The cold water clinic was a great success! People asked questions and took notes and I think everyone walked away with a number of good ideas or reminders. Plastic bin instead of a dry bag for 1st Aid, great idea! Just goes to show that even if you’ve been to a similar event before (I went last year too), it’s advantageous to bone up. For people that hadn’t been to this clinic the information is invaluable. Cold water management is information every paddler should know in terms of safety and more basically for comfort. Living in NE we need every tip we can get on how to extend our season.... safely. Thanks everyone for attending and thanks especially to Suzanne!

    November 1, 2012

    • Pam P.

      Thanks for organizing Rob, I took the class 2yrs. ago in Freeport , this one was quite different. I am going out to get a clear box for my 1st Aid kit and re-organizing it. It is a great tip for sure. We had a great location and great weather.

      November 1, 2012

  • Don

    So, any attendees "taking the plunge" with an extended paddling season?

    October 30, 2012

  • Mike S.

    Suzanne answered a lot of questions then we got practical experience in some cold water. We could have accomodated more participants. This is an ideal clinic for beginners to become comfortable in cold water in a dry suit.

    October 29, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    If anyone has Suz' email can you email it to me?

    October 28, 2012

    • Pam P.

      If you are on Fb you can message her. I will look when at work.

      October 29, 2012

  • rob

    What a great time and day. IT was good to meet some new people. Well worth the time in the cold water.

    October 29, 2012

  • Dorothy T.

    I will try and get my notes posted soon.Dorothy

    October 28, 2012

  • ray g.

    very knowledgeable and personal

    October 27, 2012

  • Mike S.

    Just talked to Suzanne and she suggested bringing a folding (lawn) chair. We'll spend the first part talking about cold water, then dress in dry suits and maybe have lunch outdoors while aclimatizing to the suits. Remember to bring footwear that you can wear in the water over the dry socks. Old sneakers work if you don't have paddle shoes. You may not try a drysuit without footwear as walking in the socks makes holes in them.
    Suzanne plans to be done by 2pm but would like to have everyone borrowing a suit to be changed by 3pm. For those who bring boats and their own suits, we can stay longer to paddle/practice rescues.

    October 25, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Do you know how long this will last? I am trying to see if i can get over my cold water wimp factor before i call in....

    October 24, 2012

    • rob

      Carol - No worries on calling, cold water should make everyone a wimp. It can be dangerous, but that is what this clinic is about. Learning what you can do to protect yourself. You don't have to get in the water. The information on what to wear is great. Well worth the time. Time is 10:00 to 2:00 ish. The morning will be about clothing and other issues. Then after lunch the water demo if you decide to try the drysuits. It will be a fun time.

      October 25, 2012

  • Mike S.

    We will have hot coffee and donuts available..
    Bring a lunch and drinks.
    Suzanne has free to try demo dry suits. Wear wicking clothes, plus either fleece or wool socks along with a water shoe to wear over the drysuit "socks." NO cotton.
    We will get wet to see how cold we get and how fast we warm up.
    Bring your boat and paddling gear and we will play with boats in the afternoon.

    October 21, 2012

  • ray g.

    Is this a go? Where do we meet? Where do we go to get wet? Do we each have to bring a boat?

    October 17, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I suppose I may graduate from duct tape to a wet suit after this.

    October 9, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks everyone - I will give it a try, then!

    September 27, 2012

  • ray g.

    Anita, we're in the same boat...so to speak. I'm signed up to gain experience. Go for it!

    September 27, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'd like to join but am not a very experienced paddler (e.g. can't do eskimo rolls) - is it still worthwhile/ok to join? THanks

    September 26, 2012

    • Pam P.

      If you can do a wet exit, that is great also. When i took this class i didn't have a roll then either. So , yes take the class . you will be happy you did.

      September 27, 2012

    • Pam P.

      PS.... this is how we gain knowledge and experience, all these things add up to that. It will leap frog you ahead more than you realize.

      September 27, 2012

  • Pam P.

    Hope no one minded that i just posted this on my FB page. Trying to help you get participation. I took the class 2 seasons ago and is a great class for CHEAP! It was fun and educational.

    September 11, 2012

    • rob

      Not at all. We need to get people involved to convince, others to come up here to present.

      1 · September 11, 2012

  • rob

    Sept. 2 , 2012
    Hello all,
    If you are interested in the clinics, you need to get in touch with Mike Strojny at Canoe Import. We need the 12 participants before we can lock in the date.

    September 2, 2012

  • Mike S.

    This clinic has been postponed and will be rescheduled for next October. The clinic needed 12 participants to bring the instructor her with her demo drysuits.

    April 22, 2012

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