The Wednesday Night Paddler - RESCUE PRACTICE

  • June 12, 2013 · 6:00 PM
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The Wednesday Night Paddler
RESCUE PRACTICE

 

The actual attendance limit for this paddle is 30 paddlers.  6 spots have been set aside for people who will be renting kayaks.  If you are a renter on the waiting list I will move you to the attending list.   Those spots not filled by renters 24 hours before the paddle will be filled with members on the waiting list who have paid the voluntary dues.  Everyone has the same chance to sign up for the first 24 slots.

Just so everyone is clear, this is all about rescues and there will be no regular paddling.  We will not have our usual social half hour off the water either.  You'll pay $50 to $100 per class for a chance to fall out of your boat elsewhere.  This one is totally free if you have your own boat and only $25.00 if you don't.

One of the greatest things to happen at a paddle for me last summer was when a couple of our members were able to handle a rescue situation entirely on their own while on one of our weekend paddles thanks to the fact they attended one of these sessions.

Everyone who paddles a kayak needs to know how to get back in it on their own when they fall out too far from shore.  The rescue practice sessions are designed to help you learn to do that.

Don't worry, no one who comes will have to do anything other than watch various types of self and assisted rescues.  Although just watching sort of defeats the purpose of the night, even watching will have you better prepared WHEN not IF you need to use these techniques.  If you paddle a kayak, you are going to fall in.  Even the best of us do from time to time.  Absolutely nothing makes me laugh harder than hearing that you just don't fall in or haven't in a long time.  Are you ready for it when it happens to you?  Bring a paddle float and bilge pump if you have them but we'll have extras if you don't. Bring a spray skirt if you have one.

We did the last one of these at Daniels Dam on the Patapsco and it actually turned out pretty well at that location so we'll be at Daniels again.  The group is too big for much one one one instruction so we will start off with a couple demonstrations and then break off into groups of two or three to try the rescues.  The last couple of times everyone was too busy practicing to bother stopping to socialize so we will suspend the social hour for this session.

Rescues are something that all kayakers need to practice a few times a season whether you've done them before or not.  They need to be something you do instinctively without thinking.   

There are rental boats available for this paddle at a price of $25.00 for the evening delivered to the put in with paddle and PFD. You can request a rental during the RSVP process. 

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  • Julie

    This was an amazing opportunity to learn important safety skills in a safe, supportive environment. I was a rescuer and rescuee several times and can tell that the repetition and practice is important to building confidence in our ability to respond appropriately when a rescue situation arises. Thank you Chuck and fellow paddlers for making this opportunity possible!

    1 · June 13, 2013

    • Yoshiko

      Well said, Julie. That's what exactly I was thinking... :)

      June 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'll second Julie's post & add the benefits of watching the experiences of others doing their rescues. Each was a little different situation, so all in all, a very important & productive event. Thanks, Chuck!

    June 14, 2013

  • Gail

    It was great to practice. Thanks Chuck.

    June 13, 2013

  • John

    Perfect combination of a warm early summer evening on the water with well needed practical experience and instruction.

    June 13, 2013

  • Yoshiko

    Thank you, Chuck. It was a nice weather for the practice. I did rescued Leslie. ;)
    Now I better remember all the things I learned....

    June 12, 2013

  • Janeen

    Great safe environment for a first timer like me. Great instruction and rescuers too. Thank you!

    June 12, 2013

  • Heather S.

    Had a last minute con call. Sorry for the late notice!

    June 12, 2013

  • Rose C.

    did not get off till 530 and did not have my kayak with me sorry.

    June 12, 2013

  • Kari F.

    I was stuck in a deposition that didn't get out until 5:00 PM. I am sorry I couldn't make it this evening.

    June 12, 2013

  • hal

    i hurt my shoulder and wrist and is having a hard time loading my kayak, sorry for the late change

    June 12, 2013

  • John

    I was wondering about this. A perfect evening to get wet and learn a new skill.

    June 12, 2013

  • Ben

    I'd like to join you guys - perhaps next time?

    June 12, 2013

  • Chuck

    The chance of thunderstorms for this afternoon and evening has totally disappeared so we should have great weather in the low 80 degree range during rescue practice. With a little more luck the water levels will have dropped significantly by the time we get there tonight in comparison to last night so the area near the dam will be back to it's usual more lake like with very little current conditions.

    June 12, 2013

  • Bill

    Chuck,
    If you need a volunteer for the wet exit and rescue, count me in.

    June 12, 2013

  • Dennis

    Sorry. Plans had to change. Hope to join a future "practice".

    June 12, 2013

  • Michael T.

    The Little Patuxent is over the road on Ft. Meade as of 1300 hours today and the Middle Patuxent off of Cedar Lane is just at the road as of 1500 hours.

    June 11, 2013

    • Chuck

      Hey Mike, Just got back from the Jumpstart Class which we held at Daniels tonight. There was actually some current to deal with near the dam but it was doable. I don't know for sure but I suspect the Patapsco has crested and that the area near the dam will go back to being more of a lake by tomorrow night.

      June 11, 2013

  • Heide

    I was just scheduled for a late meeting at work and know I wouldn't make it in time.....sorry to miss this great practice! Will catch it next time!

    June 11, 2013

  • Amy L.

    With all this rain, anyone seen the river conditions? I heard it rained a bit last week too while I was out of town.

    June 11, 2013

    • Chuck

      I don't know how much we got Amy but I don't think it was enough to have much if any impact on us at Daniels on Wednesday or even for the class we're doing there tonight. Water levels in the area are up quite a bit this morning but already headed back down. Little falls on the Potomac shot from about 3.5' to just over 5 ' in the past couple days.

      1 · June 11, 2013

  • Lisa

    If you want to do a 2+ hour bike ride in the area before the paddle please let me know

    June 5, 2013

  • Denise P.

    Hope I can attend one of the other rescue practice sessions. Unable to make this one.

    June 3, 2013

  • Bill H.

    How often do you set up a RESCUE PRACTICE for the CKA paddlers?

    Wed 12 Jun is looking hard for me to make but I'm definitely interested!

    I have one of those cheapy waterproof sports videocams I can loan if someone wants to try to make a video of the instruction plus a couple of the demos. I can edit it and host it on my YouTube channel.

    May 28, 2013

    • Chuck

      The plan is to do a rescue practice session one Wednesday night in Jun, July and August when the water is nice and warm. Bob Z did a video of a self rescue last year. I think you can find it posted in the discussion section if you dig deep enough.

      May 29, 2013

    • Bill H.

      Thanks!

      May 29, 2013

  • michael s.

    no waiting list ? ? ?

    May 28, 2013

    • Chuck

      Sorry Popeye - there is one now and you are on it.

      1 · May 29, 2013

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