Finally Kayak Lessons! (Participants needed!) *MORNING SESSION*

Need 10 people for this to happen! So sign up early to avoid disappointment! 

Well, this has been accomplished, and I have had an overwhelming response.  Additionally the instructors have asked if I can split the class into two groups of 10.  SO, one class will be from 10am till 2pm, and the other will be from 2pm till 6pm. (see link for afternoon class) HERE

****I NEED 3 PEOPLE WILLING TO SWAP TO THE AFTERNOON CLASS! PLEASE EMAIL ME IF YOU ARE INTERESTED.  YOUR PAYMENT FOR THE MORNING CLASS WILL BE APPLIED TO THE AFTERNOON CLASS.  DO NOT RSVP FOR THE AFTERNOON CLASS UNTIL YOU HAVE E-MAILED ME AND LET ME KNOW, AS I CURRENTLY HAVE THE AFTERNOON RSVP SET WHERE YOU HAVE TO PAY TO RSVP.  IF YOU RSVP TO THE AFTERNOON CLASS, YOU WILL END UP PAYING AGAIN!  SO, I NEED TO KNOW IF YOU WANT TO CHANGE SO I CAN ADD YOU TO THE LIST, AND YOU NOT GET CHARGED A SECOND TIME.****

Finally, I have found a company that is willing to give Kayak lessons for a rather reasonable rate! Here are the details...

 

Rates:

10 People sign up - $60.00 for a half day of lessons All Classes both morning and afternoon will be 55.00.  Those who have paid 60.00 will be refunded 5.00 on the day of the class! :) (Thanks for everyone's interest and participation!)

15 People sign up - $55.00 for a half day of lessons

20+ People sign up- $ 55.00 for a half day of lessons, and anyone above 15 goes on the waiting list! We can do up to 20 total between the two classes. 10 in each class! The morning class is full!  IF YOU HAVE RSVP AS OF 10PM ON 15 JUNE, AND HAVE NOT ALREADY PAID, YOU WILL HAVE TO TAKE THE AFTERNOON CLASS!

What does a half day of lessons entail?

Transport of boat/Parts of equipment/vest importance/weather and environmental factors/basic strokes/wet exit/self rescue techniques

Who teaches the class?

American Canoe Association (ACA) Level 3 Coastal Kayaking Certified Instructors. Combined the instructors have over 50 years of kayaking experience and instruction.

Where will the class be taught?

Occoquan Park along the Occoquan River, south of  Fountainhead State Park...(There are more sandy beaches here to stop at and be comfortable and learn :)

The Class will be taught at Mason Neck State Park. We will meet at the Boat Launch.  (See Map Here) ------->MAP

Who should go?

Anyone who has never been in a Kayak before, or you want to brush up on your kayak skillz.

Do I need a Kayak?

Nope, you don't...more info on that below!

What to bring?

If you have a Sea Kayak, feel free to bring it.. also bring a life vest, a paddle, some snacks, some sunscreen, waterproof camera, and a smile :)

Clothes to get wet in...Swimsuits are fine, although shorts and a quick dry shirt are appropriate as well. Also, bring some old shoes, or aquatic shoes that you don't mind getting wet too. Lastly, bring some dry clothes and a towel, so you can go home dry :)

How old do I have to be to attend?

14-17 with a participating guardian and waiver, 18+ with a signed waiver.

Can I bring Fido or Fifi, or Morris the Cat?

While pets are just wonderful, and we know you love them, and they love you, as abhorrent as it may seem, some people may find Pretty Polly the Parrot somewhat of a distraction. So unfortunately, we ask that you leave your pet hermit crabs, and all other type of pets at home.

Can I bring my White Water Kayak, My S.U.P, My Canoe, My Old Town Loon Kayak, My Canoe, or my John Boat?

John boats are great...for fishing... however It would be best if you have a narrow Sea Kayak, such as a Prijon Touryak, a Wilderness Systems Tsunami, or other such boat.  The others are just too big, and too wide, or just plain non appropriate for this type of lesson.

But I don't have a Touring Kayak...or even a Kayak at all!  What to do?

Never fear... the proper boats and gear will be provided!  Huzzah for 'free boats and gear' to be provided with the price of the lesson!

When will this happen? I wanna go NAO! (Just say it phonetically and it will make sense... N ahh Oohhh)

Look for the poll I have made. I have set up 3 dates starting 2 weeks from this Saturday (May 25th)  Which ever gets the most votes wins... HOWEVER, if there are less than 10 PAID RSVPs the lessons WILL NOT TAKE PLACE....and that = sadness :(

See Poll link here ------> http://www.meetup.com/DC-Kayaking-and-Sailing-for-Young-Professionals/polls/831092/

This announcement is now for the morning session.  It will be happening at 10 am on 22 June!

What if it rains?

If it ain't raining, it ain't training... we are in the water for crying out loud!  Unless Hurricane Zeke comes along, or there is a big Lightning storm..lessons, like the show..'Must go on'!

I paid for the lessonz..... but my sister's, husband's, mother's, cousin's, boss', dog ate too much grass and is now sick, and I need to go buy a spray for the upcoming dog funeral... can I cancel and get a refund?

We need 48 hours notice of you attending the funeral...otherwise, you can still cancel, but, no refund under 48 hours. (Although I might be able to work it out that you can use the $$ for another group class at a later date)

I have other questions...what should I do?

Contact the organizer through meetup!

 

 

 

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  • Amy B.

    Thanks again Blake for coordinating this event. I had an awesome time and learned so much from the lessons taught by Blue Heron. Also, it was a pleasure meeting the group. Blake, I recall you mentioned you want to learn sailing and as do I. I found this from LivingSocial for $99 compare to $200. Maybe we can do this as a meetup as well? find a date and we all go and later Meet for dinner? Check it out.
    Hey! I found this LivingSocial deal from J World Annapolis and thought you may be interested in it too. Check it out! http://www.livingsocial.com/deals/708824-three-hour-sailing-lesson-for-one-person?ref=mobile-email-share-pre-purchase%26rui=112828147

    1 · June 23, 2013

    • Blake

      Hey Amy... thanks for the link! Let me know if you would be interested in doing this. The discount expires in three days, so we have to get the deal quick! If you are interested, let me know ASAP, so I can purchase this, and we can arrange a day to go. the cost is 99.00 for three hours... If you like, e-mail me directly, and we can disucss this in further detail in regard to plans with the group :)

      1 · June 24, 2013

    • Amy B.

      Yep! I got mine. :-)

      1 · June 24, 2013

  • Blake

    Hi Gang,

    Thanks to everyone who showed up! I hope you all had a great time. I will have a video soon enough. For now please enjoy the photos!

    1 · June 22, 2013

  • Blake

    It looked to me as if everyone had a wonderful time! I know I did! I would like to thank Blue Heron Expeditions for their top notch instruction, and I look forward to working with you all again soon! Also, I look forward to seeing the rest of you again soon too! It was wonderful meeting you all :)

    June 22, 2013

  • carrie

    How long are the lessons?

    June 21, 2013

    • Blake

      4 hours.. 10 till 2 :) See you there!

      June 21, 2013

  • carrie

    I'm in the morning session right? I'm excited!

    June 18, 2013

    • Blake

      Correct :) Thanks for your interest!

      June 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry, change of plans and will not be able to make it. Hope to join on a later date.

    June 13, 2013

    • Blake

      Thanks for letting me know! I hope to see you in the future ~B :)

      June 16, 2013

  • Kelli

    I tore a ligament in my ankle....so sad I will not be able to attend this time.

    June 16, 2013

    • Blake

      I am so sorry for your torn ligament :( I hope you get better soon, and thanks for letting me know! ~B :)

      June 16, 2013

  • Dale

    I'd rather be part of the afternoon session, but can work with either

    June 16, 2013

    • Blake

      Dale, Feel free to sign up in one of the spots there. I appreciate your willingness to switch to the afternoon session. With this switch, the instructor will be able to give more hands on, and the classes will be somewhat more individual. Thank you!

      June 16, 2013

    • Blake

      Oh, Also, we may want to coordinate a time for you to make the switch, as I currently have the afternoon session set where you have to pay to RSVP. I will send you my phone number via e-mail (here) and we can coordinate a time for you to make the switch so you do not get charged twice. Look for the e-mail.

      June 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Crap..the kayak trip is full?! I just join this group to jump in on lessons...ok have fun... meet you all next time :)

    June 14, 2013

    • Blake

      No worries... Not everyone has paid #1... And if everyone does pay, I will try to set up another class soon :)

      June 14, 2013

    • Blake

      Kim, Good news! We have an afternoon session now! Feel Free to sign up, and pay there! :) http://www.meetup.com...­

      June 15, 2013

  • Divya

    Plus one

    1 · June 7, 2013

    • Blake

      Got it :)

      June 10, 2013

  • John T.

    I'll be there! I think I have a few friends who also will want to come. I'll keep you updated.

    June 9, 2013

    • Blake

      Great! It will be good to see you again!

      June 10, 2013

  • Juan R.

    Hi Blake I emailed you. Ill be on vc that weekend in California. Next time

    June 9, 2013

    • Blake

      Got it Juan... Sorry you won't be able to come.. If this one has a good showing, I will schedule more!

      June 10, 2013

  • Divya

    Hi Blake, Thanks for organizing this. Will be joining with a friend.

    1 · June 7, 2013

    • Blake

      thanks for the interest! Also, thanks for paying upfront and so soon :) it makes things a lot easier for me as an organizer. If for some reason the class is cancelled, I will refund your money.

      June 8, 2013

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