September 7th - 11am - 2pm - BBQ/Kayaking Basic Safety Skills for our members

Well, we are already at the Lake helping with the Tri so why not improve our skills....???? This is the morning session. Saul has offered to stay around for both sessions with his kayaks. 

He also offered to bring his BBQ like he did for the full moon paddle and make some burgers during the afternoon. So if we can get some folks to bring some salad and chips we can have a lunch/BBQ and skills session. Saul is the best!!!

We will be working on specific things. I have put together a list of things I would like to try to address. 

Organizers on hand - Saul, Larry, Martin, Lynda

Rescue practice : 
1. Wet Exit 
2.  Self rescue - Paddle float / Rescue stirrup / Cowboy up 
3. Assisted rescue - T -rescue / Buddy Roll / Hand of God

Towing practice :
In Line tow / Contact Tow /Single & Double tow

Rolling practice : Paddle Float Roll / Reenter and Roll

You can look at these at http://paddling.about.com/od/safetyprecautions/tp/Sea-Kayaking-Safety-Rescues.htm and you can probably find examples to watch on YouTube. 

I will be hanging around after the triathlon to help folks out with their skills and am sure we will have lots of help. Saul will be hanging round with his kayaks for the afternoon. 

We will have Saul's kayaks around for both sessions. I will add kayakers to the sessions according to how many organizers we have sign on to help. 

If you can - sign up for the triathlon to help Saul out. And bring some stuff for the BBQ Saul is setting up.

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  • Bob G.

    Larry/Saul (and the other volunteers), thanks for running a terrific class. I have been looking forward to getting this class under my belt so I can join in more advanced trips. As always, I am grateful for the time you put in organizing these great and helpful events. Bob

    September 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Today's event was a real eye opener for me - a cold-shock response on my first wet exit where I inhaled some water. I've spent a good part of the day digging into what it is. I owe some thanks to Phyllis and Martina for helping and giving some direction on how I might be able to mitigate that response in the future. Here's a bit of information on the matter for you jolly lot.

    Citation: INTERNETS (this is new stuff for me)
    Cold shock response lasts for only about a minute after entering the water and refers to the affect that cold water has on your breathing. Initially, there is an automatic gasp reflex in response to rapid skin cooling. If the head goes underwater, water may be breathed into the lungs during the gasp. That’s one of the many benefits of your PFD: it helps to keep your head above water during this critical first response.

    Better I learned about this today when I was being spotted than out on the lake in a trial by fire... er water.

    September 7, 2013

    • Martin

      September 8, 2013

    • Martin

      Or do a search for "Cold Water Bootcamp". I also suggest attending Bob Burnett's Cold Water Workshop, which he often holds in January when Lake Sammamish is at it's coldest.

      September 8, 2013

  • Mark

    Here's another link...
    A well done kayaking/environmental documentary. Talk about skill level!

    The Roadless Coast
    http://vimeo.com/52769782

    September 8, 2013

  • Marie

    Great to get that self-rescue down. If you are a member who hasn't done this, you should make it a priority. Saul, thanks for the excellent BBQ!

    September 8, 2013

  • Mark

    It was great meeting so many of you. Thanks to all the organizers for making this day fun and memorable. I had a conversation with a handful of people regarding the paddling.net website. It's a wonderful resource if you are not familiar with it, especially their "Launch Sites" page which I have linked below. There's also an app available.

    http://www.paddling.net/launches/

    September 8, 2013

  • Sue

    Thanks to all the organizers for today's safety skills session. Learning from experienced kayakers by seeing and DOING is invaluable. Thanks for your generous time and teaching. I look forward to paying it forward. And thanks, Saul, for the amazing gargantuan grilled shrimp.

    September 7, 2013

  • Lakshmi K

    So glad that I made it there this AM. Such a fun and helpful group. Thanks Saul, Larry and all organizers for all your help. Saul - thanks much for all the gear and support. Larry - thanks for being so patient and helping me with those safety skills. I feel comfortable building on these skills and getting better. Thanks Martina for letting me use your kayak for my first ever wet exit!! She is a beauty :-) Look forward to more outings with you all.

    September 7, 2013

  • Terry

    Thank you Thank you Thank you.... I know you are the kind of people who don't take big credit for being so generous with your time and treasure but this morning's instruction and venue for supportive practice was very kind of all of you. Thank you. Your class makes being on the water/in the water more pleasurable and survivable. To those of you who received the notice too late, I hope to see you at future events. If others want to practice, I certainly can use more practice as well. I am in the Lynnwood area but can travel. Will be at Ebey Slough tomorrow or at West coast of Whidbey.

    September 7, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Totally agree with Terry here. Thanks kindly for all of you who helped us noobs out (=

      September 7, 2013

  • Donna H

    Thanks for the patience and instruction, Martina!

    September 7, 2013

  • Betty S.

    I know how you feel Donna,, I do not have a smart phone..did not see the message until I got back from swimming..this morning..

    Would love to have been there...really need the training..

    September 7, 2013

  • Donna E

    Didn't read the confirmation email until after it started, now too late to go...bummer! Hope it was informative and fun.

    September 7, 2013

  • Betty S.

    Sorry, I had to cancel, but need to be somewhere..by 2pm..did not get the notice in time.. Have Fun!

    September 7, 2013

  • Martina M.

    I'll bring some chips and some salad,

    September 6, 2013

  • Donna E

    I'm on the waiting list too. Can I attend if I have my own kayak?

    September 6, 2013

  • Betty S.

    From what I understand, the leaders want to keep the safety group small...therefore the waiting list is the only place one can sign up at this time.

    September 3, 2013

  • kris

    I am new to the meet up group, is there an additional membership to participate in the upcoming safety class?

    1 · September 3, 2013

    • Terry

      I'm new as well. Are you referencing Jessie's note about Eryn. I think there is only one way to be added and that is through the online sign up and the waiting list.

      1 · September 3, 2013

  • Betty S.

    loved the tug boat pics...looks like you had a great time!!

    September 2, 2013

  • Jessie W.

    Eryn would also like to attend! Thanks Saul! :)

    September 2, 2013

  • Connie M.

    Hi Larry,
    I thought I was already moved from the waiting list to a spot, but I just checked, I'm not. I might have been mistaken (it's been a crazy summer). If there is room, let me know.

    August 30, 2013

  • Mark C

    I've been out of the loop for a while due to injury. I have a sea kayak, but am having an easier time transporting my new Remix XP9 (which is a "crossover" 9ft whitewater boat). I'd love to attend this meetup and get myself rescuing and rolling in my new boat. Will I be shunned and ridiculed because of my boat choice, or will I be welcomed as one of your own with barely a raised eyebrow?

    August 11, 2013

    • Mark C

      Thanks! I may still attend. The rolling really isn't that important and just watching others self rescue is educational.All kayaking time is a good use of my time.

      August 15, 2013

    • Larry M

      Mark, if you don't get on the list it would be better if you did not attend.

      August 23, 2013

  • Mark

    Hi Larry,
    Before I realized there were two sessions, I inadvertently signed up for both safety classes. I'm assisting with the morning triathlon so I'd prefer the 11am safety class if possible. The 2-4pm class is close to another commitment I have that same evening. Does it matter which class I am signed up for? I have my own boat and gear (pfd, skirt, pump). I do not have a paddle float or a tow line.

    August 14, 2013

    • Larry M

      you are great in this session because you are helping in the AM. we can loan you a paddle float for the training.

      August 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Is it necessary to have spray skirt for this event. I just got my craft and am still getting geared for it.

    August 1, 2013

    • Larry M

      We've got a month or so for you to gear up. But there will likely be extra spray skirts or one you can borrow for the session. It is one of the most important safety processes - getting out of your boat with the skirt on - so you really want to practice it.

      August 1, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Righteous, thanks kindly.

      August 1, 2013

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