4th Annual Seattle Cold Water Workshop for kayakers

Come test your immersion wear and rescue techniques in 35-40F water! Last year's event was a huge success with over 35 brave participants (most of whom are coming back for more abuse this year), and we want to see more new faces this year. What better way to start the New Year than playing in the water with friends and kayaks! It's like the Polar Bear Club, except we wear dry suits. And it's free (with your own gear, call the Kayak Academy if you need a free drysuit demo). In the winter, the lakes in the NW are even colder than the salt water, so L. Sammamish makes a more extreme location for this practice than the Puget Sound or the Pacific Ocean. Kokatat and other sponsors will be giving out swag, and the Kayak Academy will provide hot beverages as well as the cold water (and drysuit for those who need them). Dress as you would for a normal day of winter paddling to test out you kit and then we'll do impromptu rescues after a bit of warm up. Afterwards you are invited to the KA shop for a Hot Tub, hot soup and other munchies. You are welcome to bring something to go with that.
Call the Kayak Academy[masked] if you need a dry suit.
Participants must bring their own kayak and be able to perform a wet exit

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  • Martin

    We had only one person from Meetup (other than me) on this event, but a number of others from other groups. Bob Burnett and George Gronseth volunteered very valuable instruction for free. We learned much about what clothing is needed to stay warm in ice-cold water, the effects of swimming or staying put, and the effects of group huddling for warmth. After snacks and warm drinks donated by Kayak Academy and others we learned several rescue techniques effective at getting people quickly out of cold water including one technique useful in the event of an incapacitated paddler. Kayak academy talked about gear and gave a demo of 'dry gloves'.

    January 2, 2011

  • Dana G.

    Small group! But I'll be there...

    January 1, 2011

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