May 3- A nice short spring paddle in Kenmore & self rescue practice

Our first skills session of the year, and I'll actually be in town, yeah!!, We will follow the session with a bonfire at my house to warm you back up.

The weather is awesome and summer is in the air, so let's meet for a short spring paddle on Lake Washington, followed by a self rescue practice. We’ll meet at Logboom Park at 4:00 pm for a 30-45 minute paddle to warm up the muscles and then we will start breaking up into smaller groups for self rescue practice. We will do self rescues with singles and tandems so that you have an idea what to do if you run into trouble on a regular trip. Wetsuits or drysuits are recommended, I have very few loaner drysuits because most people tend to tear the gaskets and it cost me over $1000 to repair gaskets in 2012. You can rent a drysuit from NWOC or Kayak Academy for a fairly decent price.

With the water starting to warm up, this is a good time for you to refresh on your self rescues for those of you wanting to do one of the upcoming San Juans trips. We'll have loaner kayaks replete with life jackets and paddles for about 16 people. I will bump up the RSVP count to allow anyone who is bringing their own kayak to join us.

So far I am bringing kayaks for the following people - if you need to borrow and don't see your name on the list - add "need to borrow" to your RSVP and make sure your RSVP is a "Yes". Here are the boat assignments so far. I

You also need to show up otherwise you can't borrow a boat from me in the future.

We will do Paddle Float, Cowboy, and T rescues.

 

Saul - Orange Necky Tesla Single

NWK - Discover - Single (rear bulkhead is blown, need to either repair or put in lots of floatation on this one).

Necky Arluk III - Single

Old Blue Eddyline - single

Yellow Plastic Single

Red/White Concrete Single

Blue Plastic Zydeco Single

 

Necky Nootka Tandem - Gray

Necky Tofino Tandem - Purple

Necky Amuruk Tandem - Green

Necky Amuruk Tandem Yellow

 

:[/b] This trip is rated ‘protected’ or SK1. [b]What to bring:[/b] What to bring: o Prepare to get wet, You might want to bring a towel and change of clothes. o Water bottle. There's water and restrooms at the park. o Refreshments and snacks for afterwards o Your sense of adventure and fun [*]Lights - at least one white light e.g. headlamp (not a strobe or flashing light) to be mounted on the kayak on worn on the person. Cyalume lights work great because they still work when wet. Fasten them to your kayak with duct tape. [*]Perhaps a power bar or dried figs to munch on. [*]Sense of Humor and fun. If you decide not to show up, please email me, or change your RSVP or even phone me at least 3 hours before the launch. No shows for borrowed boats are a headache since that means we delay launch while someone drives the empty boat(s) back to my house - can't leave them on the trailer or they may find a new home while we're out paddling, and towing empty boats while we paddle isn't that much fun. I'm sure all of you will have a fun paddle. -Saul cell[masked]

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  • Linda S

    Fun experience. Saul is a skilled teacher and I am happy I had the opportunity to practice rescue for the first time. Wonderful group!

    May 5

  • Jenn

    Bad weather, but good organizing by Saul! Thanks!

    May 5

  • Anna S.

    It was good! I'm happy I did get there...few bruises today, all on my right knee

    1 · May 4

    • Anna S.

      Thanks Saul :-) :-)

      May 4

    • Doug G.

      The inside of my thighs hurt like bruises also. It's from doing the cowboy scramble. I need to learn to roll

      1 · May 4

  • Michael

    Good hands-on practice for self-rescue. Nice to meet everyone as well!

    1 · May 3

  • Pete M.

    I'm glad I went, great learning experience, nice people.

    1 · May 3

  • Jerry

    Had a great time. Appreciated Sauls organization and support. Enjoyed meeting a bunch of new people. All in all a great meetup.

    May 3

  • Michael

    Running about fifteen minutes late due to traffic

    May 3

  • Lianne

    So bummed...kayak on my car, gear loaded. Got to the Bainbridge Island ferry and the one boat is out of service so there's no ferry to get there in time. Have fun.

    May 3

    • Saul_K

      Lianne, show up anyway, we will be doing the self rescues right at the beach by the parking lot

      May 3

  • Saul_K

    I could use a hand loading gear at about 2:30-3:00pm at my house in Kenmore, let me know if you can help.

    Thanks - Saul

    May 3

    • Jerry

      Sure Saul. I can help.

      May 3

    • Terry

      I scouted out the log boom park this morning about 8:30. My direct path from my house takes me down 61st. I'll start loading at my place at 2:30 so I'll look and stop if you are still loading.

      May 3

  • Jenn

    Hi Terry, Thanks for sharing your kayak! I'll be at Logboom Park before 4:00 pm wearing a white cap. I can help you unload your boat.

    May 3

    • Terry

      Green jeep cherokee. 19ft white with turqouise, kayak. Pointy at both ends. I'll be wearing way more than a cap.

      May 3

  • Saul_K

    Here are the people that I understand need to borrow a kayak, let me know if I missed you:
    Linda Seagraves
    Jerry
    Michael
    Kev
    Elanor
    Jenn - borrowing from Terry?

    May 3

  • Ron

    tore an abdominal muscle. can't go. sorry for the late notice

    May 3

  • Eric S.

    Saul, You closed the RSVP to soon,
    Mind if I join in, I haven't done a roll in three years like to give it a few twirls.

    May 3

  • Jenn

    Hi Saul, Forgot to mention that I have my own wetsuit, PFD, paddle float, etc…just need to borrow a boat for rescue practice. Oh, and a case of beer waiting to make it to your bonfire, after! Hi Terry, I'd be happy to borrow your full-size kayak just for the rescue part, after you are back, if that works. Providing we both make it on the list. Thanks!

    May 2

    • Terry

      Sounds good jenn.

      May 2

  • Mike

    Sorry, had to drop off the list. Hopefully it's not too late for someone to take my place. I hope everyone has an awesome time on the lake tomorrow.

    May 2

  • Tina

    Have been sick this week and not recovered enough to attend. Am bummed! But have a fun day everyone, weather should be gorgeous!

    May 2

  • Terry

    This is in my 'neck of the woods' so I'd be foolish not to be there. I only have one kayak of the type for this outing/rescue class. My others are some small plastic ones for on Martha lake and a couple hobie mirage drives. I have my own hybrid wet/dry suit and another 3/4 wet suit, upper piece, lower piece and a very thick/heavy farmer john. All are XL size. I can bring them all. I'm still a beginner with one ignorant season of playing around on the sound and lakes. I have a paddle float and have practiced with it in one of your classes last year. If someone wants to try out my hobie mirage drive or have it there for a kid or friend to use I'd prefer you meet me at my house in Lynnwood, which is due north of the Kenmore launch site, to help load the beast. If you are very interested in trying it but can't help load it on top of my Jeep Cherokee I can hang it out the back of my vehicle using a hitch T-bar. I just don't want to bring it if no one is interested. Terry

    May 1

    • Terry

      Also don't mind loaning my kayak during the rescue portion. I don't need to use all the time to myself if it means someone without equipment can use it and get some valuable lesson/practice.

      May 1

  • Jenn

    Hi Saul, I signed up for standby to practice rescue. Will need to borrow, if you have a spare single. Thanks!

    May 1

  • Pete M.

    Hello, I have got my own kayak, but would like to practice self rescue if a spot opens up, thanks.

    April 30

    • Saul_K

      Pete, come join us

      April 30

  • Mike

    I haven't been able to locate a drysuit for rent at the two places you mentioned. Can't say I'm surprised given the weather. Any suggestions?

    April 29

    • Mike

      I did call both and they confirmed they do not have any. I will continue to look around.

      April 29

    • Mike

      Found one at lighthouse diving center. See you Sat.

      April 29

  • Yoshie P

    I was told the same thing as Mike when I call NWOC. They're having some classes and their drysuits are all out. Are we going to be in the water? Do we have to have them?

    April 29

    • Saul_K

      Since half of this paddle is self rescue which means being in the water you want to wear something

      April 29

  • Sabitha R.

    With my leg not completely recovered and adjusted post partum, although i badly want to paddle, doctor suggests holding off for couple more months.. So, prob will skip the paddle. :(

    April 28

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