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]