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Volunteer Op - Swim Course Kayaker - Cottage Lake Tri + BBQ and Roll practice -

We still need kayakers to help with swim safety at the Cottage Lake Triathlon Sat June 14th, 2014 We meet at O dark thirty, but the coffee and bagels are great ;-) The details: We meet at the swim start at Cottage Lake Park at 7am, spend 20 minutes going over what each of us needs to do and then support the race for about 2 hours. We are primarily responsible for monitoring the edges of the course, chasing down wayward swimmers and providing a rest bouy (our boat) to tired swimmers. We also provide encouragement as well as transport some swimmers back to shore when requested.  The exact details will be sent to you as city permit requirements get flowed down to the schedule. So come join us and help out, in addition to feeling good about your contribution, you'll meet some great people, have some coffee and bagels and even get a volunteer T shirt. I will bring loaner boats for all that need them,, We will follow the event with a BBQ and rolling practice, so if you have been wanting to perfect your roll or try various types of self rescues, come join us, yes it is early but the company is great.

I will do carpool pickups on my way:

6:10am - Saul's house in Kenmore

6:20am Kenmore Park & Ride

6:35am Woodinville Starbucks

so far I know the following people needs kayaks, let me know if you also need one.

Saul

I will be bringing 5 extra kayaks for the lifeguards as well.

What you need to bring: • Wetsuit • Towel • Warm clothes for post-swim • Thermos with warm water (optional) – it can help you keep warm! We’ll have coffee, tea, and snacks available before volunteering, in addition to our post-race food buffet. Mary will have some awesome swag for you as well - a pair of Boston Bill sunglasses, event t-shirt, and PCC reusable grocery bag - all compliments of Mary Meyer Life Fitness!

Parking We prefer that volunteers park in either Cottage Lake Park parking lot. In the event these lots are full, below are other lots located across the street from the park. We encourage you to carpool to help ensure there is plenty of parking for everyone.

Recommended Parking: Cottage Lake Park – main and overflow parking lots (Overflow lot is about 250 yards east of the main park entrance – marked“Volunteers Only”) NUMARK AUTOMOTIVE - directly across from the park 18800 NE Woodinville-Duvall Rd, Woodinville, WA MORMON CHURCH - directly across from the park Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints - Woodinville 3rd Ward 18860 NE Woodinville-Duvall Road, Woodinville, WA UNITARIAN CHURCH - directly across from the park Woodinville Unitarian Universalist Church 19020 NE Woodinville-Duvall Road, Woodinville, WA AVONDALE BIBLE CHURCH - down the road a bit from the park and across from the library 17010 Avondale Rd, Woodinville WA

A special note from our Race Director – Mary Meyer: “I personally thank each of you for providing your support to this event – it is always our goal to create the safest, most inspiring atmosphere possible for the participants. We are honored to have such great volunteers at this event – I can’t tell you how much positive feedback I received regarding the volunteers last year – again, thank you in advance. See you bright and early Saturday!” - Mary Meyer

I’ll be there bright and early on Saturday morning, so don’t be afraid that it’s too early to call. Thank you again for volunteering. We truly do value your assistance.

I will provide a BBQ after the race and we will also conduct safety skills training including rolling. Thanks - Saul

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  • Vladi

    Great BBQ !!! Thank you Saul for the gourmet cooking for all of us.

    June 26, 2014

  • Pat M.

    Saul, late in bringing this up, but I'm assuming a dry suit is fine rather than a wetsuit?

    June 13, 2014

    • Saul_K

      Pat, that is fine

      June 13, 2014

  • Teresa

    Have to bail out, no ride home. Have fun, you guys!

    June 13, 2014

  • Saul_K

    Christopher, if you have a kayak bring it, otherwise I'll have one for you.

    June 11, 2014

    • Christopher A.

      Thanks for so generously outfitting us. Looking forward to the event. See you early Saturday.

      June 13, 2014

  • Walter R.

    If anyone is interested I have TWO kayaks for sale:18' Northwest (best for hauling a lot of gear) a 16' Pacific Water Sport "The Otter" and a variety of wet suits.

    June 11, 2014

  • Betty S.

    Where can I get a wetsuite?

    April 30, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      REI and Cascade paddlesports probably sell them.. I got mine online from the NRS website.. The farmer John style work good for paddling.

      May 29, 2014

    • Terry

      This time of year, especially for paddling lakes with other people, separate neoprene pants with entry helping ankle zippers and long sleeve neoprene top with front zipper and cuff zippers works fine. Shop online for best prices and dont overpay. So far, not july or august, the coolness of the water around you counters the 78 degree air and direct sunlight. Difficulty of getting in and out de-motivates you to wearing a one piece for paddling. Falling in cold water re-motivates you if you live. A one piece short leg and long sleeve torso with long diagonal zipper that zips down one thigh is easy to get on and off. Can put neoprene or paddling nylon pants with ankle enclosures over it. How do i know? Bought everything and went to ocean shores to try different combinations and walk into the freeeeeezzzzzing ocean waves to play.

      June 11, 2014

  • Terry

    The volunteering and the rolling are a don't miss except it wouldnt allow me time to get to maple valley days, to watch the redneck lawn mower races. Yeeehawww. Its only once a year and I missed last year. Saving sunday to paddle.

    June 11, 2014

  • Sabitha R.

    Boo! i have an appt for my son that day.. Not sure if its going to be morning or evening. If its evening then i will swing by in the morning.

    June 11, 2014

  • Christopher A.

    Do I need to bring kayak?
    Planning to purchase but not by Saturday.

    June 11, 2014

  • Christopher A.

    Looking forward to it!

    June 11, 2014

  • Teresa

    Any chance of someone giving me a ride back to Redmond after?

    June 10, 2014

  • Andrea

    Hi Saul, I live right by Cottage Lake. I am not great at kayaking, I only paddled with you a few times, but if you can prepare me with the knowledge needed to support the race, or if there's anything else I can do, I'd be happy to help.

    April 28, 2014

    • Saul_K

      Andrea, this event doesn't take any special kayak skills and I demonstrate the swimmer carry method before we launch. 

      Saul

      April 28, 2014

    • Andrea

      Sounds good. Thanks.

      April 29, 2014

  • Larry M

    If you sign up here you don't have to sign up on the Practice session after this. You are included.

    April 27, 2014

  • Larry M

    Our great spring rescue and rolling practice event after the Tri.. We usually have lots of organizers to help folks practice.

    April 26, 2014

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