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New Meetup: Skills Development & paddle on Lake Union

From: Saul_K
Sent on: Monday, July 7, 2008 7:09 AM
Announcing a new Meetup for Seattle Area Sea Kayaking Meetup Group!

What: Skills Development & paddle on Lake Union

When: July 7,[masked]:30 PM

Where: Click the link below to find out!

Meetup Description: Since I'm in Seattle on business today, I thought I should post a paddle.

Are you new to paddling or been paddling a while but rusty on some of your skills or maybe you're polished and want to help out (please email me if that's the case so we can divy up the work). Safe trips start with developing our own skills, so come join us for 1.5 hours of fun on the lake.

Here's what we'll go over after we do a short paddle to warm up:

o Forward stokes - how to use your paddle to go someplace ;-)
o Steering/Control Strokes - how to actually go where you want
o Stability/Bracing Strokes - how to keep the open side up ;-)
o Self Rescue - how to successfully get your butt back into a boat (and hopefully other parts too)
o Rescue Assistance - how to help someone get back into their own boat or carry them to shore
o General Water safety and resources - a basic overview of the rules of the water/road, what the required equipment is; little things like currents and wind, selecting your route, tide charts, current charts, navigation charts etc?

What to bring:
o Prepare to get wet! You might want to bring a towel and change of clothes.
o Moisture wicking clothes (lycra or polypropylene rather than cotton) or a wet/drysuit.
o Water bottle. There's water and restrooms at the park.
o Gloves to protect from blisters.
o Footware you can get wet, preferably without laces, buckles, etc that could snag something and prevent you from exiting the boat in an emergency or that could damage the boat.
o Headlamp
o Your sense of adventure and fun

Optional:
o Camera with waterproof container
o Refreshments and snacks for afterwards

It's best if you bring your own boat but I can bring extra boats if you need to borrow one. I have 8 single boats and 4 tandems available for this paddle. If you want to share a boat with someone, please specify with whom you are partnering or that you're looking for a partner or needing to borrow a boat in the RSVP comment. Remember if you're borrowing one of my boats, you need to call or email me at least an hour before the event if you aren't going to make it. This saves your friends from waiting while I take an empty boat back home before we launch.

Learn more here:
http://seakayaking.meetup.com/35/calendar/8291116/

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