Sat 3/30, Kayak Safety Training Course: As many of you may have noticed, our group has grown to over 900 members strong, and counting! It’s important that we keep our kayak trips safe and enjoyable for all. It is obvious that we need more members planning trips, and these trips need to be done in a safe and efficient manner. The purpose of this training is to help make our trips a little safer and more organized, and perhaps find some great trip leaders to help introduce the sport of kayaking in a safe way! Joe Crespi, owner of First Coast Outfitters, will be the main instructor. He is an ACA L4 Open Water instructor/ACA endorsed Rolling Coach, and has been working in the paddle sports industry for over 15 years. Depending upon the number of people who sign up, he may bring additional instructors to help him. Please note that we need a minimum of 10 attendees for this event in order to enjoy the much lower pricing (check out the normal costs at First Coast Outfitters website!), and for safety reasons, the event is capped at 20.
We will launch our kayaks at the Ribault Club launch area located at 11241 Fort George Road, Jacksonville, FL. (The marker on the map is a general location....continue on the road and you will come to the parking lot and main building. The launch site is at the end of the dirt road just past the main building on the right.) We will meet at 9 am at the Club's launch site, drop off our kayaks, park our cars in the parking lot and then get on the water! There is a quiet lagoon off the main stream of the Intracoastal where the actual training will take place. The course lasts a good 6 hours, which seems like a long time, but trust me, it goes by really fast when you are having fun, and you will have fun!! Oh, and bring lunch or some snacks as Joe does allow a few breaks!
The cost of this training course is $40.00 per person. TO REGISTER AND PAY FOR THIS EVENT, PLEASE CALL JOE CRESPI DIRECT AT[masked] ON OR BEFORE MARCH 23RD. Payment will be made through Joe over the telephone via credit card/debit card. If you do not own a kayak or some of the equipment, it will be provided by Joe through his business (FCO), including kayaks, free of charge, so don’t let the lack of equipment stop you from learning a new sport! YOU MUST CALL JOE CRESPI IF YOU NEED EQUIPMENT RENTAL AT LEAST 1 WEEK PRIOR TO THE EVENT (904)[masked]
Focus Of the course: Strokes and Maneuvers, Self and Assisted Rescues, Tides & Currents, Weather, Group Management, Emergency Procedures
MUST HAVE FOR CLASS (equipment available through Joe) Kayak, Paddle, PFD (personal flotation device/life jacket), Whistle, Paddle Float, Tow Rope, Pump
I took this course last October and learned quite a bit and had loads of fun. If you have any questions or need any directions, please call the Leader: Karen Montgomery [masked]) or send me a message.
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