This is how we roll... upside down...

  • June 26, 2014 · 5:30 PM
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Time shifted to Thursday due to weather.

This year we will do this on Gun Lake to bring it closer to more people.  I will get there by about 5 PM, and late comers are welcome, before about 7:00 PM. Weather will be a factor, particularly since this is a safety oriented event.  So I may cancel with less than 24 hours notice. 

We will demonstrate all of the following techniques, then split into groups and practice until everyone has had their fill.

Wet Exit

• With Skirt

• Without Skirt

•  PFD 101 - Finding out if you really know that PFD and how to wear it.

• Emptying water from capsized boat in deep water

• Assisted

• Non Assisted

•  Assisted Rescue

• Scissor Method

• Cross Bow Method 

I will have an extra boat to lend, and others might also. 

As new information becomes available, I will append it here, so check back regularly.

Update:  I moved the put in to the Allegan County park so we can get to some deeper water around Blackbird Island.  Deep water makes this more realistic.  Thanks to Deb Masselink, who will be our floating SAG wagon.



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  • Heft R.

    Thank you for putting up the pictures, J.C., and thank you for taking them, Deb!

    June 28, 2014

  • Gary M.

    J.C.,
    What a fun and helpful evening. Thanks for all your
    effort. Who would ever have thought scrambling back into a capsized kayak involved such gyrations.

    June 27, 2014

  • JC R.

    I think nothing can be more satisfying to a teacher than seeing the entire class engaged. Learning, discussing and performing. Thank you to all who attended, and a second thank you to the folks who searched for and Rachel, who found my lost sunglasses. :-)

    4 · June 27, 2014

    • Heft R.

      It helped that your straps was floating. Thank you for taking the time to teach us! I learned so much and feel more confident as well!

      June 27, 2014

  • Joel

    First time with the group. . Great people and great instruction. Thanks everyone

    June 27, 2014

  • Deb M.

    It was wonderful to see how easily everyone was able to get back into their boats, either assisted or solo!! Good job, everyone!! And thanks, JC!

    1 · June 26, 2014

  • Larri L.

    Fun, fabulous - great evening spent on the water. Gun Lake was super warm!

    June 26, 2014

  • Deb M.

    Good call, JC - it's been raining here for the last hour with no letup in sight..... had a few distant rumbles of thunder, too.

    June 25, 2014

    • JC R.

      OK, I like rain, but not purple rain.

      1 · June 25, 2014

    • Deb M.

      That was one of the worst storms we've experienced in 19 years! 2' waves, 50-60 mph wind; and lots of loose boats. The east side got 1" hail. Tree branches (small ones) down all over. Not a good night to be on Gun Lake :-(

      June 25, 2014

  • Michelle

    Can't do Thursday, bummer. I'll watch for other dates, thanks for hosting these.

    June 25, 2014

  • Terry B.

    have to drop out, other plans for this evening. Hope to catch another session soon.

    June 25, 2014

  • Kathy G

    Bummer, seems like same thing happened last year. I can't make Thursday, but am very interested in this type of instruction. Hope there will be another.

    June 24, 2014

  • Larri L.

    Excellent timing for the update, just BEFORE I loaded my boat. Whew! See you Thursday.

    June 24, 2014

  • Natalie

    Is this good for a beginner??

    June 19, 2014

    • JC R.

      Actually, I wish every beginner could attend. This is geared toward people who have never fallen out of their boat.

      June 19, 2014

    • Larri L.

      And everyone of us who have. *grins*

      June 19, 2014

  • Don B.

    Sorry, regretfully, I see I'm on a bike tour this week and won't be able to attend.

    June 18, 2014

  • Anji

    Sorry, I have to miss this. Please let me know when another instruction is available (I'm sure you will), or maybe a place for one-on-one instruction.

    June 16, 2014

  • peter

    I always thought rolling... upside down, was the easy part, and that the real challenge was rolling... back right side up. Whatever the truth of the matter, I look forward to instruction.

    1 · June 3, 2014

    • JC R.

      Rolling back up is Roger Starring's department. And to be perfectly honest, I am finding that technique to be quite challenging. We had fun with this last time we did it though.

      June 5, 2014

  • Mike C.

    Just a quick reminder, please ensure your boat has some type of flotation for these exercises. A dry hatch, foam, or float bags all work. In the event you need to borrow a boat, I also have a couple of extras.

    3 · June 4, 2014

    • JC R.

      As I recall, we almost lost one last time. It was a whitewater boat and the bags were not in it. Very difficult to empty.

      1 · June 4, 2014

11 went

  • JC R.
    Ice Ranger Dawn Paddler, Water Rescue, Co-Organizer
    Event Host
  • Deb M.
    Ice Ranger, Ranger Team
    Event Host
  • Mike C.
    Ice Ranger-Moon Paddler- Water Rescue Dawn Paddler Ranger Team, Co-Organizer
    Event Host
  • Larry H.
    Wind Ranger--Moon Paddler-Water Rescue
  • Amy
    Wind Paddler, Moon Paddler
  • Mack
    Rain Ranger, Moon,Dawn,NFCT Thru Paddler
  • Gary M.
    Ice Paddler (3) Moon Paddler
  • Larri L.
    Dawn Paddler

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