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The Wednesday Night Paddler - RESCUE PRACTICE

  • Jun 18, 2014 · 6:00 PM
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The Wednesday Night Paddler


The actual attendance limit for this paddle is 30 paddlers.  6 spots have been set aside for people who will be renting kayaks.  If you are a renter on the waiting list I will move you to the attending list.   Those spots not filled by renters 24 hours before the paddle will be filled with members on the waiting list who have paid the voluntary dues.  Everyone has the same chance to sign up for the first 24 slots.

Just so everyone is clear, this is all about rescues and there will be no regular paddling.  We will not have our usual social half hour off the water either.  You'll pay $50 to $100 per class for a chance to fall out of your boat elsewhere.  This one is totally free if you have your own boat and only $25.00 if you don't.

One of the greatest things to happen at a paddle last summer was when a couple of our members were able to handle a rescue situation entirely on their own while on one of our weekend paddles thanks to the fact they attended one of these sessions.

Everyone who paddles a kayak needs to know how to get back in it on their own when they fall out too far from shore.  The rescue practice sessions are designed to help you learn to do that.

Don't worry, no one who comes will have to do anything other than watch various types of self and assisted rescues.  Although just watching sort of defeats the purpose of the night, even watching will have you better prepared WHEN not IF you need to use these techniques.  If you paddle a kayak, you are going to fall in.  Even the best of us do from time to time.  Absolutely nothing makes me laugh harder than hearing that you just don't fall in or haven't in a long time.  Are you ready for it when it happens to you?  Bring a paddle float and bilge pump if you have them but we'll have extras if you don't. Bring a spray skirt if you have one.

We did the last one of these at Daniels Dam on the Patapsco and it actually turned out pretty well at that location so we'll be at Daniels again.  The group is too big for much one one one instruction so we will start off with a couple demonstrations and then break off into groups of two or three to try the rescues.  The last couple of times everyone was too busy practicing to bother stopping to socialize so we will suspend the social hour for this session.

Rescues are something that all kayakers need to practice a few times a season whether you've done them before or not.  They need to be something you do instinctively without thinking.  IF YOU ARE NOT PRACTICING YOUR RESCUES A FEW TIMES A SEASON YOU REALLY SHOULD NOT BE PADDLING A KAYAK.

There are rental boats available for this paddle at a price of $25.00 for the evening delivered to the put in with paddle and PFD. You can request a rental during the RSVP process.

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  • Bob Z

    Usually, I take movies and post them on the Discussion page but this time I participated and it was GREAT. I can get back into the kayak! As a bonus, I got to dunk Chuck for messing with the Whistler! Thanks to Chuck, Kimmie, and all for the lessons in the water!!!

    1 · June 19, 2014

  • Pam J.

    Had a wonderful time and I learned a lot -- Thanks!

    June 19, 2014

  • Laurie C.

    Fantastic instruction - even a landlubber like me got back inside my boat! Thanks so much (Kimmie you were incredibly patient)

    June 19, 2014

  • Mary

    A perfect evening for swimmers

    June 19, 2014

  • Cindy D.

    Great class. Thanks CKA

    1 · June 19, 2014

  • Cindy D.

    Great class. Thanks CKA

    June 19, 2014

  • Howard M.


    June 19, 2014

  • Chuck

    Just a heads up on the weather. All chances of rain in the forecast for tonight seem to have evaporated until well after we will be off the water. Expect sunny blue skies with temps in the high 80's. Without much real recent rain the river should be running calm and warmer. In other words a perfect night for rescue practice.

    June 18, 2014

  • Aht

    Sorry. I have an opportunity to practice rolling so I'll do that instead. See you next time. Have fun!

    June 18, 2014

  • Michael T.

    I have to bang out on this, under the weather since Friday.

    June 17, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am so sorry but I have a meeting that I cannot miss. I will catch the next meetup. Looking forward to participating with this group.

    June 16, 2014

  • Candace C.

    I'm sorry to have to back out of this because I can't get out of work early that day, after all.

    June 12, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    "You'll pay $50 to $100 per class for a chance to fall out of your boat elsewhere. This one is totally free..." Above quote made me giggle!
    Hopefully I can make the next one!

    2 · June 10, 2014

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