What we're about

This group is for all age groups 18 and over. No pictures or any of that nonsense is necessary. If you have a kayak, or are going to get a kayak, or are just mildly interested in kayaking, this group is for you. We will meet at the water at the events, talk about boating, and then just get in the water and go. We will have different locations for our meets depending on what our members suggest. Very much a warm water event, our members should share their experiences and coach new kayak(ers?) Experience not necessary, kayak ownership not necessary, just join and talk in our discussions. Our discussions will revolve in topics such as : "latest deals found, new or used", "kayak techniques", what to bring "floating", or anything else about this wonderful water sport. Hopefully we will encourage some of our more "experienced" members to be helpers/guides/tutors. If you are an amateur kayak(ist), don't be afraid. If you have never been in one before, come and try one out. We will talk about boat safety, survival techniques, and various and sundry other topics under the sun. Put down that stupid "smart phone" and pick up a paddle and meet us at the water.

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Smith River Festival - Cancelled See you in 2021!

Smith River Sports Complex

This is informational only. If you would like to organize this trip please let us know. I may or may not be going.

ONLINE (self-paced) Wilderness First Aid available ALL DAYS NOW until AUGUST 31!

In your own home, at your own leisure any time during the next 30 days: now you can learn a ton in the online portion of Disaster + Travel + Wilderness First Aid! Fee: $220, which is $55 per person less than what another national school charges for their shorter less-in-depth course. You get a 3-year credit for an in-person class, plus the online learn-now bonus. Here is a sneak peek of the course: https://www.solowfa.com/online-sample.htm This "Blended Learning" format has two parts: Part 1) COURSE TOPICS VIDEOS & SELF-GUIDED PRACTICE portion almost exactly as MEDIC SOLO always presents it. Our instructors just finished recording topic presentations in the latest of disaster and wilderness medical science. Intermixed at several points we guide you to practice various skills. >>> Testimonials: • "Fantastic online program." • "The quality of teaching and the personality of each instructor was ABSOLUTELY STELLAR. There is a lot more to learning than just the textbook curriculum, especially with medical situations." • "It was much less stressful having the opportunity to be taught on my own schedule rather than having two intensive days." • Much appreciation for the ability to click "pause" to take notes and write down questions (which MEDIC will answer), and ability to rewind and replay demonstrations, explanations, etc. -- can't do that in a live class. Part 2) A 3-year credit to attend any in-person open-enrollment MEDIC SOLO dtWFA course, to solidify your skills and graduate with SOLO WFA certification. INFO and REGISTRATION / TO GET STARTED: www.solowfa.com/register-SOLO-disaster-wilderness-first-aid-course.htm ~ ~ ~ Let's all please do our part to maintain social distancing, and do what we can to prevent problems and treat injured people, so as to reduce demands on hospitals. Exercise outdoors, where allowed, is great to boost your immune system; however we've found many people on trails are not respecting social distancing when passing by. If you decide to go out, when you see someone you'll pass by, please proactively step off trail at least 6 feet. Try to leave no trace as best you can, stepping only on durable surfaces like bare rock when possible. Thanks! Now is a time when your dtWFA skills may be needed most. • Hospital beds are filling up and we need to reduce their demand. If with dtWFA skills you treat someone and they no longer need to go to the hospital, fantastic and so helpful in many ways. •Some parks are seeing their highest-ever mid-week daytime visits. More people are outdoor adventuring and most don't have the skills you signed up to learn, and may be in need especially as more first-timers go explore the outdoors. • Hopefully the following will never happen: fewer EMTs staffing ambulances and thus a call to 911 for medical assistance is less responsive, or outbreaks occur within hospitals and those entire facilities end up being quarantined and unavailable ... leaving it up to dtWFA-trained folks to provide care. Thank you everyone, for all that you do to strengthen our communities, making disaster and wilderness areas safer for all.

Adventure to Ecuador!

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This is going to be an epic trip! Not much kayaking, but a heck of a good time! Thought I would list it here as so many of you have paddled with me! Iam so excited to announce the next Your Outdoor Classroom - Travel trip! We are going to Ecuador in September 2020 starting September 12. From the Amazon to the Coast, this will be an amazing adventure with Research Scientists coming along to give us a glimpse of the unique flora and fauna in the country and the research they are doing on site in the Amazon. Plus: whale migrations, waterfalls, volcanoes, snorkeling with sea turtles, and (of course) a tiny little bit of kayaking/canoeing. Designed for those who wish to adventure in comfort! Check out the website for more details: https://www.campbethelvirginia.org/ecuador2020.html and plan on joining us in the Fall!

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