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Sea Kayaking Trip Planning Class
You've been kayaking with others, but would like to develop the skills you need to plan some trips of your own, safely and with the skills & confidence that you are covering all your bases. This class is for you. An 8-hour shore-based class in the heart of paddling paradise - Anacortes. Enjoy the spectacular maritime view from our classroom on the water. Bring your boat and stay for Sunday's optional post-class paddle. REVIEWS from Meetup members who took the fall class: "This was a fantastic class. Lots of essential material covered in a short amount of time, including charts, trip planning, currents, waves, wind, etc. Phyllis designed great exercises to help us internalize the content and it was just what I needed to feel like I can start planning trips. Thank you, Phyllis!!" "This course packed a ton of learning into one day and was the perfect starting point for learning to plan bigger and more interesting trips. Great teaching, great resources, and great hands on exercises to practice. Well worth the trip to Anacortes and the very small fee. Thanks Phyllis!" "Phyllis is a wonderful teacher and has a clear way of steering students to make better decisions. I'm really glad I took this course and now feel like I know a lot more about how to read charts, tide/current tables, and group assessment of safety decisions. Thank you!!" "Very informative, lots of information that helped me determine the approach to beginning kayaking in the Salish Sea." TOPICS COVERED: • Using & interpreting marine navigation charts for trip planning • Planning paddles that match the skill set of you and your companions • Predicting and mitigating hazards along your route • Finding and interpreting the marine weather forecast for your area, and how it will affect your paddle plan (and/or how to adapt your plan to the weather) • Knowing the importance of tides to your paddle plan, reading tide tables, calculating corrections, and planning the best route & timing for the tides. • Knowing the importance of currents to your paddle plan, and how they can profoundly affect your success and enjoyment. Tables, corrections, and planning the best route & timing for the paddle. • Safety planning, gear, and emergency management • The critical importance of judgment in paddling safety • Communication on the water • Safe group paddling protocols • Apps! All my favorite navigation & trip planning apps revealed. • Culminates with an application exercise planning a paddle for the next day, which you can participate in at no extra cost. YOUR INSTRUCTOR: Phyllis Woolwine, President of Shearwater University, Life-long mariner, US Coast Guard licensed Master Sea Captain, American Canoe Association Certified Coastal Kayaking Instructor, US Sailing Certified Coastal Navigation Instructor, National Board Certified Teacher, and sea kayaking trip leader since the 1980s. REGISTRATION: • Registration required on the Shearwater University web site: https://shearwateruniversity.com/schools/kayaking/ This class is near the bottom of the page. • Class is limited to 12 people, for maximum personalization • Tuition: $100 for a full day of instruction (8 hours). Optional Day 2 paddle is no extra cost. PREREQUISITES: • You have prior sea kayaking experience • You are able to successfully self rescue in a capsize emergency

Seafarers' Memorial Park

601 Seafarers Way · Anacortes, WA

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    Meet other Sea Kayakers. Get together for weeknight social paddles a few times a month. Discuss gear/plan day/overnight trips.

    Previous experience/lessons not needed for some of the day paddles, recommended or required for some of the trips. Trips will be geared for intermediate to adv paddlers. Beginner trips may be added.

    I'll schedule some basic safety meetups to go over things like strokes, bracing, rescues, chart reading and some of the many local resources on about a monthly basis, and would look forward to additional assistant organizers to help out with these and with putting trips together.

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