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Tacoma Moutnaineers Sea Kayak class

From: user 4.
Sent on: Tuesday, February 3, 2009 12:26 PM
2009 Tacoma Mountaineers Basic Sea Kayaking Course

No prior kayaking knowledge or experience is required to participate in the course. Single kayaks are required throughout the course because kayak skills are best learned in singles (doubles may be used on club paddles following graduation). If you don't own or have access to a sea kayak, you will need to rent a boat on three occasions (see Additional Costs below).

Enrollment Process: You must be a member of the Mountaineers to register for the course. Enrollment is limited to 36 students and registration for the course begins when you receive the February Go Guide. Contact Peggy Gablehouse via [address removed] to register. The course typically fills early, so register promptly..

Course Structure and Schedule: The course consists of three lectures, one pool session, and two open water sessions. To graduate, students must also complete two club-sponsored paddles by August 31, 2009. Attendance on the course dates listed below is required. Please review the course dates carefully and confirm that your schedule will permit you to attend all sessions. If you cannot commit to all these dates, you will not be able to complete the course and graduate.

Thursday April 23, 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. Introduction to Sea Kayaking
(Pierce County Environmental Services Building, University Place)
Sunday, April 26, 12:00 - 4:00 p.m. Pool Session: swim test and rescue techniques
(Clover Park High School Pool, Lakewood)
Tuesday April 28, 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. Classroom instruction
(Pierce County Environmental Services Building, University Place)
Thursday April 30, 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. Classroom instruction
(Pierce County Environmental Services Building, University Place)
Saturday, May 1, 8:30 - 4:00 p.m. Open water session:
wet exit/recovery and paddling/bracing skills instruction, practice, and critique (American Lake, Lakewood)
Sunday, May 2, 8:30 - 4:00 p.m. Open water session:
wet exit/recovery and paddling/bracing skills instruction, practice, and critique (American Lake, Lakewood)

Graduation Requirements:

Attend all three lectures
Successfully complete one pool session, including a pool swim of 50 yards without flotation
Successfully complete two open water sessions, including demonstrating cold water exit and recovery and assisted recovery
Successfully complete two club-sponsored paddles, one of which must be at least four hours on saltwater

Course Fee: The course fee is $195. No refunds will be made after the class starts.

Additional Costs: While boats are provided at no extra cost for the pool session, students will be required to provide appropriate boats (single sea kayaks) or rent them for both open water sessions (May 3 and 4). The Committee will make arrangements to have kayaks brought to these day-long open water sessions for those who wish to rent. Kayak rental costs will be approximately $85.00 for the weekend. Students will also be required to have a wetsuit or dry suit for the open water sessions. We have also made arrangements for the rental of dry suits if you wish at a cost of approximately $45.00 for the weekend.

Finally, students will also be encouraged to purchase the optional book, Derek C. Hutchinson The Complete Book of Sea Kayaking Fourth Edition, The Globe Pequot Press (approximately $20).

For the two qualifying club-sponsored paddles, students will be responsible for providing their own boats. For those who do not own or have access to a kayak, this will mean renting boats two additional times. While the Committee will schedule a limited number of qualifying trips at locations where rentals are available, it will be the student's responsibility to make arrangements to rent a boat for those trips. For most trips, students will be responsible for making their own rental arrangements and bringing boats to the trip put-in. Rrental costs are approximately $50 per day.

Any questions concerning the course may be directed to Peggy Gablehouse via [address removed].

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