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We will kayak from Harbor Island in Mamaroneck ($12.00 parking fee on weekends), going north past Playland Park and the Edith Read Wildlife Sanctuary. Hopefully, we will see many birds and have lunch on a beach where we can swim after. Then we will ride the tide back. Hi tide 3:20 PM, Low 9:12 AM Kayaks must be 14' minimum, no SOT's, Recs, must have at least 1 bulkhead and/or flotation bags, plan on doing 10-13 miles. Everyone should know how to rescue. You are responsible for yourself. We will be out for several hours budget your time accordingly. Bring a change of clothes in a dry bag, lunch, plenty of water, sunscreen. Please wear a mask in the parking lot, whenever on land. Masks are not needed in the water. If everyone helps carry 2 boats it makes less work, please help those who have injuries or medical problems loading and unloading. Thanks. Liquid Skies doesn't charge for outings the $12 goes to the parking garage.
Hi all, I've been asked to host an ACA L1-2 Essentials of (Sea) Kayak Touring Instructor Certification Workshop (L1-2 EKT ICW) this coming August 19-21, 2020 down at Orchard Beach. We will be utilizing the waterways around Orchard Beach (Back Bay) and Glen Island; we will not be landing on Glen Island for obvious reasons. We will launch from Orchard Beach, Back Bay; this may change due to unforeseen circumstances. The ICW is an official ACA instructor certification course. You will receive guidance and instruction in several teaching techniques, and then utilize them to do your own teaching. The potential end result of the course, is an ACA certification as a kayak instructor. I won't lie to you: ICWs are tough. They're very intense, and would require a big effort on your part. You'll be expected to learn/review a whole bunch of skills - both technical and teaching skills - then turn around and be able to use those skills appropriately, with a high level of mastery and understanding. You will have a "working lunch", every day. You will have homework, every night. And lastly... participation does not guarantee certification. You will need to provide your own gear, including: Minimum Equipment: ● Some type of approved face mask/barrier, for use during all aspects of the ICW. A buff-style covering is recommended. ● Sea/Touring Kayak/Recreational Kayak/Sit On Top (Sit in Kayaks must have sealed bulkheads and/or serviceable flotation) - must be at least 14' long. ● Paddle ● Spray Deck (if appropriate) ● PFD/Life Jacket/Buoyancy Aid w/ Whistle ● Thermal Protection w/ appropriate layers (this might be as simple as a rain jacket, but a paddling-specific jacket/pants would be appropriate... so would a wetsuit or drysuit) - dress for the water, not the air. ● Closed Toed Paddling Shoes (let’s say that again: CLOSED TOED paddling shoes - flip-flops, slides, open-toed sandals, CROCS, et al will not be considered proper footwear) ● Tow System ● Hiker’s Handheld Compass (Level 2 Candidates) ● Dry Bag with Spare Clothing/Layers ● Food and Water for the Day ● Pump/Paddle Float Recommended Equipment: ● Communication Tools (mobile phone, marine radio) ● Signaling Tools ● Small First Aid Kit (appropriate to your standard of care) ● Spare Paddle ● Teaching, Instructing Tools ● Folding chair for class work on shore The cost for the ICW is $375 per person; this includes all required paperwork and handouts, three days of expert instruction, and any required follow-ups. It does not include food, parking fees, equipment, etc. Please remember that reserving a spot, here, does not reserve you a spot on the ICW. To sign up and officially reserve a spot, payment must have been made and received. I can accept PayPal ([masked]), Venmo (@TainoGrosjean), Cash App ($TainoGrosjean), or direct transfer (some banks do this - contact me for details). Do not attempt to pay through this site, as George and Linda have nothing to do with collecting funds. In the event of quarantine restrictions or a lack of candidates, all funds will be returned minus a $10 processing fee. Currently, there are only five roster spots available; if there is enough interest, I will attempt to expand the roster to ten spots. Please feel free to contact me with any questions; I can be reached at [masked]. I hope to see you out on the water. Cheers, Tai