These sessions are going to be coordinated by various folks from the Skill Building Team at SMSKN. Each session will be organized with a focus point and participants are encouraged to share their own knowledge and experience with other paddlers so that we all learn from and support each another.
Skill building team member for this session: Ed Lawson.
My intent is to focus this last session on topics not addressed earlier or to hone those that have been. In any event, describing a path toward a better understanding of the sea, the boat, the blade and your role as engine and captain of your vessel will be my primary emphasis.
For those who may want to read about various kayaking skills during the off-season, the following books are good references:
Sea Kayak by Gordon Brown (His video DVDs are excellent);
Sea Kayak Handling by Doug Cooper;
The Art of Kayaking by Nigel Foster.
An update will be provided a a few days before the session with a current weather forecast and some ideas for topics to be addressed as well as seeking suggestions from participants.
All sessions will be held at Pine Point. This location has a variety of potential conditions available.
Bring: sea worthy kayak with attachable spray deck, kayak must float when swamped, PFD, helmets preferred (required for surfing), immersion clothing appropriate for water temperatures.
To ensure everyone safely gets the most out of this practice session, attendees should already be proficient in the following skills: Have a solid wet exit, know basic paddling strokes.
Trip level: Beginner (Level 1) and above
Please take the time to print out, sign and bring SMSKN statement of understanding to the event/meetup. The Event organizer will really appreciate your token of proactivity.
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