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Towing Seminar - Level 2

  • December 10, 2016
  • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
  • Vancouver Lake Park, Vancouver, Washington
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  • Active club members, including kayaking professional and lifetime. Provisional acceptance, pending approval by the instructor.

Registration is closed

This is a Water-based activity:  This trip is limited to members with a wet exit certification.  To successfully register you will need to sign into your OOPS member account, and your account will need to be a member of the "Wet Exit Certified" group.

Narrative: ”Towing class at Vancouver Lake on Dec 10th.

The emphasis will be on a variety of towing methods & options as well as when to tow & when not to tow. it would be presented as level 2 due to the complexity of tow systems & configurations that people & kayaks will get into that may not be in the skill set of level 1 paddlers.

Some of these tows would be considered dangerous, but essential, in conditions. The presentation will give ideas of how to mitigate that risk while attending to the needs of an incapacitated or endangered paddler. 

Required equipment beyond the usual would be helmet & knife (tow belt optional)

Topics will be:

Contact tows

Toggle/perimeter line short tows including how to quick release the system if possible.

Swimmer tows

      toggle drag

      back deck carry

      shove the boat out to safety & swim

Towing safety & risk management/mitigation How to release a tow rope. What tools may be useful to release a tow.

Tow rope tows

      short tow

      long tow

Rafted tows

      anchored tow

      surf landing tow

This will require some swimming which will be done towards to end of the session. Please bring warm clothes to change into as well as a warm sugary beverage such as hot chocolate or cider in a thermos. 

Instructors.... I would like a 1 to 4 ratio instructor to participants, so please consider signing up to assist."

Meeting Time:  10:00:00 AM

Launch Time:  10:30:00 AM

Type of Activity:  Class

Put in:  Vancouver Lake Park

Take out:  Vancouver Lake Park

Route Alternative:  Rain/shine

Required Equipment:  Helmet, Towline

Minimum Immersion Wear:  Drysuit

Primary Organizer:  Ryc Williamson

Assistant Organizer:  TBA

Has Organizer paddled here before?  Yes

Has Organizer led an OOPS paddle here before?  Yes

Organizer’s first aid and CPR current?  Yes

First Aid /CPR Person:  Ryc

Maximum number of paddlers:  10

I certify that I understand and will conduct this activity with the OOPS Activity Policy:  Yes

Estimated Air Temperature:  45

Estimated Water Temperature:  50

Estimated Water Time:  3.5 hours

Tide times and heights:  negligible 

Current information:  negligible


Wind strength:  Level 2:  7 - 12 knots (14 mph) - wind noticeably effects movement of paddle

Swell/Surf size:  Level 1:  Under 1’ waves, no breaking waves

Sea State:  Level 1:  Waves up to the deck seam; water glassy to rippled, no whitecaps

Landing types:  Level 1:  Frequent easy landing opportunities including gently sloping sand, gravel or grass

Currents:  Level 1:  None or mild (less than 1 knot)

Total distance:  Level 1:  Up to 6 miles

Open crossing:  Level 1:  No open crossing

Overall rating:  Level 2

Rating Comments:  Level 2 due to complexity of towing & unusual configurations of kayaks may require good bracing skills & level headed non panic mode in novel conditions.  Required equipment includes HELMET AND KNIFE OR SHEARS.  Arrangements may be made to borrow a tow belt.

Location:  Vancouver Lake Regional Park, Northwest Lower River Road, Vancouver, WA

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