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Kayaking Foundations Classes

  • July 08, 2017
  • 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Cedar Oak Boat Ramp, West Linn
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  • Active club members, including kayaking professional and lifetime. Provisional acceptance, pending approval by the trip organizer if this is a paddle

Registration is closed

This trip is limited to members with a wet exit certification (except for level 1 trips when the paddler is not using a spray skirt).  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: Designed for people who have just started paddling (Level 1), these classes will explore the fundamentals of paddling a sea kayak. The classes will be given over three days, please sign up only if you can attend all days:
July 8th, 15th and the 22nd from approximately 9 AM to Noon. The idea is to leave the afternoon free for further practice and exploration.
The initial outline of the class will look at:
July 8th:

  • Boat types, shapes, and potential uses
  • Body posture and power transfer
  • Forward and reverse strokes

July 15th:

  • The Low Brace
  • Edging and edging on the move

July 22nd:

  • Rudders and Draws
  • Basic journeying and rescues practice

Please note - this is the initial outline but it may change depending on the needs and desires of the participants.

Reminder: These classes are designed for the entry level paddlers in our club. For those of you more advanced paddlers, please do not register for these classes - I've heard I can UN-register you! :-)

Meeting Time: 8:30:00 AM
Launch Time: 9:00:00 AM
Type of activity: Class
Put in: Cedar Oak Boat Ramp, West Linn
Take out: Cedar Oak Boat Ramp, West Linn
Route Alternative for bad weather: TBD
Required equipment:
Minimum Immersion protection: Shorty wetsuit
Primary Organizer: Kathy Mitchell
Assistant Organizer(s): Charles Congdon
Has organizer paddled here before? Yes
Has organizer led an OOPS paddle here before? No
Organizer's first aid and CPR current? Yes
First Aid /CPR Person: Charles Congdon
Maximum number of paddlers: 6
I certify that I understand and will conduct this activity in accordance with the OOPS Activity Policy: Yes
Estimated Air Temperature: 65
Estimated Water Temperature: 65
Estimated Water Time: 3 Hours
Tide times & heights: N/A
Current information: Still or slow moving water. There is a cove of protected water next to the boat ramp.
Wind strength: Level 1: 0-7 knots (8 mph)
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
Paddling Environment:
Overall rating: Level 1
Rating Comments:
Location (Optional): Cedar Oak Boat Ramp, West Linn

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