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Wind and Waves Clinic (Level 2)

  • August 18, 2017
  • 12:00 PM - 3:30 PM
  • Skamokawa Vista Park beach
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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

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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: Learn how to make your kayak go where you want it to go (AKA boat control) when it is windy and wavy.

We'll need some wind (but not too much) to really learn and practice. If there is no wind, we'll go on a short paddle; if there is too much wind, we'll go on a short paddle -- just in a more protected area.

Bring a tow belt if you have one; bring a little extra water -- we probably won't have easy access to the beach. (we'll want to play well outside the shipping channel
Meeting Time: 12:00:00 PM
Launch Time: 1:00:00 PM
Type of activity: Class
Put in: Skamokawa Vista Park beach
Take out: ditto
Route Alternative for bad weather: what bad weather
Required equipment:
Minimum Immersion protection: Shorty wetsuit
Primary Organizer: Vern Brown
Assistant Organizer(s):
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:
Maximum number of paddlers: 6; 10 if other T.O. joins me
I certify that I understand and will conduct this activity in accordance with the OOPS Activity Policy: Yes
Estimated Air Temperature: 70
Estimated Water Temperature: 70
Estimated Water Time: 2 hours
Tide times & heights: high tide is at 1400 and low is at 2030 as per NOAA, disregard height info
Current information:
Hazards: Shipping traffic
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 2: Waves up to armpit; light to moderate chop, scattered whitecaps
Landing types: Level 1: Frequent easy landing opportunities including gently sloping, sand, gravel or grass
Currents: Level 2: Mild currents (up to 2 knots): current increases / decreases group speed by half
Total distance: Level 1: Up to 6 miles
Open crossing: Level 2: Less than 1 mile
Paddling Environment:
Overall rating: Level 2

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