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Level 1--Intro Class: Art of Strokes and Group Dynamics

  • August 05, 2018
  • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Willamette Park 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

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This trip/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.  Your acceptance is conditional on approval by the Organizer, who may contact you with questions about your skills and equipment. 
Activity Title: Level 1--Intro Class: Art of Strokes and Group Dynamics
Date of Activity:  Sunday, 8/5/2018
Narrative:  If you are looking to smooth out your paddling strokes or want to feel more comfortable with a group, then please join our intro class. Maybe you have taken a basic day or multi-day kayak course, but it left you wanting more. Perhaps you have been paddling awhile and desire to refine what you already know. This is an opportunity to learn what it's like to paddle not only as a group, but as a team, while refining core concepts. This will be a short paddle focused on strokes, staying together, and increasing your awareness on the water. Three hours on the water.
Arrive at 9AM. 
Be ready to meet as a group at 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM. 
Total time is 3.5 hrs. 
Class Overview:
- Meet Up and Warm Up
- Basic body mechanics from head to toes
- Building intuitive and smooth strokes
- Possibly introduce more advanced strokes with time
- Paddling as a team and learning through leadership
Meeting Time: 9:00:00 AM
Launch Time: 9:30:00 AM
Type of activity: Class
Put in: Willamette Park West Linn (kayak launch area; not boat launch area)
Take out: Willamette Park West Linn
Route Alternative for bad weather: n/a
Required equipment: 
Minimum Immersion protection: None
Primary Organizer: Shawn Altman
Assistant Organizer(s): Chris Mayou
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: Shawn Altman
Maximum number of paddlers: 12
I certify that I understand and will conduct this activity in accordance with the OOPS Activity Policy: Yes
Estimated Air Temperature: 85
Estimated Water Temperature: 75
Estimated Water Time (including breaks/lunch): 3 hrs
Tide times & heights: n/a
Current information: <1 kts
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 2: Frequent landing opportunities including docks or moderate sloping banks, brush or overhanging trees
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: Nothing to note. 
Location (Optional): https://goo.gl/maps/ukL6HV1AiF12

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