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Get Your Head Wet! / Columbia Gorge Rescue Practice

  • June 09, 2019
  • 10:30 AM - 2:30 PM
  • Cascade Boat Ramp, Stevenson, WA


  • Active club members, including kayaking professional and lifetime. Provisional acceptance, pending approval by the class organizer.

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This class 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.  Your acceptance is conditional on approval by the Organizer, who may contact you with questions about your skills and equipment.  If the measured water temperature is different enough from that listed below to warrant a change in required immersion protection, the Organizer will contact all participants and the Trips Board member with the update at least a day before the trip

Come get wet in the Beautiful Columbia River Gorge. Refine your rescues and re-entries, as a team, assisted and solo--the plan is to have fun playing around in & out of boats. We will spend our time in the area around the Cascade boat ramp in Stevenson providing opportunities in both calmer and dynamic water (if conditions pick up during the day). This is a great place to practice your rescues in the conditions where you might need them. Note that this is a practice session rather than a class.
If the wind picks up into the afternoon and for those who are comfortable we might surf a bit in the waves at the end of the session.

Meeting Time: 10:30:00 AM
Launch Time: 11:00:00 AM
Type of activity: Paddle Trip
Put in: Cascade Boat Ramp, Stevenson, WA
Take out: Cascade Boat Ramp, Stevenson, WA
Route Alternative for bad weather: TBD
Required equipment: Towline
Minimum Immersion protection: Drysuit
Primary Organizer: Jillian Rivas-Davila
Assistant Organizer(s): Kent Slawson, Kent Seawright
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: 13
I certify that I understand and will conduct this activity in accordance with the OOPS Activity Policy: Yes
Estimated Air Temperature: 75
Estimated Water Temperature: 58
Estimated Water Time (including breaks/lunch): 3 1/2
Tide times & heights: 
Current information: under 2
Hazards: Shipping traffic
Wind strength: Level 3: 12-16 knots (19 mph)
Swell/Surf size: Level 2: Waves up to 2', no breaking waves
Sea state: Level 2: Waves up to armpit; light to moderate chop, scattered whitecaps
Landing types: Level 2: Frequent landing opportunities including docks or moderate sloping banks, brush or overhanging trees
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 1: No open crossing
Overall Rating: Level 2

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