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Skills Class, L2, Dates: 4/11, 4/13, 4/25, 4/27

  • April 11, 2023
  • 5:30 PM
  • April 27, 2023
  • Willamette Park 6500 S Macadam Ave, Portland, OR 97219
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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.

This class is waitlist only 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 Primary Organizer.  Interested members will need to contact Fred Harsman to be accepted into the class. 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 class.


If you register for this event and find that you need to cancel please notify the trip organizer and cancel through the website. Members on the waitlist cannot be added to the roster or notified they are now eligible to attend unless your registration is removed from the trip. To cancel please go to the event registration page on the website and click on "Already Registered". A page will open that will allow you to cancel.

Narrative: This a four session class on 4/11,4/13,4/25,4/27. These dates on Tuesdays and Thursdays with a week break in between. Class starts on the water at 6:00PM at Willamette Park Portland promptly. The class is designed for the intermediate level kayaker who paddles regularly. Potential students will email Organizer and answer questions about what boat do you paddle, does it have rigid deck lines and bulkheads fore and aft. How long they have been paddling and what do they want to get out of the class. People selected for the class need to bring $100 to the first session. For each session attended they earn back $25 which will be settled the last session .Any remaining funds will be donated to OOPS. Please make sure you can attend each session as there will no excuse for a refund. The class will last 1 1/2 to 2 hours.
Fred Harsman and Neil Schulman will cover Boat dynamics, body mechanics as they relate to edging, bracing, rudder strokes, propulsion strokes and draw strokes and rescues. Students must dressed for possible water immersion and be willing to push themselves out of their comfort zone a bit.
Fred Harsman and Neil Schulman (of note Jeff Putterman also coached with us but doesn’t kayak anymore) have done this class 3 times for OOPS and I get comments from past Participants who say the sequence and review over 4 sessions really helped them.
Meeting Time: 5:30:00 PM
Launch Time: 6:00:00 PM
Type of activity: Class
Put in: Willamette Park Portland
Take out: Same
Route Alternative for bad weather: None
Required equipment: Towline
Minimum Immersion protection: Drysuit
Primary Organizer: Fred Harsman
Co-Organizer(s): Neil Schulman
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: 11 -8students,3instructors
I certify that I understand and will conduct this activity in accordance with the OOPS Activity Policy: Yes
Estimated Air Temperature: 55 degrees
Estimated Water Temperature: 50 degrees
Estimated Water Time (including breaks/lunch): 2 hours for 4 sessions

Tide Station: NA
Tide times & heights: Minimal
Current information: Up to 2 MPH
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 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
Paddling Environment:
Overall rating: Level 2
Rating Comments:
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COVID-19 Status of Trip: Participants of this trip may, or may not, be vaccinated for Covid-19

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