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Get your Wet Exit Certification! - L1

  • June 29, 2024
  • 10:30 AM
  • Willamette Park Portland Boat Ramp
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Leader: Paula Brottman

Narrative: You've joined OOPS cause they have fun trips, are safety minded and want to meet people that enjoy the outdoors like you do. It's summer and you are ready to paddle. But wait! Most of the trips are Level 2 and you need to be Wet Exit Certified for those. Lucky you, here is an opportunity to do that.

We'll meet at Willamette Park in Portland where parking is plentiful (but $1/hour) and bringing your boat down to the beach to the right of the ramp is relatively easy. (Be sure to help each other). We'll talk you through how to fall out of your boat, yes you'll get wet but the water should be warmer by then, and we'll show you a couple of ways to get back in with assistance by a rescuer. You'll need a kayak skirt, which we'll show you how to remove before you go under. Feel free to wear a wet suit if you are prone to getting a little cold.
You can do this! You may have already done it, but we don't know you can do it. So hopefully we'll certify you and you'll be ready to go on level 2 trips, classes, events. I promise to send you videos ahead of time that will show you great techniques so you'll be prepared.

If this session is full, join the waitlist. We will consider adding a second session in the afternoon.

Attendance at this session does not guarantee passing wet exit certification.

The wet exit certification process is described in detail in this document starting on page 4:
Meeting Time: 10:30:00 AM
Launch Time: 11:00:00 AM
Type of activity: Paddle Trip
Put in: Willamette Park 6500 S Macadam Ave, Portland, OR 97219
Take out: Willamette Park 6500 S Macadam Ave, Portland, OR 97219
Route Alternative for bad weather: none
Required equipment:
Minimum Immersion protection: None
Primary Organizer: Paula Brottman
Co-Organizer(s): Soon TBD
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:
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: 70's
Estimated Water Temperature: 65-70
Estimated Water Time (including breaks/lunch): 90 minutes
Tide times & heights: N/A
Current information: N/A
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: Less than 0.5 miles
Paddling Environment:
Overall rating: Level 1
Rating Comments:
Location: 45.47555, -122.66928
Photos (Optional):
COVID-19 Status of Trip: Participants of this trip may, or may not, be vaccinated for Covid-19
Tide Station: N/A
Link to map of route (Optional)
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