201: Wind, Waves and Weather
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This course is designed to give you an opportunity to develop the practical skills necessary for paddling in more challenging environments such as open water and rocky coastlines.
This class is designed as an experiential learning opportunity…a chance to refine your skills and practice new ones under the watchful eye of a coach. Ideal conditions for this course are seas of 1-3 feet and winds of 10-15 knots. We'll start out in protected water to practice strokes, then move out to more exposed areas for work on rescues.
You’ll leave this course a bit waterlogged, but more confident in your ability to paddle the open coast!
Depending on weather conditions, the course itinerary may be adjusted to take full advantage of the environment, but the basic course consists of three components:
- Technical Knowledge – To help you plan, prepare, and carry out a day trip on the coast.
- Seamanship – To help you deal with weather conditions encountered in coastal areas.
- Safety – The individual and group skills necessary for safe paddling in coastal environments.
Strokes taught and practiced in this course
- Review core paddling strokes.
- Launching and landing in small 1-3’ surf (if available).
- Strategies for dealing with wind.
- Strategies for dealing with beam, head, and following seas and paddling in dynamic conditions (e.g.refracting waves)
Technical SKILLS TYPICALLY TAUGHT AND PRACTICED IN THIS COURSE:
- Reading a marine chart: identifying hazards; selecting a safe route; estimating distance & time; basic on-water navigation skills such as use of natural ranges to determine drift.
- Weather interpretation: Using a marine forecast and observations to plan appropriately.
- Identifying group assets and liabilities.
Rescue skills typically taught and practiced in this course:
- Group paddling and communication (intra-group signals; keeping your group together and visible; emergency procedures)
- Interacting with recreational and commercial boat traffic.
- Reentry practice (assisted and solo) in more challenging conditions.
- Towing Equipment and Use; Contact Tow; In Line Tow; Rafted Tow; Tow Rescue in Progress)
- Completion of our Sea Kayak Essentials course and / or the equivalent experience.
Instructor: Student Ratio:
14 and over only, please. UNDER 16 MUST PARTICIPATE WITH AN ACCOMPANYING ADULT.
Essential Eligibility Criteria:
In order to participate in this course, each participant must satisfy the following essential eligibility criteria:
- Be able to independently participate in all individual skills and activities listed in the course outline while also maintaining an appropriate and safe body position
- Be able to hold their breath while under water and, while in the water wearing a properly fitted life jacket, be able to independently turn from a face down to a face up position keeping their head above water
- Be able to effectively communicate with the instructor and other course participants
- Be able to manage all personal care independently, or with the assistance of a companion
- Be able to manage all personal mobility independently, or with the assistance of a companion
LOCATION FOR THIS COURSE
This course starts on Catawba Island, approximately 75 miles west of Cleveland. Participants will meet at Rudder's Cafe for check-in.
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