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Paddling about, by Yana Radenska

What is sea kayaking?

Sea kayaking focuses on paddling in open water like lakes and oceans, as opposed to whitewater kayaking which involves paddling on rivers. If visiting some of the most dynamic places on the planet, bird watching or slipping onto a lake after work with new friends interests you, then the Everett Mountaineers Sea Kayaking Basics Course is for you.

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Baker Lake group, by Daniel Hale

If visiting some of the most dynamic places on the planet, bird watching or just slipping onto a lake after work with new friends interests you, then the Everett Mountaineers Sea Kayaking Basics Course is for you.

No prior sea kayaking knowledge or experience is required to take our course. The Sea Kayaking Basics course is offered once each year by the Everett Mountaineers. All instruction is offered in single sea kayaks. Most of the instruction in this course is based on the principles developed by the American Canoe Association, and an increasing number of our instructors are certified by that nationally acclaimed organization.

To participate in Mountaineers-sponsored kayak trips, you must be a graduate or continuing student of this course or have received equivalency. However, no prior sea kayaking knowledge or experience is required to participate in this course.

Sea Kayaking Basics - Course Overview

With a series of lectures and on-water instruction, the following topics are covered:

This course consists of four classroom sessions, one 4-hour pool session, and an all-day open-water session. To graduate, students must also complete two qualifying paddles, with one paddle being on salt water by September 30.

Qualifying Paddle

To be completed by September 30.
Qualifying paddles are at least 4 hours in duration, or about 8 nautical miles. Qualifying paddles will be posted on The Mountaineers website.

Additional Costs

For the open-water session, each student is required to have a drysuit and a single sea kayak with bulkheads or approved flotation. For those needing to rent a drysuit and/or boat, arrangements will be made to have kayaks brought to the open-water sessions. Students will be required to pay for rental equipment separately from the course fee.

For the two qualifying paddles, students will be responsible for providing their own kayak. Those who do not own or have access to a single kayak with bulkheads or approved flotation will need to rent one. Single kayaks are required throughout the course, because kayak skills are best learned in singles.

While the club will schedule some qualifying paddles at locations where rentals are available, it will be the student's responsibility to arrange for a rental for each trip. Students will also be responsible for transporting boats to and from the launch site if rentals are not available there.

Immersion gear, typically a dry suit or a wetsuit with paddle jacket (at the trip leader's discretion), is also required for Mountaineers paddles.

Registration:

To register, you must be a current member of the Mountaineers. Online Registration begins October 13, 2014 for the 2015 course at www.mountaineers.org. Enrollment is limited to 20. This course typically fills promptly, so please register early.

Please review the course dates carefully and confirm that your schedule will permit you to attend all activities. Make-ups are not possible. No refunds will be made after the course starts.

Any questions concerning the course should be directed to Bill Coady coadybill@gmail.com

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On the water, by Daniel Hale

Trips are open to all Mountaineers who have graduated from any Mountaineers basic sea kayaking course or attained equivalency. Call the trip leader if there are any questions.

Equipment

In addition to the Mountaineers Ten Essentials , the following 12 items are required on all trips. If you are taking the basic course, don't buy any gear yet. We'll explain the gear you need in our course.

  1. Flotation at both ends of the Kayak
  2. PFD (Personal Floatation Device) (USCG approved)
  3. Paddle
  4. Paddle tether
  5. Spray skirt
  6. Bilge pump with flotation
  7. Self-rescue paddle float
  8. Whistle or air horn
  9. 50 ft. floating tow rope
  10. Waterproof flashlight or chemical lightstick
  11. Repair Kit (duct tape)
  12. Waterproof bag for extra clothing.

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All trips are posted on Mountaineers.org

Sea Kayaking committee

The committee meets several times per year to plan the spring basic course, trips and pool sessions. If you would like to participate, please contact Michele Coady: .

For Sea Kayaking information:
The Everett Mountaineers, P.O. Box 1848, Everett, WA 98206
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