Trip Report – Kayak training – 6 June 2018

Thanks to trainers Doug Taylor, Monica Russell and Penny Taylor, seven club members learned and revisited kayak rescue and paddling skills in the club’s annual rescue workshop. In a separate afternoon session, five members and guests were introduced to the use of the Greenland paddle. The day was cool, partly sunny and rather windy, but still the best day of a wet blustery week.

Doug and his fellow trainers have adopted a ‘backwards’ approach to teaching assisted rescue. Rather than starting with the dreaded “dump yourself upside down” (otherwise known as a wet exit), this step is taught last, after participants have practiced emptying a swamped boat and re-entering with the help of a fellow paddler. Participants unanimously preferred keeping wet heads and water up the nose until the end of the session.

In the afternoon, club members learned about the history and construction of the Greenland paddle and practiced various strokes in a short tour of the lake. Paddling technique is quite different from that of the Euro paddle, and is considered very efficient for long trips, especially in windy conditions. The shorter and lower stokes place less stress on the shoulders. For the older paddler, this is a real advantage.

Once again organized through Coast Mountain Expeditions, the two workshops were both well received and very useful. Several participants mentioned that they would like to see self-rescue included in future workshops, which will likely require some advance information about proper deck rigging.

Darcy

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Kayaking Training – Main Lake Provincial Park – 6 June 2018

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Education – VHF Course – 7 June 2018

Activity VHF course  –  Restricted Operator Certificate (Maritime)  –  ROC(M)
Date 7 June, Thursday.  Course in the morning (09:00 to 11:30),  optional exam after lunch
Coordinator Norris Weimer
Contact  Please contact the coordinator ASAP at norris.weimer@ualberta.ca or 3710.
Description Industry Canada has designated the Canadian Power and Sail Squadrons as the official provider of the courses and exams.  Lionel Botting of Campbell River has been teaching this course for years and he has agreed to come to Quadra for us.

We are offering this course especially for kayakers who would like to make their VHF use legal, but it is open to everyone, even boaters who already have their certificate but who would like a refresher on the procedures and channels to use.

Lionel will bring VHF radios for hands-on experience.

Lionel will teach the course in the morning, 09:00 to 11:30, then after lunch, those who wish to write the exam can do so. So the whole thing is done in one day.

The exam has 60 multiple choice questions; a score of at least 70% is required to pass. The exam costs $70 (price set by Industry Canada), for those who wish to get the certificate.  The certificate is good for life.

There is a study manual, which is optional. It also costs $70 (price set by Industry Canada), however it has not changed, so you may be able to find a used one or borrow one. It is not necessary since the course will go over the material.

The Table of Contents is here:
http://www.boatingcourses.ca/sites/default/files/courses/MaritimeRadio_TOC.pdf

There are two modules.

1. VHF usage
The uses of marine radios, choice of frequencies, operation, phonetic alphabet, procedural words and phrases.

2. Global Maritime Distress and Safety System Introduction (GMDSS)
Digital Selective Calling (DSC), Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons (EPRIBs), Search and Rescue Transponders (SARTs), and other safety related additions to VHF.

It’s good to learn the phonetic alphabet and get some practice using it:
http://boating.ncf.ca/phonetic.html

Anybody using a VHF should know the proper way to do it. This course will teach you that, even if you don’t want to take the exam.

Locaation Quadra Community Centre: Room 1 for the course and Room 2 for the exam.
Time Course: 09:00-11:30; exam after lunch.
Cost No charge for the course; $70 for the exam and certificate.
Notes: This course is open to anyone on Quadra who would like to learn or refresh their VHF procedures.  Preference will be given to those writing the exam and Outdoor Club members.  Register early.

Kayaking Training – Main Lake Provincial Park – 6 June 2018

Activity Kayak training session
Destination Main Lake Provincial Park
Date 6 June 2018, Wednesday
Trip Coordinator Darcy Mitchell; Instructor Douglas Taylor
Contact & Registration Info mitchelldarcy51@gmail.com
Please contact Darcy no later than May 15 to receive a registration form for one or both sessions. Payment in full must accompany registration; registration deadline is May 25. Payment is non-refundable, unless you are able to find someone to take your place by the registration deadline.
Description 1) Three hour training/refresher on assisted kayak rescue and self-rescue. The session will begin with a review of basic safety and paddling skills.
2) Introduction to the Greenland Paddle (3 hours). Ever wondered about paddling with “a stick”? Paddles will be provided by the instructor for an introduction to paddling technique and when/where the Greenland paddle is most useful. Tip – the G.P. is reputed to be kind to aging shoulders….
Meeting Place Boat launch at Mine Lake
Departure Time Meet at the boat launch by 8:30 to be ready to start at 9:00 for the morning session.
The afternoon session starts at 12:30 p.m.
Difficulty
Moderate
Costs $60+GST=$63 per person for one session or $105+GST=$110.25 for both sessions
Trip limits 8 people per session
Dogs? No
Notes: All participants must provide their own kayaks and all safety equipment, including PFD, paddle float, pump, sponge, whistle. Wet suits are strongly advised (if you need a wetsuit, the trainer or other club members may have spares to loan – mention to Darcy when you register). Bring warm drinks and warm clothing as we can get pretty chilled.

Trip Report – Kayak Training – 6 June 2017

QIOC has endeavoured to offer a kayak rescue training session every year as part of our ongoing quest to improve paddler safety and skills. This year, we offered two sessions – one for kayak rescue and a second for edging and maneuvering. Six members took the morning rescue session, where we learned how to rescue another kayaker in the event of an upset, and two more joined three of the morning group for an afternoon of edging skills and new strokes including sweeping, sculling draw, stern rudder, bow rudder and the low brace turn – and various combinations. Under the auspices of Coast Mountain Expeditions, Doug Taylor led the training sessions (for a second year) accompanied by Krista Wall.

All participants were very enthusiastic, praising the support and patience of both instructors (not everybody is absolutely thrilled to turn themselves upside down….). Doug and Krista were also very helpful in advising how to properly rig kayaks for assisted and self-rescue.

The water seemed a bit chillier than last year, but the weather was warm and sunny.

Thanks to Lannie (Coast Mountain), Doug and Krista for a great day, and to all participants – improving our safety skills helps us, and all our fellow paddlers!

Darcy Mitchell

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Kayaking Training – Main Lakes Provincial Park – 6 June 2017

Kayaking Training – Main Lake Provincial Park – 6 June 2017

Activity Kayak training session
Destination Main Lake Provincial Park
Date 6 June 2017, Tuesday
Trip Coordinator Darcy Mitchell; Instructor Douglas Taylor
Contact Info darcy.mitchell@shaw.ca
Registration: Please contact Darcy no later than May 15 to receive a registration form for one or both sessions. Payment in full must accompany registration; registration deadline is May 25. Payment is non-refundable, unless you are able to find someone to take your place by the registration deadline.
Description 1) Three hour training/refresher on assisted kayak rescue and self-rescue. The session will begin with a review of basic safety and paddling skills.
2) A second three hour session, in the afternoon, on edging and maneuvering will be offered intermediate or advanced paddlers.
Meeting Place Boat launch at Mine Lake, 2 km beyond Village Bay Lake
Departure Time Meet at the boat launch by 8:30 to be ready to start at 9:00 for the morning session.
The afternoon session would start at 1 p.m.
Difficulty
moderate
Costs $55 per person for one session or $100 for both
Trip limits 6 people per session
Dogs? no
Notes: All participants must provide their own kayaks and all safety equipment, including PFD, paddle float, pump, sponge, whistle. Wet suits are strongly advised (if you need a wetsuit, the trainer or other club members may have spares to loan – mention to Darcy when you register).

Bring warm drinks and warm clothing as we can get pretty chilled.

Trip Report – Paddle Training – 29 June 2016

On June 29, nine club members fell out of their kayaks – repeatedly. But with demonstrations and coaching by trainer Douglas Taylor, assisted by his wife, Penny, everyone got back in – repeatedly.

Organized through Coast Mountain Expeditions, the session provided an introduction to assisted kayak rescue and self-rescue for those without previous training, and a refresher and practice for more experienced paddlers. Participants took part in one of two 3-hour blocks, which included a review of kayak safety requirements, discussion of how to rig kayaks to facilitate rescue (e.g. good deck lines rigged loosely enough to grab easily), and a brief demonstration of bracing technique. Most time was spent, however, on the proper way to “wet exit” (after working up the nerve to voluntarily turn upside down….), and to safely and efficiently re-enter the boat either with the help of another kayaker, or with the use of a paddle and paddle float as an outrigger. Doug provided a handout on the steps in self- and assisted rescue which will soon be available in digital form for any club member who wishes one. Please contact Darcy at darcm@telus.net to request your copy.

The weather and water conditions at Mine Lake were perfect – warm air and water, sunny and a slight breeze – great for training, but probably not the most likely conditions for a real capsize. Doug emphasized the need to practice rescue techniques regularly so that the kayaker develops ‘muscle memory’ that will be there when needed for the real thing.

Participants agreed that annual training and practice are vital both for individual paddlers, and to build a cohort of club members with confidence in each other’s skills and knowledge.

Thanks to Lannie at Coast Mountain and trainers Doug and Penny for a very worthwhile day.

Darcy and Valerie

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Kayaking – Paddle Training – 29 June 2016

Kayaking Training – Mine Lake – 29 June 2016

Activity Kayak training and refresher course
Destination Mine Lake
Date 29 June 2016, Wednesday
Trip Coordinator Darcy Mitchell and Valerie van Veen
Contact Info vvv@qisland.ca.
Description Doug Taylor, Paddle Canada kayak skills instructor, will provide training (or skills review) in assisted rescue, self-rescue and bracing (techniques to avoid kayak capsize). Depending on the number of registrants and their background and experience, we may have one session for those without prior training, and one for those with training in these skills. Assignment of individuals to particular sessions will take place once registration is complete; if most people are looking only for skills review, we may not be able to offer basic training in this session. Contact Val van Veen at the email address given above to be sent a registration form that will include requested information about your current skills level and completed training.
Meeting Place Mine Lake boat launch/ beach access, 2 km beyond Village Bay Lake
Departure Time Session 1 – 8:30 am; Session 2 – 12:30 pm
Difficulty
NA
Costs $55 per person
Trip limits 10 (5 per session)
Dogs? no
Notes: Space is very limited and participants will be registered on a first-come, first served basis. Deadline for mailing the registration form with payment is 8 June.