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.

Trip Report – Paddling practice strokes, bracing, rescues 28 May 2014

We had a sunny, breezy day for our paddling practice at Mine Lake.  Jill, with help from Charlie, led a great session.  After a short talk on the beach, the eight of us kayaked over to a more sheltered bay in the southwest corner of the lake.  On the way over we practiced strokes and bracing.  Everyone did at least one successful dump and re-entry, but each person chose what they wanted to do and how much.  The water temperature was fine. We paddled through the narrows to Village Bay, practicing rafting up and getting an unconscious person back into a kayak along the way.   Then we paddled back to the boat launch with the rising northwest wind at our back.  We had drinks and snack on Les’ tailgate before packing up and leaving.  Thanks very much to Jill and Charlie for their tremendous help on this.

Some take-away ideas:  Practice bracing so you don’t end up dumping.  Stay with the group, it’s easier to rescue if you have help.  Don’t let go of your paddle or your boat.

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Paddling practice strokes, bracing, rescues 28 May 2014

Paddling practice strokes, bracing, rescues 28 May 2014

Activity Kayaking
Destination Mine Lake
Date 28 May 2014, Wednesday
Trip Coordinator Jill Sampson
Contact Info 285- 3202
Description Practice kayak strokes, bracing and rescue techniques
Meeting Place Mine Lake boat launch.
Departure Time 1:00
Difficulty The difficulty will depend on what you want to do
Costs none
Trip limits none
Dogs? no
Notes: You don’t have to dump in the water if you don’t want; you can come and practice strokes and bracing.  Bring dry clothes, towels and snacks.  We hope to have a fire on the beach.

 

Basic kayak navigation 28 May 2014

POSTPONED

Activity Basic kayak navigation: tides and currents
Location TBA
Date 28 May 2014, Wednesday TBA
Instructor Valerie van Veen
Contact Info vvv@qisland.ca; 250 285 2329
Description This course will provide basic information on tides and currents for kayakers.  It is the second course in a series, following the course on charts and compass
Meeting Place TBA
Time 3:00 pm for two hours
Difficulty
basic, appropriate for all who want to understand tides and currents for kayakers
Costs none
Trip limits none
Dogs? no
Notes: Interested participants are encouraged to phone/email Valerie with any specific questions and what they are particularly interested in learning during this session.

 

Basic kayak navigation 30 April 2014

Activity Basic kayak navigation using chart and compass
Location TBA
Date Wednesday 30 April 2014; afternoon or evening, as participants prefer; 2 – 2.5 hrs
Instructor Valerie van Veen
Contact Info vvv@qisland.ca; 250 285 2329
Description Using charts and compass, participants will learn basic skills of navigating typical waters found around Quadra and Desolation Sound; does not include detailed tide/current instruction
Meeting Place TBA
Time see above
Difficulty
basic, appropriate for all who want to learn the skill
Costs none
Trip limits none
Dogs? no
Notes: Charts and compasses will be provided; participants are very welcome to bring their own as well.  Interested participants are encouraged to phone/email Valerie with any specific questions and what they are particularly interested in learning during this session. 

 

Trip Photos – Kayak Course Quadra 15-16 June 2013

Six members took the Paddle Canada Level 1 course from Albert Keller of Coast Mountain Expeditions.  The weather was great for the course and the water temperature at the lakes was surprisingly warm.  The first day at Mine Lake focussed on strokes and rescues; the second day near Surge Narrows concentrated on safety, trip planning, braces and rescues.  There was only one unplanned capsize!

It is surprisingly hard to get back into a kayak from the water if you’ve never tried it.  But it becomes much easier after training and practice.

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Kayak Course Quadra 15-16 June 2013