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|Choosing a Sea Kayaking Trip
Choosing a trip for your level of fitness interest and ability
Among the attractions on Mountaineer trips are beautiful views, sea life, birds, and fun, but the surest way to a disastrous experience is to sign up for a trip beyond your capabilities.
It cannot be emphasized enough - start small and work your way up to the longer and more difficult trips. If you are not accustomed to paddling for long distances, start with the easy trips. To improve paddling skills, participate in skill building clinics (watch the Go Guide). With regular outings and improving skills, you will soon find yourself on the more difficult trips.
Paddling can be a leisurely social activity or an aerobic workout. And the conditions can vary from benign to challenging. How do you find out what to expect? Look at the trip rating in the Go Guide and call the leader listed!
Mountaineer trips are classified by a trip rating of SK I (easiest) to SK VI (most difficult). The rating takes into account geography, hydraulics, route, acceptable conditions, and the paddling skills and experience needed. A Sea Kayaking Trip Classification table is included with the Basic Course material and is sent to paddlers who are given equivalency. Review this sheet and the classification given to the trip you are interested in to determine that you have the skills necessary for the trip. If you have any questions concerning the trip rating or your abilities for the trip, call the leader!
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