|Seattle: Sea Kayaking: From the May 2006 Committee meeting...|
|Wed, June 14, 2006 09:11 AM|
From the May 2006 SK Committee meeting: |
(there were no meetings in March and April)
Communication: Steve reported the Community site is working a little bit better.
Equivalency: John reported that one person has been granted equivalency.
Leadership: Steve reported two people have begun the Trip Leader process.
Safety: No updates at this time.
Social: No updates at this time.
Training: Mike reported:
Treasurer: No updates at this time.
- The Training and Canoe Safety taught to the Open Water instructors by BodyBoatBlade was beneficial to everyone. Roseanne noted that after rescues were demonstrated for the assistant Trainers, the members of her group of assistant instructors refused to get into the water to practice rescues. She suggested that in the future any one who wanted to teach students must demonstrate what they teach.
- Mike is still waiting for the beach permit for the rescue Rodeo on 3 June at Matthew's Beach. There will be teams of 4 members who will be a mixture of experienced paddlers as well as novices. The specific rescue will be demonstrated prior to the start of each event.
- Nigel Foster will be presenting sessions on Paddle Awareness, Surfing, Boat Control, and Paddle Strokes. The fee is reasonable. See the Go Guide for more details.
- Plans are solidifying for the Paddlers Developmental Workshop October 13, 14, and 15. The Seattle branch will be hosting the event with the Olympia, Kitsap, and Tacoma branches participating. Plans are for 10 Instructors, 4 Administrative personnel, and culinary experts. The hope is for 20 students at $50 each. The fee would include 2 days of instruction and meals. There will be a Leadership theme and sign-up can be in advance. There will trip planning, navigation, coaching, strokes, rescues, and some paddles. Henry Romer will be invited to give a Greenland presentation. Mike hopes that instructors will list ahead of time what classes theyll be teaching. A more structured approach will allow students to sign up and perhaps participate in more classes. A thought is to assign slots to different branches.
Trips: Leslie reported there are only a few trips listed online at this time. There was also discussion concerning the filling out of Trip Reports online. Steve will follow up and the matter will be addressed again at the next meeting.
Naturalist: Sarah reported she participated in several student paddles where she brought a number of different Max Field Guides. A field guide for Seaweeds is on order. It was noted that these Guides do not float. She may set up trips specific to enjoying and learning about nature in the future.
- Co-chairs Lisa and Barb gave a huge thanks for everyones help. Everything fell into place quickly. Student surveys helped get things together for the next class date.
- Barb will be able to print the student Passports next year as Andre will change the format he used that will more user friendly for other computers. The Student Handbook will be put on the web so it can be read online. This should decrease FAQs.
- Gary Luhm will give a photo presentation for the Basic Class Graduation. Many students expressed interest in local paddles and someday trips, and enjoyed Carols slide show presentation during the Basic Class.
- Rental boats for student paddles: George Gronseth (Kayak Academy) is willing to deliver boats and dry-suits from Crescent Bay to Chuckanut, as well as locally for student paddles. The charge is $50 for a boat and $25 for a dry-suit. The Kayak Academy also provides for booties and neoprene hats, and many lightweight paddles for the students.
- Hypothermia: A lengthy discussion was held regarding potential hypothermia resulting from extended time in the water trying to perform rescues during classes. Prior to the next class there will be some decision about tries vs. time limit in performing rescues.
The next meeting will be held on Tuesday, 6 June at 7:00 PM at REI.