Basic Sea Kayaking Course - Everett - 2020 Course Canceled

Sea Kayaking Course

Basic Sea Kayaking Course

2020 Basic Sea Kayaking Course - Everett

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COVID-19: Learn about our most up-to-date guidance for participants and leaders on our COVID-19 Response page. All participants and leaders must agree to the COVID-19 Code of Conduct before participating in this Mountaineers course.

*AS A RESULT OF THE SUSPENSION OF ALL COURSES/ACTIVITIES/EVENTS UNTIL 4/24/20, WE WILL BE CANCELING THIS COURSE. CURRENT PARTICIPANTS MAY RECEIVE A FULL REFUND, DONATE THEIR COURSE FEE, OR TAKE THE COURSE NEXT YEAR AT NO EXTRA COST. PLEASE SEE THE COVID-19 RESPONSE PAGE FOR MORE INFORMATION*

The Everett Chapter Sea Kayaking Committee invites you to enroll in the Basic Sea Kayaking Course. This is a once-a-year offering that will provide you with a thorough and safe introduction into the world of sea kayaking.  Learn the basic paddling strokes, how to get back in if you end up out of your boat and in the water, trip planning, proper and necessary equipment, and important safety guidelines and procedures. On top of all of this you'll make new friends that you'll enjoy paddling with during and after the class.

To participate in Mountaineer-sponsored kayak trips, you must be a graduate or continuing student of this course or have received equivalency. While this class is for Mountaineer members only we'd love to have you in the class so join first then register for the course!

Course Prerequisites: Kayaking requires good physical condition, a positive mental attitude, a significant commitment of time and effort, and a complement of kayaking gear (see information about gear in "Required Equipment") .

The course is open to those who acknowledge the ability to meet the following essential eligibility criteria:

  1. Breathe independently (i.e., not require medical devices to sustain breathing)

  2. Independently maintain sealed airway passages while under water

  3. Independently hold head upright without neck/head support

  4. Manage personal care independently without assistance

  5. Follow instructions and effectively communicate independently without assistance

  6. Independently turn from face-down to face-up and remain floating face up while wearing a properly fitted Personal Flotation Device (PFD) aka “life jacket”.

The course is designed to teach the basics of SEA kayaking.  Students will be paddling in the Salish Sea in saltwater with currents and waves.  This course is for single occupant sea kayaks (minimum 13’ / maximum 19’ long), using a spray skirt to seal the paddler into the cockpit at all times.  It is not for sit-on-top kayaks, short recreational boats, or white-water kayaks.  The course is designed to teach active water paddling in currents and waves.  It is not designed to teach recreational, protected flat water kayaking.

In addition to the essential eligibility criteria listed above a student should:

  • Have adequate upper body strength and mobility to perform a minimum of five push-ups (from knees or toes)

  • Have adequate upper body strength and mobility to lift 25 lbs. over your head (with both hands if needed).

  • Have enough complete body flexibility to be able to sit upright on the floor with legs straight out in front

  • Have enough body strength, flexibility, and stamina to engage in physically demanding exercise (sea kayaking) on a sustained basis for 1-1/2 to 2 hours at a time, with occasional rest stops.

  • Be able to walk at a 2-1/2 to 3 mph pace for one hour on flat ground

  • Be able to hold your breath under water for extended periods (30+seconds) and to do so repeatedly with very short intervals between.

Students are strongly encouraged to engage in physical exercise 1 hour a day, 3-5 times per week, before and during the course (yoga, walking, running, biking, swimming, etc.). Being fit will increase your enjoyment and chance of success in the course.

Eligibility: The course is open to Mountaineer members, age 18 and over, or 16 years old when a parent or guardian is also taking the class.

Course Registration and Enrollment: Course is limited to 20 students on a first-come, first-serve basis. Payment and enrollment process is through the Mountaineers Program Center or website.  Join the Mountaineers and then sign up and pay for the course as a member.  Enrollment will close when the course fills or on 3/15/20, whichever comes first.

If the course is full and you want to participate make sure you sign up on the wait-list.  You don't have to pay until you are actually enrolled in the class.  Every year there is always a last minute cancellation (or two). That slot is filled from the wait-list in chronological order.

Graduation Requirements:

  • Attend all scheduled lectures.

  • Satisfactorily complete pool and open water sessions.

  • Satisfactorily complete two student paddles after last lecture and before September 30, 2020.

  • Earn your Low Impact Recreation Badge (on-line course).

  • Membership in Mountaineers.

  • All requirements must be completed by September 30 of the course year.

Course Structure and Dates:

Calendar (Mandatory Attendance)

  • 4/2/20- Lecture #1

  • 4/9/20- Lecture #2

  • 4/11/20-Pool Session

  • 4/16/20-Lecture #3

  • 4/18/20-Open Water Clinic

  • 4/23/20-Lecture #4

Locations and Times:

  • Lectures:  6PM to 9PM at the Snohomish PUD Office 2320 California Street, Everett, WA 98201

  • Pool Session:  4:30PM to 8:30PM at the Forest Park Swim Center, 802 E. Mukilteo Blvd, Everett, WA 98203

  • Open Water Clinic: 8AM to 5PM at Flowing Lake County Park, 17900 48th St SE, Snohomish, WA 98290

When you sign up and pay for the course you will automatically be enrolled in the required  4 lectures, Pool Session, and Open Water Clinic.

Attendance at all lectures, pool session, and open water clinic is required to complete the course, so please plan accordingly. There is no protocol for make-up sessions.

Student Paddles:

  • Student paddles are available throughout the summer at various locations in the Salish Sea.  We will schedule your first student paddle opportunity for Saturday, 5/2/20 and Sunday, 5/3/20.  Plan on one or the other of those dates, not both. These dates are not mandatory but we schedule them so you can get one of your two required student paddles completed while all the class experiences are fresh in your mind.  Please plan on participating on one of those dates if possible.  You'll find it convenient since there will be a coordinated effort for rental equipment, if you need it, delivered to the paddle site.  Paddle site is Cornet Bay, Deception Pass State Park

    • We will instruct you in one of the lectures on how to find and sign up for appropriate sea kayak trips, including the 5/2 and 5/3 paddles.  

Questions? Call Bill Coady, Basic Course Chair, at 541-880-8222(cell) or email at billcoady@outlook.com

Badges you will earn:

Course Requirements

This course has no scheduled activities.

Additional badges needed to graduate

Completed

Roster
Required Equipment

Equipment Requirements and Costs: 

You must have access to an appropriate style and length single occupant sea kayak, paddle, spray skirt, dry suit, PFD, and assorted kayaking essentials.

IF YOU DON'T HAVE THE EQUIPMENT NOW DO NOT BUY IT BEFORE THE CLASS.  Wait to learn what you need (and don't).

Most equipment can be rented.  You are not required to own a kayak or accessories prior to taking the course. The course fee includes equipment for the pool session.  Rental or purchase of equipment for the open water session and the student paddles is additional.  Costs and options will be explained in more detail at the first lecture. If you don't have your own equipment or access to acceptable equipment then you should plan on these general rental costs:

  • Boat, gear (Paddle, PFD, Skirt, Paddle Float, Bilge Pump), and dry suit rental for Open Water Session:  Approximately $125-$135.
  • Boat, gear (Paddle, PFD, Skirt, Paddle Float, Bilge Pump), and dry suit rental for each Student Paddle:  Approximately $125-$135 per paddle. 
Course Materials
Name/Description
Kayak Trip Rating Chart

Kayak Transportation Information-Tie Down, Etc.

A Paddling Emergency Ditch Kit

article published on paddlinglight.com by Bryan Hansel

Safety Presentation

Presentation from 4/13/17 Course Lecture

Vessel Traffic Service Puget Sound User Manual

Contains detailed information about how and when to report to the Vessel Traffic Service Puget Sound (VTSPS) before, during, and after any travel through the VTSPS area. This information applies to sea kayakers. The Vessel Traffic Service Puget Sound facilitates “the safe and efficient transit of vessel traffic to assist in the prevention of collisions or groundings that could cost lives, property damage, or subject the waters of this beautiful area to environmental harm... Many regulations contained herein are applicable to all vessels, no matter the size, operating in the Vessel Traffic Service Puget Sound Area. While certain regulations are applicable only to vessels of certain length, tonnage, and/or engaged in certain specific activities, it is incumbent upon the operator of any vessel in this area to be familiar with the regulations for the particular type vessel being operated.“

Code of the Responsible Sea Kayaker

Kayak Features_Materials_Summary

Summary of terms, discussion of materials, review of types and topics to consider when buying a kayak.

U.S. Chart Number 1 (Chart Symbols)

U.S. Chart No. 1 describes the symbols, abbreviations, and terms used on nautical charts. Use this link to download Chart Number 1 as a PDF or to find a printed version.

NOAA Chart Locator

Use this link to the Office of Coast Survey to find the Chart Locator. From there, chose the option for paper and select the chart you want. Options available include view, buy, and PDF. The buy option will take you to a list of registered Print On Demand (POD) agents. We recommend Frugal Navigator (www.frugalnavigator.com) for POD.

NOAA Tide Predictions

Use this link to access tide predictions charts and tables.

NOAA Current Predictions

Use this link to access NOAA current prediction charts and tables.

NOAA Marine Weather Seattle

Marine Zone Forecast for the northern and central Washington coastal and inland waters. Also provides a clickable map for more detailed area “pinpoint” forecasts but don’t forget the bigger picture in the zone for the overall region.

Heal In Re-Entry Video

Everett Mountaineers Sea Kayaking: Heal In Re-Entry Video. Dan Hale Photography 2015

Assisted Rescue Video

Everett Mountaineers Sea Kayaking: Assisted Rescue Video. Dan Hale Photography 2015

Hand of God Rescue Video

Everett Mountaineers Sea Kayaking Video: Hand of God Rescue. Dan Hale Photography 2015

Hang On to Your Paddle Video

Everett Mountaineers Sea Kayaking: Hang on to your paddle Video. Dan Hale Photography 2015

Kayak Bow Rescue Video

Everett Mountaineers Sea Kayaking: Bow Rescue Video. Dan Hale Photography 2015

Cold Water Safety

Currents Worksheet

Followership Presentation 2019

Student Manual 2019

Leave No Trace Presentation 2019

Apps and Kayaking

VHF Radios and Safety 101 for Sea Kayakers

Case study on the importance of reliable communication options for sea kayakers.