Become a Seattle Branch Sea Kayak Leader

How to become a Sea Kayak trip leader for the Seattle Branch.

INTERESTED IN BECOMING A LEADER?

Contact our Leadership Chair, Curt Gelotte, to begin the discussion about leading trips for The Mountaineers and obtaining your Sea Kayaking Leader Badge. Our committee requires the following: 

  • Graduation from the Mountaineers Sea Kayaking Course or having been granted the badge via the equivalency process.
  • Having paddled for at least one year after graduation from class or granting of equivalency and completing at least three trips with the Mountaineers.
  • A recommendation from two trip leaders. 
  • Leading two supervised trips, including pre-trip planning, sign ups, leading the trip, dealing with on the water group dynamics, and completing a trip report. Each trip must be done under the watchful eye of a sponsoring leader who is listed as a mentor and each trip must be mentored by a different leader. 
  • Nominees will be evaluated in several areas including but not limited to:
    • Leadership skills
    • People skills
    • Sea kayak paddling and handling skills
    • Judgement
    • Knowledge of potential risks, including those associated with group trips such as weather and currents
    • Trip planning
    • Safety
    • Emergency procedures