ACA Level 4 Open Water Skills

Seminar: ACA Level 4 Open Water Skills

ACA Level 4 Open Water Skills - Freshwater Bay

ACA Level 4 Open Water Skills--Intermediate--Learn to use sweep strokes, bow rudder, low brace and edging in a rock gardening environment.

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  • Sat, May 14, 2016 — Sun, May 15, 2016
  • Seattle Sea Kayaking
  • Sea Kayaking
  • Adults
  • Sea Kayak III+, Sea Kayak IV, Sea Kayak V
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 6.0 nm

We will meet at Freshwater Bay at 10am on both Saturday, May 14, and Sunday, May 15.  You can camp at Salt Creek county park or Crescent Bay RV park--both places are about a 10 minute drive to Freshwater Bay.  It is a 30 minute drive to Port Angeles.  The Blackberry Cafe in Joyce (about 5 minutes from Crescent Bay) makes excellent blackberry shakes.

Course Overview: The rock gardening portion of the Open Water Coastal Kayak course will include conducting self and assisted rescues--many variations--recognizing boomers, judgement of swells, and timing when to safely enter a rock gardening zone.  Successful participants will be able to paddle among rocks with confidence, identify hazards and safe areas, and know what to do when there is a capsize.


Freshwater Bay

  • MapTech Cape Flattery to Whidbey Island No. 103

    NOAA Strait of Juan de Fuca: Eastern Part No. 18465
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Required Equipment

Required Equipment

Participants must have a sea kayak with a closed cockpit and neoprene spray skirt, tightly fitting hatch covers (a floatation bag would be desirable for front hatch), and deck lines front and rear that can easily be held onto while in the water or hanging onto the deck.  Helmets and neoprene gloves are also required to be worn at all times when in the rock gardening environment.  A sponge conveniently located and secured in the cockpit, and the spare paddle must be tightly secured on the deck so that it will remain intact from the force of a wave.  

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