Paddler Development Weekend - 2017

Sea Kayaking & Outdoor Leadership Course

Paddler Development Weekend

Organized by the Seattle Kayaking Committee, "PDW" is a gem of the organization's training events. Kayakers come together at Deception Pass for two days of clinics designed for those with beginning to advanced paddling skills designed to build a community of experienced paddlers. A full weekend of on-the-water paddler development workshops led by experienced instructors held in beautiful Deception Pass State Park!

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A full weekend of on-the-water paddler development workshops led by experienced instructors held in beautiful  Deception Pass State Park!

On this annual weekend of instruction and socializing you will self assess and choose two on the water clinics designed to challenge and improve your paddling skills in and around dynamic conditions. Choices will include strokes, navigation, maneuvering in tidal currents, practicing rescue techniques. The controlled environment with American Canoe Association-certified instructors provides a safe learning environment. However, you will want to come with some paddling experience to get the most out of the weekend.

What you will receive for your $110. registration fee:

  • Two nights lodging at Cornet Bay Environmental Learning Center
  • Two hearty breakfasts, with tea, coffee and fresh fruit
  • Saturday evening dinner
  • Two full days instructional clinics of your choosing
  • Saturday evening demonstrations and socializing

You can sign up for individual clinics below. Please choose only 1 clinic for Saturday and only 1 clinic for Sunday. The exception is the Trip Planning clinic which is a required 2 day commitment (plus a Friday evening session). If you have questions on a clinic you can email the instructor directly or Melinda Moree (melinda@melindamoree.com). If a class if full, please add your name to the waitlist. We will do our best to shift instructors and courses around based on participant demand.

Course Requirements
Course Activity Date Availability Leader
Debacle Deterrent and Chaos Control in Moving Water (optional)
Deception Pass
Sun, Sep 17, 2017
Registration closed Sep 14
0 participants
0 instructors
Seamanship 201: Moving on Up (optional)
Deception Pass
Sun, Sep 17, 2017
Registration closed Sep 14
0 participants
0 instructors
Improve your roll (optional)
Deception Pass
Sat, Oct 13, 2018
Registration closed Oct 11
3 participants
0 instructors
Roster
Required Equipment

Kayak

Full kayak kit for a day trip plus additional equipment as required by individual instructors

Food for 2 lunches

Dinner  item to share if you wish to participate in optional Friday evening potluck, approximately 6:30 pm

Sleeping bag and pillow

Towel

Discover Pass

Flashlight/headlamp

Camp clothing and insulation for under drysuits 

Course Materials

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