Basic Sea Kayaking Course - Tacoma - 2020

Sea Kayaking Course

Basic Sea Kayaking Course

Basic Sea Kayaking Course - Tacoma 2020

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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.

*REGISTRATION FOR THIS CLASS IS CLOSED, DUE TO COVID19. PLEASE CHECK BACK TO REGISTER FOR SPRING 2021

 

The Mountaineers' once-a-year class is loaded with practical information, hands-on education, introduction to kayak gear, and an emphasis on paddling safety. Learn the basic paddling strokes, how to get back in your boat when you go over, basic trip planning & navigation, and how to recognize & avoid dangerous situations. No prior kayaking knowledge or experience is required to participate in the course. 

Participants should be moderately physically fit. Examples of this would mean the ability to lift 25 lbs over your head, walk briskly for one hour, lift yourself to the side of the pool without using a ladder, and have the flexibility to sit upright with legs on the floor in front of you. Successful completion and enjoyment of the course is reliant on this minimal level of fitness. PLEASE READ THROUGH ENTIRE DESCRIPTIONS AND THE REQUIRED EQUIPMENT BEFORE REGISTERING FOR THE CLASS.

The course consists of one classroom session, one pool session, two open water sessions and two student paddles. The classroom session will be held on Saturday, May 2,2020 from 8:30 am - 5:00 pm at the Tacoma Mountaineers Clubhouse, 2302 N 30th St. Tacoma, WA 98403. The pool session (including a swim test) will be held from 8:30 am – 4:30 pm on Sunday, May 3 at the Peninsula High School pool in Gig Harbor. Lake sessions will be held from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm on Saturday/Sunday May 16/17 at American Lake in Lakewood. To graduate, students must attend all the above listed sessions and complete two club-sponsored student paddles of at least four hours duration by September 30, 2020.

Contact Esther Ladwig at  TMSKbasicclass@gmail.com to register for this class. You will then receive an online registration form to fill out. When that has been received you will be notified that you can sign up for the class. NOTE: YOU ARE NOT OFFICIALLY REGISTERED UNTIL THE REGISTRATION FORM IS RETURNED.

The course is $225 for Mountaineers and $300 for non-members. 

A course manual and course syllabus is available to you under the COURSE MATERIALS TAB upon completed registration and payment.

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Course Requirements

This course has no scheduled activities.

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Required Equipment

 Boats  and all related gear are provided at no extra cost for the pool session.

Additional costs:  Students are required to provide OR rent SINGLE SEA KAYAKS and DRY SUITS for both lake sessions (May 16-17).  Kayaks must be at least 14' long and have deck lines, foot rests and flotation at both ends. A spray skirt, paddle, coast guard-approved PFD, paddle float and pump are also required. The Kayak Academy provides rental packages for kayaks and gear at the lake sessions.  The kayaks and gear are transported to the lake for  students renting. The costs for 2 day rentals, with delivery are: 

Kayak ONLY, including spray skirt, paddle, pump, and float--- $130.00.               Dry suit ONLY, including neoprene boots and hoodie---$75.00.              COMPLETE PACKAGE (Kayak and Dry suit)---$205.00. 

TO RENT GEAR, STUDENTS MUST CONTACT KAYAK ACADEMY DIRECTLY AND ORDER THROUGH THE KAYAK ACADEMY WEBSITE. TACOMA MOUNTAINEERS DOES NOT SET THIS UP FOR YOU.  To contact Kayak Academy  click on this link. 

For the two qualifying club-sponsored paddles, students will be responsible for providing their own gear and kayaks and for providing their own transportation to the trip put-in location. There will be at least 2 paddles scheduled that will be near or at rental locations.

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