Intermediate Incident Management - Tacoma - 2016

Sea Kayaking Course

Intermediate Incident Management/ rescues/ towing/currents

Intermediate Incident Management/Rescues/Towing/Eddies/Currents

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Intermediate Incident Management, Rescues, Towing, Eddies, and Currents.

Do you want to be better prepared for what MIGHT happen?  In short, what do you do when problems arise?   Every year we hold this premier training event in Deception Pass.  We combine incident management scenarios with rescue practice in dynamic conditions to improve your skills.  This is one evening of lecture and two-days of on-water training.  It is required for the Tacoma Chapter Intermediate Kayak Badge.  Registration includes two days of camping at Deception Pass State Park (Friday and Saturday nights).  A discover pass is required, as well as a per-car fee at the park (clinic fee pays for the camp site and one car per site, everyone shares the extra vehicle fees).   In addition, there will be a 3-hour evening "lecture" at the Tacoma Clubhouse.  The lecture is required to attend the on-water portion.  If you do not wish to camp you may find lodging nearby, but the course fee is not adjusted. 

Clinic is open to mountaineers members only, and you must be 18 years of age or older.  

Leader permission is required.

We will meet at Bowman Bay at 8 AM on Saturday morning for a brief discussion, followed by half a day of rescue and towing practice.  We will then go into Canoe pass and practice as the current builds (we will enter at slack and learn in modest conditions with safe "outs").  Sunday we will cover incident management and more rescues, towing, and current practice. 

The class is done in a safe environment with close supervision.  Don't let the term "Deception Pass" scare you.  We have scheduled the event to take currents (modest) into account.  You will be challenged, and you will be in the water...a lot.  We will likely have almost a 1:1 instructor student ratio.  Dry suits, helmets, and full finger gloves are mandatory.  The ability to smile, whoop, and holler  is encouraged.  Ruddered boats are not recommended, and if you paddle with one, the rudder must be secured up.  Please do not buy any gear without discussing it with the course leader in advance.  This clinic may sound intimidating, but is geared towards all levels.  This year's basic class students may attend with instructors consent (you will need at least 5 paddles completed before the clinic).   A roll is not required.  Everyone has FUN!    

Course Requirements

This course has no scheduled activities.

Required Equipment

Kayak with floatation in both ends (hatches with bulkheads) and perimeter lines, dry suit, helmet, full finger gloves, paddle that floats, properly fitting PFD, spray skirt (properly fitting), whistle, bilge pump, discover pass, camping gear, basic first aid kit, spare clothes in dry bag, snacks for on-water, water, and lunch.

Recommended equipment (bring if you have, but don't buy for the class); long and short tow system, kayak repair kit, vhf radio, spare paddle, paddle float, rescue sling.

Course Materials

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