Train-the-Trainer - American Lake

Tacoma Basic Sea Kayak Course Instructor Training

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  • Sea Kayak II
  • Easy
  • Mileage: 3.0 nm
  • Maximum Wind: 15 kts
  • Maximum Waves: 1.5 ft
  • Maximum Currents: 1 kts
  • Pace: Lethargic

9:00am meeting at American Lake.  Meet at the Lake Park Shelter. Address is 9222  Veterans Dr. SW, Lakewood, WA  98498. If winds are unfavorable, this venue could change radically.

Do NOT sign up for this clinic if you are enrolled as a student in the 2019 Basic Sea Kayaking Class.

Interested in helping to teach in this year's Basic Sea Kayak Course pool and/or lake sessions?  This class is designed to help brush up on how to teach the skills we will be teaching to our Basic Class students.  Will be held at American Lake. 

You should hold the Basic Sea Kayaking badge, or equivalency. Last year's graduates are encouraged to participate; you will find the information helpful to hear a second time, and we can use you as a helper! Expect to be mostly a "safety boater", but you still might get a chance to do some demonstrating and coaching. Note that some of our techniques evolve and it is good to get learn the latest. There will be an emphasis on how to rescue a paddler in trouble, for obvious safety reasons. This might be your first opportunity to learn these techniques.

Dress for immersion- you WILL get wet practicing rescues. Neoprene hood is a good idea. Bring a CAG or equivalent so you stay warm when standing around onshore. Bring lunch.

Wheels are an option. The gate to the boat ramp (and car access) is  open, and wheels are a welcome relief to get your boat to the launch.

Most of the day will be spent with the lead instructors doing the refresh. For the leads: preference will be given to those with, or working on, ACA certification.

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

Normal kayaking equipment. You can go light.

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