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2017 Intermediate Touring / Sea Kayak (SK2) – Class Information

Intermediate Touring/Sea Kayaking (SK2) Description

We build on Beginning Touring skills and introduce more advanced techniques, such as bracing, edging, and especially rescues.  This course is a prerequisite for more advanced tours and builds your confidence to take on new challenges. (ACA Level 3).  Prerequisites:  Beginner Touring class or previous paddling experience.  Trip Length: 1 day.  Meeting time:   8:30 am.  Dates:  See Calendar.    Cost: $75.

Trip Information

This document provides a checklist and basic information for classes; however there may be specific changes to a class (time, location, etc.), please keep in touch!

Trip Date: Mostly Saturdays, please check the calendar.

Time: Please be prompt and ready to go at 8:30 am

Location (will vary on conditions!!!): alternatively we may meet at the west lot of the  Chico Park and Ride. (check for meeting times).  Options include:

Thermalito Afterbay –  Larkin Road Car-Top Boat Launch, Oroville, CA 95966

Black Butte Reservoir, Glenn County.

Lake Oroville (levels) – Car-top Boat Launches:

  • Dark to 847 ft.
  • Nelson Bar to 854 ft.
  • Canyon Stringtown to 869 ft.
  • Vinton Gulch to 849 ft.
  • Foreman Creek to 730 ft.

Or……

What to bring:  We can supply paddling equipment such as boats, paddles, and splash jackets (here’s an expedition list 🙂

  • Please bring clothing layers appropriate for your comfort, weather, and water conditions:
  • Inner layer (or rash guard) that dries fast and keeps you warm when wet (synthetic fabrics, such as polypropylene, polyester, fleece, or wool, no cotton! ). This can be a long sleeve T-shirt, shorts, and bathing suit, warm hat, and water shoes or booties.
  • Insulation layer (depends on class, season, and condition, usually optional for beginner classes): wetsuit. Wetsuits and booties rentals are available at Adventure Outings (CSUC) for $8/day (417 Cherry Street, 530-898-5034).
  • Wind and Water Protection: A splash layer such as nylon rainjacket, splash jacket or dry-top/bottoms.
  • Hat (for the sun), Sunglasses (and something to attach them to you), Sunscreen/lip balm
  • Dry clothes to change into.
  • Food for lunch or snacks.
  • Water bottle that can be clipped into a boat (or easily stashed).

Conditions:  Paddling weather is any weather, and we paddle rain or shine.  Only the most extreme weather may cancel. Check out the forecast here.   Dress for the conditions.

 Questions?
If you have any questions or special needs, please contact us.  See you on the water

2017 Beginning Touring/Sea Kayak (SK1) – Class information

Beginning Touring/Sea Kayak (SK1) Description

The perfect kayaking introduction for recreational or sea kayakers, we will guide you through the skills and safety that you will need to become a proficient kayaker. The class includes an introduction to the kayak, launching, and an overview of basic strokes. Combine this class with the Intermediate Touring class for a complete weekend! (ACA Level 2). Prerequisites: None. Trip Length: 1 day. Meeting time: 8:30 am. Dates: See Calendar. Cost: $75.

Trip Information

This is intended as a checklist for all the classes; however there may be specific changes to a class, please keep in touch!

Trip Date: Mostly Saturdays, please check the calendar.

Time: Please be prompt and ready to go at 8:30 am

Location: Thermalito North Forebay – Boat Launch. (Just off Highway 70 930 Garden Drive, Oroville, CA 95966

http://www.forebayaquaticcenter.com/#home-cover . Let the people at the kiosk know that you are there for a class and pickup the placard at the Aquatic Center.

What to bring:  We can supply paddling equipment such as boats, paddles, and splash jackets (here’s an expedition list 🙂

  • Please bring clothing layers appropriate for your comfort, weather, and water conditions:
  • Inner layer (or rash guard) that dries fast and keeps you warm when wet (synthetic fabrics, such as polypropylene, polyester, fleece, or wool, no cotton! ). This can be a long sleeve T-shirt, shorts, and bathing suit, warm hat, and water shoes or booties.
  • Insulation layer (depends on class, season, and condition, usually optional for beginner classes): wetsuit. Wetsuits and booties rentals are available at Adventure Outings (CSUC) for $8/day (417 Cherry Street, 530-898-5034).
  • Wind and Water Protection: A splash layer such as nylon rain jacket, splash jacket or dry-top/bottoms.
  • Hat (for the sun), Sunglasses (and something to attach them to you), Sunscreen/lip balm
  • Dry clothes to change into.
  • Food for lunch or snacks.
  • Water bottle that can be clipped into a boat (or easily stashed).

Conditions:  Paddling weather is any weather, and we paddle rain or shine.  Only the most extreme weather may cancel. Check out the forecast here.   Dress for the conditions.

 Questions?
If you have any questions or special needs, please contact us.  See you on the water!

Safety Narrative on Butte Creek Ledge (5/27/17)

Just thought this may be helpful to show some perspectives on running a rapid on Butte Creek.

Go Pro footage of the Helltown Ledge of Butte Creek with some annotations on safety.  Intended to just provide some of the thoughts that run through the head of a paddler on a typical run.  Some things good, some could be improved, just to start a conversation on safety.  What do you think about on whitewater runs, with people who may not have paddled with each other before?  Produced with CyberLink PowerDirector 14

2017 Sea Kayak/Flatwater Black Butte Safety Clinic (6/3/17)

We will update this page with details as we get closer. 

Celebrate Boater Safety with a Flatwater/Sea Kayak Safety Clinic and Paddlehead camp out on Saturday 6/3/17 to Sunday 6/4/17!    We will be at the Orland Buttes Campground and boat launch (handout). Here’s how you can participate:

  1. Skills – Open Water Rescue and Safety Clinic (Sea Kayak and Touring),

    1. Safety Clinic :  I will be teaching a class open to the public in the morning.  The purpose of this clinic will be to teach basic touring or sea kayaking rescue skills to gain confidence and maximize your paddling experience.  Participants are encouraged to bring their own boat or we can supply kayak, spray skirt, paddle, and PFD (just let me know).   Prerequisites:   Past paddling experience. Trip length:  3 hours.  Meeting time:  9:00 am.  Cost: $15, class size limited
    2. Rescue Practice: Practice with other Paddlehead members in the afternoon (free!).   Not a class, just an opportunity for everyone to practice with their peers, and so the more experienced paddlers can help the newer paddlers.  I will demonstrate a couple of techniques and approaches.  Prerequisites:   None, bring your own boat Trip length:  about 3 hours.  Meeting time:  1:30 pm. Cost:   Free to Chico Paddlehead Members only.
  2. Camping and paddling:  We have a campsite available for Paddlehead members.  Cost is free, but you must RSVP beforehand (please don’t keep a spot from someone that really wants to go).  We will do an evening/full moon paddle (bring a waterproof light!) and paddle Sunday morning.
  3.  Food:   You are welcome to bring your own or get in on the group food.  Club member (and fantastic camp cook) Calvin Hamilton has agreed to make a delicious Saturday dinner and Sunday breakfast.  Last year’s costs were less than $15.  Calvin will be developing a (fabulous) menu and prices.  Bring your own table service (plate, knife, fork, mug, etc.) and beverages. Calvin does a great job of cooking, but everyone must help clean up.  No refunds after 5/20/17.
  4. Boats: bring your own or line up any members to bring one for you (let me know before 5/20/17, if you want to rent a boat (singles and doubles) from Kayak In Northern CA for $35).

June is busy, but if mark your calendar for 6/3/17,  if you’d like to go!!!!

Summary of cost

  1. Camping, afternoon rescue practice, and paddling on your own – $0 (Paddlehead members only with RSVP).  You must be a Paddlehead member.
  2. A.M. Safety Clinic – $15 – I can bring a boat to use, or bring your own. (Open to the public)
  3. Food!  Bring your own food – $0.  Dinner and breakfast, limited to first 20 people) – $15.

If you want to do everything:  Clinic ($15) + Food ($15)  + Camping ($0) + Fun (bring your own) = $30.  Just Camping + Paddling + Fun = $0, priceless (you get the idea….).

How to Sign up:

  1. Reserve Camping Space or Food – Please email or call to reserve a camping spot. Send a $15 check (to the address below).
  2. Secure spot on the AM clinic or rent equipment (kayak, paddle, skirt, pfd, rescue gear, etc).:
    1. Use the PayPal link at (at KayakINC.org ) for the AM Safety Clinic. OR Check with me on room in the class, then please mail checks to:

KayakINC,
1573 Kona Drive,
Chico, CA 95973.

 

2017 Good Rebuilding and Exercise Articles

Here’s just a couple of webpage resources or recent articles on paddling fitness that are pretty interesting:

Technique

 

Psychology

7/28/16 Quick Start Kayak Class (QK4)

Kayaking Class Information

 Please use this as a checklist for the trip.

Quick Start Kayaking This class provides a low-key, brief introduction to the sport. We cover basic water safety, boat design, and boat handling. Please check with us as to dates and to sign up. Prerequisites: None. Trip length: 3 hours. Meeting time: TBD. Dates: See Calendar. Cost: $35.

  Class: quick start kayaking

 Time:  Please be prompt and ready to go at   5:00 pm  Event calendar

  Location: Thermalito Forebay (Aquatic Center).

 We paddle rain or shine.

  What to bring:

We can supply paddling equipment such as boats, paddles, and splash jackets.

·         Please bring clothing layers appropriate for your comfort, weather, and water conditions:

·         Inner layer (or rash gard) that dries fast and keeps you warm when wet (synthetic fabrics, such as polypropylene, polyester, fleece, or wool, no cotton! ).  This can be a long sleeve T-shirt, shorts, and bathing suit, warm hat, and watershoes or booties.

·         Insulation layer (depends on class, season, and condition, usually optional for beginner classes): wetsuit.  Wetsuits and booties rentals are available at Adventure Outings (CSUC) for $8/day (417 Cherry Street, 530-898-5034).

·         Wind and Water Protection: A splash layer such as nylon rainjacket, splash jacket or dry-top/bottoms.  

·         Water.

·         Hat (for sun), Sunglasses (and something to attach them to you), Sunscreen/lip balm

·         Dry clothes to change into.

·         Food for lunch or snacks.

Questions?

Please contact Dan Efseaff (519-6301) if you have any questions or special needs.  See you on the water!

 Directions:

8/14/16 – Intermediate Kayak (SK24) – Trip Info



Class: Intermediate Kayak I SK24

Trip Date: 8/14/16      

Perfect day to be on the water.  We had to change plans because the gates at Lake Oroville were not open and so we switched gears and went to the Thermalito Afterbay.  For the 2nd day on the water, Michelle and Sean did great, retained a lot from the day before, and succeeded at the rescues!  They seem ready to take on the next kayaking adventure!

            Time:  Please be prompt and ready to go at   9 am

 Location: Nelson Bar, Lake Oroville, CA

What to bring:

We can supply paddling equipment such as boats, paddles, and splash jackets.

  • Please bring clothing layers appropriate for your comfort, weather, and water conditions:
  • Inner layer (or rash gard) that dries fast and keeps you warm when wet (synthetic fabrics, such as polypropylene, polyester, fleece, or wool, no cotton! ). This can be a long sleeve T-shirt, shorts, and bathing suit, warm hat, and watershoes or booties.
  • Insulation layer (depends on class, season, and condition, usually optional for beginner classes): wetsuit. Wetsuits and booties rentals are available at Adventure Outings (CSUC) for $8/day (417 Cherry Street, 530-898-5034).
  • Wind and Water Protection: A splash layer such as nylon rainjacket, splash jacket or dry-top/bottoms.
  • Hat (for sun), Sunglasses (and something to attach them to you), Sunscreen/lip balm
  • Dry clothes to change into.
  • Food for lunch or snacks.

 Conditions:

  • NOAA forecast:  Outstanding for paddling! Bring sunscreen and water!
  • We paddle rain or shine (extreme weather may cancel).

Questions?

Please contact Dan Efseaff ((530) 519-6301, danefseaff@sbcglobal.net)  if you have any questions or special needs.  See you on the water!

8/13/16 – Beginning Kayak (SK16) – Trip info


Kayaking Class Information

Class: Beginning Kayak I SK16

Great Day!  Strong group.  We covered the basics and then did a good paddle to the bridge and back.  The group looked like paddlers by the end of the day!

 

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Please use this as a checklist for the trip.

Trip Date: 8/13/16 Time: Please be prompt and ready to go at 8:30 am

Location: Thermalito North Forebay – Boat Launch. (Just off Highway 70 930 Garden Drive, Oroville, CA 95966

http://www.forebayaquaticcenter.com/#home-cover . Let the people at the kiosk know that you are there for a class and pickup the placard at the Aquatic Center.

What to bring:
We can supply paddling equipment such as boats, paddles, and splash jackets.
• Please bring clothing layers appropriate for your comfort, weather, and water conditions:
• Inner layer (or rash gard) that dries fast and keeps you warm when wet (synthetic fabrics, such as polypropylene, polyester, fleece, or wool, no cotton! ). This can be a long sleeve T-shirt, shorts, and bathing suit, warm hat, and watershoes or booties.
• Insulation layer (depends on class, season, and condition, usually optional for beginner classes): wetsuit. Wetsuits and booties rentals are available at Adventure Outings (CSUC) for $8/day (417 Cherry Street, 530-898-5034).
• Wind and Water Protection: A splash layer such as nylon rainjacket, splash jacket or dry-top/bottoms.
• Water.
• Hat (for sun), Sunglasses (and something to attach them to you), Sunscreen/lip balm
• Dry clothes to change into.
• Food for lunch or snacks.

Conditions:

Looks like an outstanding hot day made for paddling!
http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?map.x=174&map.y=130&minlon=-124.5&maxlon=-118.5&minlat=37&maxlat=41.25&mapwidth=354&site=sto&zmx=1&zmy=1

• NOAA forecast: Bring sunscreen!

We paddle rain or shine (extreme weather may cancel).

Questions?
Please contact Dan Efseaff ((530) 519-6301, danefseaff@sbcglobal.net) if you have any questions or special needs. See you on the water!