KIX Newsletter November, 2003

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Newsletter, January 2004

Just Some Quick News

I hope all is well for this fine new year! I've begun teaching skiing with the Steven's Pass Ski School and am really excited about it. The school goes back many years and is comprised of over thirty instructors who love what they do. One of the great things about it is returning to the building and discussing various methods used to get points across. Another is being able to ski with so many great skiers - aside from having two to four clinics each weekend we often ski before and after classes. Everyone is excited about teaching and willing to pass on tips and tricks!

I managed to get a feature piece in our local women in business journal! I had it converted to a jpeg document as the journal doesn't have a website. I put it into this directory: If you are interested there are also articles on kayak safety, tides and currents and the review of the whitewater kayaking symposium at Zoar Outdoor.

Upcoming Dates

Check the URL for the spring schedule:

The next Instructor Development Workshop will be February 16-18 in Florida and April 24-26 in Washington. I've had many requests so please get your deposit in early to reserve a spot.

I am also teaching beginning sea kayaking courses and stroke updates in Seattle, Poulsbo, Port Angeles, Port Townsend and Bellingham. Courses in Alaska are in the works. In March we have a beginning whitewater course through Aqua Sports in Redmond.

Instructor's Corner

I have been a member of the curriculum review committee for a few years now. The committee is comprised of instructors from various backgrounds and geographic locations. The idea is to improve the program to meet everyone's needs, including those of our home office.

The office found that handling all the endorsements (such as surf, currents) was too difficult and asked for some of them to be removed. Added on is a new level of instructor called Rough Water. This gives us four levels: Intro, Basic, Open and Rough.

I present the Open Water Instructor Development and Certification course. It is six days long and at the end one of three levels awarded can awarded: intro, basic or open. I can also give shorter courses for just intro or basic.

Ray Killian, the chair of the curriculum committee, created a great booklet which explains the the program. Imbedded in this is a graph delineating what is expected for each level. I converted it to HTML and it can be found at: (it might not be perfect - please let me know if you find an error).

Due to different regions, not all conditions are expected to be present. For example, an open water candidate should be "Able to safely manage a learning experience in open water; waves less than 2 foot, winds less than 15 knots, within 1 mile from shore".

This same instructor should be "Competent up to 5 foot seas, 3 foot surf, 25 knot winds, tidal currents to 3 knots".

Again, not all conditions need to be present, but if none of the conditions are present, certification at that level cannot occur.

Thus - if one is tested at the coast, one will probably find three foot surf, but not much current. If tested at a place such as Deception Pass, one might find up to six knots of current (with eddy lines, convergence zones, boat wakes) and some wind (there is great fetch from the south and west), but not much surf (although with an ebb against a southerly there is a wonderful standing wave). Other popular places offering courses are the Great Lakes, Maine, Florida, Texas and California. Each comes with it's own conditions.

It's advisable for any candidate to get experience and be competent in each of these areas.

The bulk of the lessons across the United States are taught at the intro level (able to safely manage a learning experience in flat water) or basic (flat water; waves less than 1 foot, winds less than 10 knots).

The curriculum in this document is the accepted version at the office. While all trainers are allowed personal creativity (just like professors at any university), most of the curriculum segments (such as learning styles, team teaching, navigation, leadership, rescue, stroke modeling) should be present in every IDW.


Movie clips of paddling! Movies You will need the Quicktime player from the Apple:

The On-line Store!

Click Here Check it out! (For one thing, I need the click-throughs!)

My article on whitewater kayaking - City Sports NW - Whitewater Kayaking

Brochure - Brochure

Andree Hurley

Kayak Instruction Excellence

211 Taylor Street, Suite Five

Port Townsend, WA 98368

(360) 379-4182

(206) 669-1622 cell


Download the Course Schedule and Brochure. (PDF)

Sign-up sheet. (PDF)
Deposits are required for each course. If an attendee cancels within two weeks prior to the course, we will refund all but $50.00 kept for processing. After two weeks no refund will occur due to scheduling of instructors, rooms and other costs associated with logistics.
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Map to Port Townsend
The green area to the northeast is the area Fort Worden is in. You can use your mouse to make the map larger.
Once you get to Port Townsend, you will see signs to Fort Worden.

Directions to Oak Bay Park

*Note: If you are flying in and need kayak rental, we can arrange that for you in Port Townsend. Please let us know in advance. You can also check Kayak Port Townsend

Lodging: As many are on a budget, recommended lodging is the hostel, ((360) 385-0655), which is adjacent to the building we like to use. The hostel is $17.00 per night, add on $8.00 if you get a private room (reserved for couples except during a slow season.
We have also recently recommended the Quimper Inn Bed and Breakfast. The phone number is 800-557-1060.

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