KIX Newsletter September, 2003

Kayak Instruction Excellence

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Newsletter, September 2003

Just Some Quick News

Quite a few people have been asking for follow-up courses - intermediate skills training, rescue sessions, all of that fun stuff! Keep checking the website for courses! I'm preparing for my presentations at the upcoming West Coast Sea Kayak Symposium - How to Demo a Kayak, Learning to Figure Tides and Currents, Women and Sea Kayaking, Slide show - various countries and at home (See the Futaleufu River of Chile, Lake Titicaca of Bolivia, the Bay of Island of New Zealand, a bit of Hong Kong, some whale watching, Barkely Sound - let's see, what else can I squeeze in there!). Full schedule here: I'm excited that I have been re-elected to the Washington Kayak Club board of directors after a two year absence! One project I am interested in is bringing together folks on the peninsula for things like carpooling. And then there are access issues! I'll be going to the First Annual Whitewater Symposium sponsored by Zoar Outdoor October 1st! I hope to find all the latest in stroke technique and learn some new teaching tips.

Ongoing Tuesday and Thursday evening skills clinics - drop in!

Upcoming Dates

September 19 - 21 West Coast Sea Kayak Symposium, Port Towsend

October 3, 4, 5 - Whitewater Symposium, Zoar Outdoor

October 10 - 12 - American Canoe Association instructor development workshop, Deception Pass and Washington Park, near Anacortes, WA , Port Townsend, Washington (and instructor updates)

October 24 - 26 - American Canoe Association instructor development workshop , St. Augustine, Florida

October 31 - November 2 - American Canoe Association instructor certification exam, St. Augustine, Florida

In the works: January - IDW and a fun kayak tour in Veracruz, Mexico - hosted by Rafael Mier Maza.

Instructor's Corner

Attend and assist an IDW to receive credit for an ACA instructor update.

All ACA instructors are mandated to have an update at least every four years and this is one great way to do it! By presenting to your peers you cement existing knowledge and try out new techniques! You are now the authority!

What is the idea behind an update? It's a chance to see yourself on video once again to view your modeling. It's a time to become acquainted with new ACA programs, to share ideas, explore new techniques and meet new instructors. Each course has a different emphasis depending on the group.

For the ACA this is a way to maintain excellent standard of care - it's found that organizations that don't require refreshing of skills see skills degrade over time.

Tooting One's Own Horn -

Instructor Development: Andreešs style is quite good, supportive, fun. Enjoyed teachable moments, applicable stories and her interaction style.

Great class! I loved the experiential learning and self discovery. Got great exposure to teaching styles and knowledge of ACA instructors. The instructors complemented each other and had really good teamwork.


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.
A signed liability waiver is required before each class begins.
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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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