Kinetic Kayak Safety Boating – you have to dress up!
Newsletter, April 2003
Just Some Quick News
Here is a little Quicktime movie I took of the property and local waters: http://www.kayakinstructionexcellence.com/Movies/CoastalOutdoorCenter/CoastalOutdoorCenter.mov
We had a small but fun instructors course. Everyone had had some exposure to the material so we just jammed and spent time focusing on specific areas that needed improvement.
I’ve created a downloadable, printable PDF flyer: http://www.kayakinstructionexcellence.com/KIX/PDF/InstructorDevelopment.pdf. Please post on a bulletin board near you – clubs, kayak stores – you know best! We have a couple of places open! (Web page – http://www.kayakinstructionexcellence.com/KIX/InstructorDevelopment.html)
If anyone would like to spend an hour here-and-there watching my booth while I’m teaching, please let me know! I have a hotel room with space on the floor for any helpers! (Too bad it’s not a penthouse suite, but that will be next year.)
The Kajak Sport demos will be available on the beach – and they are for sale to make room for new boats. I’m getting a couple in from Current Designs.
April 19 – Introduction to sea kayaking – a good class for beginners and those that want to review
April 26, 27 – Whitewater for Sea Kayakers, Mountaineers Club (for club members)
April 29 – Begin Tuesday evening classroom series
May 1 – Begin Thursday evening onwater series
May 2 – 4 American Canoe Association Instructor Development Workshop (3 days) – http://www.kayakinstructionexcellence.com/KIX/InstructorDevelopment.html, http://www.kayakinstructionexcellence.com/KIX/PDF/InstructorDevelopment.pdf
May 9-11 Whitewater instructor development workshop with Marty G.
May 16 – 18 American Canoe Association Instructor Certification Exam
May 24 – Strokes and rescues update, Bowman Bay
May 25 – After completing strokes and rescues, apply these techniques to Deception Pass
May 31, June 1 – Introduction to Kayak certification course – great for shops and camps!
June 7 – Olympic Outdoor Center, Poulsbo – onwater staff training
June 8 – Sounds Bikes and Kayaks, Port Angeles – women’s afternoon onwater clinic and dinner (Freshwater Bay)
June 14 – Schooner Adventurous is sponsoring a kayak race
Aquasports Paddle Center, Redmond – I’ll be teaching some whitewater courses for them this summer – let us know if you are interested!
*deposits needed to hold spaces in above courses
I thought I’d mention my two favorite books of late – great for bedtime/traveltime/leisuretime!
(I actually have enough frequent flyer miles to go to Australia – anyone want to plan a trip or have a course down under?)
Pool Slalom – Former coach Bill Endicott has been giving me some online coaching on coming up the an “American Gate” system, vs the British Gate. Our pool is so small we can’t fit the regular system.
Comments? Write and I’ll choose some to print next time!
My article on whitewater kayaking – City Sports NW – Whitewater Kayaking
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