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Evening Kayak & Skills Practice at Jericho · Thursday, April 8th
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Start: Thursday, Apr. 8th, 5:15 pm
End: Thursday, Apr. 8th, 8:00 pm
Pre-trip meeting location: Email faff
The term is almost over and the weather is getting warmer, so let's get ready for the paddling season! Vancouver has lots of easily accessible, scenic, and very-close-to-help shoreline that makes the perfect place to practice skills. I'm especially keen to get in some self-rescue practice, as it's hard to do outside a group setting.
The plan is to meet at Jericho Beach near the sailing center, paddle along the shore for a bit either into the mouth of False Creek or around towards UBC (depending on the group's preference), then come back and practice self-rescues and whatever other skills people would like. I'm an exceptionally mediocre paddler and the idea of this trip is to work on rusty skills, not learn them for the first time - while we certainly won't leave anyone behind, everyone will ultimately be responsible for their own safety on the water, so please make sure this sounds like something that's within your ability and comfort level.
In terms of gear, I think the club has a folding kayak somebody could borrow (although I don't know how to check if it's free or get it), but otherwise everyone will need to bring their own boat. If people want to bring a canoe or paddle board instead, that's fine with me, although they might be less than ideal for the skills parts. Either way, please make sure you have the relevant safety gear (PFD/throw rope/bailer/etc) and dress for immersion - the water temperature this time of year should be around 8-9 degrees, so at least a wetsuit is a must.
On COVID: this trip and everybody on it are expected to take the club's guidelines seriously. If planning on being in a tandem kayak (or other boat) with another person, you absolutely must belong to the same household. Masks are expected to be worn at all times when we're on land, and on the water, everyone will be expected to keep at least half a boat-length (or around 8ft if yours is short) between themselves and others.
Since this is a little last-minute, the pre-trip will be done over email (I'll send something out on Monday the 5th). It's always possible we have to reschedule due to weather (wind is the biggest consideration), but hopefully our streak of nicer-than-expected days continues. If you've got any questions, send me an email!
See you on the water!