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  1. Jim, there are still two slots. You can buy one at https://www.nspn.org/forum/store/category/3-pool-sessions/
  2. Join NSPN for a Wilderness First Aid class taught by Todd Johnstone-Wright, expert kayaker, BC/ACA coach/instructor, and EMT. The class will be held at the Gould Barn in Topsfield, MA, from 8am-5pm each day. You MUST be a member to register for the course. (If not, join here) We will be in close contact. Pretest for Covid in the morning before attending. We promise an educational, practical, and FUN experience... hope to see many members there! More info from SOLO... WHAT IS WFA? Accidents happen. People get hurt, sick, or lost. The temperature drops, the wind picks up, and it starts to rain. Would you know what to do? Many backcountry emergencies are preventable, and even when bad things happen, sometimes the wrong care can make things worse. By learning a few basic skills, you can make the difference between a good outcome and a bad one-and maybe even save a life. WHO IS THE WFA FOR? The WFA is the perfect course for the outdoor enthusiast or trip leader who wants a basic level of first aid training for short trips with family, friends, and outdoor groups. It also meets the ACA and BC guidelines. WHAT IS TAUGHT? The WFA is 16 hours long (two days), and focuses on the basic skills of: Response and Assessment, Musculoskeletal Injuries, Environmental Emergencies, Survival Skills, Soft Tissue Injuries, and Medical Emergencies. IS THERE AN EXAM? Yes, there is ongoing evaluation of practical skills, and there are written assessments throughout the course. DO I GET CERTIFIED? Yes. You will receive a SOLO WFA certification, which is good for two years.
  3. Andy, could happen. Let’s see if we can figure something out.
  4. It's a live event, with real people there. Won't be recorded.
  5. Found this on West Beach. It's been in the water a while...some growth on it. If you find a Whetman belt in Marblehead harbor, that one's mine. Unless it's wrapped around a prop, in which case I know nothing about it.
  6. We'll meet at the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge Headquarters (across from Audubon at Joppa Flats, on the road to Plum Island)...after we've all tested for Covid in the morning. Come at noon to have your lunch, socialize, and talk about the birds you saw in the morning if you like. Talk starts no later than 1 PM. We'll be out with the doors locked behind us by 4. We’ll learn the physical causes of waves, tides, and currents, and might find out: Why do waves come in sets? Why are the waves on some beaches always dumping? Rip current…friend or foe? Why is the water so rough around headlands? Why does a 12 second wave have 4x the energy of a 6 second wave? Why is the tide 50 minutes later each day? Why is there a bigger and a smaller tide each day…sometimes? Why are the tides so big in the Bay of Fundy? Lots of drawings and graphs, few equations (all avoidable). After the presentation we’ll have an open discussion of strategies to deal with waves and currents as a kayaker, where to get predictions, and rules for interpolation. This event is open to paid club members only. Please RSVP on the calendar here.
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    We'll meet at the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge Headquarters (across from Audubon at Joppa Flats, on the road to Plum Island)...after we've all tested for Covid in the morning. Come at noon to have your lunch, socialize, and talk about the birds you saw in the morning if you like. Talk starts no later than 1 PM. We'll be out with the doors locked behind us by 4. We’ll learn the physical causes of waves, tides, and currents, and might find out: Why do waves come in sets? Why are the waves on some beaches always dumping? Rip current…friend or foe? Why is the water so rough around headlands? Why does a 12 second wave have 4x the energy of a 6 second wave? Why is the tide 50 minutes later each day? Why is there a bigger and a smaller tide each day…sometimes? Why are the tides so big in the Bay of Fundy? Lots of drawings and graphs, few equations (all avoidable). After the presentation we’ll have an open discussion of strategies to deal with waves and currents as a kayaker, where to get predictions, and rules for interpolation. This event is open to paid club members only. Please RSVP here. Manage Event
  8. Looking for a sprayskirt to fit an Impex Mystic, Seals 1.2 or equal. This is for a boat that was donated to NSPN that we're using as a loaner to help people get into sea kayaking.
  9. Or just post it here on the for sale section, or talk to Andrea at Chicago Adventure Therapy. They always need gear. Or keelhaul it ‘til it’s sober.
  10. Did it have a drunken sailor in it? We know what to do with them.
  11. Availability (as of Jan 25): Jan 14 sold out Jan 21 2 available Jan 28 1 available Feb 4 2 available Feb 18 2 available Mar 4 3 available Mar 18 2 available Mar 25 7 available Apr 1 7 available Remember that if you're going you need to sign the online ACA Liability Waiver for 2023 here. This is a special NSPN link. You only need to sign once for all 2023 pool sessions and skills sessions.
  12. Doug, that's what we're all there for. Nobody can practice rolling for two hours straight. We all help each other.
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