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It's been 17 years since I led an NSPN trip. I led over 100 trips between 98/99/2000. Since then I've earned my

BCU 4* Sea (California 2002)

BCU 4* WW

BCU Coach L2

ACA L4 (again), first time was 1999(?) with Carl Ladd.

Moving to California in 01, I joined B.A.S.K. and helped teach their basic class for 2 years before moving to Seattle and immersing myself into the SK community through the Washington Kayak Club and The Mountaineers SK  program.

I've spent 2 months wandering Southeast Alaska in 2003 

After returning from a stint working overseas, I worked as the Senior Instructor/coach for Seattle Raft & Kayak, and The Kayak Academy working along side George Gronseth & Dubside.

I started my own teaching operation in 2010, Rogue Wave Adventures (www.kayakthesea.com), where I teach advanced ocean skills, advanced stroke work, and incident management. I'm a past team paddler for Kokatat, Tiderace, LendalNA, and Seakayaker Magazine.

I'm planning on calling a trip or two a month locally if the powers that be are ok with it. I'm not sure what the protocol is anymore, so if someone would enlighten me it would be appreciated.

I would also like to join in on some play sessions with the other kids. I'm not interested in long crossings since my back is not all that happy on long slogs. Besides, I tend to stir up trouble when I get bored.

Many thanks,

Bob Burnett 

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Bob, interesting timing since the Board of Directors is currently discussing the topic Of NSPN members who also have paddling-related businesses. The concencus is that, since we aspire to support paddlers who wish to continually improve their skills, it is inevitable that some will move into professional positions.

However, we also recognize a need to ensure that the club remains a club, and that professionals take efforts to separate their business operations from the club activities as best as possible. Therefore a few questions need to be asked:

- Will non-NSPN members be allowed to attend trips?

- Will there be any cost to participate on the trips?

- Are the trips being offered to promote Rogue Wave Adventures?

If any answer is yes, you are more than welcome to post the trips on the Commercial Classified & Events Sponsored Outside of NSPN forum, where anyone offering a commercial event can promote it. But if all answers are no, then we would be thrilled to have you posting trips for the club. 

If you or others have further questions, please feel free to contact me or any Board member. 

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Hey, B, I read the “on hiatus” after Rogue Wave Adventures, so surely there is no commercial or insidious threat.

I am so looking forwards to paddling with you again, soon!

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Ah, definitely not a new subject that the board has had to wrangle with. I would prefer to keep my efforts and this issue transparent.

 

To answer your questions:

Never a cost,  of course

Paid NSPN members only, of course

My motivation is MY usual "pay it forward" effort to help members and the club grow as I instilled in its membership in 1998.

 

I see little in the way of follow up after the "learn to paddle" efforts you and others put forward in the spring, so I'm stepping up to help continue your efforts. It takes a village to keep the fires burning.

If you really get to know me, you'll know that I teach for the love of teaching and I have thousands of hours of free teaching behind me and thousands more ahead of me. Having to charge for commercial classes outside of NSPN simply covers the cost of travel (3 hrs each way) and time lost from other sources of income that I'm taking time off from to lead/teach to NSPN for free.

In short,  for me to GIVE a Sunday or two a month to NSPN, I need to defray my losses from other income sources by commercially teaching one or two other Sundays of the month. I will be posting in the "commercial" section of the NSPN message board.

I won't be handing out flyers or other types of proactive efforts to garner business, but I'm sure it will come up in conversation and my boat will be marked in some fashion.

In closing, I'm not here for the politics or bureaucracy that became the club I poured thousands of hours of my blood sweat and tears into. Two or three trips/classes and a Chabaco Lake skills session a week for three years. Hell, I almost lost my marriage over it. I'm here for the fun of paddling and learning with friends old and new as it was before I left in 2001.

B

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As a new(er) member of NSPN (ie maybe 8 years or so..) I look forward to meeting and paddling with you!

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Another old timer (whose time began as you were leaving), I would welcome any involvement that you have!  Welcome back to this coast as I  prepare to leave for the left coast.  

 

Suz

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