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AMC Boston Sea Kayak Tune-up May 29, 2021

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This is a great event for anyone looking to brush up on their paddling skills at the beginning of the season. I can't make it this year, but always found it useful in the years I attended. You don't have to be a member of AMC or interested in being an AMC trip leader to attend.

Sea Kayak Spring Tune Up - Appalachian Mountain Club - Event Listings (outdoors.org)

Join us on Lake Cochituate and refresh your paddling and rescue skills. We will break into groups of similar ability led by volunteer instructors that will take you through maneuvers and challenge your strokes. All abilities are welcome. If you are interested in becoming a leader or coleader, this is an opportunity to meet other leaders and plan trips for this season. This event has an introductory portion on Zoom, Wednesday May 26, where we will review the basic elements of SK leadership and also break new participants into groups based on skill levels. Participants must bring their own boats with hatches for floatation. The zoom meeting will cover additional safety gear to bring.


Join us Saturday, May 29 at Lake Cochituate ...
After missing 2020 due to the pandemic, we're pleased to announce that the annual Boston Paddlers Sea Kayak Tune-Up is being held once again this year at Lake Cochituate in Framingham.
... and Wednesday, May 26 on Zoom
We're still taking precautions, so our traditional lunchtime "Picnic Table Talk" will be held Wednesday evening at 7:00 on Zoom.
You'll get a chance to hear a bit more about our program, discover ways you can give back to the paddling community as a leader, and get a chance to meet your instructors/coaches for the paddle on Saturday.
Participation in each session is capped at 8 people to comply with AMC COVID policies and practices. To avoid a crowded launch, each session will meet at a different time and location to start the day. It's important to attend the Wednesday evening Zoom to get your group assignment, meet time, and location.
It's Not Just for Leaders!
Originally developed for our leaders and co-leaders, the Tune-Up now offers something for all sea kayakers.
Looking to shake off the winter rust and get back on the water? Want to practice rescues? Need wet exit training? We have skill clinics for novice, intermediate and advanced paddlers as well as a leadership skills refresher for current and aspiring leaders.
Registration is Open!
Participants must register on Outdoors.org for the Saturday event and register on Zoom for the Wednesday virtual session.
Space in the program is limited. Sign up now to reserve your spot in our 2021 Tune-Up!
Please note:
Paddlers will either need to bring their own boat or rent a boat for the Tune-Up. The Paddling Committee does not have sea kayaks for rent in our program.
Rentals may be available at the park through Boating in Boston, although we haven't yet confirmed whether they'll be open for business that day or the type of boats they will be renting this year.
Paddlers in the sea kayak program should be using a sit-in kayak, 12' or longer with double bulkheads, perimeter deck lines and (optionally) a nylon or neoprene spray deck.

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