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4 Bevelry pool sessions - Sat nites 6-8 - 2/25, 3/25, 4/22, 5/27

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See corrected directions - apologies to last sessions's lost souls.

Participants - Are you ready to practice your roll? Do you want to perfect your re-entry technique? Are you afraid that time spent without practicing a high-brace will leave you capsized? Or do you just miss being in you boat?

Spotters (at no charge) - Do you want an opportunity to help your fellow paddlers improve their skills? Do you have skills you want to teach your fellow paddlers?

All of our pool sessions this year will be the “Open Practice” format where you can practice your skills and are offered the opportunity to learn from your peers, be they participants or spotters.

Things that can be practiced in a pool include skills, techniques and strokes that do not need an expanse of water, such as:

* Wet exits

* Rescues, assisted and unassisted.

* Equipment testing, exploration, shakedown, usage or just getting comfortable, for example, using a paddle float for rescues.

* Strokes not needing an expanse of water, such as draw and pry.

* Rolling, bracing, balance bracing, sculling, etc.

Equipment for pool sessions participants includes:

* Your boat, sea kayak or short boat.

* PFD -- required for anyone in a boat in a pool session.

* Spray skirt -- necessary for the vast majority of skills to be practiced

* Paddle float – optional, for rescue practice, rolling practice, etc.

* Pump – useful for swamped boats

Equipment for pool session spotters and participants includes:

* Goggles, face mask, nose plugs, ear plugs -- highly recommended for practice that involves immersion, public pools are chlorinated and irritate the eyes and nose, do you get swimmer's ear?

* Wet suit (spotters especially) -- many find they require additional warmth during extended time in the pool

PLEASE NOTE: NSPN requires that payment for the pool sessions must be made in advance of the pool session. Respond via e-mail with requested date(s) and if space is available you will receive an e-mail with an address to send your check. Your place is reserved when the e-mail is received, please allow at least one week prior to the requested date to allow for receipt of the check. Checks should be written out to "North Shore Paddlers Network". Pool sessions are non-refundable, the club pays the same amount regardless of how many participants show up. All inquiries require: Your name, phone number, NSPN membership number, expiration date, emergency contact and phone number in the email.

Registrar: Bob Budd - use the e-mail icon in this posting

Price: $20 members; $40 non-members


Beverly YMCA - Sterling Center

254 Essex Street

Beverly, MA 01915


From Route 128 take Exit 18 (Route 22 - Essex St) to Beverly. From either ramp bear right, if exiting 128 southbound you will pass under 128. The Y is on the west (right as you travel away from 128) side of Essex St approximately 0.6 miles from 128, if you reach Ice House Lane you've gone too far.

From Salem and points south of Beverly who know how to get to the Beverly-Salem bridge and would prefer this route continue straight through the lights on the Beverly Side of the bridge. You will be on Rantoul street, continue on Rantoul through several sets of lights to a "T" intersection with a Burger King on the Southwest corner. Turn left and take the first right after crossing the commuter rail tracks. You are now on Colon St, bear right at the fork and continue on Colon street until it merges with Rte 22 - Essex street. The Y is on the west (left as you travel north on Essex St) side of Essex St roughly 1/4 mile from the merge, if you reach Cole Street you've gone too far.

At the extreme left hand side of the parking lot (as you face the Y building) there is a driveway. Drive up this driveway to see a door up the bank that leads into the pool. You will need to carry your boat up to the door and may need to return to your car to move your car to the parking lot. This is at the discretion of the Y, they have allowed us to park on the driveway outside the door in the past.

Arrive early to be in the water at 5:45 p.m. There will be a sign-in as is done with official trips. Shower before entering the water - this is state law. At the end of the session move quickly to get cleaned up and out of the YMCA so we can maintain a good relationship with this facility in future years. The locker rooms include keyed locks with keys that can be fastened via a large numbered (what locker was that again?) "safety pin" and lockers that take standard combination/keyed locks but availability of either is not guaranteed. An option for valuables is your hatch (or a dry bag for Diamante owners).

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