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Jan 21 - Gould Barn- corrected date


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FYI - the barn has been rented for January 21 for the second half of the weather/nav course that has become weather only w/o nav. With the space already paid for, we need volunteers to come up with a good idea for the space.

Here are a couple of ideas if someone can make them happen:

- find a speaker for a night time event

- have an informal nav workshop, bring charts and work on them

- get together and watch This is the Sea both 1 and 2...

Let's make use of the space!

I'm out of town for a week but if you have a suggestion, just post here and when I am back we can plan.

Suzanne

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Hi Suzanne,

This may not be a very exciting idea, but I wonder how many brand new people we have in the club. I wonder how many have even been in a boat yet, or are trying to decide what kind of boat to get.

They could read all they want, and visit stores, but I wonder if you'd get any response from newbies wanting to see a boat and paddler with all the necessary equipment. Something like having someone bring in a boat, all the stuff for a trip, and someone to explain what all this stuff is used for. How much is necessary vs. 'nice to have'. Explain why you need a whistle or flare. Why you'd need a pump.... Show some different kinds of paddles.

I know it wouldn't serve the majority of club members, but it might boost membership??? Or, at least set a few folks on the right path.

Thanks,

Jim

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Jim.

Great idea. In fact, NSPN will have a beginner's workshop in April along the same lines: boat, paddle, equipment & clothing selection along with what to expect for training and open ocean experiences. It is scheduled in April since we felt most beginners are more likely to starting gearing up/purchasing after the ice begins to thaw.

Al Coons

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>Hi Suzanne,

>

>This may not be a very exciting idea, but I wonder how many

>brand new people we have in the club. I wonder how many

>have even been in a boat yet, or are trying to decide what

>kind of boat to get.

>

>They could read all they want, and visit stores, but I

>wonder if you'd get any response from newbies wanting to see

>a boat and paddler with all the necessary equipment.

>Something like having someone bring in a boat, all the stuff

>for a trip, and someone to explain what all this stuff is

>used for. How much is necessary vs. 'nice to have'.

>Explain why you need a whistle or flare. Why you'd need a

>pump.... Show some different kinds of paddles.

>

>I know it wouldn't serve the majority of club members, but

>it might boost membership??? Or, at least set a few folks

>on the right path.

>

> Thanks,

> Jim

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Could Greg's idea be combined with some sort of gear swap/flea market? I could easily envision showing up at Gould Barn with a paddle, PFD and pogies that I no longer need and leaving with a used VHF radio, tow line, something to that effect. i imagine there are others who would be in the same position.

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The afternoon will feature the Safety/Fitness workshop. A preliminary syllabus.

Safety on the water

· Clothing, etc. for environment – recall Cold Water Workshop

o Ambient temperature – clothes when out of the boat, clothes for after the paddle, warmth generated by paddling, cooling off via roll/scull

o Water temperature – how long can you tread water? How well can you roll with a dislocated shoulder?

o Hand gear, head gear

· Clothing, etc. for visibility

o Reflective/glow-in-the-dark paint/tape on pfd, helmet/hat, paddle – continuous motion of paddle increases visibility, retro-reflective beads

o Reflective/glow-in-the-dark rigging, beads – help others find your deck lines, not trip over boat at campsite

o Lighting for twilight/night; fore and aft, white and red lights - night blindness due to bright light, at the water level you may not be seen by an elevated person

· Other outfitting

o Chart, compass – hands free operation, fresnel lens, distance, low light readibility

o Deck lines, beads – ease of grabbing deck lines

o Access to spares, support eqpt such as first aid – spare paddle, day hatch?, pockets, yard sale?

· First aid

o What to carry – versatile splinting, triangle bandage, vicadin

o WFA, etc. training – get it, keep it up to date

o (If all else fails) Invite John Leonard

· Communications

o VHF Radio – observe protocols, know the channels, ease of operation, on PFD?

o Cell Phone – coverage limitations, waterproof bags and voice operation, backup only

o Battery Life – self discharge, continuous operation for expedition

· Trip Planning – more in Workshop

o Current, etc. - (Navigation) Workshop, can’t make progress (lose ground), insufficient water to cross, channels, landmarks

o Weather - VHF, check prior to launch, know what a storm's location means

· Group Behaviour - (Group Dynamics) Workshop

o Maintain audio, visual contact

o Monitor health, comfort level, appropriateness of conditions

· Comfort level

o Familiarity and comfort in water - spend time in the water, experience inverted kayak, familiarity prevents panic

o Relaxation simplifies handling of conditions – waves rolling underneath, bicycle, etc. handling

Physical Condition

· "Endurance" and "strength"

o Hauling boats about – strength, practice carrying techniques

o Technique dominant in stroke efficiency - method over muscle, repetitive stress discomfort indicates problem

o Practice infrequent maneuvers, techniques - avoid injury, execute without rush and with confidence

· Exercise (long-term) and stretching (short-term)

o Aerobic efficiency – swimming, bicycling, body “suspended” reduces joint wear

o High-rep versus high weight/tension – bulked muscle also tight

o Yoga, etc. for stretching, limbering – warm-up/when out of boat, maintain looseness

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