Classic Ranking & Selection – Inny KC
24 February 2020
The same goes for any watercraft: sailboat, windsurfer, rowing shell—always stick with it, unless it’s actually on fire, which is somewhat unlikely for a non-engine powered boat. Aside from the benefits of being a giant buoyancy bag, sticking with your craft allows you and it to be seen much more easily than if you are just a small head bobbing in the water. Also, you MUST BEWARE OF COLD WATER SHOCK. Watch this short film now; IT MAY SAVE YOUR LIFE: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sf3O1CcloN0
Our first trip will be to a small lake. Here we will really begin to learn how to paddle but first, let’s talk a little about preparation. Of course, it is the instructor’s decision where/when/if we paddle but what are the considerations to put into making this decision? First is the weather. Try to get in the habit of listening to a forecast for a couple of days before class. Bear in mind the following: predicted temperature, predicted wind strength and direction, time of sunset. Precipitation is less important (apart from giving you a clue about what to wear) but any lightning or fog predictions are very important. The latter condition could get us lost and the former might be an electrifying experience of the worst kind.
Assuming the weather is OK (and check my voice mail after 12 noon—number given out in class) try to get to the site about 10 minutes before class is scheduled to start. This will enable us all to help unload the trailer and get started on time, thank you. If you are late, we will start without you and you MAY NOT start without being with the group. The kayaks and paddles will be locked up, too.