Sprint Ranking & Selection – IWWRC
09 March 2020
Unload the trailer as follows: undo the red straps but please do not remove or loosen them more than is necessary. Leave the straps in place on the trailer. Don’t unload a kayak alone; have one person at the bow, one at the stern, and always carry by the bow and stern grab handles. Take the kayak far enough away to be out of the way for unloading the others and set it down carefully. Make sure you have water, snack etc. and lock your car. Only take the key if it can get wet. If you have a remote/keyless entry, don’t take it with you. Figure out your own system of where to hide it. Also, don’t take wallets etc. out on the water as they have a strange habit of falling in, and always assume YOU will fall in!
Assemble/put on all your equipment with/on/in your kayak: sprayskirt, PFD, pump, paddlefloat, paddle and help other people too, please. Check the position of your footpegs now. We’re going to be working together a lot in this class, so please do your part to make it fun. In twos, carry the kayaks with gear down to the edge of the water. If you each have a kayak in each hand, side by side, it is easy for two people to carry two kayaks. Be sure you are BOTH facing forward, no one should be walking backwards. If there are other launch site users, please be considerate of them and don’t hog all the launch space.
When everyone is ready, the instructor assistant will launch first and lead the trip, and the instructor will launch last and stay at the back of the group. We have walkie-talkie contact for additional safety. As soon as you get on the water, find a buddy and be sure to know his/her name. You need to stay within 5 seconds paddle of your buddy throughout the class as you may have to help rescue/be rescued. Have your buddy do a 16 16 safety check on you as you do for them: all equipment present, hatch cover securely on, sprayskirt grab loop visible, skeg down (sometimes they get stuck; you may have to pull it down manually and obviously you can’t do this to your own kayak unless you have 5’ long arms). Do not set off until you are told to do so; keep within 30’ feet of the launch site until then.