An annual training event for sea kayak enthusiasts on Lake Cochituate, Framingham. We will work all essential skills for safe and effective paddling on the ocean. This is a good opportunity to refine and improve techniques and get ready for the upcoming season. This year we welcome new comers and beginners to sea kayaking.
After some initial remarks the group will go for a paddle on the lake. This will give the instructors an opportunity to observe the participants paddling to get a sense of the different skill levels present. After a short break the instructors will set up various stations where the participants will practice skills in a high instructor-to-participant ratio. The skills practiced will be from the list below:
1.Launching and landing a kayak from a dock
2.Forward paddling and stopping
5.Sideways movement - static and dynamic
7.Sculling for support
12.Reading a nautical chart
No guarantee we will be able to cover everything on the list.
Bring the usual gear: PFD (required on the water), spray skirt, wet suit, paddling jacket, tow belt, paddle float, warm clothing to change into, snacks, lunch, water, etc. I expect the water temperature to be in the 60s as well as the air temperature. Dress for immersion and the weather conditions so that you will be comfortable for the whole day.
We will eat lunch on shore and have some discussion on AMC sea kayaking issues, a discussion on marine radio protocols, and some other topics depending on time and interest.
Off of Rt. 30, Framingham
Dennis Blejer is a Boston Chapter Sea Kayak leader with ACA certifications in Coastal Kayak Trip Leadership and Open Water Skills