Lead with your Heart: Journey to the BCU 5 Star

Jennifer H. Yearley BC Advanced Sea Kayak Leader ACA L4 Open Water Coastal Kayak Instructor   The Story Begins “Are you going to do your 5 Star in England?” Bill asked me brightly, as we worked our way into the wind. Bill Vonnegut and I were on a storm paddle together out in Half Moon [...]

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Coach’s Tip #8 – gnilddaP Backwards!

By Sean Morley Seriously, why do I need to know how to paddle backwards? I've spent my whole life working on my forward stroke, and now you want me to paddle backwards? If I wanted to go backwards I'd be a rower! These thoughts went through my mind as I prepared for my instructor certification exam and it [...]

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Coach’s Tip #7 – Rigging Your Kayak

By Sean Finigan There are many reasons to modify the rigging on your kayak. You might want to make it easier to grab on to when surfing or doing rescues. You may want to change out some old deck lines that are fraying, or deck bungee cords that have lost their elasticity. Maybe your kayak does not even [...]

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Coach’s Tip #6 – Understanding Weathercocking and Skegs

By Bill Vonnegut Have you ever wondered what weather-cocking is and how the skeg works in relation to it? By use of these diagrams, I will explain what is happening to your kayak when it “weather-cocks”.                                       The photo above is a key to the symbols used in the remainder of this article.     [...]

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Coach’s Tip #5 – Finding and Interpreting Your Surf Forecast

By Kelly Marie Henry Coaching Tip of the Month: Finding and Interpreting Your Surf Forecast By Kelly Marie Henry This tip is a special request from a student.  Although, I hear the same two questions every time I teach kayak surfing: “How do I know when conditions are appropriate for my skill level?” “Where should [...]

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Coach’s Tip #4 – Assembling an Emergency Repair Kit

By Mike Kowalsky What’s in your emergency repair kit? This one has a flashlight, multi-tool, duct tape, pipe tape, foil-backed butyl rubber tape, electrical tape, lights, marine goop sealant, five-minute epoxy, marine epoxy putty, epoxy resin, brushes, fiberglass fabric, sandpaper, nitrile gloves, patches, and spare cord, among other things. Oh no! …Crunch. Ever wonder what [...]

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Coach’s Tip #3 – The Extended Paddle Roll

By Sean Morley The kayak roll is a fundamental skill for an advanced paddler and once you have acquired a solid combat roll, you will have the confidence to paddle with friends in the most challenging of conditions. First learn to roll with a professional instructor in a heated pool. Learn to roll in a [...]

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Coach’s Tip #2 – Interpreting Tidal Current Predictions

By Jennifer Yearley Ocean tides result from the gravitational pull of the moon and sun on the earth. The vertical rising and falling of the water which we observe along our coasts and in our harbors is associated with a horizontal movement of water flowing in, as the tide goes from low to high, or [...]

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Coach’s Tip #1 – Timing

By Bill Vonnegut The most common thing I hear when I ask students what they want to get out of a rock garden class is, “I want to improve my timing.” Timing a feature well will require less effort and will be more fun. Good timing on features is safer. If the boat gets in front [...]

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The Art of Downwinding Series

The Art of Downwinding Series Featuring Shanna Upton Spring is just a few weeks away and with it comes longer days, warmer weather, blooming flowers, chirping birds, my birthday, but most importantly…howling winds. That’s right paddlers, after a long wet winter the downwind season is right around the corner. YAY!! I’m [...]

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