Sea Kayaking 311, High Wind Kayaking
High Wind Kayaking
Kayakers often over rate the wind speed and wave size that they have paddled in, but in the Columbia River Gorge you can expect honest wind speeds of 15- 30 knots and wind waves up to six feet. During these two days of training you'll be put through the paces of turning circles, doing rolls and rescues, towing kayaks, advanced surfing, and paddling at all angles to the wind. It's some of the best incident management training a kayaker can get.
Regardless of your strength, it takes technique to do these skills in severe conditions, and if you've had his other lessons, you know that no-one is better at teaching kayaking technique than George Gronseth. There's no other class with such practical tips for controlling your kayak and performing rescues in wind. Paddling the Gorge with George is rite of passage that no sea kayaker should miss.
For prerequisites, we recommend starting with our Part I and II or 5-Day Training Camp, then progressing through our Tidal Rapids Training at Deception Pass and Ocean Surf Kayaking courses. Contact us now to start preparing for next year's High Wind Training.
The High Wind Training is only offered during June or July because that is when the wind is strongest in the Gorge, and weekdays only because there are too many kite-boarders on weekends.
Special treat: Fish Dinner and a breakfast at camp will be provided for all by repeat/review student - Rod Anderson
Instructor: George Gronseth
Location: Columbia River Gorge (meet at Home Valley Park, east of Stevenson, WA)
Duration: 2 days
Class Size: 6
Dry Suit Rental: No Charge - Included with tuition
Kayak Rental: $45.00/day plus tax, delivered to the lesson. Make Kayak Rental Reservation (Includes: Brit style sea kayak w/skeg, paddle, spray-skirt, PFD, bilge pump, and paddle-float)
Parking: Mostly free but it depends on locations after we meet. If you have a Washington State Discover Pass ($30/yr.) bring it.
Camping: Recommend staying at Panther Creek Forest Service Campground
Hotels: in Stevenson
Please print out our Liability Release Form and bring it to the class.
Please read our Cancellation/Reschedule Policy