2022 Skills Building Trip 101 ~ Lower Clackamas River
McIver State Park to Barton Park ~ Lower Clackamas River
At the last club meeting I proposed doing a small, simple, informal skill building trip on the Lower Clackamas River in May. I had in mind practicing the important knots, throw-bag skills, raft, cataraft or inflatable kayaking flipping, beginner boating skills and possibly setting up a demonstration Mechanical Advantage System. The event would start at 9 am at McIver State Park and finish at the take-out location at Barton Park at around 5 pm, with a maximum of 15 participants, including experienced boaters to facilitate the events.
Please email Matt Saucy atif you want to be involved with this training, either as a new boater or club member or someone who is experienced and would like to help out. I don't think it's necessary to have your own craft or a dry suit to participate. You just might not be able to be a part of the swims without one. I have an extra raft that someone could use and can likely come up with another or an IK, if needed.
I plan to be masked whenever it's difficult to keep distance. Certainly in any shared shuttling that takes place. I think, it's a good idea to try and have a partner/buddy for this event that is in your regular Covid circle or pod, that can help with the equipment or in an emergency. Please let me know if you have any positive suggestions or ideas about this topic or the event in general. Also, let me know if I forgot to mention something or anything else needs to be included with the training.
Matt Saucy, Training Director