KIX Newsletter July, 2003

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Newsletter, July 2003

Just Some Quick News

Yes, July is almost half-way over, the summer seems to be going so fast while we enjoy all this great weather in the northwest. Thanks to modern transportation I can teach a whitewater kayaking class near the Cascades on Sunday and be back to Port Townsend touring on salt water. Monday I taught a bracing clinic to a woman who is riding with her partner across country to benefit breast cancer - on a huge pink motorcycle! 

The San Juan tour has solidified - we are taking the whale watch boat to Friday harbor on Thursday, touring the local islands and returning the same way Sunday. I have had requests to add another in late August or early September so if you are interested send an email!

Click here for recent summer images...

Ongoing Tuesday and Thursday evening skills clinics - drop in!

Upcoming Dates

July 24 - 27 San Juan Tour - learn by doing - take the whale watch boat from Port Townsend and start kayaking in Friday Harbor

July 31, August 1 - Roll class, whitewater update - Redmond

August 3 - Beginning sea kayaking -one day

August 9 - 10 Beginning and intermediate sea kayaking, Port Angeles

August 14 - 18 Outdoor Retailer Show, Salt Lake City

August 23, 24 - Deception Pass/San Juan Tour

August 30 - Intermediate whitewater or ?

September 5 - 7- American Canoe Association instructor development workshop, Deception Pass and Washington Park, near Anacortes, WA
I've created a downloadable, printable PDF flyer: InstructorDevelopment.pdf. Please post on a bulletin board near you!

September 19 - 21 West Coast Sea Kayak Symposium

October 1 - 6 - American Canoe Association instructor development workshop and exam, Hong Kong

October 10 - 12 - American Canoe Association instructor development workshop, Port Townsend, Washington

October 24 - 26 - American Canoe Association instructor development workshop , St. Augustine, Florida

October 17 - 19 - American Canoe Association instructor certification exam, St. Augustine, Florida

In the works: January - IDW, ICE and a fun kayak tour in Veracruz...

How about some teambuilding by kayak - great for those intra-office dynamics!

*deposits needed to hold spaces in above courses

Paddling Tips

Kayak edging to head dink, mooning the currentI heard a rumor a few weeks ago that teaching people to set up with a J-lean (or boat tilt) might be counter productive - so I kept this in mind during the whitewater class last weekend. I had eleven people on the river and almost all of them went over in current using the pose of my little stick figure - until they integrated mooning the current or correcting (through muscle memory) the dropping of the head (head dink) to bring the knee up. Either moving the head to the side (knee-bone-to-the-chin-bone) or to the armpit does the trick!

I also modeled the position (with the head going to side) for a physical therapist and he said "you have to teach people that? It's perfectly natural!"

Tooting One's Own Horn -

Whitewater - "Great intro...felt like I got a good overview of strokes, river reading and safety."

Deception Pass - "Fun! Bracing/rescue/stroke instruction explained well, and I enjoyed the current/eddy play (good weather too!)."


Movie clips of paddling! Movies You will need the Quicktime player from the Apple:

The On-line Store!

Click Here Check it out! (For one thing, I need the click-throughs!)

My article on whitewater kayaking - City Sports NW - Whitewater Kayaking

Brochure - Brochure

Andree Hurley

Kayak Instruction Excellence

211 Taylor Street, Suite Five

Port Townsend, WA 98368

(360) 379-4182

(206) 669-1622 cell


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Deposits are required for each course. If an attendee cancels within two weeks prior to the course, we will refund all but $50.00 kept for processing. After two weeks no refund will occur due to scheduling of instructors, rooms and other costs associated with logistics.
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Map to Port Townsend
The green area to the northeast is the area Fort Worden is in. You can use your mouse to make the map larger.
Once you get to Port Townsend, you will see signs to Fort Worden.

Directions to Oak Bay Park

*Note: If you are flying in and need kayak rental, we can arrange that for you in Port Townsend. Please let us know in advance. You can also check Kayak Port Townsend

Lodging: As many are on a budget, recommended lodging is the hostel, ((360) 385-0655), which is adjacent to the building we like to use. The hostel is $17.00 per night, add on $8.00 if you get a private room (reserved for couples except during a slow season.
We have also recently recommended the Quimper Inn Bed and Breakfast. The phone number is 800-557-1060.

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