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Introduction to Sea Kayaking Course by Tom Henning (7-8 May 11)

I missed the Mt St Helen Climb today (Traditional Mother's day Climb) becaue I wanted to learn Kayaking. I was so glad to take the introduction to Sea Kayaking Course. This course was almost free sponsored by the Peninsular Wilderness Club (PWC) volunteer, Tom Henning. Other PWC veteran paddlers, Les M, Paul D, Charlie M, & Tom R volunteered to help the 8 students. Iíve already paddled the Liberty Bay with ease but the course would elevate me to a different level with skills like turning without rudder, self/assisted rescuing, proper turning, paddling technique, etc. I really appreciated their teaching and dedication for the club.

As for the course, the first day was 2 hours of classroom session that went over pretty much about sea Kayaking and anatomy of Kayaks. The 2nd day started with 2 hours of pool session focused on self and assisted rescuing. After 2 hours of break, we paddled about 3 hours in the Puget Sound (Brownsville). All necessary Kayak equipment (Kayak, paddle, PFD, etc) were provided free !!! What an opportunty to learn Kayaking ! It was an excellent course and highly recommended to the new and self-taught Kayakers.

Thanks a lot, Tom and the PWC volunteers.

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