This event is an opportunity to gain kayaking skills for those who have never kayaked before and also those experienced kayakers who want to gain new skills. We will meet on Friday afternoon/evening for a time of relaxation and socialization around the campfire.
Saturday will begin with a beginner kayaking education class taught by Mark Foss, a certified ACA instructor. Be prepared to get wet. He will provide basic paddling instructions and also teach us skills to be safe in the water. He will also provide a class for the more experienced kayaker. We will learn about open water rescue and advanced safety training along with other advanced skills. Mark will be educating all of us on how to eliminate some bad habits that we have acquired over the years.
For those of you that would like to participate, we will be having a moonlight kayak that evening. (Possibly Friday evening also) Please remember that safety is always first and in order to participate, you must have a Personal Floatation Device for any water event. You will also want a headlamp and lights for the front and back of your Kayak. (Glow sticks are fun, you can decorate yourself and/or kayak with them, red, green and white are the recommended colors for boaters – bring a lot of them!)
For those of you interested in paddle boarding, Julie DeJong will be providing instruction on basic paddle boarding skills in the bay area and give you a chance to practice. If you have your own paddle board, please bring it with you.
What to bring: We have four campsites secured for this event. If you are bringing a camper needing electrical, you will need to contact Kim regarding camping spaces. Please bring your own camping gear, sunscreen, bug spray etc., your own food – meals are on your own, (there is a small restaurant/convenience store about 5 miles away at the Snake Creek Recreation area), and beverages and also a snack to share with the group. (Fire wood will be provided)
Also bring your own kayak, paddles, PFD (this is mandatory in order to participate- you MUST wear it), headlamp and lights for your kayak if you want to participate in the moonlight kayak. If you don’t own a kayak, please contact Kim Kock as we will have a limited number of extra available for those that don’t have their own. Also bring a positive attitude with the willingness to have fun! A first aid kit will be on site.
You must have a state park entrance sticker on your vehicle to enter the park, or pay the daily fee.
Facilities: There is a vaulted toilet near our campsites and also a shower house and flushable toilet available within a short walking distance.
Cost of the event: The registration for this event is $20 for the entire weekend. This cost will cover your campsite fee and wood for the fire. All participants must be members of OWSD. To join Outdoor Women of South Dakota and to register for this event, please contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org . Please register by Monday, July 6th for this event.