Outing Club
at the Schwartz Outdoor Leadership Center

Sea Kayak Advanced Leaders Seminar

Story posted September 22, 2010

The Sea Kayaking Advanced Leader Seminar has taken off this semester with current BOC leaders, Deja Williams ’11, Sheela Turbek ’13, Bess Carter ’13, Ricky Cui’ 12, Mika Matsuuchi ’11, Teona Williams ’12, Katie Dubois ’11, Ethan Nonomura ’12 and David Paul ’11. Covering everything from basic paddling and parts of the kayak to advanced rescues and maritime navigation this course has already started to turn these wilderness trip leaders into advanced Sea Kayak leaders.

The course started on beautiful range pond about an hour and a half northwest of Bowdoin College, where we covered paddling and basic rescues. The water was warm and therefore perfect for all the swimming and half sunken boats encountered during our day. Shortly following our freshwater introductory course we went headlong into a weekend long trip on the ocean.

On our weekend we faced moderate waves, 1-3ft at their largest, winds and tides on our way from Merritt Island to the Coastal Studies Center and finally to Mere Point. With two more full days and an afternoon of navigation left in the course, all of our intrepid leaders are equipped with the skills to use marine radios, rescue one another, travel long distances in challenging paddling conditions and stay dry and comfortable while camping with sea kayaks.