Lumpy Waters Symposium

Location:  Pacific City, OR, United States
Starting From: US $89.00

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The Lumpy Waters Symposium is a skill building event on the Oregon Coast designed to take your sea paddling up a notch.    

Read on to find out more about the 6th annual Lumpy Waters Symposium in 2014 and details about how to get signed up.  

PLEASE READ-ON BELOW and FOLLOW STEP BY STEP...  

Step # 1:  Read all information in full and feel free to ask questions before booking.  We can walk you through the process one on one if needed.  Loads of information can be found under each blue tab above.   

Step # 2:  Consult the "Self Assessment Guidelines" below to identify what skill category best describes your current abilities.  Self assessments are rarely accurate, so please seek assistance from a trusted coach or peer.  We can also help you with this, just give us a call.  We will also require you to answer some questions about your current skill level during the booking process.  Please take time to answer all questions accurately and honestly.     

Step #3:  Decide your focus.  Do you want to learn to go on successful journeys or are you looking to improve your sea kayak play skills?  Or do you want to mix it up and try both?  More information about these choices below... The Lumpy Waters Symposium is STUDENT FOCUSED.  We want to respond to demand and student needs.  We will be custom tailoring our class selection to those registered.  

Step #4:  Once you have read all the information provided including the cancellation policy and identified your focus and skill level, continue with booking.  Click the blue highlighted dates on the calendar to the right side of the screen.  Be sure to enter any promo codes you may have. 

*WE URGE ALL PARTICIPANTS TO CHECK WITH THEIR PHYSICIAN TO ENSURE THEY ARE CLEARED TO PARTICIPATE IN STRENUOUS ATHLETIC ACTIVITIES BEFORE SIGNING UP*

Step#5:  Select what room / board option you want for the weekend.  For multiple participants, please have all information needed before proceeding.  It's essential that each person fill out their own questionaire within the booking process.  

Step #6: Complete your booking form including all required fields.  Please answer all questions to the best of your ability.

Step #7:  Read over the confirmation email and check for any errors.  Call us with any questions.  Once we have a better idea of student wants and needs for specific programs, we will be releasing the full schedule and will contact you for your choices. Until then...

Get OUT on the water and practice your skills.  Learn to roll if possible.  Take some skill building classes to prepare for the experience.  Please contact us if you have any questions about how to prepare for Lumpy Waters.         

STUDENT SELF ASSESSMENT GUIDELINES: 

Before continuing with the booking process, please take a moment to familiarize yourself with the categories below.  Accurate self assessments are important to you, to us, and to the other participants.  Lumpy Waters is an inclusive event, but by signing up you are assuming responsibility of making appropriate choices for yourself.  Some experience IS required to participate.  

As a participant, skill based groupings help ensure that you are learning at the most appropriate level.  When a class is too challenging or not challenging enough, effective learning is greatly reduced.  Self assessment helps us manage risk and allows participants to learn and perform at a reasonably equal level.   

Identify which skill category best describes your current level.  Keep in mind that most students greatly over-estimate their personal abilities.  Please seek assistance from a instructor, coach, or trusted peer if possible.  You should fulfill MOST requirements of the category that best describes you.

Novice Sea Boater: The novice sea boater has had formal instruction from a certified instructor or coach.  They can perform self rescues and peer rescues in flat deep water without going to shore. They can paddle forward with efficiency, maneuver their kayak on edge, and can move sideways using effective draw strokes.  Novice boaters at Lumpy Waters should prevent capsizing effectively in flat water using basic bracing stokes.  They are able to maneuver their kayaks in tight spaces and can paddle 6-8 miles in protected coastal or inland environments over the course of a full day of paddling. If you currently hold a BCU 2 star award you are likely in this category.

*If you do not meet these minimum level skill requirements, inquire about courses to take prior to Lumpy Waters to properly prepare for the experience and to meet those requirements* 

Intermediate Sea Boater:  The intermediate sea boater can perform all of the desired skills of a novice efficiently and effectively on BOTH sides.  They can paddle backwards and forwards maintaining a course in moderate wind (Force 3).  The intermediate sea boater should be able to roll their kayak reliably in flat water.  They are proficient with deep water solo rescues and towing techniques.  The intermediate has good group awareness, assesses personal risk accurately, and can travel well in a group of led paddlers.  They can perform skills in winds up to about 10 knots, moving water up to 3 knots, and swells up to 5 ft.  The intermediate sea boater can paddle 8-15 miles in a typical day and can hold a cruising speed of at least 3 knots.  These paddlers should also know how to operate safely in the surf zone with other paddlers and users. If you currently hold a BCU 3 star award you are likely in this category

 

Advanced Intermediate Sea Boater:  The advanced intermediate sea boater has a variety of experience in the cockpit and can perform all the fundamental skills and deep water rescues in wind up to 20 knots, moving water up to 4 knots, and swells up to 7 feet!  The advanced intermediate has a reliable roll on either side in moving water, wind, and the surf zone.  Paddlers at this level should be in good physical condition and can paddle 15-20 miles in a day while holding speeds over 3 knots.  At this level, students should already possess some good seamanship skills such as environmental / weather and sea state awareness, tidal and trip planning, basic navigation, applies weather forecasts, and is knowledgable about emergency equipment and procedure.  Advanced intermediates can help perform rescues in conditions including rough water landings, towing, and efficient assisted re-entries in conditions. If you currently hold or are working towards a BCU 4 star award you are likely in this category.

Course Tracks:

Each course on the schedule will have emphasis towards either Playing or Journeying.  The skill and knowledge sets required for each overlap, but the focus of classes and the sorts of boundaries that you would draw differ.  

Most sea kayakers have interests in both play and journeys, but often paddlers will have an affinity towards one or the other.  These categories will help to better indicate the intent of each course and will allow students to make better informed class choices based on their needs.    

Journey:

These courses focus on all the physical and cognitive skills needed to safely move from one place to another through a variety of sea / coastal environments.  These paddlers are simply trying to arrive safely at their destinations despite adverse conditions including dynamic and rough sea states.

Play:

These courses focus on mainly the physical motor skills needed to perform playful maneuvers on dynamic and rough waters.  While the emphasis is on motor skills, awareness and risk assessment of the play zones are also part of these classes.  If you want to park and play all day in one location these courses are for you.                                                                                       

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Playing / surfing requires a higher degree of motor skills, but typically takes place in a localized environment.  Traveling / journeying takes place in a much broader environment, requiring the application of more cognitive skills to avoid the need for more advanced motor skills.  In neither case is this absolute.  A play paddler on the sea must realize that this is a hostile, dynamic, and complex zone that requires a certain amount of knowledge and understanding of the envoronment to operate safely.  A traveler must realize that if they do much traveling on the sea, inevitably they will find themselves in rough seas or be forced to land through the surf and will need good rough water motor skills.  Each class will have elements of both motor and cognitive skills but the emphasis will differ.  

 COURSE LEVELS:

Each course at Lumpy Waters will be grouped into one of three categories.  When selecting courses please be aware of what level the course is aimed.        

Intro:

Introductory classes help students learn a skill for the first time.  "Get your feet wet" by trying something new.  If you have not had a class in a given topic before, consider taking an introductory class to start with before moving on to more advanced options for that subject.  These courses are perfect for the Novice Paddlers at Lumpy.

Refine:

Refinement classes help students master a skill they have already been working on.  These courses are perfect for students that may have some working knowledge of a topic but require more work to truely own the new skill set.  These courses are for those that fall into the "intermediate" skill level category.

Lead:

Leadership classes are for advanced intermediate paddlers that hope to lead others in coastal environments.  These courses will focus on the skills needed to safely lead other paddlers including navigation, seamanship, rescues, incident managment and group dynamics training.  Leadership courses require a high level of skill and awareness and are reserved for those best prepared to lead.  

*If you are not sure what level classes to request please inquire at programs@aldercreek.com after completing your reservation form.  

Additional Information

We will be staying at the Cape Kiwanda RV Park. We have assorted cabins, tent camping and RV sites available. We have also reserved a group meeting room complete with indoor, heated pool access and a jacuzzi.

We have the space blocked out so you will be assigned a space/cabin upon your registration.

You can also book a room at the Inn at Cape Kiwanda by calling 888.965.7001

Lumpy Waters October 10th,11th and 12th, 2014.

Event Check in opens at Friday at 8AM and CLOSES at 11:00AM at the Cape Kiwanda RV Resort Club House. Lunch is at 11AM followed by mandatory participant meeting at Noon. 

Students and coaches will meet Saturday and Sunday morning at the Cape Kiwanda RV Park Club House for a safety briefing and organizational meeting at 8:30am . Class rosters will be announced along with special information needed by all groups at this time. Classes will conclude each day at approximately 4:30pm. (2pm on Sunday)

DISCLAIMERS: (Read ALL before selecting your schedule)

1) The Pacific Northwest is a dynamic and often unpredictable environment. All activities are run/fun rain or shine. All programs are conditions dependent and may change at any time at our discretion. In order to keep our programs affordable a minimum number of participants may be required. If we are unable to fill a program to a minimum requirement level we reserve the right to cancel the program. If you need to cancel, please do so by October 1st to receive a partial refund. The $100 registration fee is non-refundable. Transfers will be discussed and accommodated to the best of our ability

2) Students will be able to adjust their schedules at the event each day. We encourage you to make your course selections with an open mind. Let us know if you would like suggestions about adjustments when you arrive.

3) Be sure you e-mail programs@aldercreek.com with your class choices as soon as possible. 

4) Be conservative when making class choices. Start slow and work your way up in difficulty once you feel things out. It's always better to be prepared for the class rather than playing catch up.   

5) If you are not sure about your ability to perform to the level of a class please ask us for clarification.  e-mail programs@aldercreek.com

6) Each class will be categorized as either "Play" or "Journey" focused; then labeled Novice, Intermediate, or Advanced Intermediate. Each class will also include a list of REQUIRED pre-requisite skills. Please take the time to determine if each class is really appropriate for your skill level. If you are not sure of your personal skill level please refer back to the "Overview" tab for definitions of each level. (Novice, Intermediate, or Advanced Intermediate)

CHECK IN begins at 8am on Friday at the Club House.

 

 

2014  --(2014 schedule will be similar but NOT confirmed- subject to changes- check back in late July for set schedule.)

Not sure what classes to sign up for at Lumpy this year

Check out these suggested tracks for some ideas... 

Sample Suggested Tracks:

 

Taking your FIRST "lumps"?  You could take "Precision Boat Control" on Friday, Saturday morning head out for some "Edging & Bracing”.  Grab some lunch then head back out Saturday afternoon for "Fear to FUN in the Surf".  Then wrap up your weekend by heading back out to the surf for some more practice with "Fun & Feedback"!

CRUISIN for a Bruising …?  So you’ve never been to Lumpy but you want to make up for lost time and jump in with BOTH feet!  You could head straight to “Fear to Fun” in the surf on Friday morning.  Saturday morning you should go right back out to the surf in “Fun and Feedback”.  Saturday afternoon work on “Boat Control in Conditions”.  Then if you have anything left for Sunday take the “Intro to Rock Garden Safety & Rescue”

PLEASE, may we have some MORE? So you are back for more eh?  Once you have been to Lumpy it's hard to stay away.  On Friday get back out there and review some surf zone skills by starting off with "Fun & Feedback".  Saturday step up your seamanship with the full day version of "Navigation Strategies for Sea Journeys".  The sea is not such a mysterious place if you know what to look for.  On Sunday wrap up your weekend with an "Intermediate Sea Journey”

So you want to LEAD others on the sea?  To start with I highly recommend that you look into participating in BCU week just prior to Lumpy Waters.  Visit this link to get signed up.http://aldercreek.rezgo.com/details/37999/west-coast-bcuna-week   

Linking BCU week up with Lumpy Waters could give you 9 straight days on the water!  Imagine the possibilities.  Once BCU week is over head South to 

Pacific City

and jump into the" Incident Managment" Class on Friday.  Move on to the full day "Rock Garden Safety & Rescue" course on Saturday.  To wrap things up master the back ninja art of Sea Kayak Navigation on Sunday.

 

Anyone can put together their own custom tailored program by selecting classes from below.  Please let us know what classes you want ASAP. 

 

 

 2014 schedule: We run the most student centered symposium in the world.  We evaluate your needs and ability levels best we can in the registration process.  Once most people have registererd we actually build the event schedule to suit the needs of those who have registered!  We will have the official schedule out just as soon as we can.  We will then let everyone know and you can choose your preferred courses.  Please stay flexible as conditions, coaches, and courses can and often do change at the event.

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SAMPLE schedule for  2014

Friday's Class Schedule: 10/10/2014:  (classes run 1:00pm - 5:00pm)

 

PRECISION BOAT CONTROL & DESIGN

Focus: Playing or Journeying

Skill level: Novice

Prerequisites: None

Venue: Calm water 

Description: This class is held on the sheltered waters within Nestucca Bay and provides the student with a repertoire of useful strokes and boat maneuvers for different boat designs.  The key cause and effect relationships involved in boat control are introduced and students learn to perform maneuvers safely and efficiently.  Want to get more comfortable in rough water?  Be sure to lock these skills down FIRST. 

FEAR TO FUN IN THE SURF

Focus: Journeying and Playing

Skill Level: Novice

Prerequisites: Basic skills and a COMFORTABLE wet-exit

Venue: Surf Zone

Description: The surf zone can be an intimidating place at times. See this exciting environment through new eyes as you gain confidence and understanding of the dynamics at work in the surf. Learn to select a safe play zone, read water, and operate in the surf. This class emphasizes how to safely negotiate a surf break zone during launching and landing without getting surfed. Become skilled at holding position and moving within the surf zone with boat control and safety as the number one priority. This class is a great choice for people looking to try the surf for a first time or have not yet had formal instruction in the surf.

 

SHORT BOAT SURFING

Focus: Play

Skill Level: Intermediate or Advanced Intermediate

Prerequisites: Strong roll in rough water

Venue: Surf Zone

Description: Students will learn proper techniques for safely operating in the surf zone with whitewater and surf specific kayaks. We will cover topics such as reading the surf, selecting a break, launching / landing on the beach, positioning in the group and on the wave, surf etiquette, bottom turns, cutbacks, etc... This class is fun for people who have a consistent roll in rough water. 

 

FUN & FEEDBACK

Focus: Journeying or Playing

Skill Level: Novice / Intermediate 

Prerequisites: Completion of "Fear to Fun" class / self rescue in surf

Venue: Surf Zone

Description: Having mastered the recognition of hazards, holding position, and self rescuing in the Fear 2 Fun class, move onto this next step before venturing out beyond the break. You will work on activities that create opportunities for Practicing teamwork, signaling, launching, landing, broaching, maneuvering and surfing in the soup zone with lots of feedback and tips to help you along. If you had fun during Fear 2 Fun but want more time to practice this one’s for you. Have fun, gain some confidence, and become comfortable in the surf! Students should have completed Fear 2 Fun and be able to self rescue.  A roll is handy, but is NOT required. 

 

LONG BOAT SURFING

Focus: Play

Skill Level: Intermediate / Advanced Intermediate 

Prerequisites: A consistent roll plus completion of the "Fear to Fun" program. Students should already be able to hold position, enter and exit the surf zone while maintaining boat control.

Venue: Surf Zone

Description: Once comfortable with basic surf zone operation it's time to surf! This class emphasizes how to select a break, position your self to catch waves, and enjoy the ride. This class is an introduction to surfing waves in a sea kayak. We will be practicing the use of surf etiquette, spacing, and group management while playing in the surf. Learn to prevent and control broaching, side surfing, and even back surfing.

 

OPEN WATER RESCUES

Focus: Journeying

Skill Level: Novice or Intermediate 

Prerequisites: Basic paddling skills and deep water assisted re-entry experience

Venue: Deep calm water

Description: This half-day class is held on sheltered water and introduces deep-water rescue techniques for solo and group paddlers. The class covers techniques for solo re-entry of a kayak following a wet exit as well as assisted drain and re-enter rescues involving two or more paddlers. It also covers basic safety concerns and safety related features of sea kayaks and paddling equipment. This class is fun for anyone.

 

Simplifying the Roll with THE Helen Wilson

Focus: Playing

Skill Level: Novice or Intermediate

Prerequisites: Consistent panic-free wet-exits and underwater comfort.  Students should have already had some successful roll training.

Venue: Flat water

Description: This class is for those working on a beginning roll, an other-side roll or cleaning up an existing roll. The class will move through a steady progression of on-land exercises, in-water exercises and in-kayak exercises and will include techniques such as the Balance Brace, the Standard Greenland Roll and/or the Butterfly Roll. The techniques examined can be used with any type of paddle and any type of kayak.

 

FORWARD STROKE CLINIC

Focus: Journeying

Skill Level: Novice - Advanced Intermediate

Prerequisites: none

Venue: Flat water

Description: The forward stroke is arguably the least perfected skill in kayaking. Who needs this class? Have you ever felt like you are working really hard to keep up with the group? Are you really tired and sore after paddling when others do not seem to be? Do you aspire to kayak race or paddle for fitness? Do you have a long journey planned? You can go fast or go slow with an efficient forward stroke, but there is no reason to work harder than you have to. Master this critical skill! 

 

EDGING & BRACING

Focus: Playing

Skill Level: Novice & Intermediate

Prerequisites: Basic Skills and comfortable wet-exits

Venue: Flat water

Description: The best rescue is the one that never had to happen!  Having a roll is great, but not capsizing in the first place is even better.  Alder Creek has expanded and improved one of its most popular classes.  Every paddler on the water should take this class. Edging and Bracing are crucial skills for paddlers of all levels. It is also a critical building block on the way to a solid roll. 

 

Saturday's Class Schedule 10/11/2014: Full and Half Day

 

*On Saturday we ask that students select either 1 full day class or 2 half day classes

FULL Day Classes: 8am-4pm

ROCK GARDEN SAFETY AND RESCUE

Focus: Playing

Skill Level: Intermediate or Advanced Intermediate

Prerequisites: Solid rescue skills and rough water paddling comfort. Students should be able to perform a myriad of rescues including solo re-entries and various towing techniques that already work well in dynamic open water. 

Venue: Dynamic Water near rocky shorelines. 

Description: Explore this stunning coastline’s labyrinth of arches, tunnels, and overfalls while learning to control and maneuver your sea kayak in this complex environment. We will practice skills that increase our safety margin within the rocks. Rock specific rescue techniques and methods will be practiced in real conditions. This class is fun for people who already have some ocean paddling experience and can confidently perform regular deep water rescues quickly and effectively.

 

SUSTENANCE FISHING FOR KAYAKERS: CRABBING

Focus: Journeying

Skill Level: Novice - Advanced Intermediate

Prerequisites: Basic paddling skills and deep water assisted re-entry experience

Venue: Flat water

Description: Learn how to catch tasty Dungeness crab from your sea kayak with compact handlines in a protected environment with limited power boat traffic. Cook them up on the beach at the end of the day. A skill any saltwater paddler should have!

 

COMBAT ROLLING & BRACING

Focus: Playing

Skill Level: Intermediate or Advanced Intermediate

Prerequisites:  A reliable roll in flat water.  Students should be comfortable self rescuing in mild conditions.

Venue: Dynamic water

Description: The roll can be an elusive beast. What works in the pool when you are expecting to flip does not always transfer to rougher waters. Turn your quiet domesticated pool roll into the powerful and reliable combat roll you really need. Students will be practicing bracing and rolling skills where they are needed most. 

 

NINJA NAVIGATION & SEAMANSHIP STRATEGIES

Focus: Journeying

Skill Level:  Intermediate

Prerequisites: Some basic chart reading knowledge required.  Students should be able to paddle comfortably out at sea at the intermediate level in moderate conditions.

Venue: Classroom

Description: This course is designed for those paddlers carrying out coastal journeys. The aim is to give the student tools to enable them to plan trips and navigate while on the water. Traveling on the sea can be an amazingly rewarding experience, but to do so safely everyone should have on water navigation training. This course will be incorporating dry land and paddling activities to keep students challenged and entertained.  See how FUN navigation can really be.  Demystify the black art!

 

ADVANCED STROKES & MANEUVERS

Focus: Journeying

Skill Level: Novice - Intermediate

Prerequisites: Basic paddling skills and deep water assisted re-entry experience

Venue: Flat water

Description: This class is held on the sheltered waters within Nestucca Bay and provides the student with a repertoire of more advanced strokes and boat maneuvers.  Want to get more comfortable in rough water?  Get back to the foundations of how to put your boat where you want it! 

 

INCIDENT MANAGMENT

Focus: Journeying

Skill Level: Intermediate or Advanced Intermediate

Prerequisites: Solid flat water rescue skills and rough water paddling comfort. Students should be able to perform a myriad of rescues including solo re-entries and various towing techniques that already work well in flat water.

Venue: Open Coast including rocks, surf, and tidal currents

Description: Take your rescues from the flat water and test them in the dynamic environment found at sea! We will discover things we can do to facilitate fast, simple, and effective rescue when the environment is less than forgiving. Beyond rescues we will also explore other incidents that may simply require a tow to the extreme situation of needing to call for outside help. We will also be discussing risk assessment and the principles of good leadership to prevent incidents too.

 

INTERMEDIATE SEA JOURNEY

Focus: Journeying

Skill Level: Intermediate / Advanced Intermediate

Prerequisites: Students should be able to paddle comfortably out at sea at the intermediate level in moderate conditions. A roll is not required but is strongly recommended. Holding pace at 3 knots is essential. Comfort performing assisted re-entries while in conditions is also required. 

Venue: Open Coastal

Description: Get out and explore our beautiful coast line. This journey will launch through the surf and will head out to sea if conditions allow.  Oregon's shore is made up of a series of flat welcoming beaches interspersed between huge outcroppings of volcanic rocks and cliffs that conceal complex caves and tunnels. 

 

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Saturday MORNING Classes: (half day) 8am-12:30pm

 

Fun, Balance, and Games with THE Helen Wilson

Focus: Journeying and Playing

Skill Level: Novice / Intermediate

Prerequisites:  Basic skills and a COMFORTABLE wet-exit

Venue: Flat water

Description: Fun, Balance and Games is an excellent way to learn boat control while developing a stronger relationship between the body, the kayak and the water. Throughout the day we’ll play with rescues, balance control and games in flat water. This is a fun class, with an emphasis on laughter and water play. Students will learn to think outside the box while developing necessary balance and bracing skills. Scenarios will be given that, as a group, we’ll find solutions to. This is an excellent class for those hoping to develop confidence in the water while working on necessary skills in a playful way.

 

FEAR TO FUN IN THE SURF

Focus: Journeying and Playing

Skill Level: Novice

Prerequisites: Basic skills and a COMFORTABLE wet-exit

Venue: Surf Zone

Description: The surf zone can be an intimidating place at times. See this exciting environment through new eyes as you gain confidence and understanding of the dynamics at work in the surf. Learn to select a safe play zone, read water, and operate in the surf. This class emphasizes how to safely negotiate a surf break zone during launching and landing without getting surfed. Become skilled at holding position and moving within the surf zone with boat control and safety as the number one priority. This class is a great choice for people looking to try the surf for a first time or have not yet had formal instruction in the surf.

 

SHORT BOAT SURFING

Focus: Play

Skill Level: Intermediate or Advanced Intermediate

Prerequisites: Strong roll in rough water

Venue: Surf Zone

Description: Students will learn proper techniques for safely operating in the surf zone with whitewater and surf specific kayaks. We will cover topics such as reading the surf, selecting a break, launching / landing on the beach, positioning in the group and on the wave, surf etiquette, bottom turns, cutbacks, etc... This class is fun for people who have a consistent roll in rough water.

 

ROUGH WATER RESCUES

Focus: Journey

Skill Level: Intermediate or Advanced Intermediate

Prerequisites: Solid flat water rescue skills and rough water paddling comfort. Students should be able to perform a myriad of rescues including solo re-entries and various towing techniques that already work well in flat water.

Venue: Dynamic and rough water including swell and windy conditions

Description: Rescues are rarely needed in flat water, so why practice them there? This class will focus on the most effective rescue techniques used in real conditions. Learn how to prioritize and execute efficient rescues with confidence in wind, current, and waves. Students should be well practiced at basic assisted re-entries. A solid roll is not required, but some rolling experience is helpful.

 

FUN & FEEDBACK

Focus: Journeying or Playing

Skill Level: Novice / Intermediate

Prerequisites: Completion of "Fear to Fun" class / self rescue in surf

Venue: Surf Zone

Description: Having mastered the recognition of hazards, holding position, and self rescuing in the Fear 2 Fun class, move onto this next step before venturing out beyond the break. You will work activities that create opportunities for Practicing teamwork, signaling, launching, landing, broaching, maneuvering and surfing in the soup zone with lots of feedback and tips to help you along. If you had fun during Fear 2 Fun but want more time to practice this one’s for you. Have fun, gain some confidence, and become comfortable in the surf! Students should have completed Fear 2 Fun and be able to self rescue. A roll is handy, but is NOT required.

  

LONG BOAT SURFING

Focus: Play

Skill Level: Intermediate / Advanced Intermediate

Prerequisites: A consistent roll plus completion of the "Fear to Fun" program. Students should already be able to hold position, enter and exit the surf zone while maintaining boat control.

Venue: Surf Zone

Description: Once comfortable with basic surf zone operation it's time to surf! This class emphasizes how to select a break, position your self to catch waves, and enjoy the ride. This class is an introduction to surfing waves in a sea kayak. We will be practicing the use of surf etiquette, spacing, and group management while playing in the surf. Learn to prevent and control broaching, side surfing, and even back surfing.

 

EDGING & BRACING

Focus: Playing

Skill Level: Novice & Intermediate

Prerequisites: Basic Skills and comfortable wet-exits

Venue: Flat water

Description: The best rescue is the one that never had to happen! Having a roll is great, but not capsizing in the first place is even better. Alder Creek has expanded and improved one of it's most popular classes. Every paddler on the water should take this class. Edging and Bracing are crucial skills for paddlers of all levels. It is also a critical building block on the way to a solid roll.

 

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Saturday AFTERNOON Classes: (half day) 1:30-5:00pm

 

SIMPLIFYING the ROLL with THE Helen Wilson

Focus: Playing

Skill Level: Novice or Intermediate

Prerequisites: Consistent panic-free wet-exits and underwater comfort.  Students should have already had some successful roll training.

Venue: Flat water

Description: This class is for those working on a beginning roll, an other-side roll or cleaning up an existing roll. The class will move through a steady progression of on-land exercises, in-water exercises and in-kayak exercises and will include techniques such as the Balance Brace, the Standard Greenland Roll and/or the Butterfly Roll. The techniques examined can be used with any type of paddle and any type of kayak.

 

FUN & FEEDBACK

Focus: Journeying or Playing

Skill Level: Novice / Intermediate

Prerequisites: Completion of "Fear to Fun" class / self rescue in surf

Venue: Surf Zone

Description: Having mastered the recognition of hazards, holding position, and self rescuing in the Fear 2 Fun class, move onto this next step before venturing out beyond the break. You will work activities that create opportunities for Practicing teamwork, signaling, launching, landing, broaching, maneuvering and surfing in the soup zone with lots of feedback and tips to help you along. If you had fun during Fear 2 Fun but want more time to practice this one’s for you. Have fun, gain some confidence, and become comfortable in the surf! Students should have completed Fear 2 Fun and be able to self rescue. A roll is handy, but is NOT required.

 

TOWING SCENARIOS & GROUP MANAGMENT

Focus: Journeying

Skill Level:  Intermediate or Advanced Intermediate

Prerequisites: Students should be able to paddle comfortably out at sea at the intermediate level in moderate conditions. Flat water towing skills and experience must also be in place

Venue: Open Coastal

Description:  Group paddling can be fun and VERY rewarding. Effectively and safely managing a group of friends or peers on the water takes practice. Learn some procedures and what to watch out for. Learn basic and advanced techniques for towing other people and boats using contact tows and tow lines. Master this essential skill for paddling with other people. This class is fun for anyone.

 

MASTERING BOAT CONTROL IN CONDITIONS

Focus: Journeying

Skill Level: Intermediate

Prerequisites: Students should already have solid maneuvering skills in flat water.  Be prepared to perform assisted re-entries and be able to paddle at sea for 3-4 hours in conditions. 

Venue: Open Coastal

Description: The class will be held in open water with windy, choppy conditions. You will discover how to apply all of your flat water strokes and maneuvers in a dynamic environment. You will learn how to make use of a skeg or rudder to balance your direction in a cross or down-wind scenario. You will gain experience paddling in head, side and following seas in complete control. This class if fun for people who already know how to maneuver their boats in calm conditions and can already perform deep water assisted re-entries.

 

FEAR TO FUN IN THE SURF

Focus: Journeying and Playing

Skill Level: Novice

Prerequisites: Basic skills and a COMFORTABLE wet-exit

Venue: Surf Zone

Description: The surf zone can be an intimidating place at times. See this exciting environment through new eyes as you gain confidence and understanding of the dynamics at work in the surf. Learn to select a safe play zone, read water, and operate in the surf. This class emphasizes how to safely negotiate a surf break zone during launching and landing without getting surfed. Become skilled at holding position and moving within the surf zone with boat control and safety as the number one priority. This class is a great choice for people looking to try the surf for a first time or have not yet had formal instruction in the surf.

 

ROUGH WATER RESCUES

Focus: Journey

Skill Level: Intermediate or Advanced Intermediate

Prerequisites: Solid flat water rescue skills and rough water paddling comfort. Students should be able to perform a myriad of rescues including solo re-entries and various towing techniques that already work well in flat water.

Venue: Dynamic and rough water including swell and windy conditions

Description: Rescues are rarely needed in flat water, so why practice them there? This class will focus on the most effective rescue techniques used in real conditions. Learn how to prioritize and execute efficient rescues with confidence in wind, current, and waves. Students should be well practiced at basic assisted re-entries. A solid roll is not required, but some rolling experience is helpful.

 

EDGING & BRACING

Focus: Playing

Skill Level: Novice & Intermediate

Prerequisites: Basic Skills and comfortable wet-exits

Venue: Flat water

Description: The best rescue is the one that never had to happen! Having a roll is great, but not capsizing in the first place is even better. Alder Creek has expanded and improved one of it's most popular classes. Every paddler on the water should take this class. Edging and Bracing are crucial skills for paddlers of all levels. It is also a critical building block on the way to a solid roll.

 

ROLLING CHECK-UP

Focus: Playing

Skill Level: Novice or Intermediate

Prerequisites: Consistent panic-free wet-exits and underwater comfort. Students should have already had some successful roll training.

Venue: Flat water

Description: Rolling can be a mysterious skill. If you have been working on your roll and would like some helpful tips on making it stronger in calm water, this class is for you. This is a group rolling class for people that have already had some one on one training and know the basics of the roll but would like to improve more before moving the skill to a combat situation.

 

PRECISION BOAT CONTROL & DESIGN

Focus: Playing or Journeying

Skill level: Novice

Prerequisites: None

Venue: Calm water 

Description: This class is held on the sheltered waters within Nestucca Bay and provides the student with a repertoire of useful strokes and boat maneuvers for different boat designs.  The key cause and effect relationships involved in boat control are introduced and students learn to perform maneuvers safely and efficiently.  Want to get more comfortable in rough water?  Be sure to lock these skills down FIRST. 

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Sunday Classes: 9am-2pm

 

 COMPLICATING THE ROLL with THE Helen Wilson

Focus: Journeying or Playing

Skill Level: Intermediate or Advanced

Prerequisites: be able to roll a kayak in flat water on demand

Venue: flat water

Description: This class is for those working on forward finish or layback rolls.

Rolls that may be included are the Balance Brace, the Butterfly Roll, the Storm Roll, the Chest Scull and the Reverse Sweep, as well as more technical rolls, such as advanced paddle rolls, norsaq rolls, hand rolls and beyond.

 

FUN & FEEDBACK

Focus: Journeying or Playing

Skill Level: Novice / Intermediate

Prerequisites: Completion of "Fear to Fun" class / self rescue in surf

Venue: Surf Zone

Description: Having mastered the recognition of hazards, holding position, and self rescuing in the Fear 2 Fun class, move onto this next step before venturing out beyond the break. You will work activities that create opportunities for Practicing teamwork, signaling, launching, landing, broaching, maneuvering and surfing in the soup zone with lots of feedback and tips to help you along. If you had fun during Fear 2 Fun but want more time to practice this one’s for you. Have fun, gain some confidence, and become comfortable in the surf! Students should have completed Fear 2 Fun and be able to self rescue. A roll is handy, but is NOT required.

 

SUSTENANCE FISHING FOR SEA KAYAKERS: Hand Line Fishing in Open Water

Focus: Journeying

Skill Level:  Intermediate / Advanced Intermediate

Prerequisites: Be able to paddle for aFull Day, Comfort with Moderate Water - Wind waves & wakes to 3ft, tidal currents to 4kts, wind to 20kts, Moderate to high boat traffic.

Venue: Tillamook Bay

Description: Learn how to fish for Dungeness crab, and jig for lingcod with handlines from a sea kayak in a moderately challenging environment with high power boat traffic. Participants should be ready to take crab home!

 

INTERMEDIATE SEA JOURNEY

Focus: Journeying

Skill Level: Intermediate / Advanced Intermediate

Prerequisites: Students should be able to paddle comfortably out at sea at the intermediate level in moderate conditions. A roll is not required but is strongly recommended. Holding pace at 3 knots is essential. Comfort performing assisted re-entries while in conditions is also required. 

Venue: Open Coastal

Description: Get out and explore our beautiful coast line. This journey will launch through the surf and will head out to sea if conditions allow.  Oregon's shore is made up of a series of flat welcoming beaches interspersed between huge outcroppings of volcanic rocks and cliffs that conceal complex caves and tunnels. 

 

BOAT CONTROL TOUR

Focus: Playing or Journeying

Skill level: Novice

Prerequisites: None

Venue: Calm water

Description: This class is held on the sheltered waters within Nestucca Bay and provides the student with a repertoire of useful strokes and boat maneuvers for different boat designs.  The key cause and effect relationships involved in boat control are introduced and students learn to perform maneuvers safely and efficiently.  Want to get more comfortable in rough water?  Get back to the foundations of how to put your boat where you want it! 

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LONG BOAT SURFING

Focus: Play

Skill Level: Intermediate / Advanced Intermediate

Prerequisites: A consistent roll plus completion of the "Fear to Fun" program. Students should already be able to hold position, enter and exit the surf zone while maintaining boat control.

Venue: Surf Zone

Description: Once comfortable with basic surf zone operation it's time to surf! This class emphasizes how to select a break, position yourself to catch waves, and enjoy the ride. This class is an introduction to surfing waves in a sea kayak. We will be practicing the use of surf etiquette, spacing, and group management while playing in the surf. Learn to prevent and control broaching, side surfing, and even back surfing.

 

ADVANCED ROCK GARDENING AND CAVING

Focus: Play

Skill Level: Advanced Intermediate ONLY

Prerequisites: Completion of Rock Garden Safety & Rescue or equivalent.  A solid combat roll in rough conditions.  Ability to self rescue in deep water.  Good boat control in dynamic water. This is an advanced class, please do not sign up for it unless you fulfill the requirements.

Venue: Rock Gardens and Caves

Description: Take your rock gardening to the next level! Explore the unforgiving bowels of the Oregon Coast by probing deep into some of the best sea caves in the area. Students should have good boat control and reliable rescue skills. A roll may come in handy too. This is one of the highest difficulty classes and would be a great choice for any experienced paddler looking to step up their game.

 

INTRO TO ROCK GARDEN SAFETY & RESCUE

Focus: Play or Journey

Skill Level: Intermediate

Prerequisites: Solid rescue skills and rough water paddling comfort. Students should be able to perform a myriad of rescues including solo re-entries and various towing techniques that already work well in dynamic open water.

Venue: Dynamic Water near rocky shorelines. 

Description: Get in close to the rocks and learn to control and maneuver your sea kayak in this complex environment. We will practice skills that increase our safety margin within the rocks. Rock specific rescue techniques and methods will be practiced in real conditions. This class is fun for people who already have some ocean paddling experience and can confidently perform regular deep water rescues quickly and effectively. This is a great first time rock gardening experience.

 

FORWARD STROKE CLINIC

Focus: Journeying

Skill Level: Novice - Advanced Intermediate

Prerequisites: none

Venue: Flat water

Description: The forward stroke is arguably the least perfected skill in kayaking. Who needs this class? Have you ever felt like you are working really hard to keep up with the group? Are you really tired and sore after paddling when others do not seem to be? Do you aspire to kayak race or paddle for fitness? Do you have a long journey planned? You can go fast or go slow with an efficient forward stroke, but there is no reason to work harder than you have to. Master this critical skill!

 

ADVANCED STROKES & MANEUVERS

Focus: Journeying

Skill Level: Novice - Intermediate

Prerequisites: Basic paddling skills and deep water assisted re-entry experience

Venue: Flat water

Description: This class is held on the sheltered waters within Nestucca Bay and provides the student with a repertoire of more advanced strokes and boat maneuvers.  Want to get more comfortable in rough water?  Get back to the foundations of how to put your boat where you want it! 

 

NINJA NAVIGATION & SEAMANSHIP STRATEGIES

Focus: Journeying

Skill Level: Intermediate

Prerequisites: Some basic chart reading knowledge required. Students should be able to paddle comfortably out at sea at the intermediate level in moderate conditions.

Venue: Flat water

Description: This course is designed for those paddlers carrying out coastal journeys. The aim is to give the student tools to enable them to plan trips and navigate while on the water. Traveling on the sea can be an amazingly rewarding experience, but to do so safely everyone should have on water navigation training. This course will be incorporating dryland and paddling activities to keep students challenged and entertained. See how FUN navigation can really be. Demystify the black art!

 

INCIDENT MANAGMENT

Focus: Journeying

Skill Level: Intermediate or Advanced Intermediate

Prerequisites: Solid flat water rescue skills and rough water paddling comfort. Students should be able to perform a myriad of rescues including solo re-entries and various towing techniques that already work well in flat water.

Venue: Open Coast including rocks, surf, and tidal currents

Description: Take your rescues from the flat water and test them in the dynamic environment found at sea! We will discover things we can do to facilitate fast, simple, and effective rescue when the environment is less than forgiving. Beyond rescues we will also explore other incidents that may simply require a tow to the extreme situation of needing to call for outside help. We will also be discussing risk assessment and the principles of good leadership to prevent incidents too.

 

COMBAT ROLLING & BRACING

Focus: Playing

Skill Level: Intermediate or Advanced Intermediate

Prerequisites: A reliable roll in flat water. Students should be comfortable self rescuing in mild conditions.

Venue: Dynamic Water

Description: The roll can be an elusive beast. What works in the pool when you are expecting to flip does not always transfer to rougher waters. Turn your quiet domesticated pool roll into the powerful and reliable combat roll you really need. Students will be practicing bracing and rolling skills where they are needed most. 

 

 

 

NOTE: All classes are subject to weather and water conditions. We reserve the right to make changes to venues, schedules, instructors and students.

 

 

Things To Bring

Gear REQUIREMENTS:

We require all participants to dress for immersion in COLD water.  At the Oregon coast that means you should be wearing a drysuit or full length wetsuit with drytop or paddle jacket.  Please come dressed and prepared for cold water to prevent hypothermia.  

You are responsible for your own comfort on and in the water.  We highly recommend drysuits, booties, skull caps, and plenty of fleece or wool (non-cotton) layers.  Drysuits are available for rent from Alder Creek Kayak & Canoe.  Boats, drysuits, and other gear can be rented for a very reasonable rate.  There is no excuse for coming un-prepared for cold water.  Please contact Suzi or Paul to add gear rentals to your reservation.  Paul@aldercreek.com or Suzi@aldercreek.com

Please bring a HELMET!  Helmets are required for almost all courses.

Here is a basic list of the bare minimum gear requirements:

  • Seaworthy Kayak (including secure bouyancy)
  • Paddle
  • PFD
  • Sprayskirt
  • Bilgepump  
  • Paddlefloat
  • Helmet
  • Immersion Clothing
  • Spare layers
  • Snacks
  • Water
  • Protective footwear 
  • Sleeping gear
  • Toiletries or other personal comforts                                               

We are providing a lunch with snacks and drink but if you require more frequent meal/water breaks please bring your own.  

*All rough water and surf classes or tours will require helmets unless otherwise instructed by the coaching staff.*

Please consider purchasing a helmet and properly fitting it prior to the event. It is your head we are talking about here… (We will have a limited number of helmets to load out).

*For any class requiring specific equipment such as rescues, short boat surfing or fishing please realize that we will be able to provide some options, but ultimately make sure you have what you need for the weekend prior to the event.

Call us if you have questions about gear requirements 503-285-0464

SPECIAL NOTE: We have chosen not to provide alcohol. If you would like to bring your own please feel free to do so. Aluminum, plastic and foil bags are easier to store than glass. We do not allow consumption of intoxicants prior to or during paddling sessions. Be responsible for cleaning up after yourself in general. There will be sponsored gatherings at the end of each day with adult beverages provided.

Inclusions

What is included depends on what option you choose during registration.
Lodging, food, and gear rentals are all available upon request.

Lumpy Package Options Include:
TENT SPACE: $399 includes Food, a shared tent site for Friday & Saturday Nights, classes, and all other event activities

DELUXE CABIN: $569 per person, includes food, double occupancy cabin, private bath, private kitchen for Friday & Saturday nights, classes, and all other event activities. Minimum of 2 occupants

DELUXE SHARED CABIN: $519 per person includes food, sleeping arrangements in a group cabin, private bath, private kitchen for Friday & Saturday nights, classes, and all other event activities. Minimum of 3 occupants

SHARED CABIN: $469 per person, includes food, a bunk in a group cabin for Friday & Saturday nights, classes, and all other event activities

RV SITE: $469 per person, includes food, an RV space with hook-up for Friday & Saturday nights, classes, and all other event activities

CLASS/FOOD ONLY: $399 includes food, classes, and other event activities for all 3 days
A la Carte FULL DAY: $175 includes classes for a full day.
A la Carte 1/2 DAY: $89 includes one half day class.

Exclusions

ALL classes are subject to weather and sea conditions. We reserve the right to make changes to venues, schedules, instructors, and students at any time. We will not be providing refunds due to weather or sea conditions. We will work to provide safe venues despite the weather. By signing up you are accepting the risks with full knowledge that we cannot control guarantee safe sea conditions for all classes.

Cancellation Policy

The Pacific Northwest is a dynamic and often unpredictable environment. All activities are run/fun rain or shine. All programs are conditions dependent and may change at any time at our discretion. In order to keep our programs affordable a minumum number of participants may be required. If we are unable to fill a program to a minimum requirement level we reserve the right to cancel the program.
If you need to cancel, please do so by October 1st to receive a 50% refund. After October 1st there will be no refunds but store credit for future classes will be awarded. Transfers will be discussed and accommodated to the best of our ability.

Departs

Registration opens Friday at 8:00AM and CLOSES at 11:00AM at the Cape Kiwanda RV Resort Club House. Lunch is at 11:00AM followed by mandatory participant meeting at Noon.

Pickup/Departure

The 6th Annual Lumpy Waters Symposium Schedule:
*The event begins just as The West Coast BCU Week wraps up. (BCU Week is Oct 1-9)*

Lumpy Waters 2014: October 10th-12th 2014
We are utilizing the facilities at the Cape Kiwanda RV Resort located across the street from the Pelican Brew Pub in Pacific City, Oregon. USA! We have cabins, tent camping, and RV spots reserved and we will be using their Club House for meetings and meals (not to mention their heated swimming pool and jacuzzi).

THURSDAY: It is possible to check in to your cabin / tent/ RV site on Thursday for an EXTRA Charge. You MUST let us know well in advance and have the reservation confirmed through Suzi before October. (Suzi@aldercreek.com) The same is true for any drysuit rental needed. PLEASE let us know ASAP if you need an extra night of lodging or a rental drysuit.

FRIDAY: In the morning check-in will start at 8am at The Club House and continue till 11am. ALL participants must check in at registration upon arrival. Lunch will begin at 11am at the Club House. The participant meeting will begin at 12:00pm sharp. Friday's classes will begin at 1pm and will conclude at approximately 4:30pm.

Happy Hour is hosted by _____ Friday evening at 5pm so come prepared to party! Dinner will be available starting at 6:30pm in the Club House

SATURDAY: Check in will be open from 7:00 am to 8:00am Saturday morning. We will provide 3 meals at The Club House. (Breakfast 6:00am, Lunch 12:30pm, Dinner 6:30pm). Sack lunches are provided for full day off-site classes. Coaches will meet at 7:30am for a meeting. Students will meet at 8:00am for the BIG morning meeting. Courses will begin at 8:00am and end at about 4:30pm

Happy Hour is hosted by ______ at 5pm. Dinner is at 6:30pm

SATURDAY NIGHT: Alder Creek Kayak & Canoe will be hosting an all new interactive team quiz game! Participants will be split into several groups and will compete for prizes, honor, and immortal fame. Also, enjoy video clips from the first two days of the event. We work hard and play even harder. Come and enjoy the festivities this year!

SUNDAY: Is another day of exciting classes! We'll provide breakfast at 6:00am and sack lunches will be provided for all. Check in will be open from 7:30am to 9:00am. Coach's meeting is at 8:00am and the participants meet at 8:30am. Classes begin promptly at 9am. The event will wrap up at approximately 2pm.

*Students and coaches will all meet each morning at the Cape Kiwanda RV Park Club House for a safety briefing and organizational meeting. Class rosters will be announced along with special information needed by all groups at this time. Classes will conclude each day at approx. 4:30pm. (2pm on Sunday)

Drop-Off

After each day's activities we will meet back at the Cape Kiwanda RV Park for Happy Hour and Dinner. (except Sunday)

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