Lower Columbia Kayak Roundup
An instructional kayaking retreat open to all

LoCo Roundup 2011 class schedule
Please call or email for availability. 503-791-0031 Ginni
Class size is limited and some are full.

  Calm Water Textured Water Gnarly Water Leader/Coach
Mon 5-Thu 8       Coach Level 1 (4 days)
Fri 9

 

    Coastal Navigation & Tidal Planning
Fri 9-Sat 10       Open Water Navigation
(2 days)
Sat 10 Performance Canoeing 1      
Sat10-Sun 11       BCU 4* Sea Leader Assessment (2 days)
         
  Calm Water Textured Water Gnarly Water Leader/Coach
Sun 11   Performance Canoeing 2 BCU 3* Sea Assessment Dynamic Journey 4* "sheep"
         
  Calm Water Textured Water Gnarly Water Leader/Coach
Mon 12        
9:30-3:30       Coaches' Paddle
6:00-9:00       Coaching Foundation Module & Pizza
         
  Calm Water Textured Water Gnarly Water Leader/Coach
Tue 13        
9:30-3:30      

Foundation Safety & Rescue Training

        Level 2 Coach Assessment
        Level 2 Coach Training (4-day course) full
         
  Calm Water Textured Water Gnarly Water Leader/Coach
Wed 14        
9:30-3:30   Kayak Foundations (3-day course) Sea Paddler Training (3-day course) 1 space left Gnarly Water and BCU 4* Training (3-day course)
1 space left
        Level 2 Coach Training (day 2)
         
  Calm Water Textured Water Gnarly Water Leader/Coach
Thu 15        
9:30-3:30   Kayak Foundations (day 2) Sea Paddler Training (day 2) Gnarly Water and BCU 4* Training (day 2)
        Level 2 Coach Training (day 3)
         
  Calm Water Textured Water Gnarly Water Leader/Coach
Fri 16        
9:30-3:30   Kayak Foundations (day 3) Sea Paddler Training (day 3) Gnarly Water and BCU 4* Training (day 3)
      Coastal Journey Level 2 Coach Training (day 4)
9:30-12:00 Single-Blade Strokes      
  Core Connections      
  1-hour roll classes      
1:00-3:30   Wind & Waves    
  Quickstart Balance, Brace & Recovery    
  1-hour roll classes      
         
3:30-6:00   Two Island Farm Market
(you can paddle there!)
   
         
  Calm Water Textured Water Gnarly Water Leader/Coach
Sat 17        
9:30-3:30   BCU 2-star Assessment Surf & Coastal Play  
  Paddle Carving (land) BCU 3-star Canoe Assessment    
9:30-12:00 Quickstart Effective Rescues    
  1-hour roll classes Using Edges    
  Essential Steering      
1:00-3:30 1-hour roll classes Wind & Waves    
  Essential Steering Kayak Sailing    
    Balance, Brace & Recovery    
4:30 pm Sticks & Stones Greenland Roll Demo      
         
  Calm Water Textured Water Gnarly Water Leader/Coach
Sun 18        
9:30-12:00

1-hour roll classes

Kayak Sailing    
  Essential Steering Performance Paddling    
  Core Connections Using Edges    
1:00-2:30 Games for all!      
         
  Calm Water Textured Water Gnarly Water Leader/Coach
Mon 19        
9:30-3:30

 

    Moderate Water Endorsement
  Calm Water Textured Water Gnarly Water Leader/Coach
Tue 20        
9:30-3:30

 

    Moderate Water Assessment

LoCo 2011. Celebrating Participants!

It's LoCo's 5th anniversary and final event for the forseeable future, and we'd like to celebrate Participants! Thank you for supporting LoCo Roundup!

Is it your first time and you're finally getting a chance to see what all the talk is about? Welcome! Have you been with us for all 5 years? Step forward--we have a little token of our appreciation: a personalized set of drip rings! (ok, not really, but we do have a momento for you.)

If you have questions about which classes are best for you, call or email before registering and we're happy to offer suggestions. LoCo coaches are the top in the region, plus some from distant places. They are professionals at helping people identify and meet goals, be safer, and have fun on the water.

In addition to coaching during the day, benefits of attending LoCo include the evening presentations and the lighthearted networking among all paddlers that happens around meals and around camp.

Join us this year in celebrating, learning, and for the hearty fun of LoCo Roundup!

Class Descriptions

Calm Water Gnarly Water
Textured Water Leader/Coach
Traditional Classes Sunday Games
3-Day Programs BCU Courses

Calm Water Classes

Quickstart Half day
This is where to start if you have little or no experience, or want a good basic refresher. How to get in and wear the boat, followed by the fundamental safety skill of falling out, all in a controlled, supportive environment. Try out different kinds of boats if you'd like--canoe, sea kayak, whitewater kayak, sit-on-top.

Performance Canoeing 1
Balance, trim, and fun! Whether you normally paddle a canoe or a kayak, this class is valuable and interesting, since the principles learned here can be applied in any small boat. Ever have trouble controlling your kayak in wind? Learn the secrets here. Want to canoe more efficiently and look cool doing it? This is your class. (write it in on the registration form)

1-hour Private Roll Session
A confidence builder and essential safety skill, the roll is best learned in short segments with personal attention. Sign up for a session solo or share the hour with another person.

Essential Steering
Confident boat control! This is an excellent class for improving boat obedience. Discover how posture relates to effective steering. Understand how you can make momentum work for you. Refine and practice edging, blade angles, reverse maneuvering, and general boat control.

Core Connections
This is the heart of kayaking. Get the most out of your kayak and your body when you tap into the resiliant muscles you use daily for standing, breathing, walking. By becoming aware of your posture and connecting with your core, you can paddle further and longer with less effort, and steer without struggle. Well worth the review no matter what conditions you paddle in!

Single-Blade Strokes
Take up a canoe paddle and see how fast you master those slicing strokes, vertical strokes, steering at the bow, stering at the stern. If you can do it with one blade, you'll be unstoppable with two! Appropriate for those brushing up for their BCU 2* Assessment, as well as for folks wanting to improve the finesse of their canoeing strokes.

Textured Water Classes
Can you calmly fall out of a kayak and make it generally go in the desired direction? Start refining your paddling skills and applying them in some gently moving water. The "texture" on the water will vary of course, with the weather we get and the amount of exposure participants are ready for.

Balance, Brace & Recovery
Kayaking and life. They are all about balance. Sometimes we need a little support, and that's where bracing comes in. Sometimes we just need a good recovery plan. That's where the solo or assisted reentry comes in. A rich and valuable class, and a wonderful confidence booster!

Using Edges
Control your kayak with ease and confidence by edging. Use the boat's design to make steering easy. It's great fun and saves a lot of energy.

Effective Rescues
Help another paddler in distress without endangering yourself. Make it solid, and make it snappy. Ready to try it in rougher water yet? These foundations will serve you well anywhere.

Wind & Waves
If you can't beat 'em, join 'em! Learn to use the wind and waves to your advantage instead of fearing them or struggling against them. See how momentum helps you turn into the wind, and what strokes aid that process. Discover how to maintain control when heading downwind, and how to harness the energy of wind-waves on your downwind run.

Kayak Sailing
A whole new adrenaline rush! Do you like surfing wind-waves? Kayak sailing is the next level. From the North American distributors of the original Flat Earth Kayak Sail, Ginni Callahan and Mark Whitaker, learn basic sail safety, and then take off having fun! In Australia, where Flat Earth is made, a sail is a basic piece of kayaking kit, and regarded as a safety item for the auxiliary propulsion it offers. With Flat Earth, you can use your sea kayak like a sea kayak, whether the sail is deployed or stowed. There is no conflict between sail and paddle stroke.

We have boats available with sails, or you can temporarily mount a sail on your kayak with a new "Stick-a-sail" suction cup mount.

Performance Canoeing 2
Refine your single-blade prowess. Canoeing in wind? Current? No problem. Let the boat work for you through trim, edging, and well placed strokes. This class also helps prepare paddlers for the BCU 3-star canoeing award. (write it in on the registration form)

Performance Paddling
Take your kayaking a step further into efficiency and grace.

Kayak Foundations
A 3-day program using calm and textured water to build a solid foundation for any paddler. Please see Kayak Foundations (3-Day Course).

Gnarly Water Classes

Coastal Journey
Head to the Oregon Coast, where headlands, pinnacles, and sea arches offer a feast for the eyes and exciting paddling.

Dynamic Journey as "sheep" for 4* assessment
As 4-star leaders are being tested, we need people for them to lead. This is an opportunity like none other to see what's in store on that 4* assessment, if you're headed in that direction. Plus it's a very affordable way to get into some exciting places with a safety net. Prerequisites: lumpy water experience, roll strongly recommended. BCU 3* award is ideal.

Surf & Coastal Play
It's where sea kayaks go to frolic! Learn to enjoy surf and not just survive it. Mastering the surf zone is not just fun, it's also an essential skill to safer coastal paddling.

Sea Paddler Training
A 3-day program in dynamic environments. Please see Sea Paddler Training (3-day course).

Gnarly Water Skills and Leadership Training
A 3-day program in dynamic environments that goes beyond personal skills to a higher level of awareness. Learn to think ahead and manage situations before they happen. Please see Gnarly Water and BCU 4* Training (3-day course)

Leader/Coach
Coastal Navigation and Tidal Planning
Since good planning prevents incidents, this navigation course is considered part of the BCU's safety curriculum. There are no prerequisites for this classroom course, everyone is welcome, and no boat is necessary. It is a prerequisite for new 4* Sea Leader training or assessment. For specific course content, please refer to tidal planning syllabus.

Open Water Navigation
Open Water Navigation is the sequel to Coastal Navigation, and a prerequisite for the 5* Award. Open Water Nav covers crossings of over 3 miles, currents of up to 3 knots and wind of up to force 5. Good planning is the first step in safe paddling, and this course is excellent for anyone who paddles in the above conditions. This 2-day course taught by Steve Maynard will involve half days in the classroom and half on the Lower Columbia River. A boat is necessary. The prerequisite for this course is Coastal Navigation. For specific course content, please refer to Open Water Navigation syllabus.

Gnarly Water Skills and Leadership Training, a 3-day Program
A 3-day program in dynamic environments that goes beyond personal skills to a higher level of awareness. Learn to think ahead and manage situations before they happen. Improve technical skills in surf, current, wind. Refine safety skills such as planning, navigation, group awareness and management. Discuss judgment and positioning. Practice rescues in dynamic situations.
---This class can be counted for credit as 4* Sea Leader Training with these prerequisites--old 4* training or old 3* award; Coastal Navigation & Tidal Planning , Foundation Safety & Rescue Training, and BCU membership. First Aid is also strongly recommended.
Membership form link.
BCU Leadership info link.

Coaches' Coastal Paddle
BCU coaches welcome to join us on the coast for a fun day showing our interational guests some of our awesome venues. Stay for the evening development module and dinner.

Coaching Foundation Module
3-hour program. And pizza.

BCU Coach Level 1 Course
The most comprehensive coaching course around! Even if you've been coaching for a long time, this course is worth taking. It's an excellent base for coaching any sport. Level 1 includes course and assessment; there is no sparate assessment. After this course, opportunities open up to work with other experienced coaches and continue to expand your toolkit. Prerequisite: Foundation Safety & Rescue Training. Recommended: 2-star award, which can be taken after the course.

Level 2 Coach Assessment
For those who have taken the L2 training and completed their homework.

Moderate Water Endorsement
A rare opportunity in the US! To be eligible, a BCU Coach Level 2 with a 4-star Sea Leader Award must have documented at least 10 hours of coaching since the L2 assessment and __ days of leading after their 4-star assessment, and a current first aid certification. Endorsement is a day of training, to be followed by the assessment.

Moderate Water Assessment
Assessment for the above endorsement.

3-Day Courses
Three-day courses allow for further development of skills than three unrelated, separate days of coaching would. Coaches and students develop a progression; a flow to the learning. Each 3-day course is set up with one head coach, for continuity, and one or more co-coaches throughout the program who add creativity to the process.

Kayak Foundations, a 3-day Program
This is probably the best value in the whole calendar! Kayak Foundations is the next step after either your intro class, or after some personal experience but no formal training. And it's appropriate if you're putting the finishing touches on your flatwater skills and beginning to tackle textured water (10-12-kts, 1' waves). Choose your own progression of 5 half-day classes from a menu of sessions with top coaches from around the world. Class choices include all of Friday's options listed above, plus Efficient Forward Stroke, Kayak Safety, Canoeing, Strokes and Maneovers, Wind & Waves, and more. Go beyond the basics, be safer, more efficient, and more confident. This class is an excellent foundation for anything else you want to do in a kayak!

All students will participate Wednesday morning in an introductory/evaluation/feedback session which will help both students and coaches choose the following sessions to best meet needs and goals. Class choices will be made over lunch, and can be revised throughout the course as learning progresses. Add a 6th class session for a discounted rate of $50 if desired.

Sea Paddler 3-day Training
Take your solid foundational skills into dynamic environments and work with the elements. Let the wind do the turning for you instead of struggling against it. Relax in the surf zone and start to play with the waves. During 3 days of Sea Paddler Training, coaches can focus on students' needs and develop a progression to advance their skills. Sea Paddler Training provides a good foundation for BCU 3* Sea award. (prerequisite--old 3* training or 2* award, or documentation of equivalent skill)

Gnarly Water Skills and Leadership Training, a 3-day Program
A 3-day program in dynamic environments that goes beyond personal skills to a higher level of awareness. Learn to think ahead and manage situations before they happen. Improve technical skills in surf, current, wind. Refine safety skills such as planning, navigation, group awareness and management. Discuss judgment and positioning. Practice rescues in dynamic situations.
For this course to count as a BCU 4-star sea leader training, please be sure to have the following prerequisites:
old 4* training or new BCU 3* Sea Award,
BCU membership. Membership form link.
First Aid is also strongly recommended
Coastal Navigation & Tidal Planning, and Foundation Safety & Rescue Training also strongly recommended.
BCU Leadership info link.

Traditional Classes

The Ancient Art of Qajaqing
Traditionally, a kayaker was sewn into a skin-on-frame craft and sent without flotation into icy waters to hunt large sea mammals with a harpoon and other humble tools. The paddle was a narrow, double bladed affair carved from driftwood. Modern kayaking is enjoying a rediscovery of the ancient skills, from boat- and paddle-making, to techniques of using them. Modern paddlers of all stripes can learn from the old ways.

Paddle Carving with Don Beale
Make your own paddle under the tutelage of master paddle carver Don Beale. End the day not only with a great paddle, but with the hands-on knowledge of how to make more. Price includes materials, instruction, and access to tools. For more on Don Beale's paddles see www.bealepaddles.com

  Traditional Greenland Rolling Games.
Sticks and Stones
Friendly, lighthearted participatory rolling demo for beginning rollers, experts, and spectators. Henry Romer narrates and explains the history and applications of the aquatic gymnastics.

BCU Courses
2* Training
No official BCU 2-star training course actually exists, but the following courses cover material that you should master before taking the 2* assessment. Please see Kayak Foundations, a 3-day course, or consider such half-day courses as Single-Blade Strokes, Essential Steering, Core Connections, Balance, Brace & Recovery, and Effective Rescues.

BCU 2* Assessment
Do you have paddling experience but think you could improve your efficiency or finesse? Assessment is a checkup on your skills, involving various challenges or exercises. Upon completion, "candidates" receive feedback on their strengths and on what can use improvement. We recommend starting with training before assessment. The 2* Assessment will involve skill with a double blade (like a kayak) and a single blade (such as a canoe). The award is not craft-specific, but skill in multiple types of craft is necessary. According to the BCU, this is "An improvement award that helps paddlers develop fundamental paddlesport skills on flat water. The emphasis is on gaining a breadth of experience, creating the desired movement of the boat and developing an understanding into how the paddle, boat and water interact." For specific course content, please refer to BCU star awards link.

3* Training
No official BCU 3-star training course actually exists, but the following courses cover material that you should master before taking the 3* assessment. Please see Sea Paddler Training, a 3-day course.

Foundation Safety and Rescue Training
Make your rescues truly efficient and better prepared for rough water. Better yet, reduce the need for rescues by improving your risk awareness and risk management. This full day course of rescue practice and risk discussion is a prerequisite for Coach Level 1 and 4* Sea Leader Courses, and a valuable training for all paddlers. Practice towing. Discuss risk and practice techniques for managing it. Completion of this BCU course earns a certificate. Prerequisite: 2* skills (award not required).

BCU 3* Sea Assessment
"The three star paddler will be a competent performer in sheltered to moderate water environments and have the ability to paddle unsupervised, with similar standard paddlers on sheltered water." Ready for some really good feedback on how you're doing in wind and waves? Prepare to be challenged. Assessment requires prior training at old BCU 4*, new BCU 3*, or old BCU 3*, plus dynamic water training and experience. Please send proof with registration.
For specific course content, please refer to BCU star awards link.

BCU 3* Canoe Assessment
Have you mastered canoeing in a dynamic environment? This assessment helps fine-tune those little corners that could still use refinement. It's also a requirement for Level 2 Coach.
For specific course content, please refer to BCU star awards link.

BCU 4* Sea Leader Training
A 3-day program in dynamic environments that goes beyond personal skills to a higher level of awareness. Learn to think ahead and manage situations before they happen. Improve technical skills in surf, current, wind. Refine safety skills such as planning, navigation, group awareness and management. Discuss judgment and positioning. Practice rescues in dynamic situations. For this course to count as a BCU 4-star sea leader training, please be sure to have the following prerequisites:
old 4* training or new BCU 3* Sea Award,
BCU membership. Membership form link.
First Aid is also strongly recommended
Coastal Navigation & Tidal Planning, and Foundation Safety & Rescue Training also strongly recommended.
BCU Leadership info link.

BCU 4* Sea Leader Assessment
A leadership award in moderate water, including navigation. Becoming a leader in the BCU is a significant step. For specific course content, please refer to BCU star awards link. and BCU Leadership info link.
Because this award is a certification of leadership, there are many prerequisites:
Current First Aid
Coastal Navigation & Tidal Planning,
Foundation Safety & Rescue Training,
Just to be sure you've got it all, please check over the Prerequisites form
There's also some paperwork:
Completed LR from, stamped by BCUNA and returned to you LR form link
Current BCU membership Membership form link

Coastal Navigation and Tidal Planning
Since good planning prevents incidents, this navigation course is considered part of the BCU's safety curriculum. There are no prerequisites for this classroom course, everyone is welcome, and no boat is necessary. It is a prerequisite for new 4* Sea Leader training or assessment. For specific course content, please refer to tidal planning syllabus.

Open Water Navigation
Open Water Navigation is the sequel to Coastal Navigation, and a prerequisite for the 5* Award. Open Water Nav covers crossings of over 3 miles, currents of up to 3 knots and wind of up to force 5. Good planning is the first step in safe paddling, and this course is excellent for anyone who paddles in the above conditions. This 2-day course taught by Steve Maynard will involve half days in the classroom and half on the Lower Columbia River. A boat is necessary. The prerequisite for this course is Coastal Navigation. For specific course content, please refer to Open Water Navigation syllabus.

BCU Coach Level 1 Course
The most comprehensive coaching course around! Even if you've been coaching for a long time, this course is worth taking. It's an excellent base for coaching any sport. Level 1 includes course and assessment; there is no sparate assessment. After this course, opportunities open up to work with other experienced coaches and continue to expand your toolkit. Prerequisite: Foundation Safety & Rescue Training. Recommended: 2-star award, which can be taken after the course.

Level 2 Coach Training
This is the second step on the paddlesport coaching pathway. It focuses on progressive coaching, helping you to develop your students within their first 3 years of paddling, through a series of sessions.
Prerequisites:
2-star award in kayak and canoe,
3-star award in any discipline
Foundation Safety & Rescue Training
BCU/UKCC Coach Level 1
Central Registration (CR) Form (Send this in now! It needs to be stamped & returned)
Links:
Pre-course info
Central Registration Info
CR Form

Level 2 Coach Assessment
For those who have taken the L2 training and completed their portfolio.

Moderate Water Endorsement
A rare opportunity in the US! To be eligible, a BCU Coach Level 2 with a 4-star Sea Leader Award must have documented at least 10 hours of coaching since the L2 assessment and __ days of leading after their 4-star assessment, and a current first aid certification. Endorsement is a day of training, to be followed by the assessment.

Moderate Water Assessment
Assessment for the above endorsement.

Sunday Afternoon Games!
Designed to utilize skills and be tons of fun for all levels! Free to anyone participating in anything else.
Dead Fish Polo
Preposterous Propulsion Relay
Pony Races
Cooperative Challenges

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Loco Roundup General Info

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Columbia River Kayaking

Slow Boat Farm

 

Local:

Wahkiakum County

Puget Island Farmer's Market

 

Kayaking:

Tides, Tongue Point

Currents

National Weather Service

BCU North America

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