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Navigation training on Lake Woodlands

When:
Sunday, January 27, 2019, 10:00 AM until 3:00 PM
Where:
Northshore Park launch site, The Woodlands, TX
http://woodlandsevents.com/parks/panther-creek/northshore-park
2505 Lake Woodlands Dr
The Woodlands, TX  77380

281-210-3800
Contact:
Phil Salvador
7135912974
Category:
HASK Training
Registration is closed - Event is full
This is an ACA sanctioned event. All participants in ACA-insured activities must wear properly-fitting U.S. Coast Guard-approved lifejackets (Personal Flotation Devices, or PFDs) at all times during on-water activities. Non-HASK participants must sign a waiver. See all rules at the bottom of this page.
Capacity:
6
Available Slots:
Filled
No Fee

                                                                                                                                             

 

Trip Description:

I have never done anything like this before, so I am somewhat making this up as I go along.  Please be patient with me!

We will meet at 10:00 AM at the launch ramp at Northshore Park on Lake Woodlands.  We will spend  1 - 2 hours doing classroom activities, and then go out on the water to practice.  I think we will eat lunch before launching. 

I will be more organised on the day than I am now, but the topics I definitely plan to cover are: 

- simple navigation by following a coast and using features
- passage planning, and equipment needed
- maps and charts
- determining direction, speed, time, keeping track of progress
- the compass, true and magnetic north
- maybe more, depending on time.

I WILL NOT be addressing the use of GPS devices.  That's a whole other class. I will probably use one as a check on our guesses of how far and fast we think we have traveled, based on time and paddling effort.  You are welcome to bring yours for the same reason.

Because there aren't currents or tides on Lake Woodlands, I may only cover them in passing, or not at all.  Also a whole other class.

I will give more information on what the class will be like and what to bring in a joining e-mail.

 
The park has parking close to the launch ramp and a restroom house suitable for changing, if you wish.

We should have cooler temperatures, but it could be hot.  I will monitor the weather for thunderstorms as we get closer to the time.  Dress for immersion.  Woodlands Township tell me that the water quality is monitored continuously and no one is allowed to go on the lake if quality becomes unsafe.  I use the lake often, including for rolling and rescue practice.

If I get another instructor I will increase the trip capacity.

Trip Leader

Phil Salvador

Deputies

None

Trip Rating*

1

Ready to Launch at

10:00 AM, but we will do some classwork first

Duration (hours)

5 hr class including instruction at launch site

Emergency Phone #s

Montgomery County Sheriff: Emergency 911, non-emergency (936) 760-5800

Latest Expected Departure from beach

3 pm

Auto Description/Lic #

Silver Honda CRV / JLX 7922

Distance from Houston

33 miles north



 
Registration note: If you are a HASK member, you can click through the page that asks for your ACA number and emergency contacts. Your Profile already has that information. 

Hazards: It could be cold.  Bring warm drinks and food.  Dress for immersion, though I don't plan any aggressive paddling.  The distances we will cover will probably be small.  If you have wet suits or dry suits you might consider wearing them.  Definitely bring a change of warm clothes.  

                                                                                                                                                                                

 

This is an ACA sanctioned event. All participants in ACA-insured activities must wear properly-fitting U.S. Coast Guard-approved lifejackets (Personal Flotation Devices, or PFDs) at all times during on-water activities. Non-HASK participants must sign a waiver. See all rules at the bottom of this page.

 

Waivers - Please complete our easy to use online waiver if you are a HASK member who has not signed a waiver within the last 12 months or a non- HASK participant. Read the waiver carefully.  You give up substantial rights when you sign it.

  • Add Smartwaiver with email address “noreply@smartwaiver.com” to your address book to ensure emails do not go to junk/spam.
  • Select a link below to complete the online waiver. 

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  • Respond to the “Confirm your E-Signature” email from ACA / HASK to confirm your email address.  Wavier is now complete and valid.
  • You will receive a confirmation email. Please download and print a copy of the waiver and bring it to the trip put-in. 

 

Guests – You are welcome to join us for a couple of paddle trips.  HASK will cover the $5 ACA event membership for non-ACA members. Hopefully you will then join HASK and continue paddling with us.