The Gales Storm Gathering aims to help you develop skills in rough-water conditions. Every evening, coaches and participants will gather to assess weather, conditions and locations for the next day’s courses. The offerings will be announced, and participants will chose what they want to do the next day.
The lead instructor for each course will decide the location and go/no-go decision based on weather and other factors on the day of the event.
- Open Water Navigation
- Surf Kayaking
- Sea Kayak Surfing
- Rock Gardening
- Effective Rough-Water Paddling
- Rough-Water Rescues
- Incident Management
- Coaching Tours
Open Water Navigation
Do you think navigation isn’t fun? Think again! This class emphasizes clear and simple techniques that can be used in all environments. After a short classroom session, we’ll get on the water, where we’ll take bearings, set headings, and use ranges, and learn to track of our position and compensate for environmental factors. This course is practical, doable and—honestly—fun!
Do you want to carve down the face of a freshwater wave in a boat the size and shape of a surf board? This class is for you. You will learn about wave selection, positioning, and take-off. You’ll learn to drop in on steep faces, hit radical turns, and repeat until know the meaning of the word “stoked”!
Sea Kayak Surfing
Surf skills are essential for safe landings. They’re also exhilarating! We’ll divide participants into groups based on experience and comfort, and provide appropriate challenges and opportunities. Beginners will learn about surf zone dynamics, safety, and the foundational skills for launching, wave selection, controlling position on the wave and landing. Participants with more comfort and experience in surf will work on timing take offs, fine tuning position on the wave, turning, re-establishing the surf ride from a side surf, and reattaining the wave face for longer rides.
Learn to play in the exciting, dynamic conditions caused when water meets rock. This class focuses on stroke selection, timing and combinations so you can chose a wave, time your stroke and surf through a slot. This course will help you hone the skills you have and develop new ones.
Effective Rough-Water Paddling
When conditions kick up, do your skills keep up? We’ll explore stroke selections and combinations, as well as other strategies for power and performance, to maximize your paddling effectiveness in wind, waves and current.
Rough Water Rescues
We’ll take the rescues we use in flat water conditions and put them to the test, then fix any problems and fine-tune them. We’ll work on T-rescues, scoops, scrambles and re-enter and rolls in bumpy conditions, as well as extractions, with an emphasis on positioning and decision making.
Learn and practice the essentials of rough-water leadership. This course begins with a short indoor session in risk assessment strategies, followed by intense on-water exercises that involve towing, cave/slot rescues and landings in “no landing zones.” Learn how to avoid incidents when possible, and handle them safely when necessary.
Explore the area, taking advantage of learning opportunities as they arise. Get to know your coaches, fellow participants and the local environment through these fun and engaging tours.