Sea Kayak Trip Report
Open Water Skills Camp July 9-11, 2021
South Haven Michigan/ Van Buren State Park
Submitted by: Linda Decker
We had a great training and paddling weekend in South Haven. Our instructors were Nate Strong and Martha Gitt, both from Michigan. The 12 participants included paddlers with a wide range of paddling experience and knowledge, allowing lots of sharing of information and paddling tips.
The purpose of the skills camp was to increase skills and comfort in paddling in waves, surf and wind. We were fortunate to have good conditions in which to practice.
Day 1 1-2 ft waves with lots of confused and reflecting waves around the jetty
Day 2 Calm conditions with few waves
8 Mile round trip Launching from Pilgrim Haven to Covert Township Park for lunch
Exercises with continues focus on boat control included:
Day 3 1-2 ft waves with lots of confused and reflecting waves around the jetty
Focus for the day was to continue to gain confidence in paddling in the surf zone
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