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June 14 Intro to Kayaking class

 | Published on 6/14/2016
We began with John explaining the outline of the workshop in the meeting room at the Coast Guard Air Station - Traverse City.  Note the display of footwear in the foreground.  Babs assisted with some extra info.
Once outside, we showed lots of ways to carry boats on our vehicles: roof racks, foam pads, a trailer, J-cradles, Malone cradles, Thule and Yakima galore.  The weather made it quite pleasant to be outdoors.
Lois showed how to enter a kayak: barstool method or cowboy entry.  Then it was time to demonstrate spray skirts and a splash deck.  Greg was there to help!
Now to tie on the boats and make sure everything is secure.
Thanks for Dianne Walker and the Coast Guard, who made this all possible.  And thanks to all who attended!