I went for a quick after dinner paddle with Mark and Paul so that Paul could test out different skin-on-frame kayaks. I had to come back early, but he tried out my Cape Falcon F1 and the Disko bay.
The Disko bay is a pretty kayak! :)
I went for a morning paddle on the Oarboard Adventure SUP. Conditions were nice and calm and it was fun being back on a SUP. I notice that paddling on my left side seems to track much better than on my right... not sure why. You can see the track is much more wiggly that my kayak tracks and my average speed quite a bit lower - 5.1 kph instead of 6 to 7 kph...
Pete and I took a group of 7 grade 10 students to Cadboro Bay to do an intro session on sea kayaking, wet exits and rescues. We are taking this group for a 6 day trip to the Broughtons in June. They look like they should be fine!
I led the second day of the PC level 1 class and we paddled over to Willows Beach, practicing strokes and stopping every now and again to focus on skills. Again, we had good conditions, All three passed! :)
Jennie and I led the first day of a Paddle Canada level 1 course for three participants (Jarek, Sybil and Glenn). Conditions were nice but we did not cover much ground as we were practicing strokes and rescues. All the students did well. I forgot to turn the GPS on for the first few minutes!
Dan and I went for an early afternoon paddle around the islands. As you can see the currents were mostly in our favour - at least not slowing us down too much on the way out and giving a good boost on the way back. That combined with little wind made for a very pleasant paddle.
I joined 5 other SISKA instructors (Mark, Mike, Michael, Jennie and Dorothea) for a morning of sharing. We paddled around Trial Island, stopping to discuss teaching techniques and to demonstrate some tips. I think we all learned from each other! On top of that, it was a glorious day to be on the water!
I paddled over to Turkey head to join a SISKA birding paddle group (Beth, Ben, Norm and me) led by Jennie with Daniel D as resource person. Daniel is a very skilled and enthusiastic birder and was able to help me better identify several groups I was having trouble with (cormorants and sandpipers).Conditions were very favourable and we saw many species and kinds of birds from buffleheads to Bald eagles! As a bonus we also saw the wolf! After getting to the NW corner of the islands I made my own way back in to the bay while the others headed for Oak Bay. Our small group size contributed to good viewing!
Dan, Dennis and I went for an afternoon paddle around the islands. As we crossed Baynes channel, we saw a group of paddlers on the north side of the Chatham group and managed to catch up with one of them - the "Wednesday group" on their way back to Oak Bay. Weather conditions were wonderful - flat calm and there was a bit of ebb current throughout, though it had slackened for our return. We saw a nice group of nine Steller sea lions at Seabird Point. We decided to make our way across the bay to Cattle point for a change as the currents did not seem to strong.