Kayaking Snorkeling - September 2011

Start Date: Saturday, September 17th, 2010 4:30 AM
End Date: Sunday, September 18th, 2010 6:00 PM
Meeting Point for Drop-off and Pickup: Carmenita Middle School
Location: Channel Islands
Forms Needed: Troop 693 Permission Slip RiskFormNPS2011.pdf
Coordinator: Jas Jhiac
Cost: $200 scout, $170 adults
Last Date to Signup: August 22, 2011
Things to bring: Camping Checklist



  • We will be divided into two groups of 12 (9 scouts and 3 adults in each group). We will have the first group of 12 paddlers on 9/17, and the other 12 paddlers on 9/18. Please carefully review enclosed table. I made few small changes from your original inputs, so make sure you understand what day you are kayaking.
  • Scouts and adults that go on Saturday (9/17) should be ready to walk over to the kayaks immediately upon landing at the island, and begin their orientation and go on the water. Have proper clothing and footwear on so that you can go directly to the paddling area. The rest of the group can use the carts that will be provided to us to move our gear up to the campground.
  • Clothing made from synthetic fibers are warmer when wet, and dry out more quickly than those made from natural fibers.
  • Pack clothing which can be layered, as temperatures may vary greatly during the trips across the channel, and as the day progresses. Examples for layering: undershirt, shirt, sweatshirt or sweater and especially useful – a nylon windbreaker.
  • Swim suits or shorts are preferred wear for kayaking. Remember that you'll wear a paddling jacket and life vest while kayaking, the insulating effects of which are considerable. Wear non-skid footwear that you don't mind getting wet. Diving booties, sport sandals, or aqua shoes, and even old tennis shoes will work for cave kayaking; floppy sandals without heel straps and bare feet will not.
  • Carry waterproof, non-slimy SPF 30+ sunscreen and a hat with a brim (it’ll keep your scalp and ears from burning whereas a visor will not.)
  • Our campsites are E and 23 in the upper loop. There are benches and chairs on the campground. There is no electricity, but there is drinking water and toilets.
  • Water is cold, so if you plan to do some swimming and snorkeling it is recommended to bring your own wetsuit. Aquasport has some available, as well as snorkeling gear (no fins). It’s OK to bring your own equipment.
  • A hike is planned for the Saturday afternoon, so please make sure you have hiking shoes with you as well.
  • Fishing is not permitted.
  • Recommend that every scout carries $5-10 in case we make a stop on the way back for a snack.

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