Dean e-mailed us letting everyone know that him and Neville planned on having another go at Placentia this weekend. I've been to Placentia twice so far this year but it's a lot of fun so I said I'd be in for round 3!
When we got all geared up and on the water Dean, Neville, and myself went for a little warm up paddle down the southeast arm.
We paddled a fair ways down just to pass some time and to check out a spot I thought would make a decent camp site.
We paddled until we thought the tide had dropped enough to give us a decent flow under the bridge.
On the way back we stopped to try out a little eddy before testing our skills in the faster moving current.
We each had a go at breaking in going backwards...a little tricky to get used to.
After a few runs at this we carried on and met up with Terry and Ron.
Terry having a go.
We had a little rescue practice in the current to see how it would go.
Dean volunteered to be the rescuee.
Here is a lesson on the heel hook.
And Terry towing us out of the main flow. Notice how far we drifted from the bridge.
We all enjoyed the practice and learned from it but this was a pretty cool exercise for me.
Last year this time I remember a day in St. Philip's and Dean and Brian were hanging back. All of a sudden Dean yells "SWIMMER" so we all stop and turn to go back. As I get there Deans telling me to help Brian and I can hardly keep my kayak right side up myself (this was not a rough day, I was just very new and this was part of Wednesday practice). Anyways Dean talked me through it and learned how to put a swimmer back in their kayak. Since then Dean and Brian pulled me out of the water and got me back in my boat well over a dozen times from all my capsizes so it was awesome to be able to "rescue" the teacher for a change. Obviously Dean didn't NEED my help but it was great that we played the event through for a laugh.
Me just breaking through the eddy line.
Here I am mid ferry glide.
And here I am a half a second away from needing to roll trying to break through backwards.
Great day in Placentia as always!
Dean, Neville, Terry, and Ron... Great fun, Thanks for the day!!
I put together a little video, you can check it out here: