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What to Bring to Class

AUGUST – SEPT 2020 – PLEASE NOTE:

* Scroll to the bottom for Deception Pass and Surf / Freighter Class Requirements

** THE BALLARD ELKS LOCATION DOES NOT HAVE RESTROOMS ** 

Click here for our Meeting Addresses and Directions

Pre-Class

  • STUDENT INFO FORM – Make sure to fill this out before class so I can bring you the right sized clothing and equipment.
  • PAYMENT: If not already paid, payment is required 72 hours prior to class.  Visit: Sign-Up to pay to save your spot.
  • There are no dressing rooms, you’ll be changing into paddling clothes in a parking lot. Upon request, I can supply changing cloaks.

Required Class Items

  • DRY BAG FOR YOUR MASK. We wear the mask through the beach to the water, then take it off. You’ll want to keep it dry while on-water.
  • EYEGLASSES STRAP: For sunglasses and prescription glasses. Required for prescription glasses. We are not responsible for any lost glasses, keys, etc.
  • PLACE TO HIDE CAR KEYS during class. I prefer to not bring my keys on the water.  Uber/Lyft riders can leave your keys in my car.
  • MEDICAL PRESCRIPTIONS you need on-water such as inhalers and EpiPens. We’ll put in a waterproof bag.
  • WHAT TO WEAR UNDER A WETSUIT: Bathing Suit or shorts. Less clothing means more flexibility and a better fitting suit. No cotton.
  • IF NO WETSUIT: Wear a neoprene top and/or bottom or rash guard if you run warm. Swimsuits are fine for hot summer days.
  • EXTRAS – Hydration (water bottle), energy bar, sunblock.

Have Your Own Paddling Gear?

Required Equipment:

  • VEST LIFE JACKET for all beginning classes and Deception Pass. C02 waist belt only ok for Intermediate and Advanced classes.
  • LEASH (SUP) – Coiled for everything except coastal surfing.
  • RENTALS AVAILABLE for anything you don’t have.

TIPS…

  • HAVEN’T TRIED YOUR GEAR ON FOR AWHILE?  Make sure you do so before class. Rental are available
  • BRING YOUR OWN BOARDS & KAYAKS if you plan on using them. Most of my students have better boards and kayaks than me!
  • INFLATABLE SUPS – Are welcome in classes and tours.

OPTIONS FOR YOUR OWN GEAR / CLOTHING:

  • Neoprene shorties, Spring suits 3/2mm and 4/3mm wetsuits for cooler days. 
  • Farmer John/Jane (armless wetsuit) with paddling top (rash guard, neoprene or GoreTex).
  • Full surfing wetsuits 3mm to 5/4mm
  • Dry suits
  • Paddling jackets / tops / neoprene tops
  • Outdoor clothing such as rain coats/pants, ski hat also work for cooler days.
  • Boards should be stable for classes and tours. Minimum 10′  in length. We can help you become more stable on your board. 

Other Items:

** Final paddling clothing decisions will me made once we see the weather and water in-person 

  • Optional Beach Towel or changing cloak/robe – to help with changing and to dry off after.
  • Visor or Brimmed Hat for sun protection.
  • Waterproof camera with strap or GoPro with floater. You can attach these to your PFD. We have GoPro mounts on some boards.

Fall / Winter: 

  • 4/3mm and 5/4mm wetsuits or dry suits.  
  • Winter surfing / paddling booties. Waterproof neoprene inner lining for cold days. 
  • Warm clothes and warm hat to wear after. Consider thermos of hot drink for after class.
  • Foam pad or extra towel (or similar) to stand on while changing.
  • Capiline, SmartWool, or Polypro Top to wear under wetsuit. No cotton for off season or surfing, DP, etc.!

IMPORTANT: If you have a medical condition that could lead to an emergency that requires medication, such as allergic reactions that require an EpiPen or a heart condition that may require medication, you are responsible for bringing any medications to class and informing the instructor.

What Not to Wear

No jeans, pants, skirts, tennis shoes or anything cotton or baggy. *Cotton shirts do work on hot sunny non-surf days.

Deception Pass Gear Requirements

  • Vest PFD / Life Jacket Only.  *No waist C02 belt PFDs.
  • Full 4-3mm or 5-4mm wetsuit or dry suit.
  • Inflatable or hard Boards must be stable for rough water. No 23″ race boards.
  • Add synthetic thin top layer such as SmartWool or a rash guard under for extra warmth.
  • Neoprene hood or hooded vest.
  • Neoprene gloves such as the NRS Mavericks Glove or Glacier Perfect Curve in winter.
  • Booties (I use NRS Freestyle)
  • Coiled leash to the length of your board. We’ll attach to your waist PFD straps.
  • Hydration on board in bag or attached to PFD and energy bar.
  • Sunblock and/or UV lip baum
  • Baseball hat for sunny days will be worn under helmet.
  • Paddling helmet like NRS, Gath, Sweet, etc..

All above gear available with rental price option

Surf and Freighter Class Gear Requirements

  • Full 4-3mm or 5-4mm wetsuit.
  • PFD for freighter surf (considered inner waterway not coastal)
  • Inflatable or hard boards you’re stable on in bumps.
  • Add synthetic thin top layer such as SmartWool or a rash guard under for extra warmth.
  • Neoprene hood or hooded vest.
  • Neoprene gloves
  • Surf booties (I use NRS Freestyle)
  • Straight leash to the length of your board. Coiled leashes ok for Race/DW boards.
  • No PFD needed for coastal surf.
  • Hydration and energy bar.
  • Sunblock and/or UV lip baum
  • Wide brimmed hat or baseball hat for warmer sunny days.
  • Some of my boards can hold a GoPro.

All above gear available with rental price option

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