Wednesday, October 26, 2016

SGS USA - Class Timetable

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Following are the class choices for each day at Storm Gathering USA 2017.

Friday Session Choices 1 p.m. - 4.30 p.m.


All Levels - Developing Boat Control DBC1

All levels - Surfski Paddling SSP

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Level 1 and 2 - Storm Paddling Essentials SPE


Level 1 and 2 - Surf Zone Fundamentals SZF

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Level 2 and 3 - Intermediate Rock Gardening IRG1


Level 2 and 3 - Unscrambling the Scramble UTS 1


Level 2 and 3 - Long Boat Surfing LBS1


Level 2 and 3 - Short Boat Surfing SBS1


Level 2 and 3 - Moderate Water Boat Handling MWBH 1

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Level 3 - Rough Water Boat Handling RWBH 1


Level 3 - Tricky Launch, Tricky Landing TLTL1

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Saturday Session Choices 9.30 a.m. - 12.30 p.m.



All Levels - Simplifying The Roll STR


All levels - Surfski Paddling SSP

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Level 1 and 2 - Fundamentals of Rock Gardening FRG 1

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Level 2 and 3 - Situational Rolling & Bracing SRB1

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Level 3 - Tricky Launch, Tricky Landing TLTL1

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Saturday Session Choices 1.30 p.m. - 4.30 p.m.


All Levels - Wild Harvesting WH


All Levels - SurkSki Paddling SSP

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Level 1 and 2 - Coastal Journey CJ1

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Level 2 and 3 - Intermediate Rock Gardening IRG2


Level 2 and 3 - Moderate Water Boat Handling MWBH 2

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Level 3 - Rough Water Boat Handling RWBH 2

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Saturday Session Choices All Day



Level 1 and 2 - Fundamentals of Sea Kayak Leadership FSKL


Level 2 and 3 - Practical Leadership and Group Dynamics PLGD


Level 2 and 3 - Incident Management IM


Level 2 and 3 - White Water of The Sea WWOTS


Level 3 - Rock Garden Safety and Rescue RGSR

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Sunday Session Choices 9.30 a.m. - 1.30 p.m.


All Levels - Developing Boat Control DBC1


All levels - Surfski Paddling SSP

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Level 1 and 2 - Fundamentals of Rock Gardening FRG 2


Level 1 and 2 - Coastal Journey CJ2

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Level 2 and 3 - Ocean Journey OCJ1


Level 2 and 3 - Short Boat Surfing SBS


Level 2 and 3 - Unscrambling the Scramble UTS 2


Level 2 and 3 - Situational Rolling and Bracing SRB2


Level 2 and 3 - Long Boat Surfing LBS2

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Level 3 - Rough Water Boat Handling RWBH 3


Level 3 - Tricky Launch, Tricky Landing TLTL2


To register, click HERE.

For more information, e-mail, info@greenlandorbust.org.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

SGS USA - Instructor Speciality Class With Roger Schumann

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Storm Gathering USA 2017


Here are details of a specialist class that may interest anyone attending the Storm Gathering USA 2027 event in Trinidad, California on March 3 to 5.
We have scheduled two half-day sessions for participants to choose from. Sessions will run when minimum numbers are reached.

Unscrambling the Scramble: Self Rescue and Beyond.

More than a mode of self-rescue, the Cowboy(Girl) Scramble technique is great for expanding your launching and landing repertoire, and for developing core skills to help you become a better paddler overall. Before working on rescues, we'll break down the scramble technique as used for basic launching /landing, offering tips and tricks for getting off/on beaches quickly and easily (compared to awkward knuckle walking).

We'll also cover more-advanced versions like "lunge launches" and speed launches" useful for accessing "tricky" beaches. In the process of practicing Scramble Launches/Landings, you'll automatically be refining your deep-water rescue skills, as well as improving the core bracing and balancing skills that help keep you from capsizing and needing to do a rescue in the first place. Participants should have been introduced previously to both the Scramble Rescue and the sculling brace.

To register, click HERE.

For more information e-mail: info@greenlandorbust.org.

Wednesday, October 05, 2016

SGS USA - Non-Participant Meal Plan



Based on demand, we have introduced a new booking category: Non-Participant Meal / Social Activities Option.

If you have a family member or friend who wishes to be part of the event but not go on the water, this $75 option covers all meals and entry into social activities.

This option is available through Eventbrite or if you submit a booking form with check payment.

To register, click HERE.

For more information, e-mail, info@greenlandorbust.org.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

December's Newsletter


8TH UK STORM GATHERING SYMPOSIUM
GREENLAND EXPEDITION • ICE BEARS AND ISLANDS

Happy Holidays! We at Greenland or Bust wish you, your family and your friends a wonderful festive season.

Here in Northern California the ran has been falling, which is great, because we certainly need it. On top of that, the wind has been howling, which has made it really nice to curl up indoors and work on our 2016 schedule, which is filling fast! We don't have it all up on the website yet, but for a sample of what's happening in 2016, click HERE

In November, Helen taught Traditional Paddling and Rolling and Simplifying the Roll at Horseshoe Cove in California. Mark ran some BCU and ISKGA programs in Cornwall, England and on Anglesey, in Wales.

In December, we've got classes in San Diego, Marina Del Rey and Dana Point (all in California). And then 2016 starts...

In January we've got some local programs running, and Helen will be completing her Wilderness First Responder. In February there's Paddle Golden Gate. It's an awesome event, and well worth checking out, if you haven't done so already. 

After that, Greenland or Bust and Kokatat are bringing Jaime Sharp to Eureka, California for Ice Bears and Islands, a presentation on Svalbard's world first sea kayak circumnavigation. 

For more, please see the flyer below, or e-mail info@greenlandorbust.org.

Later in February, we head to the UK for the 8th UK Storm Gathering Symposium, which takes place on Anglesey in Wales from February 20 to 22. The main event will be followed by BCU and ISKGA Week.

Finally, our next Greenland expedition takes place in the Disco Bay/Ilulissat area from July 20 to 31, 2016, and there are only a couple of places left! Contact us at info@greenlandorbust.org for more information.

As usual, visit www.greenlandorbust.org for more information, our current Events calendar and Blog postings. You can also find us on Twitter. For questions, comments or to schedule us in your neighborhood, email info@greenlandorbust.org.

Happy paddling!

Helen and Mark




Dr. T's Coaching Corner

Proper Planning And Preparation Will Prevent a Poor Performance - Get to know the area where you will be tested. Paddle it a few times in different weather/tidal conditions, so your chart is there as a backup, not as your primary means of knowing your location.

Fail to Prepare, Prepare to Fail - Set out lots of 'desk-top' plans beforehand, so when on the water you can create several 'deck-top' plans in your head, at any one time: a five minute plan, a 30 minute plan and a one hour plan. Your aim is to be implementing the 5 minute plan, working towards the 30 minute plan, and keeping the one hour plan in perspective.

Be Brave. Take Risks. Nothing Can Substitute Experience - If you are 'experienced' then it stands to reason that you will draw confidence from having built up a breadth of personal knowledge, thus enabling you to make sound judgment calls as and when they are required.

Come Prepared To Take The Helm - If you are not so 'experienced' then you need a bombproof game plan or live on your wits, which will be stressful! This is the hardest way of passing; a good examiner will detect a candidate's lack of flexibility and will try to force judgment calls, potentially then forcing mistakes to be made. After all, they need to see if a candidate is safe in any situation.

To Prepare Is Half The Victory - Be ready to use your safety equipment, especially your towline, more than once and often in quick succession. Sort out an effective roll and be ready with a quick re-entry; this is a set piece and really highlights good paddling skills, or lack of. Make sure the kit you have is functional, accessible but also easily stowed and secured. Stay calm and do what you always do, not what you think someone else wants you to do.

"Be prepared, work hard, and hope for a little luck. Recognize that the harder you work and the better prepared you are, the more luck you might have" - Ed Bradley.

Program Schedule

Simplifying the Roll- December 12, San Diego, California

Simplifying the Roll- December 19, Dana Point, California

Simplifying the Roll- December 20, Marina Del Rey, California

(Programs running in 2016 will be posted soon.)


Working on your roll and need a little help? Simplifying the Roll with Helen Wilson and Yoga for Outdoor People are available from our on-line store HERE.

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