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Sunday, October 14, 2001


Coastal Kayak Basic Rescue Course

Terry and Randy Hurd of Gulf Coast Wilderness Adventures write us as follows: My husband Randy and I are both ACA Coastal Kayak Open Water Instructors For Gulf Coast Wilderness Adventures ( and attended the Club meeting last month. We propose offering a 3 hour class (outline below), @ a price of $30.00 each with about 4 or 5 guides total. We will provide the rescue gear and can provide some limited kayaks. All participants will be getting wet. The course outline is as follows: Each participant will learn/practice self-rescue techniques, be able to rescue another boater and be familiar with basic rescue, signaling equipment and group planning for safety.

I. Land class: kayak/PFD design function as related to safety, USCG, HELP / HUDDLE, importance spray skirts, Dry land wet exit, rescue equip.

II. Water Work: Wet exit, self-rescue-Paddle float re-enter and pump (w/w/o stirrup), Assisted T rescue of others (stirrup if needed) PRACTICE RESCUE GUIDES
III. Land class/debrief: USCG signaling, float plan, group paddling.

We would like to offer this on either October 20th or 21st and require a minimum of 10 people to teach it (can handle 15 people max). We can also offer multiple classes if needed that weekend or in the future. Each participant will need weather appropriate clothing. To register, please call Randy or Terry at Gulf Coast Wilderness Adventures LLC @ (850) 492-7128, if necessary leave message and we will get back to you ASAP.

Paddle: Fishers Lake Paddle

Date: Sunday October 28, 2001
Meet: We will meet at the new Stagecoach restaurant in beautiful downtown Stockton at 9:00 AM.
Guide: Matt Darring,, H-343-1196, W-341-1712 (Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat)
Comments: This is a beginner/intermediate level paddle to Fishers Lake in the North Delta. It will be a little over 9 miles long and should take about 4 to 5 hours. Bring usual safety gear, lunch, water, and a camera, because the area is very scenic.

In other news:

The old recreational permits for Eglin Air Force Base, to paddle Boiling Creek, expired. The permits are good from 15 September to 30 September. They cost $5.00. You get a map along with the permit that is worth more than the fee.

Request the Recreational Permit, which is the one for paddling. You can get the permit from one of the gates or by mail. The instructions on my old map states that permits may be obtained from the Jackson Guard Office (Natural Resources Branch), located at Highway 85 North, Niceville FL 32578 (850) 882-4164. The mailing address is:

Eglin Natural Resources Branch
107 Highway 85 North
Niceville, FL 32578

For each permit requested, send a photocopy of either a driver’s license or identification card which contains full name, current address (including zip code), current phone number, and date of birth. Specify the type of permit (recreational) desired. Be prepared to wait three weeks for delivery. Payments can be by personal check, money order, or cashiers check made payable to DFAS-LI Eglin AFB. Cash is not accepted.

I was checked for a permit the last time I paddled Boiling Creek. I would think that there is a good chance that permits may be checked again.

Thursday Slackers: Fritz Ingraham (334-990-5987, is going to try and lead a Thursday paddle fairly often. You can check with him to see what is coming up.


Member Events:
From: Lisa Moore Haywood
Subject: Halloween Events: addresses needed by October 16!

Carl and I have a tradition of hosting most interesting Halloween events. On Saturday October 27, we will have such an event. If you are interested in a genuinely scary affair, please e-mail your home or work mailing address (not email) no later than October 16 to On October 31, weather permitting, we will also have a memorable trick or treat for people of short, but increasing stature. Taller, non-increasing stature people are welcomed to help with that bemusing activity.

If you have already provided your address to us, no need send via email.

Lisa Moore Haywood