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Kayak Camping 101, Part 1 - What to bring, how to stow it.

Saturday, March 6, 2021, 9:00 AM until 12:00 PM
Bayshore Park
5437 FM646,
Bacliff, TX  77518

(409) 934-8100
Additional Info:
Phil Salvador
William R Younger
HASK Training
Registration is required
Payment In Full In Advance Only
Registration cancellations will be accepted until Saturday, March 6, 2021 at 6:00 AM
Cancellation Policy:
Notify the Event Contact to cancel your registration.
Available Slots:
Members pay for their own charges

The purpose of this event is to learn good practices for packing a kayak for an overnight (or more) camping trip.  Willie Younger and Phil Salvador will present and demonstrate our ideas.  We will bring a kayak or two and a bunch of gear, and pack it into the kayak(s) on land, while you watch, take notes, and learn.


We will also have words to say about what camping gear is best to bring on a kayak camping trip.


There will be some handouts.  You are welcome to take photographs and videos.

A word about boats - the target kayak type for this event is a sit-inside sea kayak with bouyancy fore and aft.  This my be in the form of a water-tight compartment - possibly with a hatch - or flotation devices.  Ideally below deck capacity is enough to carry all or most of your camping and paddling gear, except those items normally carried above-deck.  If you wish to learn the skills presented in this course in a dfferent sort of kayak, please contact Phil Salvador to discuss.


If you already are an experienced kayak camper, this course is not for you.  We want to reserve registration for those with no experience, or whose previous experience has been a disaster due to lack of know-how. Other club experts are welcome to help with this by showing up and sharing knowledge.  DON’T REGISTER!  Just let Phil or Willie know you are coming. 


The Big Idea is that students will put into practice what they learn at this event on a one night kayak camping trip on March 27 – 28. Separate registration is required.  This second event is primarily an educational outing and new students will have registration priority.  See info on this second event in the HASK Event calendar.


Location for this event is Bayshore Park, Baycliff.  We hope to have acces to the pavilion there.  More info below. No serious hazards anticipated: maybe sun or rain, maybe hot or cold, windy unless not windy, fire ants, dog poo in the grass.


COVID 19 will probably still be a threat.  Please observe usual precautions – masks, keep your distance, bring hand sanitizer.  If you feel sick, please don’t come.  If you have been vaccinated at least a few weeks in the past you may be personally protected, but you can still be very infected and infectious.


Bring water, snacks, appropriate environmental protection, note book and pen/pencil, camera/video device optional.  Questions welcome, before, during and after event.  Let me know any particular topics of interest you would like addressed.


Kayaking in the afternoon from this location, after lunch, is a distinct possibility.

Event Leaders Phil Salvador, Willie Younger
Other wise folk None at this time
Trip Rating* Totally safe, barring tornados, riots, nuclear strikes, and similar
Instruction begins 9 AM. Please arrive early enough to be ready to start learning at 9 AM.
Duration (hours) 3 ish
Paddling Miles
Emergency Initiator (Level 3 & 4) NA
Emergency Phone #s 911, Galveston Sheriff Office (409) 766-2300
Class over Noon
Auto Description/Lic # Silver Honda CRV TX JLX 7922 (Phil)
Distance from center of Houston 36 miles to SE

This is an ACA sanctioned event.   All participants in ACA-insured activities must wear properly-fitting U.S. Coast Guard-approved lifejackets (Personal Flotation Devices, or PFDs) at all times during on-water activities. Non-HASK participants must sign a waiver. 

Waivers - 
Please complete our easy to use online waiver if you are a HASK member who has not signed a waiver within the last 12 months or a non- HASK participant. Read the waiver carefully.  You give up substantial rights when you sign it.

COVID-19 Waivers.

Use the link HASK COVID-19 Waiver  to open the waiver in PDF form.  Print off the form, sign it and either bring it to the event or scan and email to me at as an attachment.  Other options are to take a photo of your waiver on your phone or scan using the Adobe Scan app and emailing or Text to Bill Ohsie.

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  • Select a link below to complete the online waiver. 

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  • Respond to the “Confirm your E-Signature” email from ACA / HASK to confirm your email address.  Wavier is now complete and valid.
  • You will receive a confirmation email. Please download and print a copy of the waiver and bring it to the trip put-in. 

Guests – You are welcome to join us for a couple of paddle trips.  HASK will cover the $5 ACA event membership for non-ACA members. Hopefully you will then join HASK and continue paddling with us.