A four month course comprised of lectures and logged hours within an OC6 designed for the novice, intermediate and experienced paddler. Racers, recreational, Pirates and Mom’s groups, come one, come all. This study will encompass responsibility, technique, safety, water knowledge, racing strategy, equipment and developing experience in a variety of ocean conditions.

Lectures: In house attendance preferred although the lecture may possibly be available through Skype audio. To be determined. One weeknight evening lecture per month in the Santa Cruz Harbor room, starting Friday, 12/8/17 at 6:00pm.

Text and Resources: Outrigger Canoeing, The Art and Skill of Steering by Steve West; Kanu Culture Publications to be brought to each lecture; purchase is mandatory; purchase through Amazon Smile, as OSC will receive a few pennies for the Club coffer. Additional handouts and resources will be available and shared in class.

Equipment: The Club has a few steering blades to use for individuals to practice. Each student will be expected to bring appropriate sized personal steering blade to all classes and paddles. A group order for individuals blades will be placed at 1st class if the paddler does not own one. Matt M. will help paddler choose appropriate steering paddle at this 1st class.

Logbook: Students will keep a diary of their steering experiences noting date, amount of time on water in seat 6, crew, water and weather conditions, challenges encountered, questions for advisers; to be reviewed once a month with an adviser whether in person, phone or class setting.

OC6 Steering Time: There will be opportunity to practice steering skills as a group each weekend, currently scheduled for Saturday’s at 8:45am. Scheduling is flexible. The crews will be comprised of those students enrolled in the class to support the skills involved in steering. Additional time may be logged by steering other OSC crews ie: Recreational paddling, the Pirates, the Mom’s, Fitness or Racing crews. Another option is for anyone to reserve a canoe through OSC website or contacting leurs56@gmail.com for the day and time of their choosing.



December 8, 2017, 6:00pm: Presenter: Matt M.
Topics: Course description, steerer profile, steering paddles, steering strokes, steering strokes in other seats, commands and communication, ordering of personal steering paddles

January 12, 2018: Presenters: Robert B, Guy D. Gary Kunsman, Don Kinnamon (Asst. Harbor Master)
Topics: Safety; general water conditions; student logbook review question & answer.

February 2, 2017, 6:00pm: Presenters: Amy Culver, Rikki Eriksen(?)
Topics: The Physics of the Hawaiian Canoe; How Ocean Forces Effect Steering Decisions or Na Wahine 2012, What Went Wrong (lectures Amy presented to the NCOCA); local marine currents & conditions; student logbook review question & answer.

March (Date TBD): Presenter: Dave Waynar
Topics: Race strategies (long distance, sprints), turns; additional weather, water condition; student logbook question and answer