B A Y  C U R R E N T S
the newsletter of the ETC Sea Kayak Program
Week of February 26, 2018
March Trip Guide Needs!

With all this lovely weather it's no wonder everyone wants to get out paddling! We have some March trips that could definitely use more guides!
  • March 3: Sausalito Day Trip with Outward Bound and Friends of the Urban Forest;
    Trip Leader and 2 guides needed!
  • March 10: Sausalito Day Trip with Youth from the Marin County Probation Department
  • March 12: Tomales Bay Evening Paddle with Athenian High School 
  • March 24: Tomales Day Trip (preview for an upcoming overnight) with YES Nature to Neighborhoods
  • March 24-25: Tomales Bay Expedition Overnight with students from Woodside High School  
Click the button below to check out the guide schedule and email Oren to sign up.

First Aid, CPR and WFA courses coming up! 

As guiding season starts up again some of you may need to get your first aid and CPR certifications renewed.  ETC is offering a couple subsidized first aid courses, and they are fast approaching!  Here are the details:

Basic First Aid
Date: March 14, 2018, 6-9 PM
Cost: $30
Location: TBA location in SF
Taught by: Daniel Dekay of Ready SF
Includes: CA epinephrine injector training
How to sign up: Please email Oren at link below

Date: March 15, 2018, 6-9 PM
Cost: $30
Location: TBA location in SF
Taught by: Daniel Dekay of Ready SF
How to sign up: Please email Oren at link below

There is also going to be a NOLS Wilderness First Aid course held at ETC's River Camp on April 7-8th.  This is a fun and great course that will beef up your first aid knowledge, although it does not include CPR.

Still Time for New Volunteers to Sign Up!
There is still space in our new volunteer training for this spring! If you know anyone who would be excited to join our amazing community of volunteer guides, is looking for some meaningful + fun volunteer time and who loves sharing the great outdoors, please send them our way! We now have all our training dates confirmed. Training will start with an evening meeting April 3rd and after two consecutive weekends of kayaking, will be done with an evening meeting on April 19th. 

Click the button below for the Volunteer Announcement!
In This Issue
Seasonal Positions with ETC

The Sea Kayak Program is still accepting applications for our Field Intern position (check here for the job announcement), and other ETC programs are also looking to hire summer staff. The River Program is also still accepting internship applications (job announcement here), and the Youth LEAD Program is looking for field instructors for this summer (job announcement here). If you know anyone enthusiastic about spending their summer sharing the great outdoors, send them our way! 
   Mailing Party!     

Help ETC get the word out about our upcoming Gala! We need volunteers to help out in the office getting all of our invitations sent off. The mailing date is March 5th, and we could use your help at any time during that day or evening.  Email Charlotte if you can help, or call her at 415-474-7662 x12.
ETC Trips for Individuals, Friends, and Families!

Did you know that anyone has the opportunity to experience an ETC trip, even if you are not part of a group or agency?

This year, the Sea Kayak Program is offering open enrollment trips to the following locations: Sausalito, Angel Island, Tomales Bay, Santa Cruz Island (Channel Islands National Park), Emerald Bay / Lake Tahoe, and Baja California!  More information is here - please share with anyone who may be interested!  Or, if you know anyone that might want to organize a benefit kayak trip, such as a full moon dinner paddle to Tiburon, click here!

The ETC River Program is also hosting several "Friends and Families" weekends in 2018 - more information is here.
Plastic Pollution Reaching the Arctic

We like to think of the Arctic as a pristine, untouched, part of the world. Unfortunately, that is no longer the case, as this video from the BBC shows. Plastic pollution from all around the world is being swept and drifted to these mostly uninhabited areas. This is a great reminder that even small, local actions can have an impact on someone far away. Fortunately we have the opportunity to get back out on our little part of the ocean to do some beach clean ups soon!