Wasabi values the safety of our boats and our paddlers, and we expect our paddlers to be knowledgeable and safe when paddling. We require that people using small boats complete the small boat certification, which entails boat construction, carrying, huli, and paddling. Certifications are offered several times per year. Paddlers will need to re-huli every 2 years to keep their certification current.
Wasabi always welcomes paddlers who wish to learn how to steer OC6's. Our steerspeople are responsible for the boat's safety, and therefore need to complete a certification. To become a certified steer, paddlers will need to have 6+ practices of steering, docking, and navigating; will take a verbal test about general boat safety and logistics; and will lead a crew through a huli drill. Certified steers also should take the Coast Guard boating class. The OC Coordinator will consider waiving parts or all of the certification requirements for expert steers who have a proven record of steering on other teams.
Wasabi small boats may be used for racing only after the paddler has been certified in transportation and carries liability insurance for travel. Any Wasabi crew may request to use club OC6s in races, and we always welcome people who wish to certify in large boat hauling and transportation.