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As If Challenge

Saturday, April 17, 2021, 9:00 AM until 2:00 PM
On water activity: To be disclosed only to registrants via email in advance, but in the Twin Cities

Additional Info:
Jeff Forseth
Michelle Forseth
Peggy O'Neal
Skill Building
Registration is required before Friday, April 16, 2021 at 5:00 PM
Payment In Full In Advance Only
- Safety
- Leadership directed scenarios ONLY
- Team players

Special COVID precautions will apply:
- Social Distancing
- Wearing Masks
- Frequent hand cleansing
- Remain within your pod of 4 (and 1 director)
Available Slots:
No Fee

Special COVID precautions will apply:

- Social Distancing
- Wearing Masks
- Frequent hand cleansing
- Remain within your pod of 4 (and 1 director)

This extended day trip event, led by Michelle and Jeff Forseth and Peggy O'Neal since 2007, has been a fun learning opportunity for many, and quite a few still attend on a regular basis to continue measuring their skills and have a pleasant, fun filled day trip with friends. Some attendees have related their learning at this event to their own "AS IS" trip, applying their tested skills to real life situations. The event focuses on 
learning, practicing and identifying the skills folks need to improve in preparation of the upcoming paddling season or a means of measuring individual's growth over the summer. This paddle is an "As If" -- as if you were going on an extended day trip on Lake Superior. Topics to be covered are gear, clothing, navigating, weather, communications, group dynamics and leadership. Participation will occur at any level you wish as a basis for self direction. Peggy, Michelle and Jeff will be on hand as directors, advisors and observers as well as providing a briefing preceding the drill and a debriefing following, as well as ongoing feedback, if requested.

What: The As If Challenge is a leadership and skill development day.

The day is broken into situations and challenges a group may encounter while touring on a large body of water. These situations and challenges are designed to foster teamwork, develop new skills, and to offer an opportunity for team learning. There will be several "Observers" who oversee the event in order to reduce the possibilities of unscripted risks being confused with scripted scenarios.

Where: Locations vary...

...but due to the structure of the day, the lakes tend to be larger lakes with powerboat traffic present. These lakes will also have longer crossings and fetches. These distances, combined with wind speed, could create waves that we will use to simulate waves on a larger body of water. The As If Challenge will be canceled due to lightning or adverse conditions as deemed by trip leader. On the discretion of the trip leader, the As If Challenge location or goals my be changed due to other weather or group dynamics. Outside of this happening, participants should be prepared to paddle in challenging conditions.

Who: As If Challenges are open only to ISK members, who feel they meet the requirements listed below and registration is required via the ISK webpage.

Why: As If Challenge is set up with a structure to challenge and develop leadership and paddling skills.


How: The event is designed to mimic an extended tour on a large body of water...

... and therefore it is expected that participants are prepared to paddle at least 15 miles at a 2.5 mph pace. Along with these pace and distance expectations, participants should be able to perform both self and team rescues. Due to the structure of the As If Challenge, the required gear list is different and there is also a basic skill requirement list.

Additionally: An optional debriefing session...

... used to occur afterwards at our house, for the participants, but due to COVID restrictions, a more brief version of debriefing will occur with your pods , prior to departure. This review is when the greatest part of the learning occurs!

 Required GEAR

a seaworthy craft complete with bulkheads and tight fitting hatch covers and full perimeter decklines

a spray skirt that fits snuggly on the combing

a PFD must be worn at all times while on the water

a whistle

 Optional (but suggested) GEAR

a waterproof light source

a complete first aid kit

bilge pump

paddle float

towing gear

extra water

dry clothes

- Paper and pencil for taking notes

any other gear a paddler may pack for an extended trip (for a more comprehensive list of gear click HERE)


ability to paddle at least 15 miles

ability to maintain at least a 2.5 mph pace
- ability to paddle in waves to 1 feet

- (suggested) ability to perform low and high braces to avoid capsizing

- (suggested) ability to perform self and group rescues

willingness to work in a group environment in challenging situations