Thank you so much for having interest in the issue of the U.S. military base construction at Henoko, Okinawa, and the Sit-in-on-the-sea on July 25th.

We have received some questions regarding the Sit-in-on-the-sea. Today, we’d like to tell you about the practice of sea kayaking for participating in the 7.25 action.

If you have no experience with canoe, but want to join the Sit-in-on-the-sea, it might take about three to five days for learning what you need in our lessons.

Everyone who wants to join the action needs to master paddling, going forward, going back, making right and left, and recovering from over turned canoe by one’s self on the sea.

If you have mastered those skills already, you only have to take a lesson at least a day.

Why?

Many members of Henoko Blue have not enough experiences with canoe. You might have more experiences than us, but we ask all to take our sea kayaking lessons before the 7.25. action.

One of the reasons is Towing.

If someone would get too tired to move on the sea, the buddy need to connect his/her canoe to another one and tow it. We always use a buddy system for the sake of safety. And when the weather turns for the worse and we need to move to the safer place, we have to connect all canoes speedy to our mother ship in order to move together. When something happens in another place and everyone requires to act urgently, too.

Another reason is Signals.

All the members have to learn how to send signals to other members. So we can have contacts each other on the sea. Remember you are one of the team.

For those who wish to participate the Sit-in-on-the-sea on July 25th and/or to practice sea kayaking in our lessons, please e-mail us.

E-mail address: henokoblue@outlook.jp

*It might take a while to respond to an English inquiry. Thank you for your patience.

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Do not worry about a canoe, a paddle, and a life vest. Those would be ready for you, but there are somethings that each one of you needs to prepare. Please check below;

What to bring/wear: the clothes can get wet (long sleeve shirts, long pants, shoes can be wet), hat, a pair of gloves, sunglasses, sunscreen, towel, change of clothes (shower is available after the practice)

On a final note, the most important thing is that we always act non-violently, of course, including verbal-violence. We have been acted like that from the beginning.

We have been waiting for all the people who act with us!

June 27, 2017

Original post (Japanese)
English translation by T.S.

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