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Kayak Kickstart

June 25 @ 8:00 am - 12:00 pm

A group of student kayakers are sinning inside the kayaks on the ground, getting last minute instruction.

This is a 3 hour block of instruction for the brand new kayaker. Intended for the person who just bought a kayak, or who is thinking about taking up the sport – we got you covered. These very basic kayaking skills provide you a better appreciation for the sport and provides a safe way to learn new skills.

Training will take place at a local quiet, protected inland lake, or gentile river. Before hitting the water, there will be at least an hour’s worth of classroom. If you have concerns about your physical ability,  please read our EEC. Class size will be limited to 10, unless otherwise noted. ,

You may bring your own kayak/gear to this session – and we encourage you to learn with your equipment. A complemental rental of kayaks, paddles, and PFD are included in the price for the first 8 who register – just let us know what size you need when you register.

Some of the topics you will learn when taking this :

Getting to know your gear

–   Matching the kayak for the type of water

–   Wearing the right clothing

–   PFD fit and proper wear

–   Paddle – Blade types and hand position

–   Kayak – Anatomy, body position , boat fit

 

How to paddle correctly

–    It’s not just using your arms when you paddle

–   The catch, propulsion, recovery – how the paddle moves through the water

–   Forward, Stop, Reverse directions

–   Understanding what a sweep stroke is, and how it can turn your kayak

How to enter/exit a kayak, launch and land your craft from shoreline, or from a dock.

Ways to transport your kayak – on the road and on land.

 

What to do when you fall into the water

–   Trusting your PFD

–   How to empty a flooded kayak

 

Cost – $65/ per person

Minimum 2 people per session