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Learn how to Sea Kayak
September 18, 2021 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
This is a three part session covering multiple aspects of the training/skills needed to paddle open waters of the Great Lakes. Our sessions will include a land and water based learning. The first two sessions will take place within a protected body of water, to increase your confidence and abilities. The calmer waters will provide the ability to fine tune and perfect your skills. The last session will be in the conditions of Lake Michigan – waves not exceeding 1 1/2 to 2 foot. Here you will take your learned skills to the test, find comfort and stability on the dynamic water, and become one with the water. Below are the lessons and skills which will be covered. Based on suitable Lake Michigan water conditions, we will coordinate the third class schedule with you.
Class one: Rescues:
Separation from kayak (rescue priority and swim w/ paddle)
Solo- Cowboy scramble, Ladder, Paddle Float (w&w/o stirrup), re-enter & roll
Assisted – T-rescue, Scoop, Crab
Towing – Long tow, contact (get them out of the danger zone)
Class two: Boat control:
Launch/landing into surf
Understanding what makes conditions/weather
Class three: Paddling in Lake Michigan:
In conditions less than 2 foot
Gear required for the Great Lakes
Bringing the new found skills to the water