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Essentials class at Villa Grove
August 15, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
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One event on August 15, 2020 at 9:00 am
One event on August 30, 2020 at 9:00 am
(This was originally scheduled for Pike Lake – however due to continued Covid policies in place at State Parks, the venue has changed)
Intended for the amateur paddler (one who has paddled a few times in the past) or one, who would like to increase their knowledge and expertise on the water. Kayaking is more than just moving your kayaking in a straight line. This 3 to 4 hour session will provide skills to maneuver your kayak around obstacles, using simple body moves to maximize turns, and paddle control. There will be a class room setting on the shore, prior to getting into the kayak, as we cover information about kayaking in which you may not have thought about. You will learn how to enter a kayak, how to fall out properly (wet-exit), use proper body movements to paddle (not just your arms), how to move your boat sideways, how to turn your kayak, play some kayak balance games, and finish off with a paddle on the water. Did I mention you will get wet??? Yes, you will and it will be refreshing!
Prerequisite for this class is a basic understanding about kayaking. For complete topics covered, please refer to the essentials skills page.
Class size will be limited to 8. Training will take place on the Milwaukee river, initially on a section where power boaters avoid. The main channel of the river does have power boat traffic – however this is a no wake zone. Please dress for the water temperatures, have a change of clothes/towel in your car. Should you need to borrow- the use of Kayak, paddle and PFD are included in the price (please indicate this on the registration page. There are kayaks and gear for the first 8 who require these items. Otherwise, you can use your own kayak and gear in this class.
Please note: There is usually a porta-potty present near the boat launch – however as of 6/2/20 it was not yet in place. Please, plan appropriately.