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Private mentoring (kayak training)

Sometimes, you just want to focus on a single topic, or the sessions available may not fit your requirements. A personal instruction with me, may be exactly what you are looking for. This truly is a session which can be customized with your goals in mind. We can start the process by communication (either by phone, or email) and identifying your project in mind. From there, I will lay out a training program, highlighting your specific outcome. Limitations on what I can teach others are dictated by the ACA.

Sea Kayak, paddle, life vest, and other kayak related items needed for completion of you goals will be provided in the cost (paddle clothing will be your responsibility).

Location of classroom will be dependent on your goals in mind – and will be provided prior to class. Local waterways will be used.

There is a two hour minimum, four hour maximum session for each private lesson.

Please also register for this to ensure there is availability.

Basic two hour class $110

Three hour class $150

Four hour class $200

 

 

 

Private mentoring (kayak training)

Sometimes, you just want to focus on a single topic, or the sessions available may not fit your requirements. A personal instruction with me, may be exactly what you are looking for. This truly is a session which can be customized with your goals in mind. We can start the process by communication (either by phone, or email) and identifying your project in mind. From there, I will lay out a training program, highlighting your specific outcome. Limitations on what I can teach others are dictated by the ACA.

Sea Kayak, paddle, life vest, and other kayak related items needed for completion of you goals will be provided in the cost (paddle clothing will be your responsibility).

Location of classroom will be dependent on your goals in mind – and will be provided prior to class. Local waterways will be used.

There is a two hour minimum, four hour maximum session for each private lesson.

Please also register for this to ensure there is availability.

Basic two hour class $110

Three hour class $150

Four hour class $200

 

 

 

Learn how to Sea Kayak

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:

                Wet-exit

                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:

                Edging

                Bracing

                Side surf

                Surfing

                Launch/landing into surf

                Understanding what makes conditions/weather

                Group management

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

 

Where – Rescues and Boat control will take place on a quiet small lake, class three will be located at Port Washington

When – Sat evenings 5 to 7 PM

Who – Kayakers who wish to paddle open waters

Gear needed – Our kayaks may be used for these classes (please request, if needed), otherwise dual bulkhead sea kayaks, PFD, Paddle, Paddle float, and bilge pump

Experience- Novice with essentials background

Dress – Appropriate for conditions (water and air temp)

Please also register for this to ensure there is availability.

Cost – $150

Learning how to Roll a kayak

Built for the more advanced paddler, the roll is a form of self rescue. This 3 hour session will have a classroom setting prior to getting on the water. The intention for this session is to grasp the dynamics – the kayak, the body, and blade – how they all move through the water, and working with the physics of water. A solid roll doesn’t happen easily for everyone and you may not be successful after the first session. Understanding this, I will also offer an additional follow up class for $50 (2 hour max).  We shall focus on these main topics:

  • Understanding the roll

  • Defining the different types of rolls – c to c, sweep, extended paddle, Eskimo

  • Paddle position for each of the types

  • Body mechanics – the lower separates from the upper body

  • Putting it all together

  • What helps – flexibility, working on ‘hip snaps’, practice, paddle float

Location for this class will be contained within a small quiet lake – locally. This may be at Yahr park, Little Cedar Lake, Random Lake, or Lake Michigan. You will be notified of location once registered.  Sea kayak, paddle, and PFD can be made available (and included in the price), should you need to use our gear.

 

Once you click on the ‘Add to cart’, you will be redirected to a registration page to complete.

Initial class $75

Initial plus additional 2 hour future class $125

Kayak Kickstart

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. If you have concerns about your physical ability, please read our EEC. Class size will be limited to 5, unless otherwise noted. Training will take place at a local quiet, protected, inland lake. Before hitting the water, there will be at least an hour’s worth of classroom setting.

Information and topics covered about this session may be viewed at this section within our web page: https://silentwake.com/your-skills-training/kickstart-your-kayak/

Cost for this class $60. Kayak and gear is included in the cost for this class – upon request. Using your own kayak is the ideal way to understand your kayak’s limitations.

Please ensure you dress properly for air and water temperatures.

Maximum group size 5.