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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/

Located at Random Lake – This setting has a bathroom with drinking water available. Several picnic tables are located near the sandy beach. The lake itself is a bit over 3 miles in circumference. Mostly clear waters throughout the lake, with cattails and a marsh-like feel in the NE corner. Several lake homes make up the shoreline.

 

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.

Maximum group size 5.

Please also register for this t/o ensure there is availability.

Pike Lake Essentials class

Join us as we provide training for the Pike Lake State Park. This is a joint venture event, as we are delighted to partake in Smoky the Bear’s 75th birthday.  We will gather on the north end of the beach – just look for our sign. Additional information will be provided to you, once you register.

 

Intended for the amateur paddler (one who has paddled a few times in the past) and 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 lake. 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 12. Training will take place on Pike Lake, a fairly quiet, protected inland lake. There may be boat traffic, swimmers, and park guests present.  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 also register for this to ensure there is availability. Cost $60.

Pike Lake Essentials class

Join us as we provide training for the Pike Lake State Park. This is a joint venture event, as we are delighted to partake in Smoky the Bear’s 75th birthday.  We will gather on the north end of the beach – just look for the kayaks.

 

Intended for the amateur paddler (one who has paddled a few times in the past) and 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.

 

Prerequisite for this class is a basic understanding about kayaking (getting in/out – how to paddle forward/stop/reverse, and stability in a kayak). For complete topics covered, please refer to the essentials skills page.

 

Class size will be limited to 12. Training will take place on Pike Lake, a quiet, protected inland lake. Please dress for the cooler 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.

 

Please also register for this to ensure there is availability. Cost $60.

Milwaukee river (county paddle)

Join us on a nice little stretch down the Milwaukee river many have not yet enjoyed. This trip starts just outside the city limits of West Bend and takes us to Goeden Park (located at the intersection of 33/M). This is nearly a 8 mile paddle as it transverses the countryside and away from traffic noise. There are numerous wildlife views from the water, plus the occasional four legged creatures. This mostly wooded trip will shade the heat of the sun, while we enjoy the coolness of the water.

There may be an occasional downed tree along the way, however can be easily seen from a distance. The current and amount of water in the river this time of year is usually still pretty good, and offers a gentile push to aid as one paddles down stream. The time on the water is highly dependent on these factors – but plan to spend at least 4 hours on the water. There are no rapids, maybe an occasional riffle here and there – just a gorgeous stretch.Majority of the river banks have a gentile slope along the duration, the take out location at Goeden has two different areas to ascend from the water. Good footwear will be required for this stretch for both the put-in and take out locations (some rocks/mud and branches may be present).

Skill level for this trip – Novice and above (due to the time on water and distance) Bring along some snacks and water for this trip.

Cost $65. Kayaks and gear included in price. Maximum participants – 8

Please also register for this to ensure there is availability.

 

 

Kayak Rescues

Let’s paint a scenario for you:You are paddling on a larger body of water and lose your balance and fall into the water, you are in the middle of the lake and the shoreline is quite a swim away.  What do you do? In this training session, we shall demonstrate and practice many ways to get back into your kayak – either by yourself, or assisting others.

In this training session you will learn and practice:

Solo rescues – find out which one will work best for you. Will it be a cowboy, ladder, scramble, use of a paddle float or perhaps the use of a stirrup strap?

Assisted rescues – How do you rescue someone else who fell into the water? Learn the T-rescue, Scoop, The Crab, and the ‘Hand of God’.

Have a tired paddler who needs a little extra horsepower to make it to shore? Explore how to tow another kayaker by using a tow belt, or a contact tow. Want to rescue a tired swimmer – kayaks can be a great tool for this – let us show you how to do it.

Participants WILL get wet for this class, please dress for the water temps. Participants should understand what a wet exit is, and be able to demonstrate this during the day. Increase your knowledge and safety on the water, and increase survival time of fellow paddlers.

This class is best suited for touring and sea kayaks – although, recreation kayaks with bulkheads are acceptable.Don’t have either – we include our kayaks and gear for our sessions.

Class length is at least 3 hours, Maximum number of participants 5, unless otherwise stated. Cost for this class $75.

Please also register for this to ensure there is availability.