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Kayak Skills Assessment (Lvl 1 to 3)

This combined session is dedicated towards the individual who is ready to take the next step in paddler advancement. In order to become an ACA certified sea kayak instructor, one must complete a skills assessment before undergoing the Instructor Development Workshop (IDW) – this is a prerequisite. Depending on your personal requirements, this comprehensive process will assist you to make better decisions on the water as well as help you understand what limitations you may have within your skill set.

 

I will provide a Coastal kayak Skills Assessment (L1 to L3) for you. Please plan for at least 4 hours for any of these sessions (actual times will vary depending on the Level). These sessions are designed not to teach the individual, but to assess your abilities to ensure you are Instructor ready.

Going on a future trip on the big waters, perhaps a multi day excursion with numerous miles? Some outfitters will only provide you very basic kayak working knowledge before they get you in the kayak. Wouldn’t you want to build your confidence and self-knowledge before you get there? Let us provide you the professional advice and guidance to ensure you are prepared both mentally and physically with a skills assessment.

I will provide you an honest evaluation, feedback, make a personal connection with your IT (Instructor Trainer) and process the ACA forms. If so desired, I can also provide you local contacts to IT’s who can certify you as an instructor.

 

Location for training will be provided to you, once we have decided what level you which to pursue. Sea kayak, paddle, life-vest, and all other kayak related materials will be provided. Paddle clothing will be your responsibility – ensure you dress accordingly for the water temperature.

The ACA Levels and what they mean:

Level 1
Calm, flat water, protected from wind, waves and outside boat traffic, with no apparent current and within swimming distance of shore.

Level 2
Protected water near shore with winds up to 10 knots (11.5 mph), waves up to one foot, and current up to one knot.

Level 3
Two of the following conditions necessary for assessment: 10-15 knot winds (11.5 to 17.2 mph), 1-2 foot seas, 1-2 foot breaking waves (surf)
Note: If assessing in areas with tidal current, current must not exceed 2 knots.

 

Please also register for this to ensure there is availability.

Skills Assessment $60

Kayak Rescues

Been paddling for a while and you are ready now to learn ways to get back into our yak from within the water, as well as some kayak games? You have the skills to paddle your kayak around objects, can paddle hours on end, and aren’t worried about falling out of your kayak…….But, what happens when you do? How are you going to get back into your kayak if you are too far away from the shoreline? What happens when your paddle buddy falls in – and you don’t know what your next step is going to be? Need to be more proficient in your kayak abilities? This is the session for you !

In this session, we shall learn how to perform both self and assisted kayak rescues. You will learn, understand, and practice numerous ways to get back in your kayak, should you ever experience a wet exit. For the types of rescues which will be involved, please visit https://silentwake.com/your-skills-training/rescues/

Owners of touring and sea kayaks are welcomed to bring their own yaks for this class – if you are uncertain if your kayak fits into this category, please give us a call and inform us of the make and model of your kayak. Some recreational kayaks may work for this class – but it is much more proficient with kayaks suited for adequate on-water rescues. Since we will be in the water for majority of this session, you should be comfortable with getting wet and performing wet exits. (Yes, you will be asked to preform a wet exit).

Location for this class will be made available once registered – normally it will be either Yahr Park, Random Lake, Big Cedar Lake, or Little Cedar Lake.

Maximum class size is 5.  Sea kayaks and gear available to those who require these items.

Please also register for this to ensure there is availability.

Three to four hour rescue class- Cost $75

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

 

 

 

Skills Assessment

This combined session is dedicated towards the individual who is ready to take the next step in paddler advancement. In order to become an ACA certified sea kayak instructor, one must complete a skills assessment before undergoing the Instructor Development Workshop (IDW) – this is a prerequisite. Depending on your personal requirements, this comprehensive process will assist you to make better decisions on the water as well as help you understand what limitations you may have within your skill set.

 

I will provide a Coastal kayak Skills Assessment (L1 to L3) for you. Please plan for at least 4 hours for any of these sessions (actual times will vary depending on the Level). These sessions are designed not to teach the individual, but to assess your abilities to ensure you are Instructor ready.

Going on a future trip on the big waters, perhaps a multi day excursion with numerous miles? Some outfitters will only provide you very basic kayak working knowledge before they get you in the kayak. Wouldn’t you want to build your confidence and self-knowledge before you get there? Let us provide you the professional advice and guidance to ensure you are prepared both mentally and physically with a skills assessment.

I will provide you an honest evaluation, feedback, make a personal connection with your IT (Instructor Trainer) and process the ACA forms. If so desired, I can also provide you local contacts to IT’s who can certify you as an instructor.

 

Location for training will be provided to you, once we have decided what level you which to pursue. Sea kayak, paddle, life-vest, and all other kayak related materials will be provided. Paddle clothing will be your responsibility – ensure you dress accordingly for the water temperature.

The ACA Levels and what they mean:

Level 1
Calm, flat water, protected from wind, waves and outside boat traffic, with no apparent current and within swimming distance of shore.

Level 2
Protected water near shore with winds up to 10 knots (11.5 mph), waves up to one foot, and current up to one knot.

Level 3
Two of the following conditions necessary for assessment: 10-15 knot winds (11.5 to 17.2 mph), 1-2 foot seas, 1-2 foot breaking waves (surf)
Note: If assessing in areas with tidal current, current must not exceed 2 knots.

 

Skills Assessment

Kayak Paddle Trips

Weekends in Wisconsin are made for exploring the great outdoors and experiencing this by kayak is the best way to do this. Silent Wake will be present with you providing safety, experience, and knowledge about the location in which you wish to paddle. We will provide the kayaks, paddles, life-vests, and additional equipment needed for an enjoyable trip  Specific locations are selected based on your interest, water levels, and weather conditions. Please contact us to get specifics in place.  We can support group trips up to 8 people. Makes a great outing for a family, group of friends, or your company group event..

Silent Wake is fortunate to have a centralized location, just outside Fredonia, Wisconsin. We have great access points to rivers, lakes, and Lake Michigan in our area and they all provide spectacular views. For our chosen paddle locations, please take a look at our paddle destination/trips for information and distance.

Four hour paddle trips $65

Six to eight hour paddle trips $90

Please also register for this to ensure there is availability. To secure your spot in a paddle trip, please provide us at least 72 hours notice.