Whether you are just beginning the sport of kayaking, or seeking to further your comfort skills, we may have what you are looking for. All of our training has the ACA core values embedded within its program. You will be required to always properly wear your PFD (life-saver) at all times while on the water. All training sessions can be developed for an individual, group or company. Listed below are the programs available.
Kickstart your kayak - This class is centered around the first-time paddler - one who has never sat in a kayak, or has very little experience. Topics will include: basic paddle strokes, the art of finding your balance, why PFD's are a vital element, and proper paddler etiquette.
Recreational Kayaking -The purpose for this training is to provide education and guidance, specific for the recreational kayaker. Intended for those new to kayaking, and who have recently purchased a recreational kayak. Topics addressed will consist of basic paddling skills, safety, and understanding your vessel’s abilities and limitations.
Kayak essential - Built around the novice - one who has some paddle experience and knows how to paddle forward. We will explore additional methods of paddling, bracing, and using one's body and paddle to manipulate the directional control of the kayak.
Rescues - Suited the next level of paddling - this focuses around the solo and assisted abilities which will aid us to get back into the kayak.
Rolls - The first 180 degrees are the easiest to complete - it's mastering the remaining 180 degrees. Let us show you what happens below the spray skirt as well as above. Not everyone's body has the same flexibility, or ability, as the person next to you - just as there are numerous variations of kayaks to paddle, there is a roll suited for you.
Private Instruction - For those who wish to focus on one or more specific topics, who do not wish to have a group setting, or has a schedule conflict; this is a perfect answer. We will discuss what goals you are desiring to achieve, develop a plan of action, and implement the training.
Skills Assessment and Training - In order to become an ACA sea kayak instructor, a skills assessment must be completed prior to an IDW. This is the first step in becoming an instructor. I will be able to provide this function to you from Level 1 up to Level 3. All training will follow the ACA checklist - know your strengths and skills you must work on, before you attempt an IDW.
Paddlesports Safety Facilitator - This course is appropriate for the staff of liveries, parks and recreation sites, rental companies, or guide services. The PSF course also is a suitable alternative for the discontinued Small Craft Safety course once offered by the American Red Cross. Therefore, other markets that will use the PSF program include summer camps, youth organizations (such as the YMCA, the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, the Boy Scouts of America, and the Girl Scouts of the USA. The course can also be used for any member of the general public that wants to have a comprehensive knowledge base of on-water safety and best practices for enjoyable paddling.