This is a two part session covering multiple aspects of the training/skills needed to paddle open waters of the Great Lakes/ Oceans. Our sessions will include a land and water-based learning. The first session 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 this schedule with you.

Class one - 3 hours


                Wet-exit / working with spray skirt

                Separation from kayak (rescue priority and swim w/ paddle)

                Solo- Cowboy scramble, Ladder, Paddle Float, re-enter & roll (if skilled)

                Assisted – T-rescue

                Towing – Long tow &contact tow (get them out of the danger zone)

Boat control:

              Proper fit within yak/ right boat for water conditions

Edging/ Bracing

               Understanding what makes conditions/weather

              Working with the elements/ paddle within your scope of skill

Class two- 2 hours

Paddling in Lake Michigan:

              Bringing the new found skills to the water, in conditions less than 2 foot

              Gear ideal for the Great Lakes

              Launch/landing into surf

              Dealing with waves - Surfing /Side surf

              Group management

When – Sat evenings 5 to 7 PM

Who – Kayakers who wish to paddle the Great Lakes, or large bodies of water

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

Experience- Novice with essentials background

Dress – Appropriate for conditions (water and air temp)

Location - First class, protected lakes near West Bend/Port Washington. Second class, Lake Michigan access at Port Washington, Wi

Cost - $150 per/person

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