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. Participants should provide their own rec yak, paddle, and PFD. If requested, a PFD and paddle will be provided to you. This 3-hour long class will be split between land and water instruction. Location will be announced prior to event, will either be located on a quiet lake, or beginner friendly river (depending on water conditions).
Understanding what is a recreational kayak. (Design features, construction, abilities and limitations).
Choosing a paddle for your kayak.
Selecting the proper life-vest.
How to plan your paddle adventure. Paddling with others.
Methods to transport your kayak – on the road and manually.
Proper body position and how to hold a paddle.
On water training:
How water effects your kayak, getting a feel for the paddle environment.
Ways to enter and exit your kayak from land/water.
How do I steer this thing, and not run into others?
How tippy is your yak?
What happens when I fall out, and how do I get back in?
My kayak is full of water, what now?
Is there a hazard around the river bend?
Helpful reference topics:
Ways to keep things dry and safe.
What clothing is a better option to wear.
What is a shuttle – do I need one?
Cost for this 3 hour class $65 /per person
Minimum 2 people per session