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).

On-land Discussions:

  • 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

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