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Kayak rescues are an exciting way to go outside your comfort level and understand a valuable survival tool This is a 3 hour session intended for those who wish to understand how to get back into the kayak, while on the water. Prerequisite for this class is basic knowledge about your kayak (or previous student of either the Kickstart or the Essentials classes), and a wet-exit ability.  Class size is limited to 5, unless otherwise noted.

Touring and Sea kayaks will be required for this class – if you are uncertain if your kayak falls under this category, give us a call – otherwise, we can lend you our gear. There will be at least an hour worth of classroom before hitting the water.  It’s all about getting wet! Besides, Kayaking IS a water sport. Ensure you are properly dressed for immersion – if uncertain what to wear see our Q&A page. Topics included in this class:

 

Learning the tools of the trade

  • paddle float, paddle, stirrup strap, bilge pump

Solo rescues

  • There are several rescues which may work for you – find out which one is best suited for you

  • Provides confidence and increases your comfort level

  • Practice these techniques: Paddle float (w/ stirrup), cowboy, ladder, burrito, re-enter and roll

Assisted rescues

  • Builds group dynamics and trust with others

  • Sometimes the environment has the upper hand and kicks you out of your kayak

  • Save your buddy with these methods: T-Rescue(w/ heel hook), Hand of God, Scoop, Bow/stern, present paddle/cockpit, crab, Rescue swimmer

Towing

  • Sometimes you just need to get the yak and person out of a dangerous location

  • Utilize: contact tows (long rope, short rope, human contact)

Please also register for this to ensure there is availability.

Cost for 3 hours – $75