2021 Session announcement: To ensure a Covid safe practice with social distancing, these classes will be offered as a paddle partner sessions. A paddle partner is someone who is in your close social bubble, where it is safe for you and the other to be less than six feet apart in an extended period of time and not wearing masks. You and your buddy will be exclusively working together during this session.
Kayak rescues are an exciting way to go outside your comfort level and understand a valuable survival tool This is a 3 to 4 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.
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
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
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
Sometimes you just need to get the yak and person out of a dangerous location
Utilize: contact tows (long rope, short rope, human contact)