TAKE YOUR SAFETY SKILLS TO THE NEXT LEVEL
This 3 hour course builds on the safety and rescue skills learned and practiced in our 101: Sea Kayak Essentials Course.
This course is taught according to the standards outlined in the American Canoe Association's Level 2 and Level 3 Coastal Kayak curriculum. Click here for a detailed outline.
SKILLS TAUGHT IN THIS COURSE
STROKES AND MANEUVERS: This course does not cover strokes; participants should be familiar with basic maneuvers necessary to efficiently execute rescues in open water, including emergency stops; draw strokes (in-water and/or sculling draw); paddling backwards; and bracing.
RESCUE AND SAFETY: In this class we will refine rescue skills such as the T-rescue & paddle-float self rescue, and add additional rescues, including swimmer carries (toggle tow; bow; back-deck); contact towing; the scoop rescue; and the Eskimo bow rescue (bonus skill!). This class also includes training and practice in the use of specialized quick release tow systems used by sea kayakers.
PRIOR COURSES: 101: Sea Kayak Essentials or an equivalent experience. Participants should have working knowledge of basic maneuvers and rescues (e.g., assisted T-rescue; self-rescues).
AGE LIMITS: 14 and over only, please. Participants under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Participants over 16 but under 18 must have a waiver signed by a legal guardian.
HEIGHT & WEIGHT LIMITS: In order to ensure your comfort and safety, participants should be between 5' and 6'4" tall and 95 lbs to 235 lbs.
NON-DISCRIMINATORY ESSENTIAL ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA
In order to participate in this program, each participant must satisfy the following essential eligibility criteria:
- Be able to independently participate in all individual skills and activities while also maintaining an appropriate and safe body position.
- Be able to hold their breath while under water and, while in the water wearing a properly fitted lifejacket, be able to independently turn from a face down to a face up position keeping their head above water.
- Be able to effectively communicate with the instructor and other program participants.
- Be able to manage all personal care independently, or with the assistance of a companion.
- Be able to manage all personal mobility independently, or with the assistance of a companion.