JUST THE BASICS FOR FLATWATER PADDLERS.
This half-day course introduces students to the basic skills necessary to safely and efficiently paddle a recreational kayak in protected, flat water such as slow moving rivers, inland lakes, and bays.
This course is taught according to the standards outlined in the American Canoe Association's Level 1 Kayak curriculum. Click here for a detailed outline.
SKILLS TAUGHT IN THIS COURSE
STROKES AND MANEUVERS: Forward; reverse; emergency stopping; sweep strokes; pivot turns; draws
RESCUE AND SAFETY: How to safely enter and exit a kayak from shore; assisted reentry in deep water (e.g., the T rescue and drain); rafting for support.
PRIOR COURSES: None. Just a willingness to get challenge yourself and get wet!
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 6'2" tall and 95 lbs to 240 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.