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100 Intro to Recreational Kayaking

100: Intro to
Recreational Kayaking

Sea Kayak Essentials


This half-day course introduces students to the basic skills necessary to 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.

Strokes taught and practiced in this course

  • Forward; reverse; emergency stopping;  sweep strokes; pivot turns; draws


Rescue skills typically taught and practiced in this course:

  • 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


  • None.  Just a willingness to get challenge yourself and get wet!

Instructor: Student Ratio:



14 and over only, please.

Essential Eligibility Criteria:

In order to participate in this course, each participant must satisfy the following essential eligibility criteria:

  • Be able to independently participate in all individual skills and activities listed in the course outline 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 life jacket, 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 course 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

Upcoming Dates

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This course takes place at the Yak Shack in Lakewood, Ohio.   The Yak Shack is approximately 15 minutes west of Cleveland.   Detailed driving instructions will be send to participants after registration.