Fundamental Water Safety Course
This three-hour course teaches the basics of kayak safety and efficiency and will help to develop your personal kayaking skills. Whether you are a beginner with a desire to learn, or an experienced paddler wanting to refresh some techniques for the season, this course will help you get to the next level. Participants must be 16 years or older to take this lesson and/or rent kayaks from us.
This ‘hands on’ course is taught by one of our professional American Canoe Association Certified Instructors. The course entails:
- Orientation to kayak nomenclature and equipment, including establishing a good “boat fit”
- Teaching of primary skills, including the “J-lean” and “hip snap” development
- Introduction to various paddle strokes including propulsion, maneuvering, and recovery strokes
- Practicing of rescues including “the wet exit”, ” “T-rescue”, and “paddle float re-entry “
- Highlighting of safety considerations and preparations for paddling on Lake Superior, including hypothermia, wind & waves, shoreline dynamics and their effect on paddlers, interpreting marine forecasts and signaling.
What do I bring sea kayaking?
To ensure your sea kayak adventure is a good experience, we suggest that you bring the following:
- A synthetic top such as polyester, polypropylene or capaline. Fleece is great for cooler days or evenings. Cotton should be avoided.
- Shorts or a swimsuit that a wetsuit can be slipped over.
- Water-shoes or sandals. Participants can choose to go barefoot if they desire. Shoes with laces are not allowed!
- Hat for shade when it’s sunny. Cap for warmth if it’s cool.
- Sunglasses and Sunscreen
- Drinking Water – a pint is sufficient for most.
- Camera – take advantage of the many photo opportunities while on ‘da Big Lake!
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