Lessons

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 wet-exitprofessional 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” & “hip snap” development
* Introduction to various paddle strokes including propulsion, maneuvering, and recovery strokes
* Practicing of “the wet exit”, ” “T-rescue” & “paddle float re-entry ” rescues
* 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.

 

Successful completion of this course is a requirement prior to renting our equipment for self-guided adventures — and this holds true for 3 years. We will, however, honor having successfully completed a Water Safety Course that encompasses the same topics as ours within the past 3-years, with a documentation signed by another ACA Certified Instructor.

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!

THE FINE PRINT:

  • Wetsuits will be provided, and use is mandatory.
  • Weight Limits: There is a minimum of 80lbs and a maximum of 280lbs.
  • Cancellation Policy: Payments are refundable, less a 15% cancellation fee any time prior to 24 hours of the scheduled lesson. No refund for cancellations less than 24 hours of the scheduled lesson.
  • All lessons are subject to rescheduling, alternate destinations or cancellations due to wind, wave or other unfavorable weather conditions. While we will try to reschedule, full payments will be refunded in the event of lesson cancellations due to unfavorable paddling conditions.
  • Rain, fog or cool weather does not necessarily cancel a lesson… customers find paddling in the rain more enjoyable then they thought, since they are well protected from the elements by the kayak, spray skirt, wetsuit, lifejacket, rain jacket and hat and generate body heat as they paddle. We will not venture out in  a heavy down pour or if thunderstorms are present.
  • Gratuities for your trip leaders are at your discretion.

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!

THE FINE PRINT:

  • Wetsuits will be provided, and use is mandatory.
  • Weight Limits: There is a minimum of 80lbs and a maximum of 280lbs.
  • Cancellation Policy: Payments are refundable, less a 15% cancellation fee any time prior to 24 hours of the scheduled lesson. No refund for cancellations less than 24 hours of the scheduled lesson.
  • All lessons are subject to rescheduling, alternate destinations or cancellations due to wind, wave or other unfavorable weather conditions. While we will try to reschedule, full payments will be refunded in the event of lesson cancellations due to unfavorable paddling conditions.
  • Rain, fog or cool weather does not necessarily cancel a lesson… customers find paddling in the rain more enjoyable then they thought, since they are well protected from the elements by the kayak, spray skirt, wetsuit, lifejacket, rain jacket and hat and generate body heat as they paddle. We will not venture out in  a heavy down pour or if thunderstorms are present.
  • Gratuities for your trip leaders are at your discretion.

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