06.01.01 - Kayak Class - Basic



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Kayak class to provide beginners with a safe and fun introduction to the sport of kayaking.




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So you bought a kayak, now what? To really get the full enjoyment and maximize your investment, you might want to consider taking an introductory lesson. If you have yet to buy one then our beginner course is a must. Your ability to select the proper type of kayak will be greatly enhanced once you know how a kayak is suppose to perform. The small price of our course could save you "big time" from buying the wrong boat.

The beginners' course covers the basics needed to get out there and enjoy this great sport. With proper training you'll realize better techniques with regard to various touring and turning strokes. No longer will your arms tire out after short trips. You'll gain better directional control of your kayak especially in windy conditions. And most importantly, aquire from us the proper safety knowledge necessary before setting out on all your great adventures.

Students will learn how to:

Properly fit & adjust their kayak
Properly grip & control their paddle
Safely portage the kayak
Gracefully enter and exit their kayak from shore
Perform basic strokes and maneuvers
Safely & effectively wet-exit their kayak
Perform a T-Rescue and Paddle Float self-rescue
Understand personal limitations and skill level
Understand necessary safety considerations

Price per student per 4 hour course: $80
Maximum of 5 students per instructor.


Course Outline:


Course Goal:
To provide beginners with a safe and fun introduction to the sport of kayaking.


Introductions & Expectations
15 Minutes
Welcome / introductions / expectationsPreparation (Suntan Lotion / Stretching)
Enrollment/registration/liabilityRestroom Facilities
Physical-flexibility, fatigueAnxiety / Fear (Full Participation Optional)


Objectives: Participants will learn how to:
5 Minutes
Equipment Orientation on Dry LandSafely & effectively wet-exit their kayak
Be oriented with essential safety equipmentPerform a T-Rescue and Paddle Float Self-Rescue
Properly fit & adjust their kayak for effective control and comfortUnderstand personal limitations and skill level
Demonstrate proper use & control of the paddleUnderstand safety considerations
Safely portage kayak to the water for launch & Properly enter and exit kayak from shoreSnack, Drink, Suntan Lotion & Restroom break as needed
Perform basic strokes and maneuvers


Dry Land Presentations
30 Minutes
Equipment orientationPaddle orientation
Personal clothing & gear (Capsize Kit)
PFD’s, wetsuits, helmets & sprayskirts
Safety equipment (i.e. pump, paddle float, signaling)
Sprayskirt attachment & use
NOAA weather radio
Paddle nomenclature
Sizing, blade design, material
Feathered vs. non-feathered, paddle control
Concept of torso rotation
Emphasize a relaxed grip
Basic Kayak DesignBuying Criteria (First Kayak Purchase)
Kayak nomenclature & Material (Plastic, Kevlar, etc)
Hull Shapes: Flat / V-Shape / Round / Combo
Length: Fast/ Straight, Slow/Maneuverable
Profile: Rocker/Slow; Flat Keel/Fast; Combo/Touring
Rudder verses Skeg
Bulkheads: Increased Weight & Improved Safety
Weather Cocking
Boat/body weld (Be One with the Kayak)
Comfortable & Stable
Suitable for Intended Purpose
Looks good on you!
Easy to handle out of water
Cost – Save budget for 2nd kayak
Quality of Construction


Launching/Landing & Wet-Exit Practice
30 Minutes
Proper stretching before any physical exertionBoat control/stability exercises (supported hip-flick)
Carrying kayak to and from waterDemonstrate & practice wet-exits (one-on-one supervision by instructor)
Proper entry & exit of boat from shore or dockAllow students about 5-minutes to get oriented/familiar with their kayak


Snack, Drink, Suntan Lotion & Restroom Break
15 Minutes


Introduction to Basic Strokes
45 Minutes
PropulsionTurning & SteeringBracing & Support
Forward touring stroke
Reverse stroke & stopping
Draw stroke (in-water recovery)
Sweep stroke (Forward)
Sweep stroke (Reverse)
Stern RudderLow Brace for support (hip flick)
Low Brace for looking back


Introduction to Basic Rescues
60 Minutes
Review proper wet exit procedures
Demonstrate & practice T-Rescue
Demonstrate & practice Paddle Float Self-Rescue


Group Safety Talk
15 Minutes
The safest thing you could do besides wearing a PFD is to paddle with a partnerObservation & explanation of on-water hazards (Narrow passages / Boat traffic / Boat channels)
Know your own limitations and weather limitations (10mph / No Gust / -mile / < 1ft waves)Observation & explanation of tides & currents (if applicable)
Group signals & what to do in the event of an emergencyObservation & explanation of weather, wind & wave dynamics
Rules of the Nautical Road (If it’s bigger or faster then it has the Right of Way)


Short Tour (w/continued application & development of skills)
30 Minutes
Continue to develop good forward stroke techniqueRafting up for support demonstration & practice
Discuss & practice course correction techniques for windy conditionsReinforce the idea of paddling with a partner/group
Discuss current wind speed & direction concernsDiscuss maximum limits for beginners


Conclusion/Course Wrap-up
15 Minutes
Load boats showing proper tie-down techniquesGroup debrief of how course went
Provide individual feedback if possibleExplain what is next in their learning progression


Evaluation: Students will be evaluated based on their ability to:
Safely enter & exit their kayak from shorePerform a wet-exit with comfort & control
Understand their physical abilities & limitationsProperly adjust foot braces and attach spray skirt
Maintain good posture and balance in their kayakKnow when it is safe & appropriate to paddle
Perform the basic strokes, maneuvers & rescues with efficiency



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EVEN THE BEST BOATERS CAN FIND THEMSELVES IN SERIOUS TROUBLE ON THE MILDEST OF DAYS IN THE OCEAN. PARTICIPATION IN THIS SPORT IS A STRENUOUS ACTIVITY. CONSULT YOUR PHYSICIAN BEFORE UNDERTAKING ANY SUCH ACTIVITY. PLEASE BE AWARE THAT EACH BOATER TAKES FULL RESPONSIBILITY FOR HIS OR HER OWN SAFETY, AND IS TOTALLY RESPONSIBLE FOR ASSESSING THE DANGER LEVEL AND ACCEPTING THE CONSEQUENCES OF PARTICIPATING IN THIS SPORT.

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