Equivalents: ACA Open Water Coastal (Sea) Kayaking; BCU 4-Star TrainingFor intermediate paddlers seeking to gain experience and confidence on bigger water.
During this course--taught in the Erie Islands--participants will learn how to execute a day trip on the open waters of Lake Erie. Participants will create a float plan that includes an open water crossing that will take you a mile away from land. Techniques such as group paddling, dealing with commercial and recreational boat traffic, and paddling in wind, swell and confused conditions will be discussed and practiced. The group will also practice deep water rescues and towing techniques to assist tired or injured paddlers. Basic on-water navigation skills and chart reading, as well as VHF use will also be covered in this course. This course is must for any paddler seeking to undertake longer kayak tours or open water paddling. Click here for a course outline.
Prerequisites: Students must complete SK 201: Wind, Waves, and Weather and/or have equivalent experience and possess solid self-rescue skills. A reliable Eskimo Roll is not required, but students will greatly benefit if they have mastered this skill coming into the course.