SK101

LEARN THE ESSENTIALS FOR COASTAL KAYAKERS.

This full-day course introduces students to the fundamental knowledge and skills necessary to safely enjoy the sport of sea kayaking in the near shore environment (waves < 1ft; winds <10kn)

This course is taught according to the standards outlined in the American Canoe Association's Level 2 and Level 3 Coastal Kayak curriculum.  Click here for a detailed outline.

LOCATION FOR THIS COURSE

This course meets at the Boathouse located at Headwaters Park, a beautiful and quiet reservoir located approximately 45 minutes east of Cleveland.   Detailed driving instructions can be found using this link, or by clicking the map below.

UPCOMING COURSE DATES

 

101: SEA KAYAK ESSENTIALS

SKILLS TAUGHT IN THIS COURSE  

STROKES AND MANEUVERS:   Forward; reverse; emergency stopping; low bracing; sweep strokes; pivot turns; draws;  edging (i.e., J-leans) for both balance and maneuvering.

RESCUE AND SAFETY:   How to safely enter and exit a kayak from shore;  deep water capsizes (i.e., wet exits with a spray skirt);  assisted reentry in deep water (e.g., the T rescue and drain);  solo reentry in deep water (e.g., scramble reentry;  paddlefloat-assisted reentry);  rafting for support;  and contact towing.

INSTRUCTOR:STUDENT RATIO 

1:6

PREREQUISITES

PRIOR COURSES:  None.  Just a willingness to get challenge yourself and get wet! 

AGE LIMITS:   14 and over only, please.    Participants under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.   Participants over 16 but under 18 must have a waiver signed by a legal guardian. 

HEIGHT & WEIGHT LIMITS:  In order to ensure your comfort and safety, participants should be between 5' and 6'4" tall and 95 lbs to 235 lbs.

NON-DISCRIMINATORY ESSENTIAL ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

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

  • Be able to independently participate in all individual skills and activities 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 lifejacket, 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 program 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.