SK101

TAKE YOUR SAFETY SKILLS TO THE NEXT LEVEL

This 3 hour course builds on the safety and rescue skills learned and practiced in our 101: Sea Kayak Essentials Course.

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

 

103: ADVANCED SEA KAYAK RESCUES & SAFETY

SKILLS TAUGHT IN THIS COURSE  

STROKES AND MANEUVERS:  This course does not cover strokes;  participants should be familiar with basic maneuvers necessary to efficiently execute rescues in open water, including emergency stops;  draw strokes (in-water and/or sculling draw);  paddling backwards; and bracing.

RESCUE AND SAFETY:  In this class we will refine rescue skills such as the T-rescue & paddle-float self rescue, and add additional rescues, including swimmer carries (toggle tow; bow; back-deck);  contact towing;  the scoop rescue;  and the Eskimo bow rescue (bonus skill!).  This class also includes training and practice in the use of specialized quick release tow systems used by sea kayakers.

INSTRUCTOR:STUDENT RATIO 

1:6

PREREQUISITES

PRIOR COURSES:   101: Sea Kayak Essentials or an equivalent experience.  Participants should have working knowledge of basic maneuvers and rescues (e.g., assisted T-rescue;  self-rescues).

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.