SK101

JUST THE BASICS FOR FLATWATER PADDLERS.

This half-day course introduces students to the basic skills necessary to safely and efficiently paddle a recreational kayak in protected, flat water such as slow moving rivers, inland lakes, and bays.

This course is taught according to the standards outlined in the American Canoe Association's Level 1 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

 

Intro to Recreational Paddling

SKILLS TAUGHT IN THIS COURSE  

STROKES AND MANEUVERS:  Forward; reverse; emergency stopping;  sweep strokes; pivot turns; draws

RESCUE AND SAFETY:  How to safely enter and exit a kayak from shore;  assisted reentry in deep water (e.g., the T rescue and drain); rafting for support.

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 6'2" tall and 95 lbs to 240 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.