Level 1: Introduction to Kayaking

The cost of the program is $60.00 per resident and $70.00 per non-resident.

First Session - Wednesday June 4, 2016 8:00a.m - 2:00p.m. Nimisila Reservoir

Second Session - Wednesday July 30, 2016 8:00a.m - 2:00p.m. Nimisila Reservoir

Third Session - Wednesday September 24, 2016 8:00a.m - 2:00p.m. Nimisila Reservoir

The Level 1: Introduction to Kayaking Class is taught by American Canoe Association Certified Instructors. 

Course Overview: The Introduction to Kayaking course is designed as a short program emphasizing safety, enjoyment and skill acquisition for entry level individuals in the public, private and commercial setting.This course is appropriate for all kayak craft, it is assumed the boats will be paddled solo.

All course participants must be able to independently perform all skills/rescues in the course outline.

Essential Eligibility Criteria: In order to participate in an ACA Skills Course, each participant must satisfy the following essential eligibility criteria:

*Participant must be at least 18 years old.

*Be able to independently participate in all individual skills and activities listed in the course outline 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 course 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.

Course Prerequisites: None

Instructors: ACA Level 1: Introduction to Kayak Instructor (or higher).

Course Duration: 6 to 8 hours

Course Location / Venue: Calm, flat water, protected from wind, waves and outside boat traffic, with no apparent current and within swimming distance of shore.

Class Ratio - 1 Instructor to every 5 students (1:5).

Succeeding courses:
Level 2: Essentials of River Kayaking
Level 3: Kayak Touring

Note: Use of sprayskirts is not part of the Introduction to Kayak Curriculum.