*Registration opens April 1st, 2016*
The Quickstart Your Kayak Class is taught by American Canoe Association Certified Instructors.
Course Overview: The Quickstart Your Kayak workshop is a brief introduction to paddling a kayak. Students are presented with basic information on dressing to paddle safely and potential hazards and simple rescues. A minimal paddle skill set is presented and practiced, allowing students to safely and comfortably maneuver on still water.
Course Objectives: To make available a short program emphasizing safety, enjoyment and skill acquisition for entry level paddlers.
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: Three hours or more at instructor’s discretion.
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)
Level 1: Introduction to Kayaking
Level 2: Essentials of River Kayaking
Level 2: Essentials of Kayak Touring
Note: Use of sprayskirts is not part of the QuickStart Your Kayak Curriculum.
The cost of the program is $30.00 per resident and $40.00 per non-resident.
First Session - Wednesday June 11, 2016 8:00a.m - 11:00a.m. Nimisila Reservoir
Second Session - Wednesday July 23, 2016 8:00a.m - 11:00a.m. Nimisila Reservoir
Third Session - Wednesday October 1, 2016 8:00a.m - 11:00a.m. Nimisila Reservoir