Quickstart Your Kayak

*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)

Succeeding courses:
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