Below is an outline of our Sessions 1 & 2 for our Kayaking lessons.
Session 1 will cover
- Sit up tall at the stroke’s catch (beginning) and release (end) positions.
- The paddle motion should be continuous, like swimming, with no jerking.
- Have a soft grip on the paddle with the pushing and pulling hands at all times.
- The upper hand is about nose height through most of the paddling motion.
- On the stroke, keep your chest parallel to the paddle shaft by rotating your abdomen and hips about 40 degrees, & making an 85-degree paddle arc.
- At the end of the stroke quickly let your upper shoulder drop and relax.
- Do an emergency stop by back dragging the paddle next to your hips.
- Steer and turn the boat with 3 different paddle strokes, not the rudder.
- Balance the boat with hip swing, low brace, and high brace.
Session 2 will cover
- Do a 4-way boat safety check of hatches, hull bottom, screws along the gunwales, and bulkheads – flotation chambers.
- Do a 4-way equipment adjustment for: leg length, backrest, steering tension, and spray skirt placement.
- Enter the boat using a paddle brace when sitting, squatting, and standing.
- Push away from the dock or shore with a high brace or pivoting with the hull.
- Demonstrate 4 basic drills that will continually improve your paddling.
- Perform the 5 essential skills necessary to use equipment at other outfitter locations.
- Have the blades (paddle tips) enter the water at the same speed the boat is moving.
- Have the blades (paddle tips) enter the water with a knifing motion that produces little splashing of the water.
- When paddling continuously for more than 10 minutes, practice the use of recovery cycles of 50%, 30%, and 10% in order to preserve energy and propel the boat under power.
- Your head and nose height remain unchanged throughout the stroke
- Successfully deploy the paddle float; describe 4 ways to exit a spray skirt.
- Can do a self-rescue, buddy rescue, and partially submerged boat rescue.