Introduction to Kayaking Class
June 25, 5:00 pm-7:30 pm$60
Learn skills and increase your knowledge of the sport of kayaking with this introduction to Recreational Kayaking class. This class is the first step in helping you become a solid kayaker by focusing on basic skills, knowledge and fundamentals.
This Recreational Kayaking Basics class is designed for paddlers who have an interest in learning the proper techniques when kayaking, have already purchased a recreational kayak (under 14 feet long, over 25″ wide with large cockpit opening and minimal flotation) or for those people who are certain that they will only want to paddle on small, inland lakes and slow-moving rivers. In 2 ½ hours we will cover the basic strokes needed to maneuver your kayak efficiently. Students will not be asked to perform a wet exit, and there are no rescue or re-entry skills taught in this class. This class can be taken as a very basic introduction to the sport.
Skills and Information covered in the Introduction to Kayaking class include:
• Introduction of equipment – kayaks, paddles and life jackets
• Safety considerations in using recreational kayaks
• Entering and exiting your kayak
• Forward stroke
• Reverse stroke
• Stopping your kayak
• Forward and reverse sweeps for turning
• Draw strokes to move a kayak sideways
• Lifting and carrying your kayak
• Bow and stern rudder strokes (if time permits)
Dates offered: (class format is the same for each date offered)
1) Thursday, June 25th @ 5pm-7:30pm
2) Thursday, July 23rd @ 5pm-7:30pm
5pm: Arrive to MKC
5pm-5:30pm: Introduction and on-land Instruction
7:30pm: Return to dock
$60 per student; limited space available
Limited amount of students per class. Pre-registration is required – please reserve your space below.
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This class will be instructed by Sherri Mertz. Sherri is an ACA Certified Instructor and good friend of MKC. Her knowledge and skills have become part of our everyday life here at MKC and we’re grateful for her knowledge, guidance and professionalism she brings to the sport of kayaking and paddlesports.