Below is a general description for the typical 4 hour introductory clinics that I offer. To see the descriptions for specific clinics and a schedule of what is being offered, follow the link.
Based on the Paddle Canada Basic Kayak Skills course, this is a shorter session for those that don't want to commit to a full IK course, or aren't sure if kayaking is for them and gives students an opportunity to try out kayaking for the first time in a controlled setting. This course offers some of the most basic concepts used in recreational flatwater kayaking but is not designed to be a comprehensive course. You will be introduced to the basics of kayaking rescue techniques (how to get back in your kayak after a mishap), will learn how to launch a kayak, and will be introduced to kayak strokes. All required equipment is supplied.
The courses are each a total of 4 hours of course time. Some courses are all in one session and others are spread over 2 sessions of 2 hours each.
Some courses include a pool session. Pool sessions are located at Harry Bailey Aquatic Centre pool, 1110 Idylwyld Drive North. Meet on the pool deck 5 to 10 minutes prior to the start of the session. Kayaks are provided at the pool but must be rented for outdoor sessions.
Registration: Register by choosing an available course from the list and filling out the online form. You can then pay via PayPal or by cheque.
These fun 4 hour clinics will focus on the following techniques (content will vary a bit depending on the group and as time allows):
- Forward & Reverse Strokes
- Maneuvering Strokes
- Forward sweep
- Reverse sweep
- Draw strokes
- Wet Exits
- With and without spray skirts
- Assisted Rescues
- T-rescue (here's a good article about the T-rescue.)
- Swimming with a swamped kayak
None. This course would be suitable for kids 12 or older.
Maximum of 6 participants (class will be cancelled if there are not at least 3 people).
What to Bring:
To the pool session, bring a bathing suit. You might also wish to bring nose plugs, goggles, and water shoes if you have them. There will be a waiver to sign so bring reading glasses if necessary. At the pool, bring a padlock for the change room lockers (but if you forget, just bring a your stuff through to the pool deck). The first 30 minutes of the first session is in a classroom which may be cooler. I recommend wearing a top or sweatshirt over your swim suit for the start of the lesson. Do not shower before coming to the pool deck.
For outdoor sessions dress for the weather and expect to get wet. Bring a spare set of warm clothes and wear clothes that can get wet. Wear footwear such as old runners or paddling shoes that can get wet. Do not wear flip flops. A hat and sunglasses are also required. More specific instructions will be provided prior to the start of your course.
Kayaks are provided for the pool session, but must be rented for outdoor sessions. Please select your kayak rental during the registration process if necessary. All other equipment will be provided including paddles, PFDs (lifejackets), spray skirts, paddle floats, bilge pumps.
Questions? Feel free to contact us.