Date, time and location provided here.
Although paddlers are always required to wear PFDs, it is critical for their safety and those with them that the student be able to swim when required. Ability to swim is a requirement before taking any kayak courses.
You will be asked to do the following basic maneuvers:
The paddler is connected to the boat with a spray skirt that keeps water out while paddling. A wet exit requires the paddler to remove the spray skirt from the kayak, exit the kayak, and surface after the boat flips. The procedure is very easy to learn and execute. Click the links for a few videos demonstrating the simple steps. An instructor is right beside you at all times.
Wet exit viewed from below water level here
The Introduction will be in the auditorium and the Skills Test will be at the indoor pool. You will have access to changing rooms with lockers. We suggest that you arrive with a swimsuit on under your street clothes. This allow a quicker transition to the Skills Test. You can then use the private facilities to change into dry clothes afterward.
- Program overview
- Proper clothing and gear
- 5 essentials equipment (helmet, PFD, paddle, boat, and floatation bags)
- Question and answer session
Please read the provided material listed below and view the wet-exit videos referenced above to understand the proper steps and process.