Learn the basic knowledge and skills needed to be safe on the water. ACA Level 1 Kayak Instructor, Kelly Hess, will be leading this class. These classes follow ACA curriculum and will provide basic knowledge and skills for beginner paddlers on flatwater (lakes and streams).
While we will be using kayaks for this series, much of the knowledge and basic mechanics is applicable to other paddlecraft. We’ll finish the series with water games and general paddling time so you can put your skills into action.
Pre-Requisite: None! A life jacket, paddle and paddle-craft will be included in the ticket price. However, you are encouraged to bring your own life jacket if you have one.
Itinerary: 2:00-2:15 p.m. Safety | 2:15-2:30 p.m. Basics | 2:30-2:45 p.m. Rescue | 2:45-4:00 p.m. Paddlecraft Games/Challenge & General Paddling Time Safety topics include: trip preparation, equipment, weather, navigation, knots, and basic rescue.
Basics topics include: introductory terminology, basic strokes, and beginning maneuvering concepts.
Rescue topics include: basic water safety awareness, reaching rescue, throwing rescue, self- rescue, assisted rescues for flatwater and basic moving water. This class will NOT cover intermediate moving water rescue techniques.
Put your skills to the test in this exciting new adventure of Swamp Boat, Tug O War, Pass The Paddle, Obstacle and other games and activities. You are likely to get wet but guaranteed to have a good time! Please bring: sunscreen, bugspray, hat, towel, change of clothes, dry bag (for your keys and your phone, if needed these can be safely stored with the instructor).
REQUIRED: boating or water shoes, life jacket if bringing your own. You will be required to sign a waiver before class begins. 18 and under need to have a parent/guardian sign their waiver. Children 14 and under should have a parent/guardian present during class. 5 persons max class size. You must RSVP by purchasing a ticket to this event. Tickets are $25/person (non-member). Paddle Perry Members can take this class for FREE. Please use your promo code at check out. Learn more about how to become a Paddle Perry Member at www.paddleperry.com
Contact Information Kelly Hess