Learn the fundamentals of paddling a sea kayak efficiently & safely including emphasis on the forward stroke as well as effective bracing and a variety of turning maneuvers as well. Equivalent to ACA Level 2 Training. Start the day learning the core basics of paddling including sweep strokes, starting, stopping and turning on the move. Develop the fundamentals of Sculling in addition to Edging for the ability to progress to advanced maneuvers down the road. Multiple rescues techniques are approached to develop the easiest and most consistent way to get back in your kayak solo or assisted.
Things to know for the class:
Your class will be taught by an ACA Certified Level 3 Instructor. Students should plan on bringing a snack as well as a few liters of water for the course. The weather in Naples, Florida is generally warm and sunny most days of the year. Cold fronts do move through throughout the Fall, Winter and Spring and heavy rain with wind rolls through in Summer storms. Dress for immersion and plan to have adequate sunprotection including a hat and sunglasses.
Equipment required for the class:
A touring or sea kayak with bulkheads or floatbags is required as well as a spray skirt, PFD and double bladed paddle. Additionally, you will need a Paddle Float, Rescue Stirrup, Pump and Towline. Anything you do not have can be provided for you with advanced notice.