Kayaking Classes

Please note location! Classes are held at either Lake Ahquabi State Park or Raccoon River Park
Wet Suit and Dry Suit Rentals available!
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Kayaking Fundamentals I - 'The Basics'

Price: $80.25 (FREE! to CanoeSport Kayak Buyers)

Prerequisite: None

This is the best course to take if you want to develop a solid foundation for all your future kayaking ventures. Our certified instructors focus on introducing students to basic paddling concepts and safe paddling practices. We teach students how to perform a proper wet exit to avoid injury and prepare themselves for developing next step skills. Time is spent teaching everyone how to land and launch a kayak to avoid wet starts and finishes. In addition we introduce fundamental strokes to improve paddling efficiency and directional control with an emphasis on proper technique and body position. 

Classes held at Lake Ahquabi State Park  - 8:30-3pm

- Sunday May 9

- Sunday June 6

- Saturday June 19

Classes held at Raccoon River Park - 8:30-3pm

- Sunday July 11

- Sunday August 1

- Saturday September 4

Kayaking Fundamentals II - 'Edging and Boat Control'

Price: $107

Prerequisite: Kayaking Fundamentals I

Build on what was learned in Kayaking Fundamentals I by continuing to develop the skills needed for safe kayaking on calm, smaller bodies of flatware. Our instructors will introduce you to sprayskirts and teach you how to wet exit when it is being used. You'll be introduced to edging, allowing you to turn longer, efficient kayaks more quickly. Recovery skills such as the high brace and low brace will be introduced to improve confidence and balance. We'll also improve your stroke technique to help you more effectively control your kayak. 

Classes held at Lake Ahquabi State Park  - 8:30-5pm

- Sunday June 20

Classes held at Raccoon River Park - 8:30-5pm

- Saturday July 24

- Sunday August 15

Kayaking Fundamentals III - 'Edging and Boat Control'

Price: $107

Prerequisite: Kayaking Fundamentals I

Now that you have improved balance, developed some solid paddling habits, and have a basic understanding how to apply bracing skills, it's time to focus on rescues and environmental awareness. These are both important to master if you plan to paddle on large bodies of water such as Lake Red Rock, Rathbun, Saylorville or anywhere you expect to paddle more than a quarter mile away from the shore. Learn how to identify hazards, reduce risks, and rescue yourself or others if things go wrong. Discover the T-Rescue and the solo paddle float rescue. Understand how to apply these techniques to unique situations and difficult conditions. In addition, you'll be introduced to a few new ways of thinking about your paddling. 

Classes held at Lake Ahquabi State Park  - 8:30-5pm

- Sunday June 27

Classes held at Raccoon River Park - 8:30-5pm

- Sunday July 18

- Saturday August 21

Kayaking Intermediate I - 'Introduction to Rolling and
Technical Strokes'

Price: $80.25

Prerequisite: Kayaking Fundamentals I-III

Now that you have improved balance, developed some solid paddling habits, and have a basic understanding how to apply bracing skills, it's time to focus on rescues and environmental awareness. These are both important to master if you plan to paddle on large bodies of water such as Lake Red Rock, Rathbun, Saylorville or anywhere you expect to paddle more than a quarter mile away from the shore. Learn how to identify hazards, reduce risks, and rescue yourself or others if things go wrong. Discover the T-Rescue and the solo paddle float rescue. Understand how to apply these techniques to unique situations and difficult conditions. In addition, you'll be introduced to a few new ways of thinking about your paddling. 

This class is held by private appointment only. 

Class will be offered during our Tybee Island Skills Tour in November. 

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Kayaking Intermediate II - 'Introduction to Rough Water, Navigation, and Towing'

Price: $107

Prerequisite: Kayaking Intermediate I

In this course you'll practice your strokes and edging skills in whatever rough water conditions we are able to find. You'll have opportunities to further develop your bracing skills and possibly continue working on your kayak roll. We'll practice group safety skills relating to open water. We'll also learn about wind and waves, their effects on paddlers, and techniques for handling them. We'll also discuss hazard identification, practice navigational skills, and introduce students to towing and towing equipment. 

This class is held by private appointment only. 

Class will be offered during our Tybee Island Skills Tour in November. 

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Kayaking Intermediate III - 'Rough Water Rescues and Safety'

Price: $107

Prerequisite: Kayaking Intermediate I

This is the final skills course in the ACA Level 3 progression. Participants will meet at a location to be determined on Lake Red Rock. Through the day we'll practice basic rescues and teach a variety of additional rescues including the bow rescue, scoop, Hand of God, and rafted T. Through scenarios we'll spend time testing group safety skills and judgment. Included in the day will be rolling practice, navigational challenges, towing, and a few surprises just to keep things interesting. 

This class is held by private appointment only. 

Class will be offered during our Tybee Island Skills Tour in November. 

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Kayaking Advanced I - 'Introduction to Open Water and Surf'

Price: $107

Prerequisite: Kayaking Intermediate I-III

Begin developing the skills and confidence required to handle open water environments where exposure to wind, waves, and surf, can create a variety of challenges. Our certified instructors will introduce you to the challenges of landing and launching in moderate surf. We'll also spend time improving you balance in swells and begin developing improved bracing techniques in breaking surf. You'll head out into open water, up to a mile off shore, to practice t-rescues, bow rescues, scrambles, and even a few rolls in breaking waves and swells. Students will also learn to set a course by compass, use tidal charts, and read nautical charts. 

Class is only offered during our Tybee Island Skills Tour in November. 

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Kayaking Advanced II - 'Surf Zones and Rescues'

Price: $107

Prerequisite: Kayaking Advanced I

Move into the surf zone to improve a variety of rough water skills. Students will learn about surf zone dynamics, surf zone hazards, and etiquette while surfing. We'll learn how to catch a wave efficiently and how to control your kayak once you're on it. Time will be spent improving your balance and bracing skills to avoid getting rolled and opportunities will be present to practice swimming and performing rescues in breaking surf. 

Class is only offered during our Tybee Island Skills Tour in November. 

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Kayaking Advanced III - 'Tidal Currents'

Price: $107

Prerequisite: Kayaking Advanced I

Experience the conditions and challenges presented by tidal currents. This course focuses on learning to read tidal currents and developing techniques for handling them. Discover eddies and learn how to catch them and peel out from them in a sa kayak. Learn how to ferry across the tidal currents and surf in tidal rips. Experience the challenge of breaking waves and swells combined with an incoming or outgoing tide. We'll practice a variety of rescues rolls, and other skills during our exposure to this environment. 

Class is only offered during our Tybee Island Skills Tour in November. 

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American Canoe Association Level 1-4 Assessments

Price: varies + ACA Membership

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There is no official prerequisite however we recommend going through Kayaking Fundamentals I-III which will prepare you for the necessary skills and rescues required for a Level 2 Assessment. Intermediate I-III will prepare you for a Level 3 Skills Assessment. 

If you're ready for a challenge and want to see where you skills truly are as an experienced paddler, we welcome you to take this assessment. This is not an instructional course! It's a test of skil. We will briefly review skills that will be assessed, show you the test routine, and then everyone will take the test. The assessment is all on water with a brief on-shore discussion about safety, gear, and navigation. Participants ill receive a Level 1, 2, or 3 ACA Skills Assessment. 

Assessments are appointment only. 

To learn more about skills required for a certain level, please visit www.americancanoe.org

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