Courses & Skills

Beginning Kayak Instruction For Everyone!

Guide Training:
 
American Canoe Association: Class I River Kayak Group Leader Skills Assessments!
American Red Cross: CPR / AED / First Aid


2012 Moving Water Dates:  (Rain Dependant)
Spontaneous Scheduling Just After Seasonal Rain Storms.  Call for more info! 

Guided instruction and instructional tours replace our sightseeing tours and rentals during seasonally high river flows.


Some Classes Are Only Offered Shortly After Seasonal Rains. No Classes are offered during rain storm periods: Classes restart as soon as river debris clears, when current and river height drops below flood levels, and routes have been re-scouted for hazards.   Expect Periodic Reschedules In Rainy Season To Take Advantage Of The Best Moving Water Flows.



  SYouth Skills Teamsummer Youth Instruction
Our "Quick Start" Program provides a basic overview of strokes, recreational safety and outdoor etiquette.

Your child or student will gain a basic knowledge of body dynamics on the water and how their actions and skills contribute to the safety of group activities.  We will also provide information on how they can help respect nature, private property and future skills needed to participate in more advanced water related activities.
3 Hours: $65 Scheduled / $80 Private

Youth: Ages 10-14  Adult Standard: Ages 15 and Above

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Course Outlines:

Smart Start:
Level I:  This one-hour course will expose participants to basic safety and paddling skills. This curriculum is used in combination with the SmartStart for Paddler Presentation and Lesson Plan.

Quick Start:
Level I: QuickStart is a brief, three-hour introduction to paddling a kayak. Students are presented with basic information on dressing to paddle safely, potential hazards and simple rescues. A minimal paddle skill set is presented and practiced, allowing students to safely and comfortably maneuver on still water. While designed as a stand-alone, introductory course, QuickStart students often progress to the Introduction to Kayak course to acquire greater paddling skill through significantly more guided, on-water practice time.

Full Day: River Kayak Instruction

Beginning Level Kayak Courses: I-II: Flat Water through Class I Moving Water
From beginning Flat Water on Lakes and River to Moving Water appropriate for our local waters. 
Courses for all ages.

Youth: Ages 10-14  Moving Water: 12-14
Standard: Ages 15 plus. 


Minors must have beginning flat water course prior to attempting moving water instruction.

Flat Water: May - November and during periods of low current in Fall and Winter

Moving Water: March/April/May  and after seasonal rains October - February

Rates Are For Small Scheduled Groups: Private Rates Are Available.

American Canoe Association Participation Cards are awarded for completion of the following courses.

Introduction to Kayaking: Level I: Entry Level: No Experience Needed: 6 Hours: $110
Flat Water Introduction For All Types Of Kayaking

Essentials of River Kayaking:
Level II: Entry Level: 10 Hours over 2 days: $160
For Those Who Feel Comfortable In A Kayak. Introduction To Moving Water.

Flatwater Safety & Rescue: Entry Level: 5 Hours: $90
Introduces essential flatwater safety practices and rescue techniques that can be performed with a minimum of equipment, in the first few minutes of an emergency.



2 1/2 - Day Crash Course: I-ll: Flat Water through Class I Moving Water
We Consider This "The River Zen" Course For Flat Water Through Class I Rivers: $250

Learn the skills and full body dynamics to enjoy kayaking for a life time. 

Become One with Your Gear:  Use,
Care and Maintenance
Full Body Dynamics:
Reduce Muscle Strains / Self Rescue
Read Water and River Features: Work With and Play in The Flow


Day 1: Expore Different Types Of Kayaking, The Associated Gear, And Safety For Recreational Kayaking. Classroom work and on the Water: 8 hours

Day 2:Get Comfortable On Flat Water With An Introduction To Moving Water Features And Theory. Practice Self Rescue: 6 hours

Day 3: Practice New Skills On Class I Moving Water. Emphasis On Using River Features For Safety And / Or Play: 6 hours

Students Recieve Participation Cards for both Essentials of River Kayaking and Flatwater Safety & Rescue.

                                    
                                             Become One With Your Kayak!

 

                    Moving Water: March/April/May  and after seasonal rains October - February



River Kayak Assessments: Trip / Group Leader Training $250

  • River Kayak Assessments: 16-20 Hours: Intended to provide the minimum skills and training necessary for an adult leader possessing solid basic paddling skills to lead a trip for participants with beginner level paddling skills. The emphasis is on trip leading, safety education and rescue, not paddling instruction. The content is relevant for clubs, camps, scouts and other entities providing trips. This is an Assessment Course with a written Examination. Those desiring certification to teach kayak paddling should get ACA Instructor Certifications.

River Kayaking Skills Assessments

 
Seasonal Moving Water Instruction and Safety Workshops!
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Learn about and practice skills needed for more advanced group activities.


Safety and Emergency Response Training: American Red Cross
CPR / AED / First Aid for Laymen
CPR / AED / First Aid for Proffesionals and Health Care Providers
CPR / AED / Wilderness First Aid for Recreational Professionals

American Canoe Association

Certified Kayak Instruction

Workshops

Roll and Stroke Clinics

 

For More Details Call: 707-865-2249

                        




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