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    • April 03, 2019
    • November 27, 2019
    • 35 sessions
    • Thatcher Recreation Center 4649 W. Vermont St. Indianapolis, IN 46222

    HCKC Pool Sessions

    To Sign Up:  Contact Dave Ellis to make sure that some one who you can work with will be there.

    Wednesday Evening Pool Session - 7 PM to 9 PM From Wednesday, April 3, 2019 through Wednesday, Nov. 27th, 2019

    These pool sessions are focused on skill refinement and individual practice for  whitewater kayakers,  whitewater and open canoeists, recreational kayakers, and sea kayakers - seeking to practice bracing, rolling, open water reentries, etc.   The pool is also popular with freestyle play boaters who want to learn flat water moves such as cartwheels, squirts and stalls and with sea kayakers wanting to refine their roll or work on open water rescues.  It is also a great place to meet other paddlers, find out about upcoming trips, and try out different boats and paddles. Participants often go out for refreshments afterwards.

    Pool sessions are held at:

    Thatcher Recreation Center
    4649 W. Vermont St.
    Indianapolis, IN 46222

    HCKC POOL POLICIES

    • Participants must sign in each session and pay $10.00 per family per session to cover pool rental.
    • Please make certain your boat is clean and free of debris inside and out before bringing it into the pool.
    • First time participants must check-in with the pool coordinator before entering the pool.
    • Participants must be able to swim.
    • Participants must have the ability to self-rescue (wet exit at a minimum). 
    • First time visitors must demonstrate this ability.
    • Participation is restricted to HCKC members and their one-time guests.
    • Participants must maintain control of their boats and equipment at all times.
    • Anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
    • There will be no swimming or diving.
    • Participants are expected to be courteous and safety conscious at all times.
    • Indy Park Rules require that no one or their equipment is allowed on the pool deck before the designated start time and that all boats and gear must be removed from the pool deck promptly at the designated end time.



    • April 26, 2019
    • April 29, 2019
    • Asheville, NC
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    PLEASE CONTACT ROGER FOR REGISTRATION CODE (his contact information is below).  Cost shown for registration is worst case...could be less if the cabin completely fills up (but they always do).  Payment should go directly to Roger.

    This is a trip intended for those who have been curious about all us folks who head south to paddle the whitewater. You feel like you don't have the right experience or the right gear to go on those trips; but you want to. Sniff, sniff, Boo Hoo... Well this trip is intended for you. We will explore some of the beautiful mountain streams in that area that will challenge you a bit, shouldn't scare you, and will give you an entry level taste of what this whitewater paddling stuff is about. You might take a swim, but you won't be risking your life. You will definitely get wet!

    We will stick to easy Class 2 river sections. Clear lines with some waves. There may be some Class 3 features in places, but we can avoid them (or maybe not....heh, heh). In any event, it makes for some beautiful photos. Most of the sections will be 4-6 miles and will only take a few hours. We'll make selections based upon the skill of the weakest paddler and the interest of the group. The intent is to introduce you to a new experience with a minimum of anxiety.

    The rivers in the area I am considering would be:

    Lower Pigeon, Lower Green, Easy sections of the Nantahala, Tuckaseegee Gorge, Little Tennessee. Also, we don't HAVE to paddle every day if the group would prefer to spend a day exploring the area (and it is definitely worth exploring).


    Actual whitewater boats and gear are not required for this trip. But a boat closer to WW is better than one that is strictly a recreational kayak. Crossover types are good (e.g. Jackson Rogue); Pungo's - not so good. 10-11 feet long (or shorter) is a much better choice.

    A skirt is recommended, but not required. If you don't have one you will be wet all the time and dumping a lot. Also, the water will be somewhat chilly - but not freezing. So you should plan for that. We don't stop and change clothes every time we get soaked.

    A helmet is also a really good idea. A hockey helmet will do the job if you don't have one.  PFDs are strictly required as this is a club policy

    Flotation bags are also a good idea. It makes rescueing your boat so much easier if you swim.

    I have rented a beautiful cabin in the Smoky Mountains near Asheville for three nights (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights). It has a deck, hot tub, showers, fireplace, pool table, cable TV, and a full kitchen.

    So we can make our own meals (optional - you can go out if you want to), which keeps the cost down tremendously. $10/day/person is usually more than enough for food - and we will be eating very well. I'll take care of the food planning, and groceries. I only ask for a little help preparing it when needed to speed things along. If 8 people commit to this trip the cost for the cabin and food will be about $135 ($45/day/person). If only 6 people commit (the minimum), it will be $168 ($56/day/person). Ride sharing will further reduce the costs.

    I will need commitments before March 27. That is the last day that I can cancel the cabin reservation without penalty. Once the trip has been confirmed as 'ON', payments will be expected within the next couple of weeks. If you need to cancel later, you be expected to pay your share unless someone else can take your place.

    This trip is open to 8 people total, 2 have committed as of 3/14. It is also being posted on other club websites. I will post in the comments when it is full and closed. If you are interested, DO NOT wait. The last trip like this that I organized filled in three days. You Snooze = You Lose

    Email or call me if you have concerns about you abilities or equipment, or just have questions: (231) 375-7574 or rlstarr@charter.net

    • April 27, 2019
    • 8:00 AM
    • April 28, 2019
    • 3:00 PM
    • East Race Waterway, Niles Avenue, South Bend, IN
    • 7
    Register

    ACA L3/L4 Swiftwater Rescue Training at East Race Waterway in South Bend, IN

    Great Opportunity for local and relevant safety training for all paddlers!

    Minimum number of people for class: 6

    Maximum number of people for class: 12

    Total hours of instruction: 16 (two 8 hour days)

    ACA Certified Course?  Yes

    ACA Insurance to be provided through the instructors and included in fees (if you are an ACA Member, the $5 premium is discounted once you provide your ACA Membership number to the coordinator.

    Day One Group out-of-water instruction includes topics such as: Rescue Philosophy, Knots, Throw Ropes, Spine Management, Scenarios, Anchors

    Day 2 to be in our boats on a river for more practical, in-the-environment instruction

    Lunch will be provided on both days

    Equipment required (Both Days):

    Kayak with Spray Skirt, Personal Flotation Device, Helmet, Paddle, Appropriate clothing/gear for the weather, Throw Bag, Safety Whistle

    Highly recommendedbut not required (please let us know if you do/do not have this gear):  Z-Drag Kit, Prussic Loops x 2, locking carabiner x 2, 15’ 1” wide webbing

    Recommended but do not purchase if you do not yet have:  first aid kit

    Class performed by ACA Certified Instructors and Hoosier Canoe and Kayak Club Members Richard Clapham, John Gates and Jason Tharp

    • May 04, 2019
    • 7:00 AM
    • May 05, 2019
    • 4:00 PM
    • Camp Belzer, 6102 Boyscout Road, Indianapolis, IN 46226

    This is a non-club event.  The local BSA council has an extended an offer to HCKC Members to attend its comprehensive adult canoe training course. The spring course is a two-weekend event that will be held May 4-5, and May 18-19.  An additional kayak training will be held May 25 if enough participants sign up.  The two-weekend course is intended to prepare participants to learn the basics of canoeing, as well as planning and safely executing a canoe trek to the Boundary Waters/Quetico, or other locations.  The course is a combination of on-water and indoor/outdoor classroom.  Food is provided as part of the course fee (Sat. Lunch/Dinner & Sun. Breakfast/Lunch).  Participants may stay at home, or camp at Belzer during the course. Instructors are a combination of ACA Tandem Canoe Instructors, and BSA Instructors.

    COURSE REQUIREMENTS: Adults 18 or older, Proof of swimming ability, BSA health form parts A & B, Liability waiver

    SKILL INSTRUCTION:  Canoe/paddle nomenclature, Canoe strokes and maneuvers, Reading water, Navigation Principles, Portage & carry techniques, Water rescues, Loading & unloading techniques, On water communications, Proper PFD selection & wear

    TRIP PLANNING:  Crew member selection, Proper gear choices (Personal & Crew Equipment), 1st aid recommendations, Map and Compass basics, Knots, Trip planning essentials, Training your team

    For More Information: http://www.voyageurbsa.org/index.html

    Registration is through the BSA.

    CONTACT/REGISTRATION:  David Bardos- Voyageur Course Director, Phone: 317-518-7215, David.Bardos@att.net

    or

    Brent Saucerman-Voyageur Staff Instructor/HCKC Member, Phone: 317-523-8417, Av8rsauce@email.com

    COST: 

    -Early Bird Discount BEFORE April 15th-Registered BSA Adult-$ 90, Non-affiliated Adult- $120

    -ON or AFTER April 15th-Registered BSA Adult-$100, Non-affiliated Adult-$130     

    ADD ON KAYAK =                 $25

    Partial Scholarships may be available to registered BSA Adult Leaders.

                                  $ 90

    Non-affiliated Adult                                   $120

    ON or AFTER April 15th

    Registered BSA Adult                                $100

    Non-affiliated Adult                                  $130     

    ADD ON KAYAK = $25


    • May 11, 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
    • Indianapolis, IN
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    Kayaking Skills Classes – Introductory and Intermediate Classes

    This year, we will offer three one-day introductory and intermediate skills sessions on Saturday, May 11, July 20, and, August 24.  Each session is stand-alone so you can choose which you would like to attend.    These classes are free for registered HCKC members.

    We will break our class up into two groups.  In one group, we will cover the ACA's Introduction to Kayaking material that introduces you to the correct way to do basic strokes, safety issues, and how to talk kayak.   The other session is intended for people who have already attended the Intro class and practiced the basic skills for a year - , we will cover ACA Intermediate material to refine and tune your strokes.  

    Introduction to Paddling -

    Target Paddlers:  Newer HCKC members who have never taken a class or who want to tune up their strokes in their recreational, touring or sea kayak.  Parents with children over 13 year old may enroll with their children for this class.

    Class Content:  Here’s a way to jumpstart your paddling!  As a new kayaker, you may know how to move your boat around in calm water.  We will work with you to make your paddling easier and more efficient—to give you more control over your boat.  We will work on your basic knowledge, strokes, and other paddling skills that you may need to safely enjoy the sport.  This course is based on the American Canoe Association “Introduction to Kayaking” course.  This is also a great opportunity to ask any question that you might have about paddling, equipment, or the Hoosier Canoe and Kayak Club.

    Your instructor will first talk about the basics and then quickly get on the water to teach you how to move your boat forward, backwards, and sideways as well as how to turn and stop.  .

    Intermediate Kayak Class

    Target Paddlers:  HCKC members who:  1)  have completed an introductory class at least one year ag and 2) are comfortable with their forward and turning strokes as well as with their draw and rudder maneuvers.  This class is for  recreational, touring, and sea kayak paddlers.

    Class Content:  Boat control, turning, and stroke efficiency are essential for Intermediate paddlers whether you are paddling on creeks, rivers, lakes, or oceans.  You need to make your boat do what you want it to do. In this class, we will spend the entire class helping you to turn your boat faster, easier, and with more control as well as doing it more efficiently so you can paddle longer and faster.    

    Note: We may pick a focus area for a given Intermediate Sea Kayak classes so each class may have slightly different content.   The focus area will be announced to the Sea Kayak mailing list about one month before each class and posted in that month's calendar entry.  Topics that we may cover are listed below.   Please e-mail Jim Sprandel (merlin-3d@sbcglobal.net) if you have a topic that you would like to see covered.

    • Stroke Refinement - Tuning up your kayaking form to be more efficient.  One session may focus on Forward Stroke since is what you do 99.9% of the time.
    • Edging your boat and using fore/aft lean to turn your boat or to keep it going straight
    • Bow and stern rudders and side draws (maneuvers that move your boat sideway without changing the angle of your boat0
    • Linked Strokes - Ways to smoothly tie your strokes together while paddling
    • Bracing - Support strokes that stabilize you boat when maneuvering or in big water.
    • Greenland paddling techniques for people with Greenland paddles

    Meeting Place: To be Announced – The instructors will send out an e-mail to participants about one week before the class.   The class will be held in the Indianapolis area (usually Eagle Creek).

    Your Chance of Immersion: While the water is cool, we will demonstrate rescue skills in the Intro class but you won’t intentionally be getting into the water at this clinic unless you want to.  Thatcher Pool’s Wednesday night sessions are a better place to practice rescues and wet exits

    Class Size: Attendance for each class will be limited to 5 students for each instructor. Enrollees must be registered HCKC Members and will be accepted based on the date that they register through the HCKC Event Calendar or e-mail Jim Sprandel.  Please do not sign up unless you can stay for the entire clinic (9:00 am to 3:30 pm).

    What to Bring: 
    Kayak/Personal Gear:  
    Please bring your kayak, life jacket, paddle, paddling jacket, sun screen, lunch, and water.
    Safety equipment that you normally carry (e.g., pump, paddle float, stirrup, tow or throw rope …) Please don’t buy safety equipment just for this class since you have a chance to ask and figure out what makes sense for you.
    Paddling Clothing—Even though you won’t intentionally be capsizing, be sure to dress appropriately for the weather and water.  Bring a wind-proof paddling jacket since it may be windy and cool.  We will get out more info on what to wear in the pre-class e-mail.
    Spare clothes in a dry bag!  (Just in case)Questions—Please think about what you want to learn before the class and come with questions.

    Schedule:             9:00 am                          Meet at Designated Location
    9:30 am                          Be dressed to paddle with your boat at the launch area
    9:30 am—3:30 pm           Class   
    We will take an hour around Noon for lunch and a safety discussion.

    If you have questions about the class, please contact Jim Sprandel at merlin-3d@sbcglobal.net.

    How to Register:  Click Register in the left-hand column of this page.


    • May 18, 2019
    • 7:00 AM
    • May 19, 2019
    • 3:00 PM
    • Camp Belzer, 6102 Boyscout Road, Indianapolis, IN 46226

    This is a non-club event.  The local BSA council has an extended an offer to HCKC Members to attend its comprehensive adult canoe training course. The spring course is a two-weekend event that will be held May 4-5, and May 18-19.  An additional kayak training will be held May 25 if enough participants sign up.  The two-weekend course is intended to prepare participants to learn the basics of canoeing, as well as planning and safely executing a canoe trek to the Boundary Waters/Quetico, or other locations.  The course is a combination of on-water and indoor/outdoor classroom.  Food is provided as part of the course fee (Sat. Lunch/Dinner & Sun. Breakfast/Lunch).  Participants may stay at home, or camp at Belzer during the course. Instructors are a combination of ACA Tandem Canoe Instructors, and BSA Instructors.

    COURSE REQUIREMENTS: Adults 18 or older, Proof of swimming ability, BSA health form parts A & B, Liability waiver

    SKILL INSTRUCTION:  Canoe/paddle nomenclature, Canoe strokes and maneuvers, Reading water, Navigation Principles, Portage & carry techniques, Water rescues, Loading & unloading techniques, On water communications, Proper PFD selection & wear

    TRIP PLANNING:  Crew member selection, Proper gear choices (Personal & Crew Equipment), 1st aid recommendations, Map and Compass basics, Knots, Trip planning essentials, Training your team

    For More Information: http://www.voyageurbsa.org/index.html

    Registration is through the BSA.

    CONTACT/REGISTRATION:  David Bardos- Voyageur Course Director, Phone: 317-518-7215, David.Bardos@att.net

    or

    Brent Saucerman-Voyageur Staff Instructor/HCKC Member, Phone: 317-523-8417, Av8rsauce@email.com

    COST: 

    -Early Bird Discount BEFORE April 15th-Registered BSA Adult-$ 90, Non-affiliated Adult- $120

    -ON or AFTER April 15th-Registered BSA Adult-$100, Non-affiliated Adult-$130     

    ADD ON KAYAK =                 $25

    Partial Scholarships may be available to registered BSA Adult Leaders.

                                  $ 90

    Non-affiliated Adult                                   $120

    ON or AFTER April 15th

    Registered BSA Adult                                $100

    Non-affiliated Adult                                  $130     

    ADD ON KAYAK = $25


    • June 01, 2019
    • 9:30 AM - 1:30 PM
    • TBA
    Register

    Sea Kayak Clinic and Practice Session - Open Water Rescue
    Saturday, June 1, 2019   9:30 am to 3:00 pm

    Event Coordinator:  Martha Gitt

    We are holding a one-day clinic and practice session on Open Water Rescue for sea kayakers on June 1, 2019.  This clinic is a chance for new paddlers to learn open water rescue techniques and for more experienced paddlers to compare techniques and practice them in a safe, controlled environment.  This clinic is important since kayakers need to regularly practice these skills, so they are “fresh and ready” when we get into a real rescue situation – you want to know how to get yourself or someone else back in their boat quickly and on your first attempt.  Open water paddlers should take this course before attempting any "big water" adventures with or without a group.

    We will start off each teaching segment by systematically walking through the steps to complete a rescue so that newer paddlers can learn the tricks associated with performing each rescue.  After everyone has had the opportunity to perform the rescue as taught, we will compare notes and discuss/demonstrate alternative approaches.  There is no one good way for everyone to get back in their boats and group learning is very important and part of the fun.

    Course Content:  At the course, we will cover the following topics:

    • Wet Exit
    • Rescue Prevention (Boat Control, Balance, and Bracing)
    • Assisted Re-entries (Eskimo Bow Rescue, T-Rescue, Stirrup Rescue, Scoop Rescue, etc.)
    • Solo Re-entries (Paddle Float, Cowboy Scramble, Re-enter and Roll)
    • Towing (Contact Tows, Short Tows, and Regular Tows) We will discuss when to start towing and when towing may be needed to assist a rescue. We will bring extra tow ropes if you don’t have one.
    • Bonus Fun - time permitting, we will perform balance exercises, dock entry and exit, and other exercises.

    Course Details

    Location:  Eagle Creek Park – Dandy Trail Ramp (4184 Dandy Trail, Indianapolis, IN).

    Schedule:    9:30 AM to 3:00 PM, with a lunch break. 

    Please be dressed to paddle and have all boats and gear unloaded and be ready to start at 9:30. We recommend a 9:00 arrival to give you a chance to get it all together for a fun day on the water.

    Required Equipment: (Contact the Event Coordinator or Jim Sprandel if you want an exception to these requirements since we may have extra equipment that you can borrow):  

    • Touring Kayak or Sea Kayak (14 foot or longer) with perimeter deck lines running to the bow and stern of your boat.   Must have sealed fore and aft bulkheads or fore/aft air float bags. 
    • Spray Skirt
    • Life jacket
    • Paddle – it is best to bring the paddle that you normally use
    • Miscellaneous – proper clothing (no cotton, quick dry is best) for spending time in the lake, drinking water, sun screen, lunch or snack, dry clothes

    Recommended Equipment: Please bring if you have it – no need to buy it if you don’t

    • Safety Gear – paddle float, tow rope, rescue stirrup
    • Wet Suit or Dry Suit – depending on the weather, you may want at least a wet suit to be comfortable.  Dress for the water temperature and figure in any wind chilling effects.  A wet suit also helps keep your legs from getting scraped when doing re-entries
    • Nose Clips – helps keep the water out when you go under

    Contact Information:   Please register by May 94, 2019.  Contact the event coordinator Martha Gitt (marthagitt@yahoo.com) or Jim Sprandel (merlin-3d@sbcglobal.net)  if you have any questions about the course.

    How to Register:   Click “Register” in the left-hand column of this page or send an e-mail to Martha Gitt (marthagitt@yahoo.com).


    • July 20, 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
    • Indianapolis, IN
    Register

    Kayaking Skills Classes – Introductory and Intermediate Classes

    This year, we will offer three one-day introductory and intermediate skills sessions on Saturday, May 11, July 20, and, August 24.  Each session is stand-alone so you can choose which you would like to attend.    These classes are free for registered HCKC members.

    We will break our class up into two groups.  In one group, we will cover the ACA's Introduction to Kayaking material that introduces you to the correct way to do basic strokes, safety issues, and how to talk kayak.   The other session is intended for people who have already attended the Intro class and practiced the basic skills for a year - , we will cover ACA Intermediate material to refine and tune your strokes.  

    Introduction to Paddling -

    Target Paddlers:  Newer HCKC members who have never taken a class or who want to tune up their strokes in their recreational, touring or sea kayak.  Parents with children over 13 year old may enroll with their children for this class.

    Class Content:  Here’s a way to jumpstart your paddling!  As a new kayaker, you may know how to move your boat around in calm water.  We will work with you to make your paddling easier and more efficient—to give you more control over your boat.  We will work on your basic knowledge, strokes, and other paddling skills that you may need to safely enjoy the sport.  This course is based on the American Canoe Association “Introduction to Kayaking” course.  This is also a great opportunity to ask any question that you might have about paddling, equipment, or the Hoosier Canoe and Kayak Club.

    Your instructor will first talk about the basics and then quickly get on the water to teach you how to move your boat forward, backwards, and sideways as well as how to turn and stop.  .

    Intermediate Kayak Class

    Target Paddlers:  HCKC members who:  1)  have completed an introductory class at least one year ag and 2) are comfortable with their forward and turning strokes as well as with their draw and rudder maneuvers.  This class is for  recreational, touring, and sea kayak paddlers.

    Class Content:  Boat control, turning, and stroke efficiency are essential for Intermediate paddlers whether you are paddling on creeks, rivers, lakes, or oceans.  You need to make your boat do what you want it to do. In this class, we will spend the entire class helping you to turn your boat faster, easier, and with more control as well as doing it more efficiently so you can paddle longer and faster.    

    Note: We may pick a focus area for a given Intermediate Sea Kayak classes so each class may have slightly different content.   The focus area will be announced to the Sea Kayak mailing list about one month before each class and posted in that month's calendar entry.  Topics that we may cover are listed below.   Please e-mail Jim Sprandel (merlin-3d@sbcglobal.net) if you have a topic that you would like to see covered.

    • Stroke Refinement - Tuning up your kayaking form to be more efficient.  One session may focus on Forward Stroke since is what you do 99.9% of the time.
    • Edging your boat and using fore/aft lean to turn your boat or to keep it going straight
    • Bow and stern rudders and side draws (maneuvers that move your boat sideway without changing the angle of your boat0
    • Linked Strokes - Ways to smoothly tie your strokes together while paddling
    • Bracing - Support strokes that stabilize you boat when maneuvering or in big water.
    • Greenland paddling techniques for people with Greenland paddles

    Meeting Place: To be Announced – The instructors will send out an e-mail to participants about one week before the class.   The class will be held in the Indianapolis area (usually Eagle Creek).

    Your Chance of Immersion: While the water is cool, we will demonstrate rescue skills in the Intro class but you won’t intentionally be getting into the water at this clinic unless you want to.  Thatcher Pool’s Wednesday night sessions are a better place to practice rescues and wet exits

    Class Size: Attendance for each class will be limited to 5 students for each instructor. Enrollees must be registered HCKC Members and will be accepted based on the date that they register through the HCKC Event Calendar or e-mail Jim Sprandel.  Please do not sign up unless you can stay for the entire clinic (9:00 am to 3:30 pm).

    What to Bring: 
    Kayak/Personal Gear:  
    Please bring your kayak, life jacket, paddle, paddling jacket, sun screen, lunch, and water.
    Safety equipment that you normally carry (e.g., pump, paddle float, stirrup, tow or throw rope …) Please don’t buy safety equipment just for this class since you have a chance to ask and figure out what makes sense for you.
    Paddling Clothing—Even though you won’t intentionally be capsizing, be sure to dress appropriately for the weather and water.  Bring a wind-proof paddling jacket since it may be windy and cool.  We will get out more info on what to wear in the pre-class e-mail.
    Spare clothes in a dry bag!  (Just in case)Questions—Please think about what you want to learn before the class and come with questions.

    Schedule:             9:00 am                          Meet at Designated Location
    9:30 am                          Be dressed to paddle with your boat at the launch area
    9:30 am—3:30 pm           Class   
    We will take an hour around Noon for lunch and a safety discussion.

    If you have questions about the class, please contact Jim Sprandel at merlin-3d@sbcglobal.net.

    How to Register:  Click Register in the left-hand column of this page.


    • August 24, 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
    • Indianapolis, IN
    Register

    Kayaking Skills Classes – Introductory and Intermediate Classes

    This year, we will offer three one-day introductory and intermediate skills sessions on Saturday, May 11, July 20, and, August 24.  Each session is stand-alone so you can choose which you would like to attend.    These classes are free for registered HCKC members.

    We will break our class up into two groups.  In one group, we will cover the ACA's Introduction to Kayaking material that introduces you to the correct way to do basic strokes, safety issues, and how to talk kayak.   The other session is intended for people who have already attended the Intro class and practiced the basic skills for a year - , we will cover ACA Intermediate material to refine and tune your strokes.  

    Introduction to Paddling -

    Target Paddlers:  Newer HCKC members who have never taken a class or who want to tune up their strokes in their recreational, touring or sea kayak.  Parents with children over 13 year old may enroll with their children for this class.

    Class Content:  Here’s a way to jumpstart your paddling!  As a new kayaker, you may know how to move your boat around in calm water.  We will work with you to make your paddling easier and more efficient—to give you more control over your boat.  We will work on your basic knowledge, strokes, and other paddling skills that you may need to safely enjoy the sport.  This course is based on the American Canoe Association “Introduction to Kayaking” course.  This is also a great opportunity to ask any question that you might have about paddling, equipment, or the Hoosier Canoe and Kayak Club.

    Your instructor will first talk about the basics and then quickly get on the water to teach you how to move your boat forward, backwards, and sideways as well as how to turn and stop.  .

    Intermediate Kayak Class

    Target Paddlers:  HCKC members who:  1)  have completed an introductory class at least one year ag and 2) are comfortable with their forward and turning strokes as well as with their draw and rudder maneuvers.  This class is for  recreational, touring, and sea kayak paddlers.

    Class Content:  Boat control, turning, and stroke efficiency are essential for Intermediate paddlers whether you are paddling on creeks, rivers, lakes, or oceans.  You need to make your boat do what you want it to do. In this class, we will spend the entire class helping you to turn your boat faster, easier, and with more control as well as doing it more efficiently so you can paddle longer and faster.    

    Note: We may pick a focus area for a given Intermediate Sea Kayak classes so each class may have slightly different content.   The focus area will be announced to the Sea Kayak mailing list about one month before each class and posted in that month's calendar entry.  Topics that we may cover are listed below.   Please e-mail Jim Sprandel (merlin-3d@sbcglobal.net) if you have a topic that you would like to see covered.

    • Stroke Refinement - Tuning up your kayaking form to be more efficient.  One session may focus on Forward Stroke since is what you do 99.9% of the time.
    • Edging your boat and using fore/aft lean to turn your boat or to keep it going straight
    • Bow and stern rudders and side draws (maneuvers that move your boat sideway without changing the angle of your boat0
    • Linked Strokes - Ways to smoothly tie your strokes together while paddling
    • Bracing - Support strokes that stabilize you boat when maneuvering or in big water.
    • Greenland paddling techniques for people with Greenland paddles

    Meeting Place: To be Announced – The instructors will send out an e-mail to participants about one week before the class.   The class will be held in the Indianapolis area (usually Eagle Creek).

    Your Chance of Immersion: While the water is cool, we will demonstrate rescue skills in the Intro class but you won’t intentionally be getting into the water at this clinic unless you want to.  Thatcher Pool’s Wednesday night sessions are a better place to practice rescues and wet exits

    Class Size: Attendance for each class will be limited to 5 students for each instructor. Enrollees must be registered HCKC Members and will be accepted based on the date that they register through the HCKC Event Calendar or e-mail Jim Sprandel.  Please do not sign up unless you can stay for the entire clinic (9:00 am to 3:30 pm).

    What to Bring: 
    Kayak/Personal Gear:  
    Please bring your kayak, life jacket, paddle, paddling jacket, sun screen, lunch, and water.
    Safety equipment that you normally carry (e.g., pump, paddle float, stirrup, tow or throw rope …) Please don’t buy safety equipment just for this class since you have a chance to ask and figure out what makes sense for you.
    Paddling Clothing—Even though you won’t intentionally be capsizing, be sure to dress appropriately for the weather and water.  Bring a wind-proof paddling jacket since it may be windy and cool.  We will get out more info on what to wear in the pre-class e-mail.
    Spare clothes in a dry bag!  (Just in case)Questions—Please think about what you want to learn before the class and come with questions.

    Schedule:             9:00 am                          Meet at Designated Location
    9:30 am                          Be dressed to paddle with your boat at the launch area
    9:30 am—3:30 pm           Class   
    We will take an hour around Noon for lunch and a safety discussion.

    If you have questions about the class, please contact Jim Sprandel at merlin-3d@sbcglobal.net.

    How to Register:  Click Register in the left-hand column of this page.


Past events

March 17, 2019 Pool Session: East Race Whitewater Club (Northern IN)
March 03, 2019 Pool Session: East Race Whitewater Club (Northern IN)
February 17, 2019 Pool Session: East Race Whitewater Club (Northern IN)
February 03, 2019 Pool Session: East Race Whitewater Club (Northern IN)
January 26, 2019 Pool Session: East Race Whitewater Club (Northern IN)
January 06, 2019 Pool Session: East Race Whitewater Club (Northern IN)
November 24, 2018 HCKC Pool Sessions
November 10, 2018 HCKC Annual Meeting
August 18, 2018 FW/SK: Kayaking Skills Clinic
July 28, 2018 Introductory Tandem Canoe Skills Class
July 28, 2018 FW/SK: Kayaking Skills Clinic (July)
June 23, 2018 FW/SK: Kayaking Skills Clinic
June 02, 2018 SK: Clinic and Practice Session - Open Water Rescue
May 26, 2018 FW/SK: Kayaking Skills Clinic
March 18, 2018 POOL SESSIONS: NORTHERN IN
March 04, 2018 POOL SESSIONS: NORTHERN IN
February 18, 2018 POOL SESSIONS: NORTHERN IN
February 03, 2018 POOL SESSIONS: NORTHERN IN
November 25, 2017 Pool Session.
September 30, 2017 ACA L4 Swiftwater Rescue Class
August 19, 2017 FW/SK: Kayaking Skills Clinic
July 16, 2017 FW/SK: Kayaking Skills Clinic
June 27, 2017 Fly Fishing 101
June 24, 2017 FW/SK: Kayaking Skills Clinic
June 17, 2017 SK: Clinic and Practice Session - Open Water Rescue
May 20, 2017 FW/SK: Kayaking Skills Clinic
April 05, 2017 Pool Session.
March 05, 2017 Pool Session with South Bend Adventure CLub
February 18, 2017 Pool Session with South Bend Adventure CLub
December 03, 2016 Pool Session
August 17, 2016 Pool Session
Hoosier Canoe & Kayak Club

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