Introduction to Canoeing (Tandem) –July 28, 2018
Course Instructors: Brent Saucerman, Daniel Bendy
Target Paddlers: HCKC members who have never taken a canoeing class, or who want to improve their control of the canoe. Paddlers who would like to improve their basic strokes and skills. Kayakers who would like to broaden their horizons.
Class Content: As a new canoeist, you may know how to move your boat 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 Canoeing course (basic syllabus at hyperlink). This is also a great opportunity to ask any question that you might have about paddling or the Hoosier Canoe and Kayak Club. Instruction will include tandem and solo strokes and techniques in tandem boats.
Your instructor will first talk with you about the basics and then quickly get on the water to teach you how to move your boat forward, backwards, sideways, and pivot, as well as how to turn and stop.
Meeting Place: To be Announced – The instructors will send out an e-mail to participants about one week before the class.
Your Chance of Immersion: If water conditions allow, we will demonstrate rescue skills, and strongly recommend participants take part in exit and re-entry practice. Remember that canoeing is a “wet foot” sport-we will get feet and lower legs wet entering and exiting the boat. It is recommended that participants bring a change of clothes in a dry bag.
Class Size: Attendance for be limited to 12 students and 6 tandem canoes.
Who may Attend: Enrollees must be registered HCKC Members and will be accepted based on the date that they register for the course on the HCKC website. Information on membership can be found at https://hoosiercanoeclub.org/join-us-2 Membership costs much less than a comparable ACA Course through other sources.
Please do not sign up unless you can stay for the entire clinic (9:00 am to 3:30 pm).
What to Bring: Canoe, life jacket, paddle, paddling jacket, sun screen, bug repellent, lunch, and water. A wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses are recommended. Seat/kneeling pads if you wish. Dry sacks are recommended for personal gear that you plan to take on the water with you (major big box stores have inexpensive drybags and boxes-just double up. If you need a canoe, please let the instructor know as soon as possible so that we may try to find a boat to borrow.
What to wear— Synthetic, quick-dry long pants and shirt (recommended due to sun and creek conditions); Wide brimmed hat (boonie or similar); Sunglasses with floating strap; Windproof light jacket; old athletic shoes and wool or synthetic socks that you don’t mind getting wet. Jeans and other cotton clothing are not recommended. Open footed and soft/neoprene type shoes are not recommended due to sharp objects. Be sure to dress appropriately for the weather and water (immersion). Participants are encouraged to participate in exit and re-entry drills, if water conditions permit. Plan to get wet. Spare clothes in a dry bag! (Just in case). If you don’t have any of the above, use similar clothing-don’t buy something just for the course unless you will continue to use it.
Safety equipment –Any safety equipment that normally carry-Bailing sponge, stirrup, tow or throw rope …) Please don’t buy safety equipment just for this class.
Safety issues--Please read the Essential Eligibility Criteria at the hyperlink to the ACA course description above. All participants shall wear life jackets at all times while on or near the water.
Questions—Please think about what you want to learn before the class and come with questions.
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. Please bring your own lunch.
If you have questions, please contact Brent Saucerman at firstname.lastname@example.org or 317-523-8417.
Click Register on this page - you have to be an HCKC member to register.