Hoosier Canoe & Kayak Club

Summit Lake Open Water Rescue Training & Shore Clinic

  • June 17, 2022
  • June 19, 2022
  • Summit Lake


Summit Lake Rescue Training Camp and Shore Clinic June 17-19

Instructor Sponsor: Martha Gitt      Contact Martha with any questions regarding the training mailto:marthagitt@yahoo.com

Please contact Martha Gitt marthagitt@yahoo.com  or Linda Decker lsdecker2018@gmail.com if interested in registering for this class


Saturday June 18th Ready to Launch at 10:00am at Boat Launch

Sunday June 19th Shore Clinic with on water practice to follow

Location: Summit Lake 5993 N. Messick Road New Castle, Indiana  South Boat Launch Near Harvey Shelter (Enter Park and go left at the T intersection and follow the signs to the boat launch)

We will be camping at Summit Lake State Park Campground Friday & Saturday Night. Campsites are competitive so reserve your campsites soon. 

Optional: Attend Saturday Day Session Only

Join us for a 2-day fun weekend of practicing sea kayak handling and rescue techniques.  We will focus on how to manage your boat to keep from capsizing, and how to get yourself and your friends back into their boats when the inevitable happens in open water.  There will be plenty of time to work on strokes, bracing, balancing, towing, and rescues.  Plus, time to play games, show off your skills, and build the teamwork necessary to explore new places.

This clinic is an opportunity for new paddlers to learn open water rescue techniques and a chance for more experienced paddlers to compare techniques and practice them in a safe environment.  This clinic is important since kayakers need to regularly practice these skills, so they are “fresh” 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.

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 walking through “one way to do a rescue”, we will compare notes and discuss/demonstrate alternative approaches that people may have seen. 

On Saturday we will go over the full course of rescue skills and techniques.  Afterwards we will chat about what we learned and what we want to learn the next day.  On Sunday we will circle back and finesse these skills, try to fix whatever needs to be fixed, and create scenarios to make these rescues feel real.

In addition to the on-water training, we will have a Shore Clinic presented by David & Susan Nord. The clinic will focus on kayak and gear maintenance, including emergency boat repair, replacing decklines, finding leaks, buffing scratches, maintenance of hatch covers, care of your drysuit & wooden paddles


Rescue Course Content

·       Wet exiting your boat 

·       Solo Reentries (Paddle Float, Cowboy, Reenter and Roll) 

·       Assisted Reentries (T-Rescue, Stirrup Rescue, Scoop Rescue) 

·       Towing - contact tows, short tows, and regular tows. Will discuss when to start towing and when towing may be needed to assist a rescue (I will bring extra tow ropes if you don’t have one.)

Required Equipment:

·       Touring or Sea Kayak - Kayak must have flotation in both bow and stern either sealed bulkheads or flotation bags

·       Spray Skirt

·       Life Jacket 

·       Kayak Safety Gear - Bring the kayak safety gear that you normally carry:  pump, paddle float, stirrup, tow line.   Please do not buy this equipment just for this class since you can borrow from other participants to see what works for you before you buy.

An Indiana DNR 2022 Non- Motorized Sticker is required for each boat $5 at the gate or can be ordered in advance online

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