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Hoosier Canoe & Kayak Club

Kayaking Skills Clinic Beginner and Intermediate

  • June 08, 2024
  • 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
  • Eagle Creek Dandy Boat Ramp
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This is a one-day introductory/beginner or intermediate skills session. This class is  free for registered HCKC members.

Rain Date is the following day, same time. All registered participants will be notified in advance if date needs to be changed due to weather.

We will break our class up into Introductory and Intermediate Sections.

Introductory Section -  ACA Introduction to Paddling Class

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 in 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 Section - Intermediate Techniques and Refinement
Specific topic is TBD. 

These classes are for recreational, touring, and sea kayak paddlers.Your Chance of Immersion: 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 practice rescues.  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.   

How to Sign Up -   Click on the "Register" box in the left column of this page.

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 to Jim Heichelbech (

 Please do not sign up unless you can stay for the entire clinic (9:00 am to 3:30 pm). If the class is full, signup on the wait list. Additional openings may open up.

What to Bring: 
Kayak/Personal Gear:  
Please bring your kayak, life jacket, paddle, paddling jacket, sun screen, water and lunch.
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.

9:00 am: Meet at Eagle Creek Dandy Boat Ramp (adjacent o Ricks Boatyard) Parking fee at gate
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.

For questions please contact Jim Heichelbech

NOTE: If you do not receive a confirmation email after registering for the class, check your spam folder and add the sender to you allowed list (you want to make sure you get the details that are emailed out closer to the class date).

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