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.
Since we now have multiple ACA instructors, we can break our class up into two groups. In one group, we will cover the ACA's Introduction to Kayaking material that we always covered in these classes. In the other, we will cover ACA Intermediate (Level 2 and 3) Instruction and we will announce focus areas for each of these sessions so paddles with Intermediate skills can choose what they want to home.
Introduction to Paddling -
Target Paddlers: HCKC members who have never taken a class or who want to tune up their strokes in their recreational, touring, WW, 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 or the Hoosier Canoe and Kayak Club.
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, and sideways as well as how to turn and stop. .
Intermediate Kayak Class
Target Paddlers: HCKC members who have taken an introductory class at least one year ago and who are comfortable with their forward-turning strokes as well as with their draw and rudder maneuvers. This class is for recreational, touring, and sea kayak paddlers. Parents with children over 13 year old may enroll with their children for this class.
Class Content: Boat control and turning 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.
Note: We will pick a focus area for each of the 3 Intermediate Sea Kayak classes so each class will have different content. We will be announced to the Sea Kayak mailing list and updated here in the April Mailing as well as appearing in the May newsletter.
Topics that we may cover are listed below:
- 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 make it go straight
- Bow and stern rudders
- Side draws – Maneuvers that move your boat sideway without changing the angle of your boat
- Maneuvers to paddle tighter turns with control such as linked stroked
Meeting Place: To be Announced – The instructors will send out an e-mail to participants about one week before the class. The Introductory Class will typically be held at Eagle Creek but the instructors for Intermediate classes may opt another location. .
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 of the 3 instructors. Enrollees must be registered HCKC Members and will be accepted based on the date that they e-mail Jim Sprandel. The split between Introductory and Intermediate students will be decided as student enrollments are processed.
Please do not sign up unless you can stay for the entire clinic (9:00 am to 3:30 pm).
What to Bring:
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, please contact Jim Sprandel at email@example.com.
How to Register: Click Register in the left-hand column of this page.