Big lake, big water; big water, big fun! We train hard so we can play hard. Just why did you learn the basics of kayaking in the first place? All those pool rolls, all those high braces, all those rescues. You will learn them so you can go out and kick ass in some big water. This is all about fun and the culmination of all those hours of hard work that you’ve put in. Trust us, experienced coaches will make sure you come back alive and roughly in one piece; Go out and get you some. This track ain’t always easy but they’re always easy but they’re always worth it! On the schedule all adrenaline classes will be highlighted RED.
Rough Water Progression
No matter what the actual sea conditions – bumpy or flat – this full-day learning progression is filled with both the fundamentals and the details you’ll need in order to be comfortable, competent, and skilled in a wide range of conditions. By the end of the day, you’ll feel like a completely different paddler than you were at breakfast!
•Cruising Forward Stroke vs. Acceleration Forward Stroke
•Stern vs. Bow Rudder for prevailing conditions
•Lateral movement for position
•Downwind and Upwind paddling strategies
•How to catch a wave
•Self and group rescues for prevailing sea state
•Where and when to find various conditions
Epic Problems at Sea
So you think you can handle situations at sea? Find out for sure in this scenario-based course. You’ll head toopen water where you’ll encounter situations that require you toact decisively and accurately under the watchful eyes of your instructors. Each scenario is debriefed immediately and the focus is learning abouthowwe think and function under stress on the water. The coaches will keep you safe, but everything else is up to you! This is a perfect follow up to the Leadership course.
What you should bring: •All your gear for a good, long trip
•Basic rescue techniques for an injured paddler
•Strategies for limited access extrication
•Gear failure problems and solutions
•Thought processes and functioning under stress
Up Against the Wall
Open water rescues get the glory and fame, but rescues in confined locations like caves, cliffs, and break waters are often more dangerous. This course takes you into those settings in a controlled environment and teaches you to manage the risks and unique challenges of confined situations. Short and long tow rigs are a requirement for this course, as is solid boat control and a willingness to be in the water.
•Solo Towing with Tow Rig
•Solo Towing with no towing equipment
•Rescues under tow
•Situational analysis of Rescues risk vs. reward
Rolling Madness (Requires a consistent roll)
You have a consistent roll in flat water! Congratulations! Now it’s time to make it bomb proof. Learn variations that will prepare you for rolling in rough water, with loaded boats, in big seas, surf, half paddles, and during periods of heavy exertion. Learn tips and tricks to roll in real-world, challenging situations where most flat water and pool session rollers struggle.
•Off side roll
•Front and Back finishing roll, whichever you’renot comfortable doing
•Half paddle roll
•Hand Roll What you need to have:
•A boat that won’t sink (positive floatation)