KAYAK CLASS DESCRIPTIONS
|Which Class is Best for You?
Goal: This course will give you everything you need to know to safely and confidently paddle
on protected waters in a recreational kayak, even if you've never paddled before.
Pre-requisites: None Class Length: 2 1/2 - 3 hours
PFDs (life jackets) and spray skirts Emergency stop stroke
Paddle basics and proper position Sweep stroke to turn
Parts of a sea kayak Rafting up
Getting in and out of the kayak with grace Draw stroke to move sideways
Adjusting the kayak to fit you correctly Stern rudder
How to launch your boat Wet exit discussion
Spinning in place Wet exit practice (optional*)
Forward & reverse strokes
(*A "wet exit" is getting out of a capsized kayak...not as scary as you might think. We'll walk you thru it.)
|Capsize Recovery and Rescues ($100)
Goal: Learn how to avoid panic and get yourself and others back in their boats and on your way in a
minute or less.
Pre-requisites: QuickStart or some paddling experience Class Length: 2 1/2 - 3 hours
Wet exit practice T-rescue Rafted tows
Swimming with a paddle Heel-hook Tired swimmer rescues
Paddle float self-rescue Eskimo butt roll Towing with a line
Cowboy or Scramble Eskimo Rescue (optional) Hand-of-God (optional)
Demonstrate Reentry and Roll, Scoop and Eskimo rolling
|Coastal Kayaking I ($90)
Goal: Learn how to do all the basic strokes and maneuvers in a sea kayak with a spray skirt.
Pre-requisites: Some paddling experience Class Length: 2 1/2 - 3 hours
Review all basic strokes Introduction to high brace
Alternative draw strokes Low brace turn
Weather cocking and skegs Torso rotation with forward stroke
Feathering the paddle in a head wind Look-back brace
Paddle park Practice paddling
Learn how to do a low brace Skill games
Rafting exercises Wet exit practice (strongly recommended)
Demonstrate advanced strokes, rescues, and Eskimo roll
|Coastal Kayaking II ($90)
Goal: Understand and practice all strokes and maneuvers used in sea kayaking. This course will
prepare you for BCU 3-star testing and paddling in more challenging conditions.
Pre-requisites: Coastal Kayaking I or equivalent experience Class Length: 2 1/2 - 3 hours
Review all basic & intermediate strokes Reverse figure-8 exercise
Paddle control exercises High brace
Edge turns & maneuvers High brace turn
Bow rudder Sculling for support
Hanging draw Fine-tuning your forward stroke
Draw on the move Combination strokes
Emergency reverse Discussion of BCU 3-star testing (optional)
|Rocking and Rolling (Braces & Eskimo Roll) ($100)
Goal: Build skills and confidence in preventing a capsize through aggressive bracing, stay calm after a
capsize, and learn a series of exercises that will help you right your kayak using a sweep roll. Success
is not defined by doing a roll by the end of the class. It is being comfortable upside-down and learning
techniques to be able to teach yourself how to roll on your own.
Pre-requisites: Coastal Kayaking II or equivalent experience, own your
boat. Bring: Your boat & tight spray skirt, & nose clip or face mask. Class Length: 2 hours
Secrets to rolling (its all in the head and hips) Hip snap exercise
High brace exercises Paddle float exercise
Extended sculling brace Sweep roll with paddle float
Wet exit review & practice Sweep roll extended paddle position
Eskimo rescues Sweep roll
Hang time under water Storm roll (optional)
|Private Lessons & Assistance ($150/2 hrs)
|For more information, please contact us at
860-391-3837 or Paddle@CTcoastalkayaking.com
|QuickStart Your Kayak ($90)
Goal: Give you exactly the instruction or assistance you want when you want it, either at Rogers Lake or
at a location near your home. We also can deliver a new kayak from the store to your home and help you
Minimum time: 2 hours. A typical 3 hour group class can be done in a 2 hour private session. Travel
time is added to private classes outside of the Old Lyme area.
Cost: $150/2 hrs, $200/3 hrs plus $50 for an additional person.
All the classes listed above are offered as private sessions.
New kayak delivery and customizing.
Kayak home storage advice.
Expedition or race training.
Preparation and assessment for ACA or BCU training.