INTRODUCTORY SEA KAYAKING COURSE

May 3-4, May 31-June 1, June 28-29, July 12-13, August 16-17,
September 20-21, October 11-12 [2014]

The importance of safety will be emphasized throughout the course. A certificate of completion will be issued to all those who have satisfactorily completed the program. Paddle Canada certification will be available to those who have attained the requirements of the program.

COURSE OUTLINE

SATURDAY - AM ORIENTATION:
Introductions, Course outline, Certification, Housekeeping
   
1. Equipment:
    Coast guard requirements
    Additional recommended equipment
A. THEORY
 
    2. Kayak design
    3. Safety: On-water orientation (signals, capsize procedures)
  B. PRACTICAL 1. Stretching exercises
    2. Skills:
Fit & adjustment, Lift & carry, Launch & landing
  Basic Paddling strokes (Turning, Edging)
     
SATURDAY - PM A. THEORY 1. Equipment:Clothing (including cold water gear)
    2. Safety: Hypothermia
  B. PRACTICAL 1. Skills: Basic Paddling strokes continued (Forward, Reverse)
    2. Safety: Towing : Contact , rope
     
SATURDAY EVENING   JOURNEYING & SEAMANSHIP
    Trip planning, Navigation & Route selection
SUNDAY AM A. THEORY 1. Equipment: Paddles; Rescue equipment (tow ropes)
    2. Safety: First aid; Repairs
  B. PRACTICAL 1. Skills: Basic Paddling strokes continued (Moving sideways)
    2. Journeying & Seamanship (for day long trip)
     
SUNDAY PM A. THEORY 1. Safety: Communication (radios, phones, flares, whistles, etc.)
    Emergency procedures
  B. PRACTICAL 1. Skills: Basic Paddling strokes (Support & Recovery)
    2. Safety: Wet exit  
      Assisted Rescues: Eskimo, Kayak over kayak, All in rescue
      Self rescues: With aids (e.g., paddle float), Eskimo roll
     

Note: Weather and water conditions are a major influence on sea paddling and we reserve the right to alter the schedule as needed.