Kayak Fundamentals

Learn the basics from qualified paddling coaches, so you’ll enjoy paddling more.
Basics at Annsville

Prerequisite: none

Price: See Price Page

Duration: 4 hours

Location: Norrie Point Paddlesport Center

lat/lon: N41.83396 W73.94142

This half day course is appropriate for kayakers seeking to gain confidence in basic techniques. It will cover basic strokes (moving forward, backwards and turning), how to efficiently and effectively use your paddle, core muscle use and torso rotation, how to handle a capsize safely and proper gear and boat fit.

We will work on wet exits, self rescues and peer rescues. During the day we discuss kayak clothing and equipment. At the end of the day you will come away knowing the basic kayaking information you’ll need to participate safely in organized kayak trips.

While we expect you will learn a lot on this program, we’ll do our best to make sure you have fun learning. At breaks we can discuss kayak and paddle designs, which will help you decide what equipment best suits your needs. We will talk about outfitting yourself and your kayak for safe paddling. We offer many different styles and makes of kayaks for rental on this program. If you have not already purchased a kayak, we will help you pick the right boat for your size, skill, and budget.

Topics include: introduction of basic strokes including forward, reverse, stopping, and turning. We will also cover equipment, injury prevention, safety and fun, fun, fun.