Self-rescue, also known as wet-entry, techniques are very important to learn for kayak safety. Should you ever find yourself capsized out on the water, you will quickly realize how important it is to have learned and practiced rescuing yourself beforehand. Become comfortable performing these techniques by practicing. Self-rescue proficiency is particularly crucial if you are ever kayaking alone.
The pool closes for regular swimming and opens to us for kayak practice after 4:00pm, so we will need to meet by 3:30 pm to sign up, pay the pool fee, unload and change. We will practice wet exits and reentry with and without re-entry aids. Rescue aids like bilge pumps and paddle floats will be available to use. These are informal sessions.There are NO official instructors. But the more experienced paddlers are willing to give pointers.
Life Vests or personal flotation garments are required, per our contract with GAFC.
A GAFC Life Guard Will Be On Duty.
No Formal Instructors - But the experienced paddlers are willing to assist.
Bring what you would normally wear. Feel free to bring your kayak. Make sure it is clean--we do not want to damage the pool. The best kayak to learn on is the one you paddle. There may also be a kayak available for practice, if you cannot bring one.
The Greenville Aquatics and Fitness Center requires a fee of $10.00 per person and a waiver to be signed.The fee and waiver must be signed for kids as well. This must be done prior to getting in the pool. For those who want to just watch, there is no fee.Please do not sign up if you are not getting in the pool.You can just show up to watch. GAFC members must pay as well. This is an after hours event ,and is not covered under GAFC memberships.
Please be on time. Please pay and sign in prior to 4:00pm. GAFC may turn you away after 4pm, so they can finish closing on time. Please be sure locker rooms remain neat and orderly after showering. GAFC needs locker rooms to be clean for opening the following day.
When participating in any activity; through TRREC or GAFC, you do so at your own risk. You are responsible for choosing whether to participate in an activity,what you will wear, what equipment you may choose ,whether your knowledge, skills or physical condition are appropriate for the activity. You also take the responsibility for any guest that you may bring as well.Make the BEST decisions for you and your guests personal safety.
Please do not sign up for limited-space events unless you are sure you will attend. I will keep track of No Shows and Last Minute Cancellations. We may remove frequent offenders from limited space events so that others might participate.