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The Essentials of Kayak Touring course follows the curriculum of the American Canoe Association (ACA) and reviews basic strokes and introduces safe paddling essentials such as braces (the skill which reduces your risk of capsizing), and how to rescue yourself and/or others in several ways depending on the situation. Additionally, you will be introduced how to use a spray skirt with a touring kayak.
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Course Prerequisite for Level 2: Completion of Level 1 - Introduction to Kayaking or instructor's permission
Skills to be covered & performed:
• Forward, reverse, sweep, stopping, and draw strokes
• Low and high braces
• Wet exit using a spray skirt (applies to sit-in sea kayaks)
• Reentering your kayak in deep water
• Individual and assisted rescues (including using different equipment to assist the rescue)
• Trip planning
• And lots more
This course is highly encouraged for anyone thinking of paddling in our open bay waters, large rivers, or to Deer Island in a sea kayak or sit-on-top (SOT) where swimming back to shore is not a preferred or easy option.
We will intentionally "get wet" several times so plan to wear wicking/quick-dry clothing, i.e. NOT cotton.
When & where is the class? Class will be from 8:00 until about 4:00, probably in the Long Beach/Gulfport/Biloxi area (or Flint Creek Reservoir, Wiggins approx $5 entry fee). Exact location will be determined about 24-48 hrs before class depending on predicted weather conditions. Plan to bring a bag lunch and/or snacks and water.
What kayak is appropriate for this training? A 1) sea kayak, 2) recreational kayak, or 3) sit on top (SOT). All kayaks for this class should be a minimum of 13 feet long whether sit in or SOT. Also, sea and recreational kayaks must have a minimum of two dry compartments or be fitted with air bags for inherent buoyancy/flotation. A spray skirt is NOT required however if you have one, you will learn how to safely use one and we will practice with it. Please test your spray skirt for fit on dry land before class.
Cockpits and spray skirts come in different sizes so make sure yours fits your kayak before class if you plan to use one. Call me early on if you have questions about your kayak, safety equipment, or spray skirt - or if you plan to order a spray skirt before class.
Additional safety equipment: if you have a bilge pump, paddle float, or other safety equipment, please bring them. If you do not yet have them, please do not buy prior to class. I will bring extras and we will discus advantages and disadvantages of each.
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Tuition: $100 for Meetup members. Additionally, there is a $10 charge for ACA insurance if you are not an ACA member. Cash or check preferred, additionally 3.5% if using credit/debit.
CALL me directly at[masked]. A "yes" RSVP on Meetup does NOT register you. Class is limited to 5 students. Some register without being Meetup members so numbers shown may not add up to 6 (5 students + instructor). The numbers will be updated as participants register and pre-pay. If the phone goes to voice mail assume I am probably paddling. When you leave a message with your name and number I will call you back.
Jackson County Outdoor Services is hosting an informative celebration of MS Native Turtles (land, water, and sea turtles) with a beach front park turtle event geared toward kids (and those of us who often act like kids).
Come on out to Sand Jam 2022 at Beach Park to:
- let the kids have a free, fun outing & learn about turtles, or
- test paddle a kayak, or
- volunteer to share your enthusiasm for paddling with new paddlers
Kayaks will be available for new paddlers to use in the immediate vicinity of the event. If you do not yet have a kayak or have never paddled, this is an opportunity to test paddle a kayak. There is no charge for test paddle the kayaks.
A few experienced paddlers will be assisting new paddlers near the beach front for safety. This is a beach event with demonstration paddling available. Experienced paddlers are welcome to assist us...please contact me if you would like to volunteer!
This Jackson County sponsored event is announced on MS Sea Kayak and Kayaking MeetUp to offer a paddling opportunity for folks who do not own a kayak. Come out and try a kayak!
Paddlers are responsible for their own safety. Life jackets must be properly worn at all times on the water. No alcohol or drugs prior to or while paddling.