One of our course offerings:
With this course we strive to build a foundation on top of which later teachings can be added. Focus is on maintaining balance, ergonomic and efficient paddling technique with the whole body working - and resting - interchangeably during strokes. We strive for a relaxed paddling technique which at the same time effectively drives the kayak forward even in head winds. For safety - balance technique, paddle bracing against the water, controlled change of direction also in tight sports is of value to assist companions in trouble and to reach landing sports and jetties also when winds affect the kayak. Eskimo rolling is usually excluded from this course since most people need more time in the kayak before they benefit from roll training which as starter level is done as individual coaching. We do however get acquainted with capsizing and assisted re-entry on deep water. The time on land and afloat is packed with lecturing and exercises split on two days so not to pack too much on one day. It is still a lot and not all we would like to share.
A good succession would be to participate in a tour with same level kayakers. That will give you time to practice, study and think about the effectiveness of the techniques, while further coaching is available in a more relaxed pace.
Course dates: Tuesday - Wednesday 6.-7.6 (hrs 17-20, 10-15) Wednesday - Thursday 4.-5.7 (hrs 10-15) Thursday - Friday 19.-20.7 (hrs 17-21
Some of teachings and exercises :
- Paddle grips, feathered (angled) blades, rotating and fixed grips
- Seating position, adjusting the kayak for good balance and comfort
- Spraydeck and personal floatation - function
- Edging the kayak and leaning for off balance - shake down for balance
- High and low brace with the paddle for support - protecting shoulders and re-gain balance
- Steering with the paddle (stern ruddering, bow ruddering, sweeping 360 degrees, low brace turn)
- Steering with the kayak (edging the kayak, leaning, bow-stern-weight)
- Effects and using the wind (hull shape, rudder, fin, retractable skeg, load)
- Capsize, assisted and assisting rescue intro, kayak-contact-and-wind
- Fairways and other wessels
- Equipment on the kayak, features and benefits, functions (compartments, types of decklining, footrests, rudders/skegs, seats)
- Hull shape, width, interaction with the water
Additional exercise and occasional coaching will increase your ability to confidently use the teachings in dynamic environments.