Sea Kayaking 102, Sea Kayak Boat Handling intro.
Sea Kayak Boat Handling intro.
This course builds on the fundamentals taught in our SK101 class with some review of the strokes you learned there and moves on to more advanced skills that will give you the full quiver of strokes we teach in our SK111 course. This course will also improve your forward stroke efficiency and speed through a deeper understanding of good posture, healthy wrist positioning, and utilizing your core in concert with the paddle blade to power your kayak forward.
If you are already comfortable practicing capsizes, wet exits, and reentry rescues, you have a choice between this one-day class and then the SK103 rolling or going directly to SK 115 Five-Day Kayak Training Camp -- this course includes kayak roll training.
After completing this course, students generally feel comfortable paddling on small lakes and sheltered, non-moving waters in light winds and are ready for our SK110 Saltwater/Navigation Trip or SK 115 Five-Day Kayak Training Camp.
Location: Tibbett's Beach, Lake Sammamish State Park (map)
Duration: 6 hours, typically on a Saturday or Sunday
When: 9 am - 3 pm (allow an hour after class to put the gear away and change clothes)
Class Size: 5 maximum with 5 to 1 student/instructor ratio maximum
Tuition: $250.00 (includes free use of dry suits, booties, and a cap)
Dry Suit Rental: No Charge - Included with tuition
Kayak Rental: $35.00 plus tax, delivered to the lesson. Rental Includes 14'-16' Roto-molded Beginner's Touring Kayak, Paddle, PFD, Spray Skirt, Bilge Pump, Self-Rescue Paddle Float, Sponge.
Parking: A Washington State Discover Pass ($30/yr.) or $10 Day Use Fee is required to drive into the State Park. Passes may be purchased from the machine at the park entrance or online at :Buy Discover Pass On-line
Prerequisites: SK 101 or equivalent training with approval. If the only kayak lessons you've had were from REI you'll need our SK101 before enrolling in this lesson. WKC and Mountaineer sea kayak students are welcome.
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