Learn to Kayak with The School of Yak – Basic Skills

 Basic Kayak Skills Introductory Program:

The one day program includes some theoretical sessions but is primarily based around an on-water regime. Intended to develop a level of paddler skill to create a paddler who is confident to take their own kayak out for adventures with other paddlers. We can conduct the program to suit students time frames, either as a weekday or weekend event.
One Day Program Covers:
Kayaks and designs - which one is right for you?
Choosing the right Paddle and PFD.
Kayak Entry and Exit
Boat Setup
Paddle Strokes -  paddle strokes for kayak control.
Capsize and Rescue Skills - assisted deep water rescue scenario's

 Advanced Kayak Skills Program:

This in-depth program, includes theoretical sessions plus an on-water regime. Intended to develop a high level of paddler skills for the serious kayaker in you! We can conduct the program to suit students time frames.  It is recommended you have attended the One Day Basic Skills Program first and have a level of paddling skills reflective of that program.
We Will Cover
Injury prevention - Being paddle fit and staying paddle fit during your Journey
Embarking and Disembarking from the kayak in differing conditions
Kayak control - revision of your paddle stroke techniques - bio mechanics of the forward stroke , sweeps, bow draw, stern rudder etc.
Edging - Learning to Edge the kayak for better control
Capsize and Recovery skills - practical skills session conducted on water for the paddler to develop the skills needed for self rescue.
Navigation components - Reading a Marine Chart-GPS Usage - Interpreting Navigation Markers
Safety equipment and Emergency Responses - Using a Float Plan
Packing for your first Kayak Trip
Food and Nutrition for an extended Kayak Journey
This course also includes a short paddling journey if time allows.
The School of Yak - Kayak Skills Program aims to give you as a paddler the confidence to take your kayak out on the water with the knowledge you need to safely undertake a Flat Water Kayaking journey be it for an hour or a week. Successful completion of the program allows a paddler to apply for their Australian Canoeing Basic Skills Award.

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Both the Level One and Level Two Programs are run on demand; we need a minimum of three or four paddlers for the course to go ahead.