Self-Rescue Pool Session
$60 per person
Quick start your kayaking season with self-rescue practice in the pool. This class covers the basics that anyone should know before venturing out on the waters of Southeast Alaska. The first hour is theory: we will cover setting up your kayak, safety equipment, paddle technique and posture. The second hour will be spent in the pool practicing self-rescue techniques including cowboy rescue, paddle float rescue and, if time allows, assisted T Rescues.
We provide kayaks, paddles, spray-skirts and life-jackets. Please wear a bathing suit and bring a towel. Goggles are also helpful if you have them or can be borrowed at the pool.
Who should take the pool session?
Anyone who is interested in kayaking is welcome. The pool is a great place to practice and learn without worrying about wearing dry-suits and the cold ocean.
Sea Kayaking Basics & Self-Rescue
$119 per person - 2014 dates TBA
Too many people venture out in kayaks on the ocean in Alaska without knowing what to do if they capsize. Suit up in a cozy Kokatat dry suit and learn the essential skills for sea kayaking here in Southeast Alaska. Our goal for the basic lesson is to make sure that every participant becomes competent in at least one self or assisted rescue technique. We won't learn to eskimo roll in this lesson but we will learn wet exit and re-entry techniques including a scramble rescue, paddle float rescue and assisted t-rescue. We also practice getting in and out of kayaks from docks and beaches and work on improving our forward and reverse strokes.
Lessons can be scheduled most Saturdays during the summer. We need a group of at least 3 to run a lesson. Call or email us to sign up. Participants must wear warm layers: dry-suits keep you dry but do not add any warmth. We recommend long underwear, a mid layer and a fleece layer to wear under our dry-suits. Please bring a water bottle, snack and a towel (your head and hair will get wet), a beanie is also helpful.