All instruction will be one on one or one on two, personal and private. This is very basic, beginner kayaking; no currents, no rapids, flat water, on a small inclosed lake. The location will usually be Lake Brittle, a small flat water lake near my home. I can also go to just about any accessible lake near the student. I can also provide transportation. Parents/Spouses are definately welcome/encouraged to come and watch/participate too. I have three kayaks - one for me and two that are perfect for the beginner or child student. I also have multiple sizes of PFDs (life jackets) for all ages. The only limits are weight and size. The smaller kayak can not hold more that 250lbs, my other student kayak can handle up to 280. Children need to be at least 8 years old. I am CPR and Wilderness First Aid Certified and am well trained in water rescue as part of my Instructor certificate.
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My name is Kat and I am a Level 1 Certified Kayak Instructor, with an Addaptive Paddling endorsement coming in June 2012. I would love to teach you flat water kayaking!!
Some FAQs are below...
*Do I need to know how to swim? No. Though swimming skills are nice, they are not necessary. In the unlikely event of a capsize The PFD will turn you face up and float you. From there I will get you back into your boat or bring you to shore
*Do I need legs? No. Legs help with balancing and bracing while paddling, but addaptations can be made to the kayak to compensate for that. If the student has artificial limbs that's great! Make sure they can get wet without being damaged!
*Are there rapids or swift moving water involved? No. I only teach Level 1/beginner kayaking on a lake or pond, with flat water. There will be no rolling or running of rapids. This is an indroduction to the basics. Where the student takes it from there? Well, that is limitless.
*Any potential student needs to feel somewhat at ease around water and have a desire to learn. Those that have a strong fear of water and tend to be panicky are not good candidates for this. I can belay most fears during the on-land section of the course that I do before getting in the water. A kayak is perceived to be very tippy and that is not the case. A kayak is very stable when it is in water; your own balance is the key.
The course is about 3 to 4 hours and goes over Indroduction, logistics, personal preparation, safety, equipment, and maneuvers. Students need to be prepared to get a little wet.
It is my goal and vision to give disabled or sick children and adults the opportunity to get out of the hospital for a day and teach them basic kayaking skills. This will allow them to "let go" for a moment and be disconnected from the tubes, wheelchairs