Join us for this comprehensive paddling series that begins in a heated pool and finishes up with a day on the open water. The pool enviroment is great for making those mistakes. For the beginner there is a thorough exploration of kayaking. Lots of time will be spent making sure that students are comfortable in the boat and in the water by doing wet exits; working on the strokes that are necessary for going forward, turning, and moving sideways; learning the koves that help prevent a capsize; discovering how to rescue oneself or another paddler in the event of a capsize; and finally students will coalesce all of tehse skills into an Eskimo Roll. The expereinced paddler will move through the strokes with an eye towards honing existing skills and making them as efficient as possible. It is all too easy to lapse into bad habits, and without a personal coach, often you don't even know that you have lowered your own technical standard - why do you think the best athletes and olympians have coaches?
With this strong foundation of paddling skills learned in the pool, participants then spend a full day on the ocean applying what they learned in real conditions and learning how to deal with variables such as wind, waves, tides and currents.
Even for those of you who just want to learn to roll, this is the best approach. The name "paddling SERIES" was chosen because of its aptness to the program. Kayaking is really just a "series" of strokes, concepts, and techniques that are all bound together by several common elements, all of which come together in the Eskimo Roll. It's a lot easier to orient the body, arm, and paddle positions right side up and then take it upside down!
Pool Dates: April 28, 29, May 19 & 20
Saturdays - 12:00 - 2:30pm
Sundays - 10:00 am - 12:30pm
Open water date: May 26
Open Water Session: 9:00am-4:00pm
$325 per person; Bath YMCA members $195
Price includes use of kayaks and gear, 10 hours of pool time, a full day on the open water and H2O's Instructional DVD.
Pool Sessions: Bath YMCA, Bath, Maine
Open Water Sessions: H2Outiftters, Orrs Island, Maine