This isn’t designed as a course to get you a ‘star qualification’ but it designed to make everyone a bit safer! It is not that important to be covered in specific order unless you are a beginner.
What you need to know about and be able to do.
New paddlers need to feel confident so the first thing is personal safety and how to:
- Exit a kayak if you capsize. Wet Exit
- How to empty the kayak and get back in poolside.
- Two types of entry into the pool. One is a seal launch on the mat. Seal Launch
- The other is the paddle across the rear of the seat and sit down legs in first etc. Just the last part of this video Getting in and out on a beach In an out on a pontoon.
On a pontoon.
Now we are going to look at how you can stay in the boat rather than ‘wet exiting’ :
- T Rescue – Getting out is the last resort. (If you get out you are likely to get cold and tired more quickly). T Rescue if other kayaks are nearby: T Rescue (Hands out perpendicular to the boat is the preferred style). Practice this with a fellow kayaker. Use ‘hip snap’ Hip Snap Here
Forward paddling and turning:
- Forward Paddling and strokes. Forward Paddling with Rotation (Gordon Brown).
- How to turn a kayak. Turning and Low/High Bracing (Gordon Brown).
Rescue someone else, or be rescued:
- X Rescue | Assisted Rescue.
- Cowgirl Entry Here
- Cowboy Shuffle Here
- Roll Up possibly the best self rescue at sea. Here (More advanced as you will need to be able to roll reliably!).
- Towing – Contact Towing (Gordon Brown).
We need to be able to communicate at sea (Might need to find better videos).:
Communication at Sea Signs
- River Signs
Canadian Canoe Sessions.