Lesson : Intro to Rescue
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TIME : 11:00pm to 2:00pm
LOCATION : Lake Erie (Check In At Grand River Kayak first)
CLASS SIZES are LIMITED

BASIC RESCUE & RECOVERY FOR ALL KAYAKERS

The next step after Introduction to Kayaking !

Would you know what to do if your kayak capsized accidentally ?

Here’s your opportunity to learn basic rescue techniques in a controlled environment.
We’ll start with the wet exit, and teach you a variety of assisted and solo rescues that will get you back into your kayak and on your way. You WILL absolutely be GETTING WET, so wear clothing appropriate for being IN the lake, and a change of dry clothes and a towel!
This course takes place at a local beach on Lake Erie. Lake Erie is the shallowest and most southerly of the Great Lakes and as a result it tends to warm up faster and stay warmer throughout the summer. Courses in early June may require a wetsuit or extra layers, but beyond the end of June, the water is generally warm enough that a bathing suit under your PFD will be fine.

Topics covered will include :

  • Wet exit
  • Capsize prevention included low and high bracing
  • Assisted Rescues : T-Rescue, Eskimo bow rescue
  • Self-rescue with paddle float
  • Contact tow
  • Review of recommended safety gear

Meet at Grand River Kayak at 1:30 PM for registration and equipment fitting, then follow us to the beach. You will be driving your own vehicle to the beach on Lake Erie, about 6 or 7 minutes’ drive. If you are bringing your own kayak, you will not need to unload your boat and gear from your vehicle until we get to the Lake.
Expect to be on (and in) the water for approximately 2 to 2.5 hours. This course combined with our Intro to Kayaking will give you the necessary skills to be a safe and confident paddler in calm, sheltered conditions. 

Please note that our Intro to Kayaking course (or equivalent experience) is a
prerequisite to this course. Both courses are highly recommended for anyone wishing to
participate in any intermediate to advanced kayak tours, such as the Mohawk Island Tour.

Our Paddling Lesson fees always include all of the required equipment and the services of a qualified, professional and friendly instructor. If you wish to provide your own kayak or gear, please discuss this with us in advance. We encourage students to learn using their own equipment, but occasionally your kayak or gear may not be appropriate for the intended lesson.
Please note that we do not provide a discount on any lessons shorter than a full day in length (Paddle Canada lessons) for providing your own gear.

 



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