This comprehensive and highly-acclaimed Sea Kayaking Basics course is offered once each year by the Seattle Branch, and is designed to prepare you for moderate fresh water or salt water outings. All instruction is offered in single sea kayaks with bulkheads or approved flotation. Adequate physical ability to re-enter a kayak after capsize (instruction provided) and ability to swim 50 yards without flotation are necessary requirements.
Throughout a series of lectures and on-water instruction, the following topics are covered:
Upon successful completion of this formal instruction you’ll have the opportunity to consolidate your learning on two introductory/instructional paddles - which are required for completion of the course.
- Equipment used in coastal kayaking.
- Cold water - and how to dress for it.
- Knowledge of the sea: weather, waves, tides and currents.
- Safety at sea: charts, navigation, buoyage, communication and marine rules of the road.
- Rescues and the importance of teamwork.
- Paddling and maneuvering skills - the effects of wind, waves and current on boat behavior.
- Physical conditioning.
- Protection of the marine environment.