Open Water Session

Field trip: Basic Sea Kayaking Course

Open Water Session - American Lake

This location was chosen for those students who own their own kayaks and equipment and/or can arrange there own transporting of their rented kayak and equipment. It’s Two days of on the water activities, learning basic kayak skills: Wet exits, Rescues, and basic paddle strokes will be covered. Be Prepared to spend much of the day in the water.

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  • Sea Kayak II
  • Easy

Meet at Harry Todd Park,

Address: 89 N Thorne Ln SW, Lakewood, WA 98498 at 8:00am

 3 restrooms available.

We’ll have use of the large covered porch on top of hill, the sandy beach area and the flat grass area at bottom of hill, and the boat slips.

Please check in with Clinic Beach Coordinator, he or she  will be wearing a bright colored vest, before unloading Kayaks for directions. 

The instruction will be performed in a protected, yet open water setting.  The training will typically be two students to an instructor in certain circumstances such as learning rescues and strokes. 

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

NOTE ITS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED THAT YOU DONOT PURCHASE A KAYAK prior to completing this Clinic. Unless You already happen to own your equipment in which case that's ok.  We encourage  not buying ahead of the clinic; so you're given an opportunity to paddle several different types and brands of kayaks.  Note for a kayak to be considered  a Sea Kayak it needs to be a minimum length of 14 1/2 feet and ideally not have a rudder but instead be equipped with a skag.. 

We highly recommended if you don’t already own a kayak to barrow, or rent one until you’ve completed your two club sponsored paddles.

The link attached will take you to Kayak Academy, who will help you set up a Kayak and equipment rental package design for our clinics.

RSVP with (KA) at this (LINK TBD)

Sea Kayak, paddle, PFD, spray skirt, pump, and dry suit as a minimum. Neoprene cap is recommended for practicing rescues. Discuss other requirements with the instructor.

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