Directional Control Clinic - Tacoma - 2015

Sea Kayaking Course

Directional Control Clinic

Beyond the Basic Class, Stroke Development.

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By now you've been on a paddle or two (or more) and you might be a little frustrated with your boat handling skills.  This clinic is designed to add to the skills introduced in your basic sea kayaking course to move your kayak more efficiently.  It will include forward stroke improvement, boat control via edging, sweep strokes, bow and stern rudders, backing up, low brace turns, blending strokes, draws on the move, and some bracing practice as well. Dry suits are required. The class will take place in Gig Harbor rain or shine. Bring a lunch. No chart is required for this clinic. This clinic is intended for this year's basic class students, but is not recognized as a student paddle for graduation purposes. Although not the intent, some students capsize in this clinic.  Open to Mountaineers members only. Leader permission required.

Course Requirements

This course has no scheduled activities.

Required Equipment

Don't need all of the mountaineers kayaking essentials. 

Required equipment; Kayak with floatation in both ends, dry suit or wet suit with spray top, paddle, lunch and a drink, properly fitting PFD, properly fitting spray skirt, bilge pump, dry clothes (in dry bag) first aid kit for yourself, sun protection.


Recommended; neoprene cap, neoprene gloves, nose plugs,

Course Materials

There are no materials for this course.