This 3-hour course introduces essential flat water safety practices and rescue techniques that can be performed with a minimum of equipment, in the first few minutes of an emergency. Before taking this course you must complete our Kayak 101 Course, or get prior approval from the course instructor. (The 101 class is offered the same day, in the morning).
Topics will include prevention, how to avoid potential dangers, and simple, low-risk rescue techniques. Students will develop and practice key self-rescue skills to manage minor in-water incidents. Course participants should be comfortable paddling in conditions of up to one foot waves, 10 knot winds, and 2 knot current. Students should be in good health and overall fitness, possess solid swimming ability, and be comfortable in the water.
Dress appropriately for weather and water temperature, and expect to be in the water for extended periods of time. If desired you may bring a wet suit for this class. If you have your own kayak, this course will help you get familiar with your gear and give you confidence in your boat. You will practice wet-exits, self-recovery, partner rescues, and ways to assist tired or weak paddlers.
We believe every paddler needs the skills to recover from a capsize, and should know how to perform rescues when paddling in a group. For students planning to paddle in remote areas (such as Black Canyon), this class is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.