Location: 300m west of Royal Melbourne Yacht Squadron, Pier Rd, St Kilda, Melway Ref 57 J9
Description: For first time paddlers and those who have never had any formal instruction. The aim of this class is to give you a good foundation in the knowledge and skills essential for safe and enjoyable paddling. Single kayak, paddle, PFD, spray deck, pump, spray jacket, thermals and course notes are all supplied and included in the cost. We will fit you to the most suitable single kayak in relation to your height and weight. You can also bring your own sea kayak for a reduced rate.
Day 1 you will learn about: kayak equipment, kayak design and what to wear, manoeuvring your kayak (forward, reverse, side ways, turning and steering) low support, sculling, edging, a short afternoons paddle, "wet-exits" and recovery from a capsize.
Day 2 is part theory such as tides, weather, navigation, group management, safety and trip planning. We go for a long paddle to test out what you have learnt. Additional skills are added such as rescuing others, sculling and towing.
DURATION: 2 days (each day 9:30 am to 3:30 pm)
INCLUSIONS: All kayak equipment (single kayak, pfd, paddle, pump, spay deck, spray jacket, thermals, course notes and 1/2 day single sea kayak hire on the Yarra River (worth $45 and to be taken up some time after the course) are all included in the cost.