Introduction to Kayaking. For absolute beginners, this course is a “must have” for anyone who has recently or is planning to purchase a kayak. This class will not utilize skirts and will be conducted on still or very-slowly moving water.
Essentials of River Kayaking – Recreational. Suitable for beginners, this all-day course will occur on moving water up to Class 1 sections in recreational kayaks without spray skirts. This class introduces the student to moving water and should be considered for anyone planning on paddling on rivers and creeks up to Class I rapids in recreational kayaks. This class may include a “shuttle” between put-in and take-out.
Essentials of River Kayaking - Whitewater. Similar to the Recreational version except this class will be conducted in whitewater kayaks with spray skirts and is required for subsequent courses. All students will be trained and must demonstrate the ability to perform a “wet exit” their first time on the water.
River Kayaking. Prerequisites: Successful Completion of Essentials of River Kayaking - Whitewater, or permission of the instructor. This all-day class is conducted on a Class I river requiring more assertive application of skill than required in the Essentials class. This class will focus on more advanced skills and safety and rescue techniques in more aggressive water than found in the Essentials class.
Whitewater Kayaking. Prerequisites: Successful Completion of River Kayaking, or permission of the instructor. This class will occur on a Class I-II river. Discussion topics will include team dynamics. This class will challenge the student in more aggressive water. Students will demonstrate ability to swim defensively and self-rescue in rapids.
Roll Clinic Roll clinic may be held as a stand-alone class or may be combined with any one of the courses above, at instructor’s discretion. This class contains both dry-land and in-the-water portions. Two types of rolls will be presented: The “C2C” and the “Sweep”. This class typically lasts no longer than 2-3 hours.
Your instructor will contact you about a week before the class with important details. Failure to provide accurate contact information may result in your disenrollment from the class.
We follow the American Canoe Association (ACA) Syllabi and protocols for river kayak training. Full course descriptions may be found here.
Yakshackonline.com provides the required equipment as needed. Equipment rental and additional fees included in cost. Students are responsible to provide their own clothing and meals. Kayaking is a physical activity; students should be in sufficient good health to carry their own equipment and be able to self-rescue. Students must be able to swim unassisted for 25 yards. The instructor reserves the right to require a swimming demonstration.