Intro to Chicago
class is a prerequisite to our club- About the
Cost of class: $80
Length 3-4 hours
class is for beginners or those who would like a
This is an easy, fun class and a
great way to get acquainted with kayaking in a beautiful
wildlife area 30 minutes north of Chicago. You will
learn the basic skills to have fun and be safe!
What we cover:
stuff you use for safety, some for fun, find out the
difference and what is really essential
- picking the boat that is best for you
whether you are buying or rent them on vacation. Learn
what to look for and how to not get a dud!
and in your boat out on the water) a great way to warm
up those muscles!
- how to properly fit your PFD, what precautions should
you take, determining what conditions are appropriate
for your skill level. Communication methods on the
water and what equipment should you have with you at all
How to chose
paddle, pfd, and location/destination, as a new kayaker.
- How to make the kayak go where you want! Tour
(forward), reverse stroke, sweep stroke, reverse sweep,
Hip Snap/J- lean
-Techniques on how to use your body to
control your kayak and enhance speed and maneuverability
- This really helps a lot!
Wet Exit- What happens if you
fall in? Learn how to safely exit your kayak in
the event of capsize. This is learned on land and
practiced on the water.
- How to get back in your kayak if you have capsized?
learn how to reenter your kayak in the event of capsize
or how to help someone else who capsized. This is
practiced with an instructor and other students while
out on the water.
more? Sign up for
Intermediate Kayaking too!