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Basic Skills Kayak Class

Basic Skills Kayak Class
6/4/2011 12:00 AM

Basic Skills Kayak Class

Every Saturday from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. and 2– 6 p.m. June – August

Visit Tumalo Creek Kayak & Canoe for a complete class schedule.

Join us in our outdoor classroom as we introduce and practice the skills that every new paddler needs to explore the waterways of Central Oregon. The class begins with an hour-long session on the back lawn, where we discuss appropriate kayaking gear, our favorite paddling destinations and ways to be safe while out on the water. We will then get geared up for three hours out on the beautiful Deschutes River.

After learning to launch your boat from the small dock behind the shop, you will learn how your boat, body and paddle blade work together to create the most efficient strokes. Practice skills like the “sweep stroke,” where your paddle will arch in a C-shape around your boat, moving it in one direction or another, and the “stern draw” which uses the paddle as a rudder at the back of the boat. At the end of class you will learn and practice a “wet exit” with an assisted re-entry, while putting other safety and rescue skills to the test.

Tumalo Creek Kayak & Canoe
450 SW Powerhouse Drive
Bend, OR 97702

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