3-Part Beginners Course
Refine Your Skills and Knowledge to Kayak on Rougher Waters
In this advanced-level Rough Waters class, prepare to put your paddling skills and knowledge to the test on some wilder waterways in Sikta. This third class of our 3-part Special Kayak Training Courses concludes at a different venue with slightly more unpredictable water conditions, where you’ll have the opportunity to exercise the skills you acquired in the Calm Waters and Choppy Channels segments of this course.
This final class is suitable for beginners and advanced kayakers alike, however, we recommend participation in the previous two classes (Calm Waters and Choppy Channels) for absolute kayaking novices to ensure you are up to speed on kayaking skills and knowledge before taking on this higher difficulty level on rougher waterways. In case you’re looking for more intensive kayak training for which the complete ACA curriculum is taught, check out our American Canoe Association Kayak Courses.
Why Choose This Course?
Put your knowledge to the test in this last segment of our 3-parter special course, as you paddle on rougher waters that will elevate your stress levels and push the limits of your foundational skills.
At this advanced level you’ll start feeling more confident in your paddle abilities.
Receive valuable feedback from your instructor upon completion of the course, so you have a better understanding of your progress and kayak skill level.
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$100 per person / per course
Start date and time
TBD (schedule will be determined after booking)
Lakes or coastal waters with potential areas of exposure to mild wind and wave conditions, with constant access to safe landing and within 1.5 nm from shore, winds less than 15 knots, waves (chop) less than 2 feet, surf less than 2 foot, current less than 2 knots.
TBD closer to the course start date
March 1- October 31
Friday, Saturday or Sunday
Up to 1 day (8 hours)*
*The course duration will be adjusted to best fit the needs and goals of the participants.
5 participants to 1 instructor (minimum 2 participants)
Solo kayak, paddle, PFD, paddle float, throw bag, tow rope, bilge pump, signaling whistle
Clothing, water or food
What to bring
– Water, snacks and/or lunch
– Appropriate clothing for paddling that you don’t mind getting wet:
– Base layers (wool/synthetic, avoid cotton)
– Warm insulation
– Rain gear
– Gloves (rubber works great)
– Footwear (neoprene booties are best but tennis shoes are fine)
The minimum age required to participate in this course is 10 years
About your guide
ACA-certified kayak instructor
What You'll Do On This Course
This is a basic overview of the curriculum for the Rough Waters segment of our Special Kayak Training Courses. This final class concentrates on honing previously acquired foundational skills from the Calm Waters and Choppy Channels classes and will take place at a venue with rougher water conditions to elevate participants’ stress levels. Once you sign up, you will receive a detailed document outlining all the topics and practical exercises that are covered in this full-day course, some of which include:
- Honing skills and technique from the previous classes, with a stronger focus on rescues, emergency procedures and risk mitigation.
Please Keep In Mind
It is highly recommended that you enroll in the previous two segments of this 3-part Special Kayak Training Course to ensure your kayaking skills are at an adequate level to participate in this advanced-level class.
Curriculum for this course is based off of the Level 3 ACA courses with additional focus on weather forecasting
This advanced course is catered more specifically to the needs of those kayaking in coastal Alaska.