Introductory Courses Content

Below is an outline of the items covered in our Introductory Courses. Note this is a guide – the actual content may vary.

Session 1

  • Safety drills and hazards
  • Correct method of lifting and carrying the kayak/canoe
  • Allocation of buoyancy aids, paddles and boat
  • Boat set-up, seats fixed and foot rest
  • Warm-up session (on land)
  • Drill in the event of a capsize of a kayak
  • Launching and getting into the kayak/canoe
  • Put boat on water and get in with help
  • Balance in the boat (without a paddle)
  • Paddle the boat with hands only
  • Hold the paddle correctly
  • Paddle boat forward 50m with paddles
  • Stopping the boat
  • Paddle to jetty and get out of the boat with help
  • Help put the boat, paddles & buoyancy aid back into to racking spaces

Session 2

  • Review safety drills
  • Buoyancy aids, paddles and boats
  • Review boat set-up
  • Warm-up session (on land)
  • Put boat on water and get in without help
  • Paddle 200m without stopping
  • Paddle forward and stop the boat
  • Paddle boat backwards and stop
  • Rotate the boat 360 degrees on the spot using forward/reverse sweep strokes
  • Turn the boat 180 degrees to the left and right using the rudder and sweep strokes
  • Paddle a figure of eight course
  • Move sideways using draw stroke and sculling draw
  • Preventing a capsize using low brace and sculling for support
  • Paddle to jetty and get out of the boat without help
  • Relaunch, capsize, swim 5m to the bank and empty out
  • Put the boat, paddles & buoyancy aid away without coaches help (work with other paddlers)

Session 3

  • Review safety drills
  • Buoyancy aids, paddles and boats
  • Warm-up session (on land)
  • Introduction to a variety of boats
  • Try a variety of boats (get in and out without help)
  • Moving sideways
  • Preventing a capsize
  • Get in and out of boats without help
  • Put the boat, paddles & buoyancy aid away without coaches help (work with other paddlers)

Session 4

  • Review safety drills
  • Buoyancy aids, paddles and boats
  • Set up boats without help
  • Warm-up session (on land and water)
  • Paddle a figure of eight course (using rudder and sweep strokes)
  • Turning the boat around through 180 and 360 degrees (in both directions)
  • How to prevent a capsize
  • Moving sideways over 5m (using both draw stroke and sculling draw)
  • Reverse paddling
  • Efficient forward paddling ( 1000m without stopping)
  • Paddle to jetty and get out of the boat without help
  • Put the boat, paddles & buoyancy aid away without coaches help (work with other paddlers)
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