Paddling in the early morning fog on Stillwater Resevoir

Paddling in the early morning fog on Stillwater Resevoir

Essentials of Kayak Touring (ACA Level 2)

This is an American Canoe Association sanctioned course designed for novice paddlers who are looking to build a solid foundation of kayak touring skills.  The course focuses on proper stroke mechanics and maneuvers, rescue techniques, environmental knowledge (wind, waves, land) and trip planning skills. 

Whether you are new to kayaking or have been paddling for years in your own boat, this course will benefit you. 

REQUIRED EQUIPMENT:  Touring Kayak, PFD, Paddle

Click here for a complete list of required and recommended items to bring.

Core Curriculum:

  • Equipment (kayaks, PFDs, Paddles, Safety)
  • Paddling environment (wind, waves, weather, water, land)
  • Stroke mechanics (forward / backwards / stop)
  • Core maneuvers (sweeps, draws, sculling, stern rudder)
  • High and low braces
  • Rescue (solo and assisted techniques, towing)
  • Safety considerations
  • Trip planning
  • Paddling ettiqutte

The complete ACA course syllabus can be found by clicking here.

 
 From island camping on Joe Indian Island on Cranberry Lake.  These types of sunsets and mirror glass conditions are common occurances in the Adirondacks.

From island camping on Joe Indian Island on Cranberry Lake.  These types of sunsets and mirror glass conditions are common occurances in the Adirondacks.

Kayaking Basics

New to kayking?  Don't have a kayak yet?  No problem.  This 4-hour course is a great way to get you started.  The course is designed to establish a foundation in kayaking that will get you safely on the water and arm you with a quiver of basic strokes and techniques.  

The course is taught on protected, flat water and close to shore. 

Primary Course Curriculum:

  • Getting in and out of a kayak
  • Basic kayak strokes
  • Safety considerations
  • Wet exits
  • Kayaking gear overview