Lessons

Two people canoeing in Kickapoo State Park

Paddling: Lessons

Gain confidence on the water with improved paddling skills. Learn how to move efficiently through the water, turn effortlessly and rescue techniques when things go wrong.

Lessons are taught by experienced instructors on Clear Lake next to the Kickapoo Adventures shop. Registration includes canoe or kayak, paddle and pfd. Personal craft are welcome, please notify staff in advance.

Introduction to Kayaking:

Designed as a short program emphasizing safety, enjoyment and skill acquisition for the entry level kayaking. It includes:

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This course is appropriate for all kayak craft, including traditional decked kayaks, inflatables and sit on tops. It is assumed the boats will be paddled solo.

Introduction to Canoeing:

Designed as a short program emphasizing the entry-level paddling skills for individuals desiring an introduction to the sport of canoeing. It includes:

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Forward Stroke Clinic – Kayak:

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Make your forward stroke more proficient. The forward stroke is used the majority of time while paddling a kayak, it is repeated over one thousand times an hour. Small gains in form will provide giant gains in speed and endurance. You will also learn how to tune your individual locomotion to vary with both the environmental conditions and focus on your paddle needs with respect to safety.

Advanced Strokes – Kayak:

Take your kayaking skills to the next level. This course introduces advanced strokes and skills to improve your performance and paddling ability. It provides the fundamentals for a lifetime of paddling development. Topics include:

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Advanced Strokes – Canoe:

Take your canoeing skills to the next level. This course introduces advanced strokes and skills to improve your performance and paddling ability. Improve your skills to effectively negotiate a tandem or solo canoe through various maneuvers. Topics include:

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Rescues – Kayak:

Getting yourself or a partner back into their craft after an accident is an essential ability for safe kayaking. This course workshop introduces essential flatwater safety practices and rescue techniques that can be performed with a minimum of equipment, in the first few minutes of an emergency. Topics include:

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Rescues – Canoe:

Getting yourself or a partner back into their craft after an accident is an essential ability for safe canoeing. This course workshop introduces essential flatwater safety practices and rescue techniques that can be performed with a minimum of equipment, in the first few minutes of an emergency. Topics include:

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