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Introduction to Rocks and Ledges
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This is a Level 4: Open Water Coastal Kayaking Skills Course focusing on an Introduction to Rocks and Ledges with Instructor Trainer Rick Wiebush in the Narragannset Bay/Atlantic Ocean.

8/15/2015 to 8/16/2015
When: 8/15/2015
Where: Narragannset Bay/Atlantic Ocean
Newport, Rhode Island 
United States
Contact: Rick Wiebush
410.788.1241

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Join Rick Wiebush (Cross Currents) and Ken Fandetti (RI Kayak Centre) on this very exciting and challenging course during which we will learn all the basic strategies for dealing with swell as it meets dramatic rocky shorelines and islands. It is just too much fun! We’ll try some runs through narrow slots in the rocks, ride swell up to get as close to the rock face as possible (and then get quickly away!), and maybe try some pour-overs. You'll learn how to select appropriate play spots, how to assess risk for various features, and how to read the water for maximum fun and safety. We'll start with small features to develop water-reading skills and confidence and work our way up to bigger features. In all play spots, what you do will be “challenge by choice” i.e. if you don’t feel comfortable trying something, that is totally fine. You can just watch or maybe try a smaller feature. This is about expanding your skills and challenging yourself; not about being stupid or unsafe. This is not a testosterone challenge!


If you want to do this course you should be a pretty solid intermediate-level sea kayaker with good boat control and bracing skills. A roll would be helpful but isn’t required. You do not need previous experience in rock gardens, although you are welcome to join us if you have had some exposure to this aspect of paddling. You definitely need a helmet. 
Cost: $200

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