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Level 1: Introduction to Kayaking Skills Course
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This is a Level 1: Introduction to Kayaking Skills Course with Instructor John Chase on Arbutus Lake.

When: 6/27/2015
Where: Arbutus Lakes #5 Park
East Arbutus Lake Road
Traverse City, Michigan  49696
United States
Presenter: John Chase
Contact: John Chase

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The Introduction to Kayaking (Level 1) skills course is a full-day program that will provide you with the skills, knowledge, and abilities to be safe and confident on the water. A boat with sealed bow and stern bulkheads is recommended to participate in capsize and rescue technique activities. Spray skirts will not be used during this class.

Some of the topics covered include:

  • Personal and group equipment, on and off water safety and etiquette.
  • Safe launching and landing.
  • Strokes to maneuver your boat forward, backward, stopping, turning, and sideways.
  • Bracing to avoid capsize.
  • Controlled capsize and wet exit.
  • Deep water exit and re-entry.
  • Solo and assisted rescue techniques

Cost: $79 per participant

Time: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Location: Arbutus Lake, 20 minutes SE of Traverse City, MI

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