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Level 2: Essentials of Kayak Touring Skills Course
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This is a Level 2: Essentials of Kayak Touring Skills Course with Instructor John Chase on the waterways around Traverse City, Michigan.

When: 6/28/2015
Where: Bowers Harbor
Traverse City, Michigan 
United States
Contact: John Chase

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The Essentials of Kayak Touring (Level 2) 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. This class extends and refines the skills explored in the Level 1 class. A boat with sealed bow and stern buklheads is required for this class. A spray skirt is recommended but not required.

Some of the topics covered include:

  • Improve efficiency of strokes to maneuver your boat forward, backward, stopping, turning, and sideways.
  • Using edging to improve maneuverability
  • Effective use of high and low bracing for support and to avoid capsize
  • Introduction of high and low brace turns and hanging draw
  • Controlled capsize and wet exit with a spray skirt 
  • Solo and assisted rescue techniques 

Cost: $79 per participant

Time: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Location: Bowers Harbor, Old Mission Peninsula, Traverse City, Michigan



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