Paddling Daily Plan
The day starts with introductory games to create a foundation for the group to build upon. When we arrive at our first paddling area we cover required safety equipment and hand signals used on the water. Then it is important to review the basic parts of a kayak and canoe as well as basic paddling technique. After the basics are covered we will enjoy the day practicing those skill on the water, rotating between canoe and kayak.
At the end of each day the youth will assist in tying the vessels down so they understand how to safely secure and transport them. This will teach them the bowline knot, trucker's hitch, and half hitch.
Today we dive further into canoe and kayak identification and provide more advanced paddle stroke techniques. We perform on land instruction and practice to then move to on water skills improvement.
We have a quick review in the morning followed by on the water rescue talk. We practice throw bag tosses and move onto the water to demonstrate and conduct T-rescues followed by continuing on water practice.
Each participant has the option to enter the water to practice the rescue skills. This is a great way for them to build in water safety and confidence. They will learn how to communicate to someone in need and position themselves and others for safe rescue.
With our skills advancing we will spend the morning paddling and the afternoon learning about whitewater. We will cover whitewater safety and considerations with lessons in how to identify various features of whitewater.
Today we introduce your youth to class whitewater. Grades 4-5 will not surpass Class I rapids and grades 6-12 will possibly perform, in waters up to Class II, depending on water levels. Today will teach your youth how to be reactive and dynamic in the water. They will also learn the importance of communication with their partner in the canoe as well as fellow kayakers around them.