As you gain experience, you will find that the distant horizon begins to pull at your heartstrings. Sea kayaks were made to go places, as were the people who paddle them. This course is the gateway to safe, exciting, long distance adventures.

Building upon the boat control, balance, and rescues that you've learned and practiced previously, you will continue to refine your skills on the open water and in bigger conditions. You will also be introduced to towing, intermediate and advanced navigation, advanced assisted and self rescues, and advanced paddle strokes and refinements. The day will conclude with a tour of the local area, on which you will have the opportunity to practice and apply the skills that you learned during the day.

Dates: TBD (group); Upon Request (private). 8 hours in length.

Location: Lake Superior, near Marquette, Michigan. The launching point will be determined by the weather and conditions on the day of the course.

Prerequisites: Prior kayak strokes and rescue training, including the ACA Level 3 Coastal Kayak Strokes and Rescue Skills Training, or equivalent.

Requirements: Personal Floatation Device, Paddle, Sea Kayak with front and rear floatation, Sprayskirt, Standard Safety Gear (paddle float, bilge pump, spare paddle, whistle), Clothing appropriate for immersion.

Cost: $90 (group lesson); $220 (private lesson for 1-2 participants).

Sample ACA Course Outline (may be modified to better meet your personal needs)

To sign up for a course or to schedule private instruction, please contact me at jeremy@theartofpaddling.com or call 906.451.4539.

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