Events downtown

Jan 15

Indoor Pool Sea kayak Rescue Clinic
Location: 1600 Forest Ave, Portland, Maine 04103, US
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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Getting back into a kayak after a capsize might be more difficult than you expect — especially if you’ve never learned how to do it. That’s why it’s so important to learn some techniques that enable you to rescue yourself and fellow paddlers if someone accidentally flips over. Hypothermia sets in quickly on the Maine coast, and even in ideal conditions re-entering a kayak from the water takes skill, experience and, in some cases, special equipment.

This course will give you a chance to learn and practice some of the most tried and true kayak rescues in the warm waters of the pool. Your instructor will do their best to customize the course to meet with each student’s goals and interests. You will be in and out of the water throughout the session, so plan to get wet!

Portland Paddle (and most sea kayaking outfitters in North America) will require you to have the skills taught in this course before letting you rent a sea kayak for use on open coastal waters.

How to perform an assisted capsize recovery, including a “T-Rescue”

How to perform a solo capsize recovery

Alternative methods of re-entering a capsized kayak

Other crucial considerations for dealing with capsizes (hypothermia, group management, equipment failures, etc.)

Kayak and other paddling equipment (you are also welcome to bring your own)

Cost for this class includes: Pool rental, boats, equipment, ACA- certified instructors and an on duty lifeguard.