Introduction to Kayak Touring - Level 1

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$135 for REI Members

$155 for non-members

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  • Fitness level 2 Easy Active
  • Minimum age 14
  • Group size 4 people
  • Instructor REI Guide

This course is designed for those who want to learn more about kayak touring. Students will learn about proper kayak and gear selection and the essential paddle strokes needed to control your kayak on longer trips and on larger bodies of water, bracing to help prevent capsizes and build your confidence. Lastly, you'll learn how to safely exit a capsized kayak and re-enter it on the water using a paddle float, and how to T-rescue another capsized kayaker. These skills will become the foundation of your kayaking career, and will enable you to begin to explore new venues safely and responsibly. Kayaking is a wet sport. Instruction includes wet exits and in-water rescues.

  • Learn to maneuver your kayak in moderate conditions
  • Learn to complete a wet exit while wearing a sprayskirt
  • Learn assisted and self-rescue techniques

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This venue is located in WEST LINN, Oregon. Please meet REI Guides near the grassy field next to restroom and single-vehicle parking lot off of Volpp Street.