Archive for the 'Skill Development' Category

Ten things you need in order to learn to roll a kayak

Monday, July 31st, 2017

  Unless you are in your teens or twenties, learning to roll is generally a time-consuming process, rather than a single lesson.  In order to be successful, there are several things you are likely going to need.  A kayak with thigh braces that fits you properly An understanding of how the mechanics of a roll […]

2017 Canoecopia Presentations

Tuesday, February 28th, 2017

I will be giving the following presentations at Canoecopia 2017 held at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, Wisconsin Friday through Sunday, March 10-12, 2017: Choosing Your First Kayak 5:30-6:15pm, Friday, March 10, 2017 9:30-10:15am, Saturday, March 11, 2017 Proper Care and Feeding of Your Boat/Board (Drop-in Clinic) 1-4pm, Saturday, March 11, 2017 Things I […]

Choosing a Kayak Paddle

Thursday, March 17th, 2016

Your paddle is arguably the most important piece of gear when it comes to the performance of your kayak, your endurance, your speed, and the enjoyment that you get out of paddling.  If you think of your body as the engine for your kayak, then the paddle is the propeller blade.  Serious power boaters can […]

All Hail, the Lowly Paddle Float!

Friday, March 27th, 2015

It seems that it is currently fashionable among some sea kayak instructors to bash the standard paddle float solo re-entry as a useless skill.  I am not of that camp, but even if you are, I urge you not to throw out your paddle float just yet.  There are numerous ways that a paddle float […]

SherriKayaks 2015 Schedule of Classes and Trips is Out!

Wednesday, February 4th, 2015

I have the preliminary 2015 schedule posted on the “Schedule” page of this website.  I am doing a few things differently this year, though.  In the past, due to a lack of clairvoyance on my part, I have always ended up cancelling several classes that didn’t get anyone interested in registering while not having enough […]

Ballast in your Boat

Tuesday, September 18th, 2012

It is not a new concept to suggest that ballast, fixed to the bottom keel-line of a kayak, can increase stability and performance.   I’ve watched several of my students and paddling companions in recent years reap the benefits of installing ballast in their own kayaks.  It seems to decrease the amount of “twitchiness” in the […]

Hang on to Your Kayak (End Toggles Part 3)

Monday, June 18th, 2012

I was conducting a private lesson recently on a relatively windy day.  The student was an intermediate level paddler working on improving rough water skills.  As part of the lesson, we practiced some assisted rescues.  As I was performing a rescue with my student in the water as the swimmer, I instructed him to keep […]

Enough Said?

Wednesday, March 14th, 2012

I can’t emphasize enough the extreme danger of paddling in cold water without wearing the proper clothing for immersion in that water.  COLD WATER KILLS!!!! Right now we are experiencing an unusually warm spell in mid March here in southeast Wisconsin.  The air temperature today is in the 70’s.  However, the water temperatures are still […]

Review of “Sea Kayak Rescue” DVD

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

I recently purchased the DVD, Sea Kayak Rescues by Leon Somme and Shawna Franklin.  Somme and Franklin, owners of Body, Boat, Blade, are both excellent kayakers and instructors and I expected a DVD on rescues from them to be a great addition to my video library.  Unfortunately, I was sadly disappointed when I watched the […]

USK Greenland Rolling DVD – Part 2

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

I just finished watching the second volume of the University of Sea Kayaking (USK) DVD set, “Greenland Rolling with Maligiaq & Dubside”.  It covers 21 of the 35 rolls/skills included in the 2011 Greenlandic National Kayaking Championships.  Most of what I had to say in reviewing the first volume of this 2-DVD set would also […]

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