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“Next Steps” Courses

After taking an Introduction to Sea Kayaking class, you’ll want to continue your skills development with “Next Steps” programs.  Each course is another step in advancing towards becoming a more accomplished kayaker and focuses on a specific skill set within the larger sport of kayaking.  The numbering of the “Steps” is just a suggested order in which the classes can be taken, but you are not required to take them in this order.  Not everyone will have a need to take all of these classes.  You can pick and choose the topics that are most useful to you.  Most on-water courses are 3 hours in length. 

Kayaks and equipment are not provided for these classes since it is assumed that the students most interested in these programs would already have their own boats.  If for any reason you do not have a boat that you can use for the classes, kayaks and gear are available to rent for a small additional fee – usually $20 or less.

At the start of the season, the schedule will seem to show that there are almost limitless opportunities to take all of the “Next Step” classes.  This is not actually the case.  On any given date and time, only one of these classes can be taught since Sherri is the instructor for all the “Next Step” classes.  Therefore, the first person who registers for a given class at a specific date/time determines the class that will be taught at that time.  That date and time will then be removed from the schedules of other “Next Step” classes.  This gives students who plan ahead the greatest amount of choice in possible dates and times for taking a class.   As the season progresses, the schedule of the particular course you want to take may begin to shrink as students register for other courses being offered at the same time.

To register, you will need to contact Sherri by email or by phone at 262-895-2008.  You can find more information on the Registration Information page of this site.

Step 1 – Forward Stroke Clinic

There is a huge payoff for improving the stroke that you use 99% of the time.  Regardless of your reasons for kayaking, good forward stroke technique allows you to paddle farther, faster, and with less risk of injury.  In this class you will focus exclusively on increasing the efficiency of your forward stroke, something even the most experienced paddlers can always stand to work on.  Your instructor will use video analysis of your stroke to assist you make beneficial changes to your technique.  This class does is not designed for paddlers using Greenland-style paddles and technique.

Wing Paddles:  For students interested in learning about wing paddles, you may request to use a wing paddle for this class at no additional fee.  A wing paddle greatly improves the efficiency of the forward stroke, but can be awkward to use, at first.  The general skills and information are the same whether you are paddling with a wing or a more conventional Euro-blade paddle, however, the emphasis is on using a high-angle/power stroke which is more easily performed in narrower sea kayaks and racing kayaks.

Skills and Information Covered in this Course:

  • Low-angle (touring) forward stroke
  • High-angle (power) forward stroke
  • Using core muscles to increase power, stamina, and speed
  • Techniques to increase efficiency by reducing wasted energy
  • Proper hand position and relaxed grip
  • Shoulder safety
  • Directional control in wind

Fees:   $65 (does not include kayak)

Registration Information

Schedule:

Saturday, May 19, 2018 1-4pm Wind Lake, Racine County
Saturday, May 26, 2018 9am-12pm Wind Lake, Racine County
Monday, May 28, 2018 10am-1pm Wind Lake, Racine County
Friday, June 1, 2018 4-7pm Wind Lake, Racine County
Thursday, June 7, 2018 5-8pm Wind Lake, Racine County
Saturday, June 9, 2018 2-5pm Wind Lake, Racine County
Tuesday, June 12, 2018 5-8pm Wind Lake, Racine County
Thursday, June 14, 2018 5-8pm Lake Michigan, Milwaukee
Thursday, June 21, 2018 5-8pm Wind Lake, Racine County
Sunday, June 24, 2018 3-6pm Wind Lake, Racine County
Saturday, June 30, 2018 3-6pm Wind Lake, Racine County
Tuesday, July 10, 2018 5-8pm Lake Michigan, Milwaukee
Thursday, July 19, 2018 5-8pm Wind Lake, Racine County
Saturday, July 21, 2018 1:30-4:30pm Lower Nemahbin Lake
Tuesday, July 24, 2018 5-8pm Wind Lake, Racine County
Sunday, July 29, 2018 3-6pm Wind Lake, Racine County
Tuesday, August 7, 2018 5-8pm Wind Lake, Racine County
Thursday, August 16, 2018 4:30-7:30pm Wind Lake, Racine County
Sunday, August 19, 2018 2-5pm Lower Nemahbin Lake
Sunday, August 26, 2018 3-6pm Wind Lake, Racine County
Tuesday, August 28, 2018 4-7pm Lake Michigan, Milwaukee
Saturday, Sept. 1, 2018 10am-1pm Wind Lake, Racine County
Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018 11am-2pm Lake Michigan, Milwaukee

Step 2 – Better Boat Control (Levels 1 & 2)

The number of years you have been paddling does not, in and of itself, make you a skilled or experienced kayaker.  It takes instruction and practice.  Being able to make your boat “dance” in the waves is the hallmark of a skilled paddler.  Learn to comfortably paddle your kayak on edge, perform strokes efficiently, and link strokes together fluidly.  Refine your boat control to increase your confidence in wind and improve your overall safety as you master the skills that separate the beginner from the truly experienced kayaker.  In this class we focus on concepts such as balance, edging, rotation, blade angle, use of reverse strokes, and leverage along with proper boat fit.  Actual class content will be influenced by the skill level and goals of the students attending each class.  Level 2 classes being held on Lake Michigan may also include working on boat control in conditions.

If you still struggle with balance in your sea kayak, or have had difficulty learning bracing skills, you may want to request the use of a Paddling Partner kayak ballast system while taking this class.  Ballast can be a great tool to reduce some of the apprehension that can interfere with a student’s ability to learn bracing and edging skills.  Contact Sherri at 262-895-2008 or email for more information.

Skills and Information Covered in this Course:

  • Review of basic strokes (forward, reverse, sweeps)
  • Torso rotation
  • Controlling paddle blade angles
  • Edging a kayak
  • Balance
  • Leverage
  • Sculling draws and bracing
  • Hanging draw
  • Bow and stern rudder strokes
  • Low brace turn
  • High and low braces

Fees:   $65 (does not include kayak)

Registration Information

Level 1 Schedule:

 Saturday, May 19, 2018   1-4pm Wind Lake, Racine County
 Saturday, May 26, 2018   9am-12pm Wind Lake, Racine County 
Monday, May 28, 2018 10am-1pm Wind Lake, Racine County  
Friday, June 1, 2018 4-7pm Wind Lake, Racine County  
Thursday, June 7, 2018 5-8pm Wind Lake, Racine County  
Saturday, June 9, 2018 2-5pm Wind Lake, Racine County  
Tuesday, June 12, 2018 5-8pm  Wind Lake, Racine County 
Thursday, June 14, 2018 5-8pm  Wind Lake, Racine County 
Thursday, June 21, 2018 5-8pm Wind Lake, Racine County  
Sunday, June 24, 2018 3-6pm Wind Lake, Racine County  
Saturday, June 30, 2018 3-6pm Wind Lake, Racine County
Tuesday, July 10, 2018 5-8pm Wind Lake, Racine County
Thursday, July 19, 2018 5-8pm Wind Lake, Racine County
Saturday, July 21, 2018 1:30-4:30pm Lower Nemahbin Lake
Tuesday, July 24, 2018 5-8pm Wind Lake, Racine County
Sunday, July 29, 2018 3-6pm Wind Lake, Racine County
Tuesday, August 7, 2018 5-8pm Wind Lake, Racine County
Thursday, August 16, 2018 4:30-7:30pm Wind Lake, Racine County
Sunday, August 19, 2018 2-5pm Lower Nemahbin Lake
Sunday, August 26, 2018 3-6pm Wind Lake, Racine County
Tuesday, August 28, 2018 4-7pm Wind Lake, Racine County
Saturday, Sept. 1, 2018 10am-1pm Wind Lake, Racine County
Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018 11am-2pm Lake Michigan, Milwaukee

Fees:   $65 (does not include kayak)

Registration Information

Better Boat Control – Level 2 Schedule:

Saturday, May 19, 2018 1-4pm Wind Lake, Racine County
Saturday, May 26, 2018 9am-12pm Wind Lake, Racine County
Monday, May 28, 2018 10am-1pm Wind Lake, Racine County
Friday, June 1, 2018 4-7pm Wind Lake, Racine County
Thursday, June 7, 2018 5-8pm Wind Lake, Racine County
Saturday, June 9, 2018 2-5pm Wind Lake, Racine County
Tuesday, June 12, 2018 5-8pm Wind Lake, Racine County
Thursday, June 14, 2018 5-8pm Lake Michigan, Milwaukee
Thursday, June 21, 2018 5-8pm Lake Michigan, Milwaukee
Sunday, June 24, 2018 3-6pm Lake Michigan, Milwaukee
Saturday, June 30, 2018 3-6pm Lake Michigan, Milwaukee
Tuesday, July 10, 2018 5-8pm Lake Michigan, Milwaukee
Thursday, July 19, 2018 5-8pm Lake Michigan, Milwaukee
Saturday, July 21, 2018 1:30-4:30pm Lower Nemahbin Lake
Tuesday, July 24, 2018 5-8pm Wind Lake, Racine County
Sunday, July 29, 2018 3-6pm Wind Lake, Racine County
Tuesday, August 7, 2018 5-8pm Wind Lake, Racine County
Thursday, August 16, 2018 4:30-7:30pm Lake Michigan, Milwaukee
Sunday, August 19, 2018 2-5pm Lower Nemahbin Lake
Sunday, August 26, 2018 3-6pm Wind Lake, Racine County
Tuesday, August 28, 2018 4-7pm Lake Michigan, Milwaukee
Saturday, Sept. 1, 2018 10am-1pm Lake Michigan, Milwaukee
Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018 11am-2pm Lake Michigan, Milwaukee

Step 3: Safety & Rescues 1, 2, & 3

You wouldn’t want to feel helpless as a friend struggles unsuccessfully to recover from a capsize.  What would you do if a fellow paddler is falling behind unable to keep up with the group as a storm is approaching?  What would you do if YOU are unable to re-enter your kayak with no one in sight to help?  Whether you paddle alone or in a group, each paddler is responsible for his/her own safety, so you want to be proactive in reducing risk and knowing what to do if problems arise.  You may have learned a paddle float rescue and an assisted rescue, but what will you do if those rescues don’t work in a particular situation.  Having a full “bag of tricks” can keep an inconvenient capsize from becoming a full-blown emergency.  Required equipment – 14′ or longer sea kayak with bow and stern bulkheads for flotation.

Level 1 is a must for everyone who paddles a sea kayak in any conditions.  You will improve your solo and assisted rescue skills and learn what safety equipment you should be carrying.  The class is held on an inland lake with warmer water conditions so that you will be able to spend more time in the water as you work on your rescue and re-entry skills.

Skills and Information Covered in Level 1 Course:

  • Introduction to safety and rescue equipment
  • Outfitting your kayak for safety
  • Assisted “T” rescues using variations on the re-entry technique
  • Heel hook
  • Using a stirrup
  • Paddle float solo recovery

Fees:   $65 (does not include kayak)

Registration Information

Safety & Rescues – Level 1 Schedule:

 Saturday, May 19, 2018   1-4pm Wind Lake, Racine County
 Saturday, May 26, 2018   9am-12pm Wind Lake, Racine County 
Monday, May 28, 2018 10am-1pm Wind Lake, Racine County  
Friday, June 1, 2018 4-7pm Wind Lake, Racine County  
Thursday, June 7, 2018 5-8pm Wind Lake, Racine County  
Saturday, June 9, 2018 2-5pm Wind Lake, Racine County  
Tuesday, June 12, 2018 5-8pm  Wind Lake, Racine County 
Thursday, June 14, 2018 5-8pm  Wind Lake, Racine County 
Thursday, June 21, 2018 5-8pm Wind Lake, Racine County  
Sunday, June 24, 2018 3-6pm Wind Lake, Racine County  
Saturday, June 30, 2018 3-6pm Wind Lake, Racine County
Tuesday, July 10, 2018 5-8pm Wind Lake, Racine County
Thursday, July 19, 2018 5-8pm Wind Lake, Racine County
Saturday, July 21, 2018 1:30-4:30pm Lower Nemahbin Lake
Tuesday, July 24, 2018 5-8pm Wind Lake, Racine County
Sunday, July 29, 2018 3-6pm Wind Lake, Racine County
Tuesday, August 7, 2018 5-8pm Wind Lake, Racine County
Thursday, August 16, 2018 4:30-7:30pm Wind Lake, Racine County
Sunday, August 19, 2018 2-5pm Lower Nemahbin Lake
Sunday, August 26, 2018 3-6pm Wind Lake, Racine County
Tuesday, August 28, 2018 4-7pm Lake Michigan, Milwaukee
Saturday, Sept. 1, 2018 10am-1pm Wind Lake, Racine County
Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018 11am-2pm Lake Michigan, Milwaukee

Level 2 has a strong emphasis on towing and solo rescues along with doing rescues in more challenging conditions.

Skills and Information Covered in Level 2:

  • Dressing for cold water immersion
  • Towing (with and without tow lines)
  • Rescues in wind, waves, and cold water

Fees:   $65 (does not include kayak)

Registration Information

Safety & Rescues – Level 2 Schedule:

Friday, June 1, 2018 4-7pm Lake Michigan, Milwaukee 
Thursday, June 7, 2018 5-8pm Lake Michigan, Milwaukee
Thursday, June 14, 2018 5-8pm Lake Michigan, Milwaukee
Thursday, June 21, 2018 5-8pm Lake Michigan, Milwaukee
Sunday, June 24, 2018 3-6pm Lake Michigan, Milwaukee
Saturday, June 30, 2018 3-6pm Lake Michigan, Milwaukee
Tuesday, July 10, 2018 5-8pm Lake Michigan, Milwaukee
Thursday, July 19, 2018 5-8pm Lake Michigan, Milwaukee
Thursday, August 16, 2018 4:30-7:30pm Lake Michigan, Milwaukee
Tuesday, August 28, 2018 4-7pm Lake Michigan, Milwaukee
Saturday, Sept. 1, 2018 10am-1pm Lake Michigan, Milwaukee
Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018 11am-2pm Lake Michigan, Milwaukee

Level 3 covers more advanced rescue skills along with rescue situations that are rarely covered in most classes such as rescuing a tandem kayak or a kayak without bulkheads.  Level 1 Safety & Rescues or comparable experience is a prerequisite for taking Level 3.

Skills and Information Covered in Level 3:

  • Scoop rescue
  • Bow rescue
  • Bow roll rescue
  • “All In” rescue
  • “Hand of God” rescue for incapacitated paddlers
  • Rescuing tandem kayaks
  • Rescuing kayaks without bulkheads

Fees:   $65 (does not include kayak)

Registration Information

Advanced Rescues – Level 3 Schedule:

 Saturday, May 19, 2018   1-4pm Wind Lake, Racine County
 Saturday, May 26, 2018   9am-12pm Wind Lake, Racine County 
Monday, May 28, 2018 10am-1pm Wind Lake, Racine County  
Friday, June 1, 2018 4-7pm Wind Lake, Racine County  
Thursday, June 7, 2018 5-8pm Wind Lake, Racine County  
Saturday, June 9, 2018 2-5pm Wind Lake, Racine County  
Tuesday, June 12, 2018 5-8pm  Wind Lake, Racine County 
Thursday, June 14, 2018 5-8pm  Wind Lake, Racine County 
Thursday, June 21, 2018 5-8pm Wind Lake, Racine County  
Sunday, June 24, 2018 3-6pm Wind Lake, Racine County  
Saturday, June 30, 2018 3-6pm Wind Lake, Racine County
Tuesday, July 10, 2018 5-8pm Wind Lake, Racine County
Thursday, July 19, 2018 5-8pm Wind Lake, Racine County
Tuesday, July 24, 2018 5-8pm Wind Lake, Racine County
Sunday, July 29, 2018 3-6pm Wind Lake, Racine County
Tuesday, August 7, 2018 5-8pm Wind Lake, Racine County
Thursday, August 16, 2018 4:30-7:30pm Wind Lake, Racine County
Sunday, August 19, 2018 2-5pm Lower Nemahbin Lake
Sunday, August 26, 2018 3-6pm Wind Lake, Racine County
Saturday, Sept. 1, 2018 10am-1pm Wind Lake, Racine County

Step 4: Bracing

Paddling in more challenging conditions with stronger winds and larger waves increases the risk of capsize.  Crossing over eddy lines in current can leave you feeling unstable.  The skill set needed for handling these situations includes knowing how to use braces.  There are many different bracing strokes that are used in a variety of conditions.  You will use an easy 3-step progression to assist you in learning and practicing your bracing skills without the fear of capsize.

Skills and Information Covered in this Course:

  • High and low slapping braces
  • High and low sweeping braces
  • High and low sculling braces
  • Extended paddle bracing position
  • Bracing in waves
  • Low brace turn
  • Edging a kayak

Fees:   $65 (does not include kayak)

Registration Information

Bracing Schedule:

 Saturday, May 19, 2018   1-4pm Wind Lake, Racine County
 Saturday, May 26, 2018   9am-12pm Wind Lake, Racine County 
Monday, May 28, 2018 10am-1pm Wind Lake, Racine County  
Friday, June 1, 2018 4-7pm Wind Lake, Racine County  
Thursday, June 7, 2018 5-8pm Wind Lake, Racine County  
Saturday, June 9, 2018 2-5pm Wind Lake, Racine County  
Tuesday, June 12, 2018 5-8pm  Wind Lake, Racine County 
Thursday, June 14, 2018 5-8pm  Wind Lake, Racine County 
Thursday, June 21, 2018 5-8pm Wind Lake, Racine County  
Sunday, June 24, 2018 3-6pm Wind Lake, Racine County
Saturday, June 30, 2018 3-6pm Wind Lake, Racine County
Tuesday, July 10, 2018 5-8pm Lake Michigan, Milwaukee
Thursday, July 19, 2018 5-8pm Wind Lake, Racine County
Saturday, July 21, 2018 1:30-4:30pm Lower Nemahbin Lake
Tuesday, July 24, 2018 5-8pm Wind Lake, Racine County
Sunday, July 29, 2018 3-6pm Wind Lake, Racine County
Tuesday, August 7, 2018 5-8pm Wind Lake, Racine County
Thursday, August 16, 2018 4:30-7:30pm Lake Michigan, Milwaukee
Sunday, August 19, 2018 2-5pm Lower Nemahbin Lake
Sunday, August 26, 2018 3-6pm Wind Lake, Racine County
Tuesday, August 28, 2018 4-7pm Lake Michigan, Milwaukee
Saturday, Sept. 1, 2018 10am-1pm Lake Michigan, Milwaukee
Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018 11am-2pm Lake Michigan, Milwaukee

Step 5: Rolling

The fastest and safest method of self-rescue following a capsize is a roll, and the process of learning to roll yields many side benefits besides quick self-rescue.  Your boat control will improve along with confidence in your bracing skills.  Rolling is relatively easy to perform once mastered, but can be daunting to learn.  Whether you have never tried rolling or have previously learned a roll that currently needs help, you are encouraged to contact Sherri and discuss your goals. You can sign up for just one class at a time.  If you are trying to learn a roll, you will likely want to take advantage of a discount by registering for 3 sessions right away.

Fees: 

  • $50/class (does not include equipment)
  • $130 if you sign up for 3 sessions

Registration Information

Rolling Schedule:

Saturday, May 26, 2018 10am-12pm Wind Lake, Racine County
Monday, May 28, 2018 11am-1pm Wind Lake, Racine County
Friday, June 1, 2018 5-7pm Wind Lake, Racine County
Thursday, June 7, 2018 5-7pm Wind Lake, Racine County
Saturday, June 9, 2018 2-4pm Wind Lake, Racine County
Tuesday, June 12, 2018 5-7pm Wind Lake, Racine County
Thursday, June 14, 2018 5-7pm Wind Lake, Racine County
Thursday, June 21, 2018 5-7pm Wind Lake, Racine County
Sunday, June 24, 2018 3-5pm Wind Lake, Racine County
Saturday, June 30, 2018 3-5pm Wind Lake, Racine County
Tuesday, July 10, 2018 5-7pm Wind Lake, Racine County
Thursday, July 19, 2018 5-7pm Wind Lake, Racine County
Saturday, July 21, 2018 1:30-3:30pm Lower nemahbin Lake
Tuesday, July 24, 2018 5-7pm Wind Lake, Racine County
Sunday, July 29, 2018 3-5pm Wind Lake, Racine County
Tuesday, August 7, 2018 5-7pm Wind Lake, Racine County
Thursday, August 16, 2018 5-7pm Wind Lake, Racine County
Sunday, August 19, 2018 2-4pm Lower Nemahbin Lake
Sunday, August 26, 2018 3-5pm Wind Lake, Racine County
Tuesday, August 28, 2018 5-7pm Wind Lake, Racine County
Saturday, Sept. 1, 2018 10am-12pm Wind Lake, Racine County
Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018 11am-1pm Wind Lake, Racine County

Step 5B: Greenland Rolling and Bracing

Greenland-style kayaking is a more traditional form of paddling using skinny wooden paddles and lower volume kayaks.  These unique paddles excel in performing graceful, low-impact rolls and braces.  Students should be providing their own equipment for this class, but a few Greenland paddles are available to use by prior arrangement.  It is not necessary to have a traditional skin-on-frame or low-volume Greenland-style kayak.  Skills covered in this class will vary based on the experience and goals of the students, but may include any of the following:

  • Balance/static brace
  • Sculling high brace/side sculling (Innaqatsineq)
  • Extended paddle sweep roll (Kinngulffik paarlallugu nerfallaallugu)
  • Butterfly roll (Pakkalussatut)
  • Shotgun roll (Paatip Kallua tuermillugu illuinnarmik)
  • Norsaq roll (Norsamik nerfallaallugu)

Fees:

  • $50/class (does not include equipment)
  • $130 if you sign up for 3 sessions

Registration Information

Schedule:

Saturday, May 26, 2018 10am-12pm Wind Lake, Racine County
Monday, May 28, 2018 11am-1pm Wind Lake, Racine County
Friday, June 1, 2018 5-7pm Wind Lake, Racine County
Thursday, June 7, 2018 5-7pm Wind Lake, Racine County
Saturday, June 9, 2018 2-4pm Wind Lake, Racine County
Tuesday, June 12, 2018 5-7pm Wind Lake, Racine County
Thursday, June 14, 2018 5-7pm Wind Lake, Racine County
Thursday, June 21, 2018 5-7pm Wind Lake, Racine County
Sunday, June 24, 2018 3-5pm Wind Lake, Racine County
Saturday, June 30, 2018 3-5pm Wind Lake, Racine County
Tuesday, July 10, 2018 5-7pm Wind Lake, Racine County
Thursday, July 19, 2018 5-7pm Wind Lake, Racine County
Saturday, July 21, 2018 1:30-3:30 Lower Nemahbin Lake
Tuesday, July 24, 2018 5-7pm Wind Lake, Racine County
Sunday, July 29, 2018 3-5pm Wind Lake, Racine County
Tuesday, August 7, 2018 5-7pm Wind Lake, Racine County
Thursday, August 7, 2018 5-7pm Wind Lake, Racine County
Sunday, August 19, 2018 2-4pm Lower Nemahbin Lake
Sunday, August 26, 2018 3-5pm Wind Lake, Racine County
Tuesday, August 28, 2018 5-7pm Wind Lake, Racine County
Saturday, Sept. 1, 2018 10am-12pm Wind Lake, Racine County
Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018 11am-1pm Wind Lake, Racine County

Step 6: Navigation (Classroom & On-water)

Navigation is important for taking longer trips in unfamiliar waters, but it is also a critical skill on a local day trip when fog rolls in or visibility is obscured by rain or snow.

Navigation Classroom: The 2-hour classroom session provides paddlers with the knowledge and skills for pre-trip planning and an understanding of on-water navigation concepts including reading and preparing charts for easier use on the water.  Even if you use GPS and digital charts, you still must have an understanding of the information your GPS device is providing.  It is recommended that you take this course before taking the 3-hour on-water navigation course.

Fees:   $30 (includes all classroom materials)

Navigation  Classroom Schedule:

Saturday, May 19, 2018 1-3pm Wind Lake, Racine County
Saturday, May 26, 2018 10am-12pm Wind Lake, Racine County
Monday, May 28, 2018 10am-12pm Wind Lake, Racine County
Friday, June 1, 2018 5-7pm Wind Lake, Racine County
Thursday, June 7, 2018 6-8pm Wind Lake, Racine County
Saturday, June 9, 2018 2-4pm Wind Lake, Racine County
Tuesday, June 12, 2018 6-8pm Wind Lake, Racine County
Thursday, June 14, 2018 6-8pm Wind Lake, Racine County
Thursday, June 21, 2018 6-8pm Wind Lake, Racine County
Sunday, June 24, 2018 3-5pm Wind Lake, Racine County
Saturday, June 30, 2018 3-5pm Wind Lake, Racine County
Tuesday, July 10, 2018 6-8pm Wind Lake, Racine County
Thursday, July 19, 2018 6-8pm Wind Lake, Racine County
Tuesday, July 24, 2018 6-8pm Wind Lake, Racine County
Sunday, July 29, 2018 3-5pm Wind Lake, Racine County
Tuesday, August 7, 2018 6-8pm Wind Lake, Racine County
Thursday, August 16, 2018 5-7pm Wind Lake, Racine County
Sunday, August 26, 2018 3-5pm Wind Lake, Racine County
Tuesday, August 28, 2018 5-7pm Wind Lake, Racine County

Navigation On-water:  The 3-hour on-water navigation course meets on Lake Michigan focusing on practical navigation skills.  Students need to provide their own equipment including a properly outfitted sea kayak with deck-mounted compass and clothing/gear appropriate for paddling on water temper temperatures that may be below 70°F.  Students should be comfortable paddling in moderate wind and waves.

Fees:   $65 (does not include kayak)

Registration Information

Schedule:

Saturday, May 19, 2018 1-4pm Lake Michigan, Milwaukee 
Friday, June 1, 2018 4-7pm Lake Michigan, Milwaukee 
Thursday, June 7, 2018 5-8pm Lake Michigan, Milwaukee
Thursday, June 14, 2018 5-8pm Lake Michigan, Milwaukee
Thursday, June 21, 2018 5-8pm Lake Michigan, Milwaukee
Sunday, June 24, 2018 3-6pm Lake Michigan, Milwaukee
Saturday, June 30, 2018 3-6pm Lake Michigan, Milwaukee
Tuesday, July 10, 2018 5-8pm Lake Michigan, Milwaukee
Thursday, July 19, 2018 5-8pm Lake Michigan, Milwaukee
Thursday, August 16, 2018 4:30-7:30pm Lake Michigan, Milwaukee 
Tuesday, August 28, 2018 4-7pm Lake Michigan, Milwaukee 
Saturday, Sept. 1, 2018 10am-1pm Lake Michigan, Milwaukee 
Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018 11am-2pm Lake Michigan, Milwaukee 

Step 7: Open Water Skills

The Great Lakes are a sea kayaking paradise, but they are really inland seas that require special equipment and a greater level of skill and knowledge to paddle safely.  Weather and waves on large bodies of open water can be unpredictable and conditions can get rough.  This class covers the skills, equipment, and judgment needed to paddle in more challenging conditions.  Students should be comfortable  in moderate wind and waves.  Required equipment: 14′ or longer sea/touring kayak with front and rear bulkheads and paddle clothing suitable for immersion in water less than 70°F.

Skills and Information Covered in this Course:

  • Review of basic strokes in conditions
  • Paddling in waves
  • Using a VHF radio
  • Nautical “rules of the road”
  • Evaluating conditions and hazards
  • Group organization for safe paddling
  • Towing
  • Essential and recommended safety gear
  • Stowing gear for ready on-water access

Fees:   $65 (does not include kayak)

Registration Information

Schedule:

Saturday, May 19, 2018 1-4pm Lake Michigan, Milwaukee 
Friday, June 1, 2018 4-7pm Lake Michigan, Milwaukee 
Thursday, June 7, 2018 5-8pm Lake Michigan, Milwaukee
Thursday, June 14, 2018 5-8pm Lake Michigan, Milwaukee
Thursday, June 21, 2018 5-8pm Lake Michigan, Milwaukee
Sunday, June 24, 2018 3-6pm Lake Michigan, Milwaukee
Saturday, June 30, 2018 3-6pm Lake Michigan, Milwaukee
Tuesday, July 10, 2018 5-8pm Lake Michigan, Milwaukee
Thursday, July 19, 2018 5-8pm Lake Michigan, Milwaukee
Thursday, August 16, 2018 4:30-7:30pm Lake Michigan, Milwaukee
Tuesday, August 28, 2018 4-7pm Lake Michigan, Milwaukee
Saturday, Sept. 1, 2018 10am-1pm Lake Michigan, Milwaukee
Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018 11am-2pm Lake Michigan, Milwaukee

Step 8: Surf & Waves (Classroom & On-water)

If you sea kayak on larger bodies of open water, sooner or later you will need to launch or land through breaking waves.

Understanding Surf & Waves (Classroom):  This 2-hour course focuses on understanding the formation and effects of different kinds of waves.  Students will discuss strategies for paddling in rough water environments and etiquette for kayak surfing.  Information covered in this class includes:

  • Concepts of wave formation
  • Types of waves
  • Dynamics of the surf zone
  • Individual and group strategies for launching and landing in surf
  • Surfing etiquette

This course is strongly recommended for those taking the on-water Paddling in Surf & Waves course.

Fees:   $25

Registration Information

Understanding Surf & Waves Classroom Schedule:

Saturday, May 19, 2018 1-3pm Wind Lake, Racine County
Saturday, May 26, 2018 10am-12pm Wind Lake, Racine County
Monday, May 28, 2018 10am-12pm Wind Lake, Racine County
Friday, June 1, 2018 5-7pm Wind Lake, Racine County
Thursday, June 7, 2018 6-8pm Wind Lake, Racine County
Saturday, June 9, 2018 2-4pm Wind Lake, Racine County
Tuesday, June 12, 2018 6-8pm Wind Lake, Racine County
Thursday, June 14, 2018 6-8pm Wind Lake, Racine County
Thursday, June 21, 2018 6-8pm Wind Lake, Racine County
Sunday, June 24, 2018 3-5pm Wind Lake, Racine County
Saturday, June 30, 2018 3-5pm Wind Lake, Racine County
Tuesday, July 10, 2018 6-8pm Wind Lake, Racine County
Thursday, July 19, 2018 6-8pm Wind Lake, Racine County
Tuesday, July 24, 2018 6-8pm Wind Lake, Racine County
Sunday, July 29, 2018 3-5pm Wind Lake, Racine County
Tuesday, August 7, 2018 6-8pm Wind Lake, Racine County
Thursday, August 16, 2018 5-7pm Wind Lake, Racine County
Sunday, August 26, 2018 3-5pm Wind Lake, Racine County
Tuesday, August 28, 2018 5-7pm Wind Lake, Racine County

Paddling in Surf & Waves meets on Lake Michigan.  You will learn about skills and strategies to negotiate the surf zone safely and in control.  Because the presence of surf is dependent on wind conditions, perfect waves cannot be guaranteed, but we can often find areas of rebounding waves next to the many breakwalls in the Milwaukee harbor.  You will also be able to learn the skill of side surfing without surf.  Required equipment: 14′ or longer sea/touring kayak with front and rear bulkheads for flotation, and clothing suitable for immersion.  A helmet is strongly recommended.  If you do not have a helmet, please contact Sherri prior to class.

Skills and Information Covered in this Course:

  • Edging a kayak in waves
  • Low bracing
  • Reading wave patterns
  • Side surfing (bongo slide)
  • Swimming a kayak through surf
  • Strategies to catch waves and/or to avoid surfing

Fees:   $65 (does not include kayak)

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Paddling Surf & Waves (on-water) Schedule:

Saturday, May 19, 2018 1-4pm Lake Michigan, Milwaukee 
Friday, June 1, 2018 4-7pm Lake Michigan, Milwaukee 
Thursday, June 7, 2018 5-8pm Lake Michigan, Milwaukee
Thursday, June 14, 2018 5-8pm Lake Michigan, Milwaukee
Thursday, June 21, 2018 5-8pm Lake Michigan, Milwaukee
Sunday, June 24, 2018 3-6pm Lake Michigan, Milwaukee
Saturday, June 30, 2018 3-6pm Lake Michigan, Milwaukee
Tuesday, July 10, 2018 5-8pm Lake Michigan, Milwaukee
Thursday, July 19, 2018 5-8pm Lake Michigan, Milwaukee
Thursday, August 16, 2018 4:30-7:30pm Lake Michigan, Milwaukee
Tuesday, August 28, 2018 4-7pm Lake Michigan, Milwaukee
Saturday, Sept. 1, 2018 10am-1pm Lake Michigan, Milwaukee
Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018 11am-2pm Lake Michigan, Milwaukee

American Canoe Association Skills Assessment

Coastal Kayak: Levels 1-4

Fees:  $160

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Private Lessons

If you don’t see a course that meets your needs or fits your schedule, consider scheduling private instruction.  You’ll get lots of personal attention and can focus on just those skills where you need the most instruction.  In most cases, you should plan to schedule at least a 2-hour lesson in order to have sufficient time to cover the skills and information that is most important to you.  Rates for private lessons do not include the use of kayaks and equipment.  However, if you do not have your own boat and gear, they can be rented from SherriKayaks for a small fee depending on the length of the lesson. 

Rates:   1 person – $60/hour    2 people – $40/hour (each person)

For groups of 3 or more:  2 hours – $50/person    2.5 hours – $58/person    3 hours – $65/person

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Mentoring Program

This program is designed for paddlers who have taken some basic instruction, have their own boat and equipment, and want to become a more knowledgeable and skilled paddler, but are unsure of the best way to accomplish that objective on their own.  You may have a desire to master a particular skill or set of skills, take a special trip, or to achieve a certain level of certification as a paddler or instructor.  The Mentor Program can help you clarify your goals and put you solidly on the path to reaching those goals.

Upon entering the Mentor Program, you will be asked to fill out a questionnaire that will ask you about your experience and aspirations.  From there, Sherri will schedule a 3-hour private lesson where you will undergo an informal skills assessment (including video analysis where appropriate) and then discuss the results as they pertain to your paddling goals. We assess your learning style, and map out some short and long-term objectives.  Following this initial meeting, you will receive your personal written plan for practice, instruction, and have periodic meetings with Sherri throughout the year to help you meet your goals.

During the year, you will have the opportunity to participate in a combination of group classes and/or private instruction to work on skill improvement. You’ll also be asked to keep a log of your paddling practice and trips while in the Mentor Program.  If applicable, you may be given an (ACA) American Canoe Association Skills Assessment to determine your level of kayaking proficiency.  At the end of the year, there will be a final meeting to evaluate your progress toward achieving the goals you identified with suggestions on what to work on going forward.

To derive the greatest benefit from your participation in the program, you should be prepared to put in regular practice time, preferably on a weekly basis. 

The cost of the Mentor Program is $400 for one year.  This includes the initial 3-hour meeting which includes a skills assessment and the goal-setting/planning session, up to 9 hours of class time (or 3 hours of private lessons) during the year, and the 3-hour evaluation meeting at the end of the year, as well as unlimited phone and e-mail communication throughout the year.  The cost to schedule all of this time with Sherri would normally run $540-555. 

For more information on how the Mentor Program can help you to achieve you paddling goals, please contact Sherri by phone at 262-895-2008 or send an e-mail.

 

 

 

 

 

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