206.629.2329      ryan@mountainmethods.com        2114 N 36th St, Seattle, WA 98103  

                                                      

SK I – Intro to Kayak

Course Objective and Overview:

This is the first step in becoming a kayaker and is designed after the American Canoe Association’s “Essentials of Kayak Touring”. Its objective is to teach beginner paddlers to safely and enjoyably kayak on lakes, calm protected ocean environments, and other flatwater settings. This is our signature intro course and serves as a good starting point for novices looking to become build skills as a whitewater kayaker as well. 


Dates: June 26, July 24, August 21, Sept 11 Saturdays
9AM - 4PM and will include boat and all necessary paddling gear.

Price: $115

Instructor Ratio: Max 1:6

Location: Magnuson Park


SK I –  Roll Session

Course Description:

The goal of this course is to introduce paddlers to the technique of rolling. Participants will be introduced to:

The proper boat fit and adjustment for effective rolling

Learning safe and effective wet-exit technique

Learning the bow rescue

Learning techniques for effectively rolling the kayak

Learning proper body positioning and head placement for executing a roll

Learning the mechanics of a roll


Dates: June 28, July 26, August 23 Mondays

Time: 6:00-8:00pm

Price: $40

Instructor Ratio: Max 1:4

Location: Magnuson Park


SK II – Strokes and Rescues Improvement

This course is designed as a follow up to the SRK SKI - Intro to Kayaking course or as a chance for experienced beginner to intermediate kayakers to polish up their strokes and get a solid grasp on rescue techniques. This is a good course for those looking to prepare for a longer tour with friends, family, or a guiding service. Based on the American Canoe Association Basic Strokes and Rescues Course.


Prerequisite: SK I – Intro to Kayak or equivalent experience determined by program manager.


Dates: July 25, 2010 Sunday
This course will go from 9AM - 4PM and will include boat and all paddling gear.

Price: $115

Instructor Ratio: 1:5 Max

Location: Magnuson Park


SK III – Trip Planning and Navigation

Course Objective and Overview:

This course is designed as a follow up to the SRK SKII – Advanced Strokes and Basic Rescues course or as a chance for experienced intermediate kayakers with a solid understanding of basic rescues to plan and paddle day and overnight trips in places like the San Juan Islands. This course will introduce you to trip planning and navigation using a nautical chart and tide and current guides.


Prerequisite: SK I – Intro to SK or SK II –  Advanced Beginner or equivalent experience determined by program director.


Dates: July 28: Evening Session from 6-9pm, July 31:  Full Day Paddle Whidbey Island
This course will go from 6-9pm on Wednesday, July 29 and from 7am – 5pm on Saturday August 1.

Price: $115 DOES NOT Include Boat Rental

Location: Shilshole Bay Marina (Classroom), Ala Spit (Field Day)

Instructor Ratio: 1:5 Max


SK III – Advanced Strokes and Rescues 

Course Objective and Overview:

Designed to give Puget Sound paddlers the necessary skills and confidence to take a leadership role among paddling friends and family, this course develops the knowledge and skills necessary to paddle safely in rough water.  In the morning we focus on advancing strokes and maneuvers that are required for safely navigating wind and waves.  After lunch we will practice rescue and towing techniques that work in rough water and currents.


Prerequisite: SK II – Strokes and Rescues Improvement and Roll Clinic or equivalent experience determined by program manager.


Dates: August 23, 2010
This course will go from 9AM - 4PM 


Price: $115 Includes Boat Rental

Instructor Ratio: 1:5 Max

Location: Puget Sound or Lake Washington conditions dependent.



SK IV – Intro to Currents

Course Objective and Overview:

Deception Pass is world renowned for its dynamic currents and weather. It's also a perfect training ground. This class will introduce you to the effects that moving water has on your boat and how to safely manage currents. We'll also work on our open water crossing skills and make several cross current passes. In this course Paddlers will learn how to navigate in current, read and handle tide rips and related rough water conditions.


Prerequisite: SK III – Advanced Strokes and Rescues and Roll Clinic or equivalent experience determined by program manager.


Dates: September 12, 2010
This course will go from 7AM - 6PM

Price: $115 DOES NOT Include Boat Rental

Instructor Ratio: 1:5 Max

Location: Deception Pass 5.7 knot ebb @ 1:00pm



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Our Seattle based sea kayak courses, lessons, and trips are designed to provide maximum enjoyment while keeping you focused on the fundamentals with a clear format with which to chart your progress as a paddler.  


We offer a variety of course dates and options including scheduled public courses on our calendar, private lessons, and private custom group trips.

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