Other scheduled courses are Saturday, May 28; Saturday, June 25; Saturday, July 30; and Saturday, Aug. 27. The classes will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the last Saturday of every month through October, weather permitting. Participants must be 18 or older; or 14-17 if accompanied by a parent.
Kayakers will learn about the proper selection and use of safety equipment; kayaking terminology; how to identify and reduce risks; trip planning; kayaks and paddles; carrying, launching and boarding a kayak; maneuvering and controlling a kayak on the water; “rules of the road;” and rescue and safety. Beginning paddlers will receive instruction on how to safely kayak on lakes, calm protected ocean environments and other flat-water settings. Experienced kayakers will learn advanced paddling techniques and other skills to help enhance their enjoyment and safety on the water.
The first half of the “Essentials of Kayak Touring” course will take place at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi’s Moody Sustainers Field House pool, where participants will learn the basics and practice handling a kayak in a safe, controlled environment. After lunch, participants will be transported to the Lighthouse Lakes Paddling Trail, near Port Aransas.
Participants will need to bring a swimsuit, water shoes (or shoes you are prepared to get wet), a towel, a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, a water bottle and lunch money. A small waterproof daypack with other items that can be secured to the body may also be brought.
The cost is $100 per person, which includes the use of top quality boats, paddles and lifejackets for the day. To register online, go to http://outreach.tamucc.edu/kayaking/.