The classes will be offered from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the last Saturday of the month through October, weather permitting. Scheduled courses are Saturday, Aug. 28; Saturday, Sept. 25; and Saturday, Oct. 30. Registration deadlines are Friday, Aug. 20; Friday, Sept. 17; and Friday, Oct. 15. Participants must be 18 or older, or 14-17 if accompanied by a parent.
Kayakers will learn about the proper selection and usage of safety equipment; kayaking terminology; how to identify and reduce risks; trip planning; kayaks and paddles; carrying, launching and boarding a kayak; balancing, maneuvering and controlling a kayak on the water; “rules of the road”; and rescue and safety. In addition, 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 travel to the Lighthouse Lakes Paddling Trail, near Port Aransas, where they will be guided on an afternoon paddling tour of the area. Lighthouse Lakes, considered one of the preeminent natural environments in the state and an ideal place for kayak touring, is renowned among bird-watchers, nature tourists and anglers on the prowl for redfish and trout for its richness and abundance of wildlife.
Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi kayaking instructors have been conducting educational kayaking programs since 1998 and are fully certified by the American Canoe Association, the national leader in paddle sport education and instruction. The kayaking course will be offered again in spring 2011.
Participants will need to bring their own swimsuit, water shoes (or shoes you are prepared to get wet), a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, a water bottle and lunch money. A small daypack with other items may also be brought. The cost is $100 per person, which includes the use of top quality boats, paddles and lifejackets for the day.