Kayak Fundamentals

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Kayak instructor Mike Aronoff breaks down what you’ll need to safely go flat water kayaking. This is an introduction and a method to give you some information before taking a formal kayak lesson.

    Mike Aronoff

    Mike is an American Canoe Association highest level Instructor Trainer Educator in both Coastal and River Kayaking as well as WW Canoe. He is also a British canoe Union Coach with the 4 Star award in Sea Kayak. He is the Chairman of the Coastal Kayak Committee of the USA and on the ACA Safety Education and Instruction Committee. Mike has co authored a number of books on paddling and wrote the ACA Kayak Trip Leading Course. He is a guest instructor in many parts of the US for various programs. He is the owner/general manager of Canoe Kayak and Paddle Co. LLC, a northern Virginia based paddling school and outfitter with an Annapolis, MD branch. Mike is also a registered Idaho Guide and leads trips there and locally. He is most active in certifying ACA paddling instructors in sea and river kayaking.

    Mike Aronoff: Hi! I am Mike Aronoff with Canoe, Kayak and Paddle Company in the Virginia area, Washington DC.

    I am an Instructor, Trainer and Educator with the American Canoeing Association and I have been at this most of my life which you can look at me and tell it's a pretty long time. We are going to talk today about the most popular and fastest growing segment of outdoor sports which is recreational kayaking. This is going to be Flatwater Kayaking as opposed to Whitewater or kayaking on the ocean. This is what more people are doing, thats appropriate for paddling on lakes, easy moving water rivers, space and protected tidal areas. We are going to talk about the gear, well talk about the kayak, well talk about the paddles, well talk about the essential piece of equipment, the life jacket and we will take a look at the basic and rudimentary strokes that go with propelling and controlling this type of craft.

    This is an introduction and a method to give you some information. We strongly suggest for both safety, efficiency and the fun you will have that you shorten a learning curve by taking formal instruction by a certified instructor. So, let's move on. s, base and protected tidal areas. We are going to talk about the gear, we ll talk about the kayak, we ll talk about the paddles, we ll talk about the essential piece of equipment, the life jacket and we will take a look at the basic and rudimentary strokes that go with propelling and controlling this type of craft.

    This is an introduction and a method to give you some information. We strongly suggest for both safety, efficiency and the fun you will have that you shorten a learning curve by taking formal instruction by a certified instructor. So, let's move on.