Kayaking Level 1
America’s Boating Club Houston offers this short, 3 hour course to introduce the fun of paddlesports in a kayak. Using the Show-Do teaching technique, the course covers the basic skills of kayaking on flat, calm water. It covers from entering the kayak to exiting the kayak and all the paddling in-between; including skills such as lifting and carrying, launching, paddling techniques, turning, steering, and landing. Included also is a short presentation on the Texas Parks and Wildlife Kayaking trails, and a demonstration of a Vessel Safety Check. Yes, it’s a lot of fun.
Our kayaking program supports safety and well-being, and requires that participants demonstrate exceptional skill and a commitment to education. Our kayak instructors are responsible, dedicated, and have demonstrated great interpersonal relationship over time.
A recommendation (not a requirement) before taking this course is completing a basic boater safety course. This course must be state approved, recognized by the United States Coast Guard, and approved by the National Association of Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) - such as our America's Boating Course, the TPWD Boater’s Ed Course, or other NASBLA approved course.
The Kayak Safety Triangle
It is our view that having a basic boating knowledge, developing kayak skills, and having a Vessel Safety Check work together to improve enjoyment on the water and reduce risks. This basic course discusses rules of the road on the water, need for a float plan, weather, and other topics necessary to all boaters.
Good to Know
The class will typically commence between 9:00 - 9:30 AM at the kayak launch point located at the venue. If the venue is Galveston Island SP, please arrive early to pay the $5 per-person entrance fee at the Park Headquarters. Class should be complete by 3:30 - 4:00 PM. We will provide cold water and trail mix as part of the class.
What to Wear
Please wear clothing that will offer protection from the sun. Also, you will get wet. So, clothing should be appropriate. Proper footwear is also very important. Closed-toe water shoes or athletic shoes are required. Please remember that your footwear will get wet. Flip-Flops are not acceptable.
What to Bring
Plenty of water, snacks and sunscreen. We encourage an extra set of clothing for after the class.
What we Provide
We will provide your life jacket, paddle, kayak, and jokes. You provide an interest, and together we will have a fun day. You are more than welcome to use / bring your own kayak, life jacket and paddle. However, cost of course is still the same.
If you wish to be certified by the American Canoe Association (ACA) for this class, there are additional steps you will need to take. Your instructor will have that information available at the completion of the class. The ACA has a wide range of classes available.
Kayaking Level 1 Costs
Tuition must be paid during class registration via PayPal or by check/cash prior to the start of the class. Each class is limited to 6 participants (we can handle more if you bring your personal kayak).
|Course Tuition Fee (required):||$50.00|
|Galveston Island State Park Admission (not paid to us)||$5.00|