Located On The Water, At All Four Locations
Coming May 17th-19th
Kayak Instruction Classes With Wayne Horodowich
Paddle NC is proud to announce that Wayne Horodowich, instructor and creator of The University of Sea Kayaking, and author and star of numerous kayak instructional books and videos will be joining us for a special three-day instruction event this May 17th-19th.
May 17th-Guiding Necessities Clinic:
As Director of Adventure Programs for UC Santa Barbara for 29 years Wayne has accumulated the collective experience of his trip leading and those of his staff. He’s documented over 1,000 post trip reviews. As a result, Wayne has developed a concise set of skills that focus on the most frequent problems they have experienced on kayaking trips and classes. This clinic is designed for those who lead or would like to lead club trips.
Our one-day on-water clinic focuses on effective capsize recoveries, towing, short distance transfers, equipment review and more. We also focus on setting reasonable and accurate expectations to help avoid incidents and/or accidents. It is important to understand that taking a one-day clinic is not enough to make you a guide. This clinic will help you realize some of the key skills you will need to develop if you wish to lead trips.
May 18th-Bracing Clinic:
Most bracing classes focus on the slap brace. Wayne believes the slap brace is not the most effective brace for paddlers who are learning how to brace. The slap brace is an “all or nothing at all proposition.” Using sweep braces is a much more effective and reliable way to brace, especially for those learning how to brace.
Bracing consists of two major components. One is blade placement and the other is body/boat recovery. Wayne has developed a teaching sequence that focuses on these two components. The success rate for students in the clinic is very high. There is a portion of the day where the students will be in the water; so dressing for immersion is important.
May 19th-Boat, Body & Blade for Efficient Paddling:
To get the most out of your paddling experience coordinating your boat dynamics with those of your body and paddle is essential. This one-day clinic looks at each component separately and then shows you how to put them together for the most efficiency and in way to fit your particular style.
At the end of the clinic you should have an idea of your preferred forward stroke style. Most students have increased their ability to edge their kayak for more efficient maneuvering. Learning a very reliable and highly functional reverse stroke is also part of the clinic.
Wayne Horodowich Biography:
Wayne Horodowich is an experienced paddler, educator and adventurer. He directed the Adventure Programs at the University of California at Santa Barbara for twenty-five years and was their head kayak instructor. Wayne has filmed and produced the popular USK “In Depth” Instructional video series specifically for sea kayaking. He is very active in teaching instructor development clinics around North America and was a former captain of the U.S. Surf Kayak Team. He is the founder of the University of Sea Kayaking, an organization for the promotion of sea kayaking education, which hosts an incredible web site (www.useakayak.org) providing an educational resource to sea kayakers.
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