Basic Strokes with Spencer

Article number: CLASS-BS-SS-Own Gear-Kayak


Basic Strokes is a great starting place with a very high ceiling. We cover proper use and implementation of all the strokes used for proper, safe, and injury free canoe and kayak paddling. A strong emphasis is placed on good biomechanics to enhance efficiency and effectiveness while preventing both long and short term injury. Through this we aid balance and establish the student's ability to control boat direction, position, and stability. Basic Strokes is the first class in a three part series and is a prerequisite to both Edging and Bracing and our Moving Water class.


What You Need to Know

  • Meeting time is May 19 2018 at 10AM
  • Meeting place is Perkins Park off Fern Ridge
  • The instructor is Spencer Sorenson
  • Your equipment is subject to approval by the instructor, no inflatables will be allowed


What to Bring

  • Boat, Paddle, PFD., Whistle, Invasive Species Permit (unless renting from OPS.)
  • Dry bag for your keys, wallet, etc.
  • Quick dry and lightweight clothing, (NO COTTON.)
  • Shell garments, (Splash jacket and pants)
  • Hat, gloves, and water shoes (or shoes you can get wet and swim with.)
  • Eyewear retainer for glasses or sunglasses
  • Painter to tie up your boat
  • Water and a snack
  • Extra clothes to wear home incase you capsize


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