At the end of the course, we would be trained and certified for kayaking in Flat Waters (not in the open sea). We learnt the theory and techniques of basic kayaking using the single seat closed cockpit kayaks. The key emphasis was on safety measures to take when kayaking. The rationale is that kayaking can only be enjoyed when all are safe.
This are the things we learnt:
- Basic equipment, including features of a kayak
- Basic safety issues
- Lifting and carrying
- Launching and coming ashore
- Disembarking and embarking
- Forward paddle a circuit of 100m with directional control
- Reverse paddle a circuit of 25m with directional control
- Forward and reverse sweep strokes
The purpose of this was to increase our confidence in the water during a capsize and how to get help.
This skill helps us control our kayak and turn it 360-degrees on the same spot, using sweep strokes.
CLASSIC- & J-DRAW
The most hated skill, but it enables us to move our kayak sideways without having to paddle in a circle to raft. If this is not used carefully, it may cause one to capsize.
EMPTYING OF WATER (ALONE)
This is especially important when there are no other people around. This is done on the shore.
RAFTED 'T-X' RESCUE
The most important skill of all, how to rescue someone who had capsized with the assistance of another rescuer. Some of us even tried the One-man 'T-X' rescue!
Before we headed back to shore, we did an introduction to 2-Star skills of using the Stern Rudder (going in a straight line) and Low Recovery.
Overall, I think all of us had fun. Although it was quite tiring. Our reward: We all PASSED and are now Officially 1-Star Certified!