Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Full Immersion Sea Kayak Weekend

Last weekend, we taught our first a full immersion sea kayak weekend of the year.  When we say full immersion, we mean FULL IMMERSION!

When we put the full immersion weekend on the calendar, a group of ladies from the bay area asked if they could sign up as a group and make it a ladies weekend.  Sounded like fun so we make it a ladies weekend with Jeff and I co-instructing and the ladies staying in the vacation rental by LFK Headquarters at Dolphin Isle Marina.

Day One of the weekend was stroke work with video analysis on the calm waters of the Noyo River Estuary by Dolphin Isle Marina. Torso rotation and edge control was the theme for all of the strokes.

Day Two was application of strokes in moderate waters and surf zone training.  Surf zone training was focused on safety, posture, and controlled launching and landing techniques.
Safety concepts included protecting the shoulders and body with good positioning and technique.

The surf zone is a great place for instant feedback.  The ladies got it - when they leaned back, they flipped.  When they had good posture, they maintained control.  This was especially important as we were working on precision and control in the surf zone and avoiding broach surfing.

Day Three was a journey with stroke work, launching and landing techniques, and rescues in moderate waters.  The Noyo River and Harbor was glorious in the morning with glassy waters and lots of sunshine.

The Noyo Bay was a little bumpy which was perfect for working on applying strokes to moderate water.

As the day progressed, a storm front rolled in producing some dramatic skies.

The ladies this weekend did GREAT!!!  They worked hard to improve their skills and pushed their limits while having FUN!!!

We are looking forward to more full immersion weekends (in sea, river, and surf).  Check our calendar and sign up for one or rally a bunch of paddling pals and let us customize one for you.  Our next sea kayak full immersion weekend is June 21-23.  In March, we have 2 Surf Kayak  Weekends and 1 Whitewater Kayak Weekend planned.

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