Its not just push and pull. In fact its not that at all. Enjoy you time on the water and learn to paddle the right way. Students are presented with basic information on dressing to paddle safely and potential hazards and simple rescues. A minimal paddle skill set is presented and practiced, allowing students to safely and comfortably maneuver on still water. This is an ACA Level 1 course.
• Identify and Understand your equipment (Kayak types, parts, materials; paddles types, parts, hand positions, sizing)
• Terminology: onside, offside, etc.
• Car Topping: racks, tie downs, loading and unloading
• Launching: from land or docks
• Body Position - It shouldn't hurt to paddle.
** Forward: Hull moves forward in a straight line.
** Forward Stopping: boat stops within a reasonable distance.
** Spin: (onside & offside) Hull pivots from standstill.
** Turn: Hull turns while underway.
** Abeam: Hull moves sideways from standstill.
• `Assisted Rescues (overview)
$85 per person with a boat
$65 per person with your own boat
ACA Members with valid membership cards receive 10% discount.
Reserve your spot at www.vkoc.net
Virginia Key Outdoor Center
Virginia Key North Point Park
3801 Rickenbacker Causeway
Miami, FL 33149
Located on Virginia Key inside Virginia Key Beach North Point Park (NOT the Historic park on Bear Cut) across from the former Jimbo's location. From the Rickenbacker Causeway - Take your first left immediately following the MAST Academy light. Look for the brown and gold park sign on the entrance fence. Tell them you are there for the kayak class, take the right fork on the road and follow the road signs another 1.5 miles. The road splits again after 1.5 miles, veer left, then a quick right, we are on your left across from the lagoon
I you cross the Bear Cut (small) bridge you went too far. Make your first available U-turn. The park entrance is BETWEEN MAST Academy light and Virginia Key Beach Road. There is no light on our entrance road.