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Sea Kayak Open Water Strokes and RescuesTraining

Date and Time

Saturday, May 2, 2020, 12:30PM - 3:30PM


Lake Potanapo ,Brookline, NH,
New Hampshire, Monadnock Region,


Registration is required for this activity. Please contact leader.


Open Water Wet Exit, Strokes and Rescue Training Start off the spring paddling season with a self and assisted rescue and paddle strokes training/practice session. If you have never done a wet exit wearing your spray skirt this is also an ideal time to get that experience under your belt before sea kayaking gets into full swing. We will be practicing on a local Southern New Hampshire fresh water lake. If the air temperature is below 50 degrees or the wind above 10 MPH I'll move the date from Saturday the 18th to Sunday the 19th. Since the water temperature is usually still very cold in mid April wet or dry suits will be required for participation. A shorty wet suit with another warm clothing layer is also acceptable. You will need to provide your own, rented or borrowed kayak (The AMC does rent kayaks but not wet suits) along with a spray skirt and paddle. Bring along a dry bag with some dry clothing in the event that you become chilled. Optionally a thermos with warm liquid and some energy snacks. This training sessions is for sea kayaks at least 14 feet with perimeter lines. If your kayak is less than 14 feet you may have some difficulty assisting a paddler in a longer sea kayak. We will discuss how to address that type of situation in addition to a discussion on towing. We'll be learning/practicing assisted paddle strokes, T rescues, scoop rescue, paddle float reentry, bow recovery and paddle float re-enter and roll self rescue. If you have a roll this will also be a great place to practice or bomb proof it. This is the first of the open water development outings for Level 2 lake and ocean sea kayakers. Here's what I'll be covering in the coming sessions: NH AMC Paddlers L2 Sea Kayak Development Sessions. These sessions consist of a series of developmental day trips that will provide level 2 flat water and novice sea kayakers with the skills necessary to become proficient ocean paddlers. The program began in January thru March with a wet exit and rescue pool sessions. Here are the tentative trips: L2 Development Trip Tides and Current - Little Harbor, Portsmouth - May L2 Development Trip Wind and Waves - May L2 Development Trip Sea Kayak Navigation - Casco Bay, Portland, ME Early June

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Paddling - Sea Kayaking

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New Hampshire




Adults (18+)


Registered Maine Guide