Why learn to paddle with Uncommon Adventures?
- Uncommon Adventures’ Staff are either certified by the American
Canoe Association or the British Canoe Union, or both.
- They have been teaching paddlesports for over 20 years.
- Their instructors are frequent instructors and presenters at Kayak
Symposia throughout N. America.
- They have been chosen by Northwestern Michigan College for all of
their kayak skills courses.
- We offer a regular schedule of classes here in NW Michigan.
- For group instructional settings we are happy to come to your location
and can bring everything you may need.
- Call us toll free at 866-882-5525 or e-mail for schedule information.
We also invite you to stop in at our retail partners: Backcountry Outfitters
on Front Street in Traverse City (ph. 231-946-1339) or Crystal Lake Adventure
Sports in Downtown Beulah (231-882-2527). We encourage you to shop these
specialty shops for their knowledge base and amazing service....something
you just won't find in big box stores.
Kayak Skills Classes
spending $75 save your life? It could. Uncommon Adventures
offers a variety of regularly scheduled classes and weekend workshops
to aid in your kayak skills development. Our primary emphasis is
to help you have more fun in the water while moving you up the learning
curve more quickly. Naturally, this also has the added advantage
of learning fundamental kayak safety...we like repeat business, so teaching
you the fundamentals of recoveries and rescues are part of the very first
on our tours: The best way to develop good paddling habits and technique
is by repeating them. What better way than to have a certified instructor
at your disposal over a number of days? That is the advantage of
a multi-day tour. When you return you'll have learned all sorts
of kayak skills, but also weather reading, handling winds, some fundamental
navigation, maybe a few new stars, bird calls, tall tales and new tricks
for turning out gourmet edibles in the backcountry. You will also
have made some new friends who enjoy the same activities as you.
Unless otherwise noted, our workshops prices include; lodging, meals,
tuition, and all course materials. Our instructors are certified
either by the American Canoe Association (ACA) or the British Canoe Union
(BCU) or both.
Our Instructional menu:
Basic Coastal Kayaking
Student to instructor ratio: 5:1 maximum — $75/person
this three hour session you will learn good techniques for fundamental
strokes: forward, backward and stop. You will also learn to
stabilize with a solid low brace and turning with sweep strokes.
The final part of the class will be spent working
on “wet exits” and group rescue practice, including a variety
of methods of T-Rescue. In addition to the on-water portions of
the class you will also receive detailed instruction of kayak safety,
proper dressing for paddling and equipment fit and selection.
Coastal Kayaking II
Student to instructor ratio: 5:1 max. — $75/person
Step 2 on your path to better paddling skills.
After an initial skills assessment, you will learn stroke enhancements
that will help you turn better and travel forward with less energy expended.
After a stroke tune-up, we'll introduce you to the high brace, which can
help you further avoid those nasty immersions. Eskimo bow rescues, non-roll
solo rescues (paddle rescue float, etc.) and the components of a successful
Eskimo roll will then be covered during the "wet" session.
The Eskimo Roll
Student to instructor ratio: 3:1 — $75/person
If you can do a sweep stroke, a hip snap and have
a reasonable high brace going for you, then you already know the parts
of a sweep or screw roll. During this session, you will work one-on-one
with a coach in the water for support to put the pieces together for a
successful roll. You actively assist in the coaching process of others
so you can see what works and what doesn't.
The Surf Zone
Student to instructor ratio: 4:1 — $75/person
This is rock n' roll in a kayak. For students
with reasonable bracing skills, the surf zone is a playground. Emphasis
will be on having a blast while learning surf launches and landings, wave
riding etiquette, bracing, side surfing and carving. That ought to be
enough to fill your helmet. Yahoo!
Wilderness First Aid
Dates and Costs TBA
In the backcountry, the extra time it takes to get to medical care can make small problmes into big ones. Learn how to recognize and prevent medical emergencies, and ways to cope with illness and injury in the wilderness.
$550/person for instruction, 5 nights luxury camping (ie, hot showers) breakfasts, use of outdoor kitchen and a couple of dinners.
ACA Instructor Certification
Uncomon Adventures sponsors various Instructor Training workshops, working with the American Canoe Association and the British Canoe Union. Please see details here. This year (2013) we are offering
a special ACA Instructor Certification Workshop in Roatan, Honduras!