Kayak Paddle Clinic
Fox Cities YMCA (Appleton): 2-5 p.m. Sunday afternoons, April 11, and April 18, 2021. Lead Instructor is Jeff Mazanec, with support from other ACA certified instructors and assistants. Class size limited to 12. Registration deadline is end-of-day Thursday preceding class.
City of Appleton (Erb Pool): Two classes from 6-9:30 PM; each class meets twice. Class 1: Monday July 26, Wednesday July 28; Class 2: Monday August 2, Wednesday August 4. Class size limited to 10; registration through City of Appleton Recreation Department.
Kayak Essentials Class
Currently none scheduled for 2021, pending ongoing changes in recommendations for interpersonal contact.
Rolls & Rescues
We currently do not have any Rolls and Rescues classes scheduled for 2021. By its nature, this class requires extended and close contact between the student and the instructor. We will continue to evaluate opportunities to safely provide training in these skills through the year.
Two open pool sessions have been scheduled for 2021, on April 11 from 2:15 PM to 4:30 PM and on April 18 from 2:30 PM to 4:30 PM at the downtown Appleton YMCA. Please take appropriate COVID-19 measures. A limited number of boats and gear are available for use in the pool, so please check ahead if you plan to participate. You are welcome to bring your own, CLEAN, boat and/or gear.
Kayak Classes Overview / Background Information
Learn basic paddling skills, bracing strokes, rolls and rescues from our American Canoe Association-certified instructors. Kayaking in waves or rapids is serious business, so you need to know the proper techniques and use the necessary equipment to keep you and your group safe. Those who complete the class may join a summer student outing. We offer:
Kayak Paddle Clinic: Introductory class, covering boat types, PFDs, skirts and paddles with instruction in wet exits, basic paddle strokes and an introduction to assisted rescues.
Class Fees: Fee information is available at the Fox Cities YMCA and Green Bay YMCA websites. The fee you pay is split between the host organization to cover the cost of the facility use and lifeguards, and by NEWP to purchase and maintain boats and other equipment. All instructors and assistant instructors provide their time and talent on a voluntary basis. The club currently maintains a fleet of nearly 50 whitewater and sea kayaks, plus all the assorted support equipment required to go with the boats.
How to Dress: Swim wear, aqua socks or appropriate footwear. A synthetic T-shirt or lightweight neoprene is optional for comfort in the pool. Shorts or leggings are recommended over regular swim suits that are “bikini style” to avoid abrasion from climbing in and out of the boats. Nose clips will be available to use. Boats, paddles and all other gear required for the class are provided by NEWP.
Registration: Available online through the host YMCA, as listed for each class. The classes are open to both YMCA members and non-members – all are also encouraged to participate in the classes.
- Paddlers who are socializing or resting should either leave the pool or move to the side to allow other paddlers room to practice.
- Be aware that the host facility life guard has ultimate control of the pool area; lifeguard instructions must be followed immediately at all times.
- Personal boats and gear brought into the pool must be clean prior to entry, which includes removal of float bags for the pool session.
- Boats must be in the water when entered, not “seal-launched” off the pool deck.