Kayak Paddle Clinic
City of Appleton (Erb Pool): Two classes from 6:30 PM -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
We plan to resume our indoor Kayak Essentials Classes in January 2022. Check back here in November 2021 for updated details and schedule information.
Rolls & Rescues
We plan to resume our Rolls and Rescues classes in 2022.
Open pool sessions will resume concurrent with our 2022 class schedule at the Appleton YMCA. Please check back here for schedule information in late November 2021.
Our class offerings in 2021 were very limited due to pandemic concerns. We intend to resume our full indoor class schedule in January of 2022 and should have the schedule posted here in November 2021.
To host our indoor classes, we need to satisfy four essential ingredients: 1) a host venue with facilities and lifeguards; 2) insurance coverage to meet the requirements of the host venue and NEWP, Inc., 3) qualified instructors available to provide instruction and 4) people willing to participate in the classes!
Our Kayak Essentials class covers a very comprehensive curriculum in four three-hour sessions and has been our primary class offering for decades. We introduced a Kayak Paddle Clinic short-form class in 2021 due to pandemic related restrictions. This single-session, three-hour class offers a solid introductory curriculum. A short classroom session covers some essentials that are difficult to present in a pool setting, and the balance of the time is spent in the pool to learn wet exits, balance drills, basic paddle strokes and an introduction to assisted rescues. We plan to resume our standard Kayak Essentials class in 2022.
Registration is available through the referenced YMCA or city websites.
You do not need to be a member of the YMCA or NEWP, Inc., or city resident to participate in our classes – all you need is your swimsuit and a smile!
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.