Checkouts primarily cover board care (e.g. boards should never be put down on hard ground, and must never be beached - step off the board well before hitting the beach). You will also need to show you can rescue yourself if you fall in the water (just climb back onto the board). No prior experience is required for the level 1 checkout.
The session will start on land and will cover:
If there is no checkout scheduled (as may be the case later in the season, when most members have already been checked out), or you cannot attend any of the scheduled checkouts, please contact the fleet captain, email@example.com, to arrange a checkout.
If you are an advanced paddler and want to use our level 2 boards (racing and touring) also contact the fleet captain firstname.lastname@example.org for a level 2 checkout. Our 14' long boards are awkward to carry and very fragile, particularly carbon boards. Like other boards, they should never touch the ground, and should never be beached and never dropped, as they will break, and carbon fibre repairs are extremely expensive.
If you're wondering whether you are experienced enough to qualify for a level 2 checkout, there are two options. The first is that you can confidently tells us you are already experienced handling these longer more fragile boards (perhaps you have/have had your own) or other similar craft (e.g. carbon surfski, carbon outrigger canoe). If not, you can still qualify for a checkout if you satisfy both these conditions:
1. You have already taken Level 1 boards out at least 10 times at the club with no issues
2. You are a strong paddler, capable of easily paddling to Kits beach and back (let us know how long you take). This is primarily for the purpose of giving us an indication of whether you are likely to have trouble handling the board on land (mainly getting it on and off the rack is the issue).
Although often there is someone there willing to help you get the board on and off the rack, if needed, we ask that level 2 users show they are capable of doing this very comfortably by themselves.