Kayak Checkout:

One free, wo-three hour checkout is all you need to get started with our wide range of kayaks. Checkouts primarily cover kayak equipment care and safety. You will need to show that you have basic kayak skills, can self rescue, and also carry out an assisted rescue on an inexperienced guest. 

New kayak fleet members need to demonstrate the following skills to be checked-out to use the fleet:

  • Floating launch and land (i.e. kayak should not touch the beach);
  • Wet exit;
  • Self-rescue with a paddle float;
  • Assisted rescue of another paddler;
  • Basic kayak stroke proficiency;
  • Kayak safety.

This is not a lesson, so please only sign up for a checkout if you already have these skills. If not, please sign up for a Sea Kayak Beginner/Refresher lesson!

Other areas covered in the session are:

  • How to sign out kayaks
  • Locarno kayak fleet and facilities;
  • Rigging requirement;
  • Landing, de-rigging and cleaning;
  • Generalknowledge of English Bay and places to paddle;
  • Policies and practices for use of the kayak fleet.
You will need a wetsuit for the checkout - you can rent wetsuits at Windsure.

Click on the Kayaking Calendar to sign up.

Checkouts typically run between April and September.  If there is no checkout scheduled, or you cannot attend any of the scheduled checkouts, please contact the fleet director, kayaking@clublocarno.com, to arrange a checkout.


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