All new members must have the skills outlined in Paddle Canada - "Basic Kayaking Skills", PLUS the ability to self-rescue with a paddle float.
You can either take our Beginner+ lesson, by a certified Paddle Canada instructor, or if you already have the required skills and experience you can attend a kayak checkout.
Use of these boats are only for those who have successfully completed a kayak checkout and a separate surf ski lesson.
These boats are extremely fragile and unstable, and a half day lesson is required to ensure the paddler and boat are safe.
Select the kayak you wish to paddle. In the club room select the appropriate hatches and gear and sign out at the computer log book.
Unlock the kayak and move to the rubber matted area. Remember to re-lock the cable.
Carry the kayak to the beach or use a rowing dolly and return immediately.
On your return, exit the kayak whilst floating and carry the kayak to the rack and rinse the outside and inside of the kayak and all the equipment thoroughly before returning to the shed. Be sure to sponge all the sand and water out of the cockpit. The kayaks must move directly to the racks and not be placed on the grass area. Sign in on the club computer.
Select the surf ski you wish to paddle. Take equipment you need and sign out at the computer log book.
Unlock the surf ski (remember to re-lock the cable) and move it to the rack.
Take off the cover and store in in the club room in the upper storage.
Carry the surf ski to the beach and place right in the water so it completely floats.
On your return, exit surf ski whilst floating and carry the surf ski to the rack and rinse it.
Cover it and store where you found it and place don't forget to lock it.
Sign in at the computer log book.
All kayaks and surf skis should be handled with the utmost care. All boats need to be rinsed off, and any remaining sand and water sponged out, and returned to the racks as they were found. Any damage should be reported to the Kayaking Director asap.