Foundation Skills

Starting with a strong foundation will allow you to progress and master the "art" of kayaking so you can more quickly get on the water to the destinations you dream of.  Advanced paddlers with weak foundations will encounter problems achieving goals and possibly getting injured as they paddle in more demanding environments. Foundation courses develop good body awareness, balance, and understanding of how the boat and paddle interact with the water. A solid base of skills will make you a more effective and efficient paddler which will increase your fun and enjoyment of kayaking.

 

FOUNDATION SKILLS — 2 Days

FEE: US $290.00

Dates:Jun 3 - 4, Jul 29 - 30, Aug 19 - 20

Prerequisites: You are comfortable with water, in good physical condition, and have been in a single kayak before.

This is the starting place for new paddlers or for people who have some experience but need more foundation to their existing skills. You will learn current kayaking techniques in capsize recoveries, body-boat-blade awareness, strokes for steering, going straight, sideways, staying upright, and bracing. This course will give you a solid foundation to get you started and that will carry over as you advance as a kayaker.

BRACING AND ROLLING — 2 Days

FEE: US $290.00

Dates:Jun 17 - 18, Jul 15 - 16, Aug 24 - 25

Prerequisites: Comfortable with wet exits, basic boat handling skills.

For paddlers at any level capsize recoveries such as rolling, and solid effective bracing are among the most sought after skills in paddle sports. Many of the mechanics of rolling and bracing are the same. At Body Boat Blade we've developed an effective progression to get students to learn and be successful at these highly desired skills. In this class we will spend time developing a solid understanding of what your body needs to do in order to recover from an off-balanced position whether it is slight or a complete capsize. We will help you develop solid foundations for successful practice.

For coaches who teach these skills this is a great class to expand your "toolbox" in helping individuals work through problems learning these skills.

STAND UP PADDLE (SUP) BOARD FOUNDATIONS — 1 Day

FEE: US $145.00

Dates:Call us at the office to find out about upcoming dates or to set up a private session.
(360) 376 - 5388

Prerequisites: Comfortable with water, ability to swim, in good physical condition.

Stand Up Paddle-boarding is one of the most popular and fastest growing water sports in North America. This 1-day intro class will cover board design, balance, posture, and stance, forward movement, directional control, and some techniques for turning and dealing with wind. We'll also cover the safety and risk assessment - choosing the best place to practice and play for your skill, experience and equipment.

JOURNEY ON THE SEA 3-DAY SKILLS CAMP — 3 Days

FEE: US $450.00

Dates:Aug 7 - 9

Prerequisites: Comfortable with wet exits, rescues and basic boat handling skills.

This skills development class is a multi-day overnight trip with coaching along the way. Designed for students who have taken classes from us in the past and have a strong foundation of paddling skills who want to continue developing but may not feel ready to paddle the Islands on their own, or for students who want to get more coaching while on a trip. This class can help you further develop your tidal planning, navigation and other personal skills.

 

Please note: This is not a guided tour - you will need to be self sufficient and plan and prepare your own meals and work as a competent member of the group on and off the water.

CANOE FUNDAMENTALS — 2 Days

FEE: US $290.00

Dates:Call us at the office to find out about upcoming dates or to set up a private session.
(360) 376 - 5388

Prerequisites: Comfortable with water, ability to swim, and some basic paddling skills.

This is the starting place for new paddlers or for people who have some experience but need more foundation in your existing skills. You will learn current canoeing techniques in capsize recoveries, body-boat-blade awareness, strokes for steering, going straight, sideways, and staying upright. This course will give you a solid foundation to get you started as you advance as a canoeist. This course is also a great introduction to canoeing for experienced sea kayakers interested in pursuing the BCU 2 Star award, and for those interested in becoming a BCU UKCC Paddlesports Coach.

JOURNEY ON THE SEA 1-DAY SKILLS CAMP — 1 Day

FEE: US $160.00

Dates:Jul 1, Jul 2

Prerequisites: Comfortable with wet exits, basic boat handling skills.

This skills development class is a full day trip with coaching along the way. Designed for students who have taken classes from us in the past and have fundamental paddling skills who want to continue developing but may not feel ready to paddle the Islands on their own, or for students who want to get more coaching while on a trip. This class can help you further develop your tidal planning, navigation and other personal skills.

TIDE AND CURRENT PLANNING WORKSHOP — 4 Hours

FEE: US $45.00

Dates:Call us at the office to find out about upcoming dates or to set up a private session.
(360) 376 - 5388

Prerequisites: None

Having the ability to predict how the sea moves through the islands is a critical component to having a safe and enjoyable time on the water. In this workshop you will learn how to predict the time, speed and direction of the currents flow, the features they create, and how to plan a safe trip. This is a dry classroom workshop, no boat is required.

Body Boat Blade coaches are certified Coastal Navigation and Tidal Planning Providers for the British Canoe Union.

 

How To Register

Contact Body Boat Blade with the names and dates of the classes/trips you would like to register for. We can answer all of your questions, talk about class/trip prerequisites and requirements, and get you signed up!

Payment

Body Boat Blade accepts payment with most major credit cards, PayPal, cash (US only), and checks.

A deposit of 1/2 the class fee is due at the time of registration with the balance due at the time of the class.

Cancelation Policy

You can cancel and receive a full refund, minus a $25.00 office fee, if you cancel 30 days prior to the class date. You will not receive a refund if you cancel less than 30 days prior of the class date, unless we can fill your spot, in which case you get a full refund minus the $25.00 office fee.

 

Body Boat Blade, International

PO Box 1487
Eastsound, WA 98245

info@bodyboatblade.com

(360) 376-5388

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