Many FS students are in actuality basic canoeing or kayaking instructors. So the hierarchy is pretty assorted.Some students have lots of experience and others none. You will find an absence of canoe police but a legion of canoe physics students.. (why does the boat do THAT?) It is all quite democratic and fun.
Its also common for FS instructors to take a class now and then to make sure their fundamentals are still solid, though there is of course the required every four year skill check per ACA.
Basic canoeing and moving the boat in all directions with draws forwards backs and pries is the first step. Then at FS 2 the use of static paddle placements to move the boat forward in any direction is explored. FS 3 moves on to moving the boat backward in any direction with static paddle placement. 4 is cross forward moving the boat in any direction forward with cross static placements and 5 is cross reverse.
Most FS folks never are not interested in the fancy stuff and more interested in how the FS skill set can improve their efficiency for longer days and more miles on canoe trips..without needless tiring.
Kudos of course to those who can exhibit supreme balanc e and boat control without bobble while entertaining others while paddling to music. It takes a lot of practice and is not for everyone. That's just fine.
You can move around from class to class if one is not fitting your needs. An added benefit is that instructors swop classes, so you are not stuck with the same one for every session.
YakCatcher Rod Holder
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