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  Posted by: mornstein on Dec-12-12 6:41 AM (EST)

about the new "Canoeing for Kayakers" class to be presented for the 1st time at The Florida Canoe Symposium.

For purposes of this class, a kayak will be defined as a craft in which the paddler sits on or near the bottom of the boat, legs and feet out in front and uses a double bladed paddle. A canoe will be defined as a craft in which the paddler kneels or sits on a seat (or thwart) and uses a single blade paddle.(These definitions may be broad and according to some, imprecise but that debate is for another time.I believe they are adequate for this purpose.)

This will be a full three session (3 hr. each) curriculum. It will cover similar material to that covered in Freestyle Basics (formerly FS 1) and will brush lightly into Freestyle Forward, (previously FS 2). The twist is that the foundation for the instruction is the kayaking skills, the students already have. Class size is limited to 5 so instruction can be tailored to the various skill levels of the students.

The class will begin with a short "chalk talk" where we will talk about the similarities and differences between the two craft and double vs. single blades. We'll talk about the pros and cons of each and we'll discuss a bit of terminology. The chalk talk should last an hour or less. After that, instruction will be on water.

All instruction will be in solo canoes with single, straight shaft paddles. To the extent possible, each time a stroke or maneuver is introduced, it will be related to it's kayaking counterpart. Many strokes and maneuvers share strong similarities. Others will require grasping new concepts.

Hull physics between the two craft are pretty similar. The same goes for stroke principles.

The goal is to present kayakers with an alternative solo option and to build upon what the students already know.

Canoes and paddles will be available for rent, with advance notice only. There is a place on the registration form to indicate that need.

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