Impromptu - Rescues and Towing Skills Class

  • 29 Jul 2017
  • 9:00 AM
  • Contact Steve Henkind to register - address will be sent to registrants
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  • contact Steve Henkind

DATE: Saturday July 29, 2017

TIME: 9 – 3 (may end earlier, depending upon heat and/or thunderstorms)

LOCATION: Lake Magdalene (when you RSVP, address will be sent)

LEVEL: Open to all levels of kayakers


This course will be run by Steven Henkind and Jackie Whitaker. Steve is an ACA L4 Instructor and Jackie is an ACA L2 instructor.

DESCRIPTION:  One of the hallmarks of a strong paddler is the ability to do rescues effectively and efficiently. Ideally, rescues should be “automatic” and you shouldn’t even need to think about them. This can be achieved through proper technique and practice. Even for beginning paddlers, there is significant value in understanding rescues – it will help you to be an active participant, as opposed to a passive victim and, depending upon the circumstances, you may need to do a rescue yourself. This class will focus on understanding, and practicing, the fundamentals of good rescue techniques.

This course will be taught in our backyard (i.e., Lake Magdalene, in the Carrollwood section of Tampa). . All participants will be required to perform a wet exit, at the beginning of the class. If you don’t know how to do one, we will teach you.

This class will cover the following two areas (specific subjects can be adjusted based on the needs and interest of participants).

1) Rescues (self and assisted)

2) Towing (short tows, long tows, etc.) – as time allows.

Depending upon who signs up, we may split the class into two sections – first time rescuers, and those with significant rescue experience.


Required: Kayaks should have deck lines and front/back watertight hatches. We may allow one or two recreational kayaks for practice purposes. Note that these tend to be both more difficult to rescue, and more difficult to do rescues from.

PFDs must be worn at all times (no inflatables).

Recommended: Tow lines, paddle floats, pumps, and whatever rescue equipment you have. Spray skirts are recommended, but not required.

Dress for sun protection and immersion – there is a 100% certainty that you will be in the water (which is in the 80s at this time).

FOOD:  Please bring your own. We have running water available.

REGISTRATION:  Please contact Steve at 914-420-1615 or to register, or with any questions. Please let me know if you will be bringing a recreational kayak (i.e., without deck lines and watertight bulkheads).

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