KI Frequent Renter Rewards Program - When you complete three (3) full price rentals you will receive the fourth FREE! This applies to any kayak or SUP in our expanded rental fleet.
Starting in June Rental Hours
Our rentals are by appointment Monday-Friday. Please call 24-hours prior to pick-up. Saturday Sunday: 9-5 Pickup Reservations Recommended Non Reservation Customers Kayaks As Available 5pm Rental Return/Close or later by agreement 214-629-4794 UNTIL JUNE Rental Hours are on Weekends by Appointment Only!
Kayak Rental Rates and Policies
Effective January 1, 2014. Rental Rates at Paddle Point Park. Prices are for kayak rentals which will be used at Paddle Point Park. Additional fees and deposits are required for rental kayaks used on other rivers and lakes.
Two Hour Rental Rate
Type Kayak Rented:
Recreational kayak and SUP (Stand up paddleboard)
Tandem (two person) kayak
Big Tuna kayak
9:00am to 5:00pm. Type Kayak Rented:
Recreational kayak and SUP (Stand up paddleboard)
Tandem (two person) kayak
Big Tuna kayak
Kayak Instruction, Inc. hopes that your rental experience is a pleasant one. The following policies should be read prior to rental of any equipment. If you have any questions please let us know.
Kayak pick up and return is at Paddle Point Park, 6800 Miller Road, Rowlett, TX 75088.
Our rentals do not require you to drive the kayaks to a different paddling location. Kayaks can be used at the Paddle Point Texas Paddling Trail. Half of one rental fee may be applied to purchase of a new kayak up to 30 days from rental date.
A security deposit may be required for each kayak rented. Ask for details.
Local sales tax is charged on all rentals and is included in final bill.
Paddles and PFDs are included with all rentals.
Spray skirts are included with all whitewater and sea kayak rentals.
One whitewater helmet is included for each whitewater kayak rented.
All customers must complete and sign a waiver of liability.
Parent or legal guardian must sign for those younger than 18 that will be using equipment.
If kayaks are to be used at another location, loading and unloading of kayaks is the responsibility of the customer.
Instruction will be provided for proper tie-down methods. Kayak Instruction, Inc. is not responsible for damage to vehicles used to transport equipment.
Kayak Instruction, Inc. provides quality kayak instruction to as many segments of the population as possible, emphasizing safety, enjoyment and skill acquisition.
Dave Holl began planning what has become this school, during the summer of 2000 while he was kayaking The Grand Canyon with fourteen other river enthusiasts. The idea was to bring the highest level of kayak instruction available in the country to Texas.
The company has an extensive fleet of kayaks from Jackson Kayak. With such variety, students who participate in the classes provided by Kayak Instruction, Inc. have exposure to many different styles of kayaks. This provides an opportunity for the student to experience many types of crafts, help them determine the niche of the sport that most interests them, and subsequently facilitate the purchase of the boat that best fits their needs.
Excellent instruction is the key and main ingredient of the company. The sport of kayaking is becoming more available to the public and as a result more people are participating in the sport. This has created a need for skilled and knowledgeable instructors to preserve the integrity of the sport and to provide novice paddlers with valuable and safe education. Hence, Kayak Instruction Inc. focuses on up to date, technically accurate, and safe instructional skills. This encourages newcomers to the sport to rapidly acquire and develop their technical skills and knowledge.
ACA Certified Instructor List:
ACA Certification Number: 84882, ACA Instructor Level: WhiteWater. 2011 Appointed to the Board of Directors of the ACA (American Canoe Association), Safety Education Instruction Council, the Recreation Committee, Introduction to Paddling Committee. Chairman of the Kayak Instruction Foundation, Inc. Past member of the American Canoe Association Board of Directors and Safety, Education and Instruction Council. Additional Certifications: ACA Level 5 Advanced Whitewater Kayak Instructor, ACA Instructor Trainer, Level 4 Whitewater Kayak Instructor Trainer, NOLS/WMI Wilderness First Responder, ARC Lifeguard, BSA Circle Ten Venture program kayak consultant and Merit Badge Counselor, BSA Circle 10 Aquatics Committee Member, World Kayak Certified Pool/Lake and Basic Whitewater Instructor. Member of American Canoe Association Safety Education Instruction Council. Over 35 years of kayak experience.
Additional Certifications: American Red Cross Lifegaurd, BSA Safety Afloat, BSA Youth Protection, BSA Safe Swim Defense
Additional Certifications: ACA Essentials of River Kayak Instructor/Roll Endorsement.
Additional Certifications: ACA Introduction to Paddling Instructor, Seniors programs.
Additional Certifications: Kids and Seniors kayak programs, Teacher Plano ISD.
Additional Certifications: ACA Essentials of River Kayak Instructor/Roll Endorsement, Adventure Team Leader.
Additional Certifications: ACA Essentials of River Kayak Instructor, ACA Essentials of River Safety and Rescue Instructor,World Kayak Certified Pool/Lake and Basic Whitewater Instructor.
Additional Certifications: Member of Canada U21 National Kayak Polo Team, competitor 2010 World Chapionships Milan Italy 2007 U21 National Champion Kayak Polo Team. Has been kayaking since age four Duke University TIP. Kayak Aid. Third Degree Black Belt. Member of U21 Second Place Team. 2008 Kayak Polo National Championships. WMI Wilderness First Aid. World Kayak Certified Pool/Lake and Basic Whitewater Instructor.
Additional Certifications: WMI Wilderness First Aid.
Additional Certifications: ACA Basic River Instructor, ARC Lifeguard Instructor Trainer.
The American Canoe Association, USACK, World Kayak and American Red Cross are the nationally recognized paddle sports training organizations in The United States. Our instructors participate, lead, train and certify students in these national organizations. By participating in these organizations, our instructors are exposed to current trends in the sport and to the best teaching methods of the sport. The primary goal of paddling instruction is to help students develop an awareness of safety issues in the sport and to develop the necessary skills to promote safe paddling. The primary goal of Kayak Instruction, Inc. is to promote safety as the basis for solid kayak paddling skills And lastly, the other important aspect of our instruction methods is fun. We are certified in fun and promote this to all our instructors and students.
Kayak Instruction, Inc. is proud to support the ACA Assessment Program, assessments document achieving a higher level of paddling skill.
ACA assessments are an effective way for camp/park staff or any paddler to gain and document their paddling skill level. The Coastal Kayaking Day -Trip Leading Assessment is a requirement of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department to receive a State of Texas Paddlecraft License.
Kayak Instruction's ACA assessment programs are offered as one or two day programs.
Kayaks, paddles and equipment can be provided to the paddler or students can provided their own equipment.
Our affordable one or two day assessment sessions are offered as private classes or for small groups of paddlers.
Kayak Instruction, Inc. is available to travel to provide an assessment program at a location near you.
Travel expenses, based on location, will be added to the stated session fee, please ask for details.
Assessment Program Pricing
One Day Assessment Sessions
Group of Two or Three Paddlers(per paddler)$175.00
Group of Four to Five Paddlers(per paddler)$125.00
Two Day Assessment Sessions
Group of Two to Three Paddlers(per paddler)$350.00
Group of Four to Five(per paddler)$250.00
ACA River Assessment
Overview of River Kayak Assessment Levels. The ACA skills assessment system is designed to supplement ACA River Kayak courses to clarify the paddler's path of progression, identify skill and knowledge level at the time of assessment, and assist in risk management decisions for river kayakers. The following levels indicate an increasing level of skill, knowledge, river kayaking experience... This is a new program (2010) to the ACA. The assessments will be carried out for the public by Instructors. This is a general summary. For a more detailed look at specific skill sets, see the Assessment Outlines for each level.
Level 1 - Introduction to Kayak
Beginner any type kayak. Has the ability to do the following in a safe manner: Can paddle effectively with good maneuvering ability in calm water. Has fundamental safety knowledge and the ability to perform an assisted and self rescue in a competent manner. Knows the limitations of different types of craft, skill and experience.
Level 2 - Essentials of River Kayaking
Practiced novice with a river or, recreational kayak (skirt optional) with appropriate flotation, sit-on-top, or inflatable kayak. Must have all L 1 skills and the ability to do the following in a safe manner: Perform basic strokes and maneuvers in moving water up through class 1 rapids. Perform an assisted deep water rescue and self-rescue in moving water. L2 paddlers will have some experience paddling on rivers for short day trips.
Level 3 - River Kayaking
(Intermediate) River, or recreational kayak with spray skirt and appropriate flotation. Has the ability to do the following in a safe manner: Perform basic strokes and maneuvers in rapids up through class II. Hold a kayak on edge using boat tilt and perform turns and maneuvers using boat tilt. Brace to prevent capsize. Perform assisted and self rescues in moving water and up through class II rapids. Knows and can use basic wading techniques. L3 paddlers will have experience paddling on short day trips on easy whitewater rivers rated up to class I/II, with good working knowledge of planning, equipment judgment, river running technique and group leadership necessary on such trips.
Level 4 - Whitewater Kayaking
(Intermediate/Advanced) River kayak with spray skirt and appropriate flotation Has the ability to do the following in a competent safe manner: Perform a wide general range of strokes and maneuvers efficiently and with grace and style in up through class III rapids. Effectively brace in class II/III rapids. Use efficient boat tilt (edging) for a variety of maneuvers in class II/III rapids Paddle efficiently with control in any direction in class II/III rapids. Front surf with good boat control to jet ferry, etc. Perform maneuvers, including ferrying and eddy turns, with good boat control. Perform a variety of assisted rescues and self rescue in up through class III conditions. Perform a roll in class II water. Use a variety of unpinning techniques for pinned paddlecraft. L4 paddlers will have experience paddling on river day trips of 6 or more miles in class II/III conditions, with good working knowledge of the planning, equipment, judgment, river running technique and group leadership necessary for such trips.
Level 5 - Advanced White Water Kayaking
Advanced, river kayak with spray skirt and appropriate flotation L5 Advanced Whitewater Assessment: is already possessing L 4 Assessment competence in whitewater with sufficient knowledge and skills to comfortably paddle and maneuver on class III/IV Rivers. Emphasis is on judgment, on-water management, river reading and risk management. The candidates must be able to paddle comfortably and proficiently on Class IV rapids. Prior completion of a whitewater rescue class is strongly suggested.
Taking courses is an important phase of training for kayakers, but the courses alone are not enough. Follow-up practice, time on the water, and the experience gained by paddling in varying conditions is the best way to learn and absorb the skills introduced in a course. River sense and good judgment are learned over a period of time. There is a major difference between an assessment and a course. The course introduces a set of skills and body of knowledge to the student. An assessment measures the ability to use various skills and knowledge and rates the paddler accordingly. The courses listed below are recommended for each assessment level, but the skills covered in each course must be learned and absorbed in order to pass an assessment. As noted in the assessment descriptions above, paddling experience is also necessary and important.
ACA Coastal Assessment
Coastal Kayak Day Trip Leading Assessment Course. General Overview for Participants:
This course is intended to provide the minimum skills and training necessary for an adult leader possessing basic paddling skills (see prerequisite below) to lead a trip for participants with beginner level paddling skills, in gentle conditions, with apparent wind not exceeding 10 knots, waves not exceeding 1 foot and currents to 2 knots. The emphasis of this course is trip leading, safety education and rescue, not paddling instruction. The content is relevant for clubs, camps, scouts and other entities providing trips. This is an Assessment Course with a written Examination, administered by a CK Instructor Trainer. Those desiring certification to teach kayak paddling should get ACA Instructor Certifications.
Successful participants should be able to do the following:
Plan a trip on protected waters
including a float plan with appropriate travel distances, contingency plans for weather, health problems, or equipment failures and notification procedures in case of an emergency.
Screen potential trip participants for health and other relevant eligibility.
Identify the most likely hazards to be encountered on a trip and know what precautions can be taken to avoid or minimize their effects.
Determine what personal and group safety equipment is appropriate for a trip.
Describe how to organize and effectively lead a group of paddlers on a trip including the appropriate use of assertiveness.
Provide the basic elements that should be included in a "put-in" talk or pre launch briefing.
Demonstrate basic paddling skills needed for maneuvering in moderate conditions of wind not exceeding 15 kts. and waves not exceeding 1.5 feet.
Demonstrate effective self and assisted rescues appropriate for moderate conditions as above.
Demonstrate how to properly effect and manage towing boats of tired or incapacitated paddlers.
Demonstrate how to effectively recover and emergency repair boats and gear, on and off water.
Demonstrate how to use chart and compass for trip planning and navigation.
Demonstrate how to use rescue/signaling devices including cell phone and VHF radios. Understand the conditions when some of these will not work e.g. cell phones.
Basic Coastal Kayak course or equivalent skills (e.g. ACA Assessment Level 2). Spray skirts will be used for at least part of the course. Being certified in Wilderness First Aid and CPR is strongly recommended.
Protected waterways with easy access, shore classroom and access to course appropriate conditions for on water, training, practice and assessment. Class to be conducted within 1/2 mile of shore.
16 hours minimum (Instructors Trainers may adjust the course length at their discretion.)
Type of Boat(s)
Solo or Tandem Kayaks (IT discretion) with deck lines and flotation fore and aft.
Kayak Polo Openings - There are still spots available on the TEXAS TORNADOS; practice is at the Colony Aquatic Park every Saturday night. If you are under 21, this is an excellent opportunity for fun, to develop leadership, teamwork, sportsmanship, self-esteem and responsibility. This is a national championship team who welcomes paddlers of all skill levels to join the fun. FEBRUARY 7TH THE TEXAS TORNADOS will be on the road to Austin for a special training camp... Go Tornados! EVERYONE IS WELCOME to come and watch the team practice; we always need cheerleaders!
Recreational Kayak Polo League Start February 14th - Participants will learn the rules of the game, how to play and how to just have lots of fun with this sport. This league is ideal for those beginners wanting to learn kayak polo; ages 8 and up are welcome. The fee is a reasonable $10.00 per session, every Saturday from 6-7:30pm at the Colony Aquatic Park. Recreational league sessions are just prior to the Texas Tornados practice sessions. This is a fun low pressure environment. Those that wish to enhance their skills may later move up to the more competitive Texas Tornados. The coaches for the recreational league will be the US team members; you will have the benefit of their skills and experience. We will use the Jackson Funs, helmets with face guards. Session will start in February 2009 and will run year round.
Quick Start In To The Sport Of Kayaking. Choose Class Date and Location: 6/21/14, 9:00-12:00 - Paddle Point Park; 7/12/14, 9:00-12:00 - Paddle Point Park; 7/13/14, 1:00-4:00 - Paddle Point Park; 7/26/14, 9:00-12:00 - Paddle Point Park; 7/27/14, 1:00-4:00 - Paddle Point Park; 8/02/14, 9:00-12:00 - Paddle Point Park. If you want to get a quick start in to the sport of Kayaking, this is the perfect clinic for you. This is a 3 hour course which follows the ACA QuickStart Clinic format. The purpose of this course is to expose you, the participant, to basic paddling and safety skills necessary to explore the different crafts used in the kayaking sport. No special skills or previous experience is necessary. This clinic is taught on quiet water and is the perfect environment to "get your feet wet" and experience a new sport in a controlled and safe environment. In this class the student will be able to try out different types of kayaks; whitewater, recreational, sit on tops and sea kayaks. By being able to experience all these different type of boats, you will learn faster than in classes that do not have such a diverse fleet. After this class, the student will be able to look at a kayak and identify its characteristics simply by looking at it. This class serves as a demo program to help the student identify the kayak they will eventually want to purchase. The QuickStart program is a must for beginning kayakers who want to avoid the pitfalls of a trial and error learning process. Many of the correct kayaking skills are counter intuitive and a good instructor can save you time and frustration and speed your advancement with this recreational sport.
All The Content Of The QuickStart Clinic & Additional Rescue Drills. This is a great clinic because we get to teach so much more to the students with this format. As a two part instruction program, we include all the content of the QuickStart clinic and add additional rescue drills. These drills include being able to self rescue when capsized on a body of water, performing a controlled wet exit from a skirted kayak, buddy assisted rescues including Hand of God, T Rescue, T X Rescue and Paddle Assisted Rescue. In addition, an overview of the C to C and Sweep rolls are demonstrated. The first session of this 2 part clinic is spent in a classroom setting (2 hours) in which an instructor presents information on logistics, safety, etiquette, and personal equipment. The video, "The Kayakers Edge" is shown in part to initiate and facilitate the learning process of correct stoke mechanics. In addition, we will cover some of the safety requirements as well as exploring proper fit of your PFD, entering and exiting a kayak and the proper way to hold and use a paddle, using the actual equipment in the classroom setting. This allows more time for actual paddling during the on water portion of this program. The on water session includes learning and practicing the proper stroke mechanics to make your kayak turn, stop, go backwards and go forward. This is an introductory program and is suitable for all ages and fitness levels. The next progression is the Eskimo Roll clinic.
Successfully Roll Your Kayak Upright. Please call 214-629-4794 for availability and schedule for this class. This clinic is an excellent follow up clinic to the QuickStart and Intro to Kayaking Clinics. It is also an excellent precursor to the White Water Clinics. In this course the student will learn proper boat fit effective for rolling, will learn to safely perform a controlled wet exit from a skirted kayak. We will teach you the proper body and paddle placement to successfully roll your kayak upright.. This clinic is most effective when delivered in two sessions. The first session is approximately 1 hour and is spent viewing the video "Grace Under Pressure". This video not only gives excellent instruction on rolling technique, but also prepares you mentally for experiencing and conquering a low oxygen environment. The second session is 4 hours and is done at a local pool. The pool provides a relaxed environment so the student can experience and practice this skill. Although not required before taking the Whitewater clinics, the student who completes this class will have a more rewarding experience when pursuing more challenging water.
Quick Start In To The Sport Of Kayaking. Choose Class Date and Location: 6/21/14 Time and location TBA; 7/12/14 Time and location TBA.
Boy Scout Programs
Class of 6 or More Scouts Includes: Kayaking Merit Badge; Use of Kayak, PFD & Paddle; Staff Certified Instructor / BSA Merit Badge Counselor; Location: Paddle Point Park, Lake Ray Hubbard, Rowlett (Additional Kayaking Merit Badge classes offered November-March at the Colony Aquatic Park indoor heated pool) Details: Classes must be booked 30 days in advance Offer good at Paddle Point Park location only; Instructor: Dave Holl - Owner Kayak Instruction, ACA Certified Kayak Instructor, BSA Merit Badge Counselor.
Two-hour Private Kayak Classes. For Six or More with Indoor Heated Pool, Equipment & Instructor included!
Girl Scouts Specific Programs
Kayak Instruction Inc. makes it safe and easy for Girl Scouts of all ages to enjoy this exciting sport. All necessary equipment is provided including kayaks, paddles, PFDs and other safety equipment & Kayak Instruction, Inc. meets the Safety Wise Guidelines. There is supervision by a certified lifeguard during water safety exercises making sure the scouts are in a safe environment & are confident in the water before participating on the water. As described in Safety-Wise Water Activity Checkpoints there will be an instructor-to-girl scout ratio of 1 to 5. Our instructor list includes Junior Olympians, US Team Members and other accomplished kayakers. These training programs are designed to help girls earn badges at almost all program levels; Paddle, Pole & Roll Badge for Cadet, Senior, & Ambassador; Small Craft Badge for Junior & Paddle Safely Brownie Try-It. There is a $50.00 deposit for each program, please use the PayPal link below for deposit payment. When your deposit is received you will be sent confirmation & three (3) kayak DVDs in the mail. Please watch all DVDs before attending your Girl Scout Kayak program. When you return the DVDs to your program instructor we will process your refund.
Level One - Young Kayaks
Ages 8 through 17 Brownie, Junior, Cadet and Senior. Location: Winter-Indoor heated pool Summer-Lake, pond or pool. Description: A two-hour fun class that stresses safety. Participants will become comfortable in a kayak and learn how to do self-rescue while playing games. Participation in this program meets the requirements for the Brownie Paddle Safely Try-It and the Adventure Sports Badge.
Level Two - Kayak Skill Techniques
Ages 9 through 17 Junior, Cadet, Senior & Ambassador. Location: Winter-Indoor heated pool Summer-Lake, pond or pool. Description: A three hour clinic which provides the kayaker with the necessary skills to paddle safely, efficiently and with confidence. You will leave this class knowing how to enter, exit and maneuver your kayak in any direction. Participation in this program meets the requirements for the Junior "Small Craft" badge.
Level Three - Kayak Technique & Rescues
Ages 11 through 17 Cadet, Senior & Ambassador Location: Winter-Indoor heated pool Summer-Lake, pond or pool. Description: A six hour clinic which includes everything in the Level Two clinic along with a two hour classroom session and several rescue techniques and meets the requirements for the Cadette/Senior Interest Project "Paddle Poll and Roll" with exception of the service Project requirement. Arrangements may be made for this to be done at a later date if desired.
Level Four - Whitewater Kayaks
Ages 11 through 17 Cadet, Senior & Ambassador. Location: Fort Worth Trinity River Whitewater Course. Description: After completion of four hours of flatwater instruction the student may take a whitewater clinic. This half day clinic is extremely fun and slightly challenging. This clinic emphasizes specific whitewater maneuvers, balance, and some fun and exciting vertical drops.
Level Five - Kayak Roll
Ages 10 through 17 Junior Cadet, Senior & Ambassador. Location: The Colony Aquatic Park. Description: A three hour program that teaches the kayak roll. We listened to last year's feedback and you asked for additional kayak programs, with more time devoted to the kayak roll. The kayak roll is a technique that allows an upside down kayaker (not a good position to occupy for any length of time) to roll the kayak back upright and continue paddling. After attending the first class, Girl Scouts are encouraged to attend follow up sessions for only a $5.00 pool rental charge. A prerequisite of Level One, Two or Three is recommended before taking this class.
Level Six Lake or River
Ages 10 through 17 Junior Cadet, Senior & Ambassador. Location: Lake Grapevine Meadowmere Park or Elm Fork of the Trinity River. Description: A three hour program that lets scouts paddle on a lake or river after completing one of our instructional programs. The first two bodies of water are appropriate for novice or beginning kayak activities. Kayaks, paddles and PFDs are provided. After kayaking on the Elm Fork, you are located by the Elm Fork Nature Preserve and can hike their nature trails.
Level Seven Intro to Kayak Polo
Ages 10 through 17 Junior Cadet, Senior & Ambassador. Location: The Colony Aquatic Park. Description: A two hour recreational program which introduces scouts to this fun action sport. Most of your time will be spent in the kayaks on the water while you learn the rules and techniques of this sport.
Level Eight Fabulous Friday Night Flips
Brownie, Junior, Cadet, Senior and Ambasador. Location: The Colony Aquatic Park. Description: This is an inexpensive less structured program which alows Girl scouts to have fun in a kayak on Friday night. This is held in an indoor heated pool. There are instructors on site to answer questions; however, this is not a full on instructional program.
Level Nine Kayak Aid, ACA Certified Kayak Instructor Mentor Program
Junior, Cadet, Senior, Ambassador. Location: The Colony Aquatic Park. Description: Girl Scouts can develop the skills to becom an ACA Level 1 Certified Kayak Instructor. You will volunteer and assist with the Girl Scout kayak programs under the direction of ACA Instructor Trainer Dave Holl.
Three Hour Tour - $40. Come enjoy the water & scenery on beautiful Lake Ray Hubbard, just 15 minutes east of downtown Dallas. A popular recreational destination & fishing spot where paddlers enjoy the wide open water & leisurely paddles along the shoreline. Wildlife and Ecology: Home to a variety of birds, including bald eagles, great blue herons & during migration many water birds. Many species thrive around the lake you may see coyotes, raccoons, skunk, squirrels & other animals. We will show you the lake in a new & exciting way. Reserve your spot early.
Kayak Nature River Trail 7/13/14 1:00-4:00
Kayak Nature River Trail 7/12/14 9:00-12:00
Kayak Nature River Trail 7/26/14 9:00-12:00
Kayak Nature River Trail 7/27/14 1:00-4:00
Enhance your emergency preparedness skills. As paddlers, we love the power of water, but it can be dreadfull in the wrong circumstances. A Kayak Instruction, Inc. swiftwater rescue class is designed to give you the confidence and skills to succeed in rescue scenarios, and to avoid costly mistakes when faced with floods, hydraulics, pins, and more. The class is taught by Swiftwater Rescue Technicians who are also certified kayak instructors. We concentrate on building logical modules of rescue skills, such as the Rope Rescue Program and other technical rescue programs and then weld them into systems, which can be effectively and safely employed in rescue situations. This clinic requires no prior paddling skills. During this clinic your time will be spent in a classroom, in a raft, in the river and on the river bank.
Intermediate Sea Kayak
This six hour class begins with one hour of class room or on-shore instruction and familiarization with paddling equipment. Topics covered include: choosing a paddle, spray skirts, types of kayaks, recommend safety and rescue gear. Basic navigation, use of charts, compass and GPS are also covered. Recommend camping gear, foodstuffs, proper waterproofing and loading of gear for camping and touring from a kayak are covered. On water instruction will teach proper paddle grip, introduction of various paddling strokes with emphasis on the most efficient forward strokes. Also covered will be the purpose and use of both rudders and skegs. Demonstration of rescue techniques include self-rescue and assisted rescues. Other topics will cover safety around other watercraft and their avoidance with a short introduction on reading weather and water conditions while on the water.
Advanced Whitewater Edge Control Class
Have you noticed boaters who make paddling look effortless in difficult water? Edge control helps them make it look easy. During this class you will learn the techniques used by some of the best boaters in the sport. This four-hour program has been developed for kayakers who wish to isolate and understand all techniques used to avoid capsizing in moving water. This class is the next progression following our Eskimo Roll program. Curriculum includes: Outfitting your boat for control, bracing for control, control with the pry and reading water features. Class fee includes use of boat and gear, but students are very strongly encouraged to use their own outfitted boat and gear. Sprayskirts and the Eskimo-roll are mandatory. All students will roll many times during this class. This class is restricted to whitewater kayaks and whitewater canoes only. The class is offered in cooperation with Streams and Valleys; participation in this program helps support Streams and Valleys programs. Class will be held at the Ft. Worth Trinity River Whitewater Park; instruction by Steve Isenburg, former US Team member.
Basic River Running Skills Class
This four-hour program is the next progression following our Flatwater Fundamentals program. You will learn how to read river features and how to use them as you paddle downstream. This program has been developed for kayakers who wish to isolate and understand techniques used to avoid capsizing in moving water. The difference between paddling on flat-water and moving water is comparable to loading your boat on top of a vehicle on a calm day versus a very windy day. Curriculum includes: Outfitting your boat for control, bracing for control, and reading water features. This class applies to all kayaks and canoes (recreational, sit on tops, whitewater and touring). A roll is not required. The class is offered in cooperation with Streams and Valleys; participation in this program helps support Streams and Valleys programs. Class will be held at the Ft. Worth Trinity River Whitewater Park; instruction by Steve Isenburg, former US Team member.
Kayak Instruction, Inc. provides quality kayak instruction to as many segments of the population as possible, emphasizing safety, enjoyment and skill acquisition. We are the only North Texas program with instructors certified by the ACA to teach the kayak roll and whitewater kayak programs.