2013 Fundamentals of Kayaking Courses
Students can enroll at Mentor or call Mentor Recreation 440-974-5723 for FOK classes
The objectives of this course are to provide the participant with the skills to: Safely maneuver a kayak; rescue themselves and others from routine boating incidents; develop awareness of hazards associated with the sport of flat-water kayaking. Topics included: rescue breathing, hypothermia, trip planning, gear, and boat outfitting, prevention of related sports injuries, knot tying, and legalities. In-water practice sessions comprise the majority of the course, and focus on balance, stroke technique, maneuvering, rescues, and rolling. The course is aimed at beginners. A 3-MINUTE SWIM TEST IS DONE AT THE FIRST SESSION. This class is a prerequisite to river classes. Cost: $50 for residents, $62 for nonresidents, includes life jacket, helmet, paddle, and kayak.
Site - Day - Time
Mentor Recreation - Monday/Wednesdays - 6 - 9 pm Must attend all 4 classes.
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Beginning and Intermediate Boater Paddling Programs
for River Kayak, Canoe and Sea Kayak
Are no longer taught by American Red Cross.
However I can post any other classes that you may be aware of run by other organizations in the NE Ohio area.
41° North offers a wide range of courses that are designed for Sea Kayakers.
41° North Courses
Cleveland Metroparks offers a wide range of courses that are designed for Recreational Boaters.
2013 Basic River Courses (Canoeing/Kayaking)
Formal Red Cross Training has been eliminated. But our club has a huge Trip Schedule for all our club members. Any trip you come on, you can be assisted in learning your paddling techniques, if you ask the organizer for assistance.
If you are not a current member, you can come on one trip to see if you enjoy the group. After that we ask that you
Join Our Club.
New Paddler Trip Progression, We encourage newer paddlers who want to improve their skills in a safe organized fashion to choose trips in numerical order (1), (2), (3), (4), (5)
Pick a trip to match your current skill level, Score your own Paddler Rating using our on-line system, tell the Trip Organizer what you rating is and whether you would like any informal training assistance. Tell them the most difficult river that you have sucessfully paddled.
Trip Progression Examples
(1) - Vermilion, Grand, Cuyahoga, Chagrin
(2) - Lower Slippery Rock, Ashtabula, Middle Yough, Casselman
(3) - W. Br. Rocky, Slippery Rock Gorge, Cheat Narrows, N. Br Potomac, Upper New
(4) - Lower Yough, Little Sandy, Ocoee, Nolichucky, Stony Creek
(5) - Cheat Canyon, Lower Gauley, New Gorge, Savage
Swiftwater Rescue Clinic
Taught by Charlie Walbridge
June 8th & 9th 2013
For the 6th year in a row Charlie Walbridge will be conducting a Swiftwater Rescue Clinic exclusively for our Club members. This Clinic has trained nearly 100 of our members and I’m sure that has made a big difference within our boating community. Registration for this year’s clinic is now open and will close when full or by the end of April. There’s a limit of 10 members and the cost is $85 plus $5 ACA insurance if you are not an ACA member. If we end up with any extra proceeds we’ll donate to Friends of the Cheat as we have in past years.
More Information Contact Joe Marksz to sign up firstname.lastname@example.org . . . . . . . . . 216-533-0604
Two sessions are scheduled this Fall. Saturday afternoons on November 8, December 06; and Four sessions for the Winter, January 03, February 7, 21; March 21 - 4PM to 6PM
Pool time starts at 4:00pm and ends promptly at 6:00pm. We must shower and be out of the building by 6:15pm. A charge of $6 per person per session ($5 for Orange School District residents) covers the use of the pool. All participants at Orange MUST complete a registration form with emergency contact information prior to entering the pool area. So print one and fill it out before you arrive.
Directions to Orange High School Pool The Orange High School Pool is on the south side of Chagrin Boulevard, between Lander and SOM Center Roads. It is two miles east of the Chagrin exit off I-271 (which is just north of the I-271 and I-480 interchange). From I-271 take the Chagrin boulevard exit and head east. At the Lander Road turning circle stay on Chagrin Boulevard by taking the second road right. The school will be about one-half mile on the right side of the road. Map to Orange HS
The pool is in the west end of the building. You can see it through the two-story-high windows. Park along the west end of the building. There is a very wide concrete pad leading to a double set of glass doors on the pool deck. If you arrive early, drop your boats on the concrete pad and go inside and wait until we are permitted to bring boats into the pool area.
Kayak Roll Sessions Work on your Eskimo roll in the comfort of our heated pool so you will be ready for the river this spring. Participants must bring their own boats (clean boats only, please) and gear. Helmets are required for anyone entering the pool. There are experienced boaters on hand to give pointers to new kayakers. Enter the pool area through West pool deck doors starting at 3:50pm. Participants must fill out a registration form & pay before being allowed to enter the water. Please bring exact change each day.
Cancellation Policy If winter driving conditions are bad, the session may be canceled. When Orange Community Education and Recreation is closed, information is typically on local television and radio stations. We will also try to post closings on the Hotline at 216-556-4659 and our Message Board.
Two sessions are scheduled this Fall. Saturday afternoons on November 22; December 20 ; and six sessions for the Winter, January 17 & 24,February 14 & 28; March 7, 14 - 3:00 to 5:00 PM Saturday Pool time starts at 3:00 PM and ends promptly at 5:00 PM. Cannot enter the building until 2:50 PM. All must shower and be out of the building by 5:15pm. A charge of $6 per person per session covers the use of the pool. Please remember helmets are required. Tuesday Evening- Roll Sessions at Lakewood Pool - 8:30PM to 9:45PM
A charge of only $4 per person per session
None are scheduled yet for 2014-15 at 8:30-9:45 pm
Sessions can be scheduled for Tuesday evening if there is enough interest.
Directions to Lakewood High School Pool Lakewood High School is at 14100 Franklin Blvd., the pool is located in the back of the High School, so entering at the Robinwood Ave. entrance is easiest, especially when coming from I-90. Exit from I-90 at the Bunts Rd./W 140th St. Exit and head north on Bunts to Madison Ave. Turn left on Madison Ave. and head one block to Robinwood Ave. Take a right on Robinwood Ave., which dead ends into the pool entrance. Kayaks should be brought through the delivery entrance/emergency exit, which is located just to the east of the Robinwood entrance. Pool staff will be stationed at the delivery entrance to assist you. Cannot enter the building until 2:50 PM. Map to Lakewood HS
Cancellation Policy If Lakewood High School pool is closed, that information will likely be available on the pool's voicemail at (216) 529-4014 or see our Message Board.
Sessions are now scheduled for every Sunday starting 11/09 to 2/22 for Meyers Lake YMCA Pool in Canton, OH. (11/9, 11/23, 11/30, 12/7, 12/14, 12/21, 12/28, 1/4, 1/11, 1/18, 1/25, 2/1, 2/8, 2/15, 2/22)
Sunday Pool Session start at 8:45am and end promptly at 10:45am. The YMCA has agreed to open the back door at 8:30am to allow us time to bring in our kayaks/gear.
A charge of $5-$7 per kayak/person per session should cover the use of the pool.
Directions to Canton Meyers Lake YMCA Pool
The Meyers Lake YMCA is located at 1333 North Park Ave NW in Canton. Easily located 1 mile west of I-77 using the 13th St exit. Turn Right on Park Street and you can't miss the YMCA on the building. If you see the lake on your right you have gone too far.
Meyers Lake YMCA There are a few simple guidelines to follow. All boaters will bring their kayaks/gear through the back door. All kayaks and gear must be clean before getting to the YMCA. No seal launching. It is important that all kayaks are out of the YMCA building immediately after the session ends, take your kayak out the back door to the parking lot then proceed with showers and changing. Please pay me (or designated person) at the end of each session. Please remember helmets are required. Format for the Canton Roll Sessions will remain as in the past, first hour roll practice second hour kayak soccer.
Cancellation Policy Please check the Keel-Haulers Message Board the morning of a session, a post will be there in the event the YMCA needs to cancel.
For more information contact Manager of Outdoor Adventure, Chris John email@example.com . . . . 330-972-7357
General Pool Rules
The sessions are unstructured, providing plenty of time to practice at your own pace. There is no formal instruction. However, there are always club members on hand who are happy to demonstrate and provide assistance to other club members. If you want help with your roll, just ask a club member.
Extra kayaks and equipment are not provided. While it is often possible to borrow other peoples' boats for short periods, it is a good idea to arrange this in advance. Hand paddles will be available for learning hand rolls.
To maintain a good relationship with the Orange & Lakewood, Canton or Akron, there are a few rules to observe.
1. All boats must be clean. Remove the air bags and wash the boat, inside and out. Do this at home. Dirty boats are not allowed in the pool.
2. Sessions are open to the general public. For those interested, club membership forms will be available at the door. Annual club dues are only $20 per family. Click to Join Our Club
3. The roll session at Orange High School is preceded by an Open Swim session. If you arrive early, please wait outside the building with your boats until the Open Swim session ends at 4:10 PM. Please bring in boats through the back emergency exit, which will open at 4:10 PM.
4. Please sign in and pay the lifeguard/manager upon entering the pool. Please bring exact change.
5. We must avoid damage to the facilities and especially the pools' tiled surfaces. Remove metal rudders from sea kayaks. Do not bring aluminum canoes. Do not launch off the deck of the pool -- enter your boat while it is sitting in the water.
6. The pool becomes crowded. In the interest of safety, neither free swimming nor diving is allowed. All children under the age of 18 must be supervised at all times by a paying adult.
7. Helmets will be required, whether you are in a boat or standing in the water helping someone. This is for your own safety.
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Outdoor Weekly Summer Roll Practice - Tentative Plans for 2014
Location - South of Akron
Roll sessions at Nimisila Reservoir Map to Nim.on Thursday after work from 5:30-7:30PM. On 6/5,12,19,26; 7/3,7/10,17,24,31; 8/7,14,21,28
Exit 120 off I-77 south of Akron. To GPS Coordinates 40.95055° -81.52589°