Back to All Events

5-Week Standup Paddleboard Foundations Course

For the summer of 2019, Coast to Coast Paddle is bringing back Kayak Foundations and Standup Paddleboard Foundations, two five-week workshops designed to help you take your paddling to the next level. Over the course of five weeks, we’ll build both the length and intensity of our paddles, culminating in a “graduation paddle” in which we set our sights on not just our longest paddle, but also the most exposed to conditions. We’ll learn the basics of paddling, including paddling efficiently, powerfully, and safely. We’ll also learn how to read weather forecasts and respond to unexpected changes in the weather and conditions. We’ll learn how to alter planned routes to maximize safety and enjoyment, or, if your route is set, how to use coastal topography, wind, and swell direction to reduce the risk of overexposure. Each course will be offered on different nights, so you can choose your favorite craft, or round out your paddling by tackling both! 

Each session will begin with an on the water skills section, where we focus on increasingly advanced skills and strokes for maneuvering your board or kayak and paddling efficiently. After the skills section, we will go for a paddle, increasing the distance each session and applying our newly learned skills. Along the way, we'll examine the way weather, wind, and tide dictate our route choice, and how to use features of the coastal landscape to help manage conditions when weather changes unexpectedly. 

Skills covered in the courses include, but are not limited to: 

Efficient forward paddling
Sweep Strokes
Pivot Turns (paddle boarding) 
Edging (Kayaks)
Kayak Rescues: T-rescue, Eskimo Rescue, and Self Rescue with and without paddle float
Paddleboard Flip Rescue
Towing
Draw strokes- bow, stern, feathered, sculling, and cross bow
Bow Rudder
Stern Rudder

Standup Paddleboard Foundations
Wednesday June 19th- 6pm
Wednesday June 26th- 6pm
Wednesday July 10th- 6pm
Wednesday July 17th- 6pm
Sunday July 21st- 6am

Can’t wait, sign me up! 

Earlier Event: June 18
5-Week Kayak Foundations Course
Later Event: June 22
Sunrise Paddle Tour