Skagit Valley College

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 Course Title:   Introduction to Kayaking

 Title Abbreviation:   INTRO TO KAYAKING

 Department:    PE

 Course #:    167

 Credits:    1

 Variable:     Yes

 IUs:    1.5

 CIP:    310501

 EPC:    n/a

 REV:    2021

 Course Description  

This course will use lectures, videos, and hands-on training in a pool, lake, or bay to safely teach basic kayak handling skills. These skills are easy and fun to learn; you will need only to be in good health and be able to swim.


Prerequisite: None.

Additional Course Details

Contact Hours (based on 11 week quarter)

Lecture: 0

Lab: 22

Other: 0

Systems: 0

Clinical: 0

Intent: Distribution Requirement(s) Status:  

Academic N/A  

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Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Describe and identify types of kayaks, launch and land the boat safely, and perform basic paddling strokes and turns.
  2. The student will also be able to select appropriate equipment for the conditions, and recognize obvious hazards to safe kayaking.
  3. Safely re-enter a kayak after a wet exit in open water.
  4. Assist another kayaker in re-entering his or her craft in open water.

General Education Learning Values & Outcomes

Revised August 2008 and affects outlines for 2008 year 1 and later.

Course Contents

  1. Topics to be covered during class: Basics of kayaking - types of boats, safety, equipment, and navigation.
  2. Students will have a chance to try out several different boats in both fresh water and salt water, and make a short trip in the local area.
    • Vocabulary unique to kayaking
    • Judging, using, and avoiding currents
    • Rudiments of navigation, nautical charts
    • Entering, launching, and landing the kayak
    • Evaluating weather, sea, and traffic conditions with regard to hazards
    • Recognizing underwater terrain by wave action, seaweed, water color
    • Dealing with emergencies
    • Safety equipment
    • Basic paddle strokes - turning, bracing
    • How to gain further education/experience