The 2014 Kayak II/Canoe School is April 25-27, and is designed for those students interested in learning to paddle in moving water or whitewater. Students are required to have previous experience (i.e., Kayak I school, pool session practice, previous river canoeing, or similar experience) and knowledge of and comfort executing the basic paddle strokes; boat control will be expected. The ability to Eskimo roll a kayak is not required for this class but kayak students must have experience performing wet exits. We will spend the weekend at Pike Lake State Park in cabins (starting Friday evening after work, the 25th) and hold the paddling portion of the school on the Rocky Fork & Paint Creek in southwest Ohio. This school will prepare students to negotiate most of Ohio's rivers and streams and is also the first step toward whitewater kayaking. Students are encouraged to supply their own kayaks/ canoes, if practical. (Please note that sea kayaks and longer, less maneuverable kayaks are not appropriate for this school.) All kayaks/canoes must be in good condition and have appropriate flotation. Students MUST have type III life jacket, paddle, and a white-water helmet and spray skirt (this equipment can be rented from COP). COP has a limited number of rental boats and equipment available, and can be reserved on a first-come first serve basis, determined by acceptance of paid school application.
Fees cover instruction, lodging which are heated cabins with bathrooms, but may require some stu-dents to sleep on the floor, and meals (Friday night snack, Saturday & Sunday breakfast and lunch, and Saturday dinner). Fees are $150 for COP members with their own equipment and $170 for those renting. Participants must be current COP members. Register online at http://outdoor-pursuits.org/ Kayak_2 Andrew Hanes, firstname.lastname@example.org or 614/570.2930