Canoecopia is presented by
Alliant Energy Center
1919 Alliant Energy Way
Friday: 3 PM to 8 PM
Saturday: 9 AM to 6 PM
Sunday: 10 AM to 4 PM
Ages 17 and under are FREE
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||Wayne Horodowich is an experienced paddler, educator and adventurer. He directed "Adventure Programs" at the UC Santa Barbara for twenty-five years and was their head kayak instructor. Wayne has filmed and produced the popular USK "In Depth" Instructional video series specifically for sea kayaking and authored the book "Practicing Good Judgment - Adventurer's Guide to Making Critical Decisions." He is very active in teaching instructor development clinics around North America and was a former captain of the U.S. Surf Kayak Team. He is the founder of the University of Sea Kayaking, an organization for the promotion of sea kayaking education, which hosts an incredible web site (www.useakayak.org) providing an educational resource to sea kayakers.
Whether you go out for a day, a week or a month, there are certain skills and equipment that a paddler needs to make the most out of their trip. Wayne Horodowich, the founder of the University of Sea Kayaking, has been guiding adventure trips for over 43 years nationally and internationally. Join Wayne for an enthusiastic give and take discussion where he will share his "Must Have" list with you so you can better enjoy your own adventures on the water.
Trying to choose a kayak can be overwhelming from the seemingly endless variety of boats available in the marketplace. Your goal is to find the boat that fits your needs and your budget. If you want a step by step approach to finding the kayak that works best for you then join Wayne Horodowich for a dynamic and detailed discussion. Wayne will draw upon his 35 years of teaching kayaking and fitting paddlers into kayaks so they can have an enjoyable experience.
Staying upright is far better than risking exposure and expending energy getting upright. Having a roll and/or knowing recovery techniques are important. However, if you have good paddle support skills you minimize your chance of capsizing. When the wind picks up and the water gets rough your need for support increases. In addition, you also need to be able to maneuver against that wind while the water around you is bouncing your kayak around.
Traditional bracing classes focus on the slap brace, which is a one shot attempt at staying upright. This discussion focuses on reliable stroke techniques to give you support when paddling in rough water and skills for maneuvering against the wind.
Paddling a kayak is more than just taking strokes with your paddle. Kayaking is a true marriage of your boat, body and blade. All three must be working together during all aspects of kayaking to get the most out of your equipment. We will discuss body position and movements, boat positions and movements, and closely view how to properly use and manipulate your paddle to get the results you want when kayaking and get the most out of your equipment.