Bracing Clinic with Wayne Horodowich of USK

skill level:   open to all
ages:   adult
price:   $150.00

It is easier to stay upright than to get upright. When you capsize, having a roll and/or knowing recovery techniques are important. However, if you have good bracing skills you minimize your chance of capsizing. When the wind picks up and the water gets rough your need for support increases and 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 clinic focuses on bracing techniques that give you more support and that are more reliable. We also work on developing techniques to give you support when paddling in rough water. In addition, skills for maneuvering against the wind are included.

Before you can go into rough water you need to develop your skills on calm water. Therefore, this class is taught on calm water so you can learn the skills you will need for rough water.

The class goes from 9AM to 4PM with a one-hour lunch break. Because this is a bracing class you may be spending time immersed in the water so protective clothing is required. Since some capsizing will occur you will have an opportunity to polish your recovery skills.

Wayne Horodowich is the founder of the University of Sea Kayaking, LLC (USK) and has been teaching Sea Kayaking since the mid 1980's and is the producer of the "In Depth" Instructional video series on sea kayaking. Wayne has also written a new book for his instructor/guide development program called “Practicing Good Judgment - Adventurer’s Guide to Making Critical Decisions.” Visit for information about USK and sea kayaking education.

Jul 15
At: Esther Beach Park
Sat 8:00AM - 4:00PM 4+ spots left Register
Required Forms
Each person attending Rutabaga classes must read and sign the Waiver of Liability form and the Student Health Info form. Please download each form for each participant and bring the signed documents with you when you come to class. Thanks!

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