Basic Kayak Safety and Rescue

Picture of Kris teaching Jen a kayak safety maneuver in the YMCA pool

Are you prepared for kayaking?

What if you capsized in cold water or far from shore? Could you complete the steps necessary to get back in your boat? Are you familiar with the equipment needed to rescue yourself or others if this happened? This is not a kayak paddling skills class, but rather a class that teaches you the basics of the equipment and the skills needed for self- and group-rescue.

The class has two parts. The first is a one hour classroom session where you learn the basics of rescue equipment and its use; selection of proper clothing; and big lake considerations. The second is a two hour in-pool session where you learn and practice the techniques of getting back into a capsized boat and righting another boat that has capsized. A better understanding of the safety basics gives you the knowledge and confidence for a more enjoyable and safer kayak experience.

Basic Kayak Safety and Rescue Class

Picture of a woman practicing kayak safety skills in the Grand Marais YMCA pool
The Basic Kayak Safety and Rescue Class is held at the Grand Marais YMCA. It’s open to everyone from 16 to 99. The cost for members is $60; for non-members the cost is $80. We are finished for the 2019 season and working on dates for 2020.

  • PFD
  • Kayak and kayak accessories
  • Paddle
Things to Bring
  • Swimsuit or other clothing that is okay to get wet
  • Towel
  • Dry change of clothing
  • Water bottle or hydration pack
  • If needed: medications; eye glasses and/or contact lenses and spare

All Stone Harbor tours and instruction require active, physical participation on the part of the guest. You must sign the Stone Harbor Guided Tours and Instructional Activities Waiver and Release of Liability form and the Stone Harbor Confidential Medical History form prior to participating in any Stone Harbor tour or instruction. Please call us at 218-387-3136 if you have any questions about the physical requirements or the risks associated with the activities.

All tours and instruction are weather dependent. If a tour or class needs to be cancelled due to the weather, you will receive a full refund. If you must cancel a reservation, please give us 48 hours notice for a full refund.

We are committed to your safety. Our safety policy can be found here.

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