We started with introductions and then proceeded with
talking about the gear. One fun things we did with the gear was a “gear
relay” – We put the gear into piles around the grass we were sitting in
and in teams of two, the kids started at pile #1 (the spray skirts) and
raced to each pile, putting their gear on (it had to be perfect – like
the pfd’s had to be tight) and then once all the gear was on and
checked by the instructor, they tagged their teammates and their
teammate cycled through the piles. We had lots of giggles during this
game and was definately an “ice breaker” for all the kids. We spent the
rest of the morning in the pool playing with our boats. A couple of fun
activities that we did in the pool where:
1. The kids tried
climbing into their boats without tipping them. Once they mastered
this, we then had them sit in their boats, stand up and sit back down.
Both these games were great for the “fun” factor and for learning
We practiced holding our breath on land and then holding our breath
underwater – so the kids could see that they can actually stay
underwater for a reasonable amount of time IF they are relaxed.
From here, we went into the wet exits without spray skirts –
concentrating on perfect form – a couple of the kids were nervous at
first, but once they tried it, they wanted to wet exit over and over.
This advanced into the normal “wet exit” and then into a quick
introduction of the roll (only because one of the kids asked if we
could teach them the roll). . .SWEET!
lunch, we headed to Rowland Lake to play more games. The first day was
pretty much “game-day”. We played relays to practice forward strokes
and sweets and also “Sharks and Minnows”, using a pyranha sponge for
the “weapon” of choice. Each day, before wrapping up the class, the
kids were aksed to write down their thoughts on a couple of questions.
Every day, we asked them “What was your favorite thing you did today?”
and then came up with one more question which was different each day.
On day 1, the other question was, “Why do you want to learn how to
kayak?” (Remember these are all 10-12 year olds).
“What was your favorite thing you did on Day 1?
The Wet Exit
The gear “relay”
Going to the Lake for game-playing
“Why do you want to learn how to kayak?”
“May dad recommended the class, and I thought awh, what the heck!”
“Because it’s a super cool thing to do!”
it sounded really fun. I always loved to go on boats and swim. I also
wanted to come back because being on whitewater in the middle of nature
is just great. I also met a great friend and kayaking is all about
This wraps up Day 1 of Wet Planet’s Kids kayaking course. Stay tuned for Day 2 . . .
Team Wet Planet
Team Jackson Kayak
– Heather @ 11:55 AM