Paddle Sports Experience
About Our Program
We want every child who experiences our Paddle Sports program to come away with a sense of accomplishment. Although this may be their first experience in a kayak, or on the ocean dealing with various weather conditions, our goal is to make everyone comfortable, while opening them up to new experiences. Once children are introduced to learning new skills and ideas their lives will easily be open to future change.
What to Expect
Becoming comfortable in a kayak
Understand basic techniques
Learn about the area around them (Pacific Ocean),including tides & currents, bird life, marine mammals (seals, sea lions, whales), aquatic life, & plants
Better understanding of human impact on the environment (garbage, bioaccumulation, & boat traffic)
Understand the equipment that is needed to be safe out on the water for both individual safety & group safety (PDF, change of clothes, first aid kit, radio, etc.)
Shore Lesson provided by EcoQuest can cover a wide range of topics depending on preference. Our instructors can take the students through lessons discussing marine life, atmosphere & climate, and & plants, agriculture & industry, or animals (mammals, birds, insects & reptiles)
30 minute skills
In groups of 10, students are taught, on shore, the basic fundamentals required to get out onto the water.
1-2 hours on the water
A minimum of one hour is scheduled for exploring the beautiful waters we have around us. Getting comfortable in a kayak and familiar with proper technique we spend the time on the water exploring and learning about the marine world.
30 minute gear talk
After being on the water a demonstration of safety gear is shown so that the students will have a better understanding of what to bring with them for their own trips in the future from simple day trips to overnight expeditions.
2 hour shore lesson
Additional Option: EcoQuest can provide additional instructors to run a shore lesson based on an applicable earth science curriculum. Inquire for additional information.