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For starters, I've never been in a kayak in my life. I retire next spring, and among our celebratory European river cruise we have kayak excursions on the Danube River near Budapest, Hungary and also Vienna, Austria. Where around here does one become acquainted with this craft before we depart? There are stops at vineyards along the way, so I'm assuming part of it will involve inebriated kayaking....but I'm not planning on drowning on my first trip. Not until after Prague, at least. Then I can die.

 

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Sounds like a great kick-off to well earned retirement! 

I doubt you need lessons. If you've been in a canoe, a kayak is way easier in my opinion. I'm sure the tour folks will get you up to speed before they cut you loose. 

 

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First, I'll say you dont need lessons for a casual trip.  However, this past Sunday, I took a class through Prairie State Canoeists.  They teach paddling techniques according to the ACA.  Highly recommend it even for the seasoned paddler.

Yes, I was the only one with a fishing kayak.  That said, I learned a bit and it was definitely worthwhile.   I've improved my efficiency in paddling so as to not wear myself out as much. 

I learned the draw stroke and other braces.  Will make it much easier to position myself than worrying about the approach so much.

We practiced self rescues, so if I were to ever go for a swim on accident, I know and proved I can enter the boat again.  For smaller waters, not quite as much a concern, but I do venture onto some lakes.

They also have a moving water class that teaches how to leverage eddies and other manuevers.

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3 hours ago, Andy H said:

First, I'll say you dont need lessons for a casual trip.  However, this past Sunday, I took a class through Prairie State Canoeists.  They teach paddling techniques according to the ACA.  Highly recommend it even for the seasoned paddler.

Yes, I was the only one with a fishing kayak.  That said, I learned a bit and it was definitely worthwhile.   I've improved my efficiency in paddling so as to not wear myself out as much. 

I learned the draw stroke and other braces.  Will make it much easier to position myself than worrying about the approach so much.

We practiced self rescues, so if I were to ever go for a swim on accident, I know and proved I can enter the boat again.  For smaller waters, not quite as much a concern, but I do venture onto some lakes.

They also have a moving water class that teaches how to leverage eddies and other manuevers.

Thanks for the heads up on PSC.  I would like to improve my canoeing skills.

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