Speciality Courses

Speciality Courses

from 50.00

Dynamic Water Training

Would you love to get into some dynamic water but don't have free weekends?  Now's your chance!  We are offering a 3 hour, after work training in dynamic water.  The course is designed to develop skills for safe and enjoyable kayaking through rock gardens and surf zones. Topics will include, but are not limited to, reading water, situation awareness, safe zones, launching in the surf and onto / off of rocks, reading the surf zone, incident management and much more!    Don't miss this chance to up your game!  Location: The session will be held out of Swampscott, MA in Nahant Bay.

Rough Water Rescues and Incident Management

Be ready for the unexpected!  It is a simple truth that anything can happen on the ocean, so take the time to prepare.  Revisit old techniques and learn new ones during this intensive one-day training.  Learn to handle situations in dynamic ocean conditions when things are going less than perfect. The training will focus on scenarios and role playing in rough seas.  The course will include risk assessment, leadership, communication, weather, navigation, etc. 

This class takes your flat water rescues and brings them into rough water.   

  • It will be June. It will be Maine. It will be the ocean. It will be cold water. Dress for immersion as we will be in the water.

  • You must bring a water-sports approved helmet, a tow system, and any gear that you would normally have with you while paddling.

  • Bring your ideas!

Rock, Paddle, Surf Kayak Coaching is strongly committed to supporting high standards for working Maine Sea Kayak Guides and Instructors, so RPS is offering a $105 discount on this course for members of MASKGI.   

Introduction to Kayak Camping 

One of the most memorable things you can do in a sea kayak is to camp out of it. For those who have never done this, it can be daunting the first time, so RPS has designed a one night introductory camping excursion! The Cape Porpoise islands off of the coast of Kennebunkport, ME are beautiful and close by. We'll paddle out to them on 8/11, make camp, and then do smaller day paddles and possibly a night paddle, as we explore the islands and the surrounding area. Don't miss this chance to experience the independence of kayak camping and visit the magnificent Cape Porpoise area!

Coastal Navigation

The RPS Coastal Navigation course consists of two, on-the-water evening sessions. The goal is to develop skills for safe and enjoyable kayak navigation along the coast (within five miles of land). The first evening is entirely in daylight. It starts with an on-beach discussion of tides, weather, the wind, waves, swells, boat traffic, and wildlife. It continues with an introduction to the marine chart, and the use of a compass. The on-water segment is initially focused with “H2O Orienteering”, with the goal of using the environment, a chart, and compass to determine location and direction. The topics include bearings, back-bearings, topography, buoys, landmarks, and shore curvature. We will discuss rules of thumb related to the on-water estimation of distance and angles. The second part of the course involves moving on the water, including exploitation of transits, bearing compensation for the wind and current (steering off), ferry angles, and parallax. The course culminates with a night paddle, in which we use lights, visible shore topography, buoys, and crossing duration to navigate. Location: Both sessions will be in the Portsmouth, NH Piscataqua waterways.





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