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Weathercocking – Improving Kayak Control under Challenging Conditions (Rec K Clinic #3)

  • 27 Jun 2024
  • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • 4900 Ridge Avenue, Philadelphia, PA
  • 15



Weathercocking – Improving Kayak Control under Challenging Conditions

(Rec K Clinic #3)

Tom Rickards – Lead Instructor

In this clinic we will be looking at how to control and track your kayak when faced with outside forces like wind, currents, or waves. We will be looking at the phenomena of              weathercocking – when your kayak will tend to want to turn into the wind.  We will learn why this happens and practice techniques like ruddering, edging, and figuring out how to weight the kayak to correct for these forces.

Students should arrive by 5:30 to get their equipment and be fitted to boats so all can be on the river by 6:00.

Note: Paddling is a wet sport. Please bring a towel and change of clothes. Do not wear cotton clothing. Cotton absorbs water quickly, becomes heavy and will chill you. A swim suit under synthetic shorts is preferable.  Protect your feet with river shoes or close toed shoes that fit securely, no sandals. Bring drinking water in a plastic bottle.

ACA Members $20

Non-AACA Members $30

Boat Rental Free.

NOTE: All participants must sign a waiver. Please use link below. 

Online waiver for non-ACA Members

Online Waiver for Current ACA Members


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