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Sea Kayaking SK1 Lesson

Thursday, Jul 11, 2024 (1:30 pm - 3:30 pm)

Leader: Pete Buscaino
Required ratings:
SK0 (sea kayak orientation rating)

Event Information


Come out and enjoy an afternoon of paddling on Lake Mendota, the plan is to paddle from the Terrace to James Madison Beach (Maybe Tenney Beach depending on the speed of the group). This will be a great opportunity to either earn your SK1 rating or practice your SK1 skills. 

Here are the skills we will be teaching/practicing 

  • Bracing
  • Self-Rescue (deck scramble, heel hook, and re-entry roll) 
  • How to use a paddle float, bilge pump, and bilge sponge

Plan to get wet, plan to protect yourself from the sun, and please bring plenty of water and snacks to fuel a good time paddling. 


Participants must have their Sea Kayak Orientation rating. 

Participants need to be a current member of the Hoofer Outing Club. 

Participants need to meet the first seven essential eligibility requirements as specified by American Canoe Association: 


  • You must wear shoes that have a sole and will not fall off in the water. There are Zebra Mussels in the lake, and their shells are very sharp. I know of several instances where people have cut their feet in the lake outside the Union. 
  • Wear clothing that can get wet. We are definitely going to be completely immersed in the water. We will be swimming.  
  • Bring a glasses strap if you wear glasses 
  • Bring a full change of clothing, including dry shoes, and a towel. There are showers inside of the Union building. 
  • A water bottle is required


Please meet at the outer entrance to the Outdoor UW boathouse in the lower level of Memorial Union. It's a large garage door facing the lake, where the canoes and kayaks are kept. Please be there and ready to start at 1:30 pm. 

A swim test is not required to participate in this lesson but it is required to earn your SK1, if you're interested in completing the swim test, please email me. 

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Lesson / Training (ratings may be achieved)
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Trip Purpose/Goals
Earn SK1 rating

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