Hoosier Canoe & Kayak Club

HCKC Training Calendar 

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    • 05 Apr 2017
    • 29 Nov 2017
    • 35 sessions
    • Thatcher Pool, Indianapolis, IN

    HCKC Pool Sessions

    To Sign Up:  Contact Dave Ellis to make sure that some one who you can work with will be there.

    Wednesday Pool Session - 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm:  From Wednesday, April 5, 2016 through November

    These pool sessions are focused on skill refinement and individual practice for all paddlers - whitewater kayakers,  whitewater and open canoeists, recreational kayakers, and sea kayakers - seeking to practice bracing, rolling, open water reentries, etc.   The pool is also popular with freestyle play boaters who want to learn flat water moves such as cartwheels, squirts and stalls and with sea kayakers wanting to refine their roll or work on open water rescues.  It is also a great place to meet other paddlers, find out about upcoming trips, and try out different boats and paddles. Participants often go out for refreshments afterwards to swap paddling stories and watch videos.

    These pool sessions are focused on skill refinement and individual practice for all paddlers - whitewater kayakers,  whitewater and open canoeists, recreational kayakers, and sea kayakers - seeking to practice paddle strokes, bracing, rolling, open water reentries, etc.   The pool is also popular with freestyle play boaters who want to learn flat water moves such as cartwheels, squirts and stalls and with sea kayakers wanting to refine their roll or work on open water rescues.  It is also a great place to meet other paddlers, find out about upcoming trips, and try out different boats and paddles. Participants often go out for refreshments afterwards to swap paddling stories and watch videos.

    HCKC POOL POLICIES

    • Participants must sign in each session and pay $10.00 per family per session to cover pool rental.
    • Please make certain your boat is clean and free of debris inside and out before bringing it into the pool.
    • First time participants must check-in with the pool coordinator before entering the pool.
    • Participants must be able to swim.
    • Participants must have the ability to self-rescue (wet exit at a minimum). 
    • First time visitors must demonstrate this ability.
    • Participation is restricted to HCKC members and their one-time guests.
    • Participants must maintain control of their boats and equipment at all times.
    • Anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
    • There will be no swimming or diving.
    • Participants are expected to be courteous and safety conscious at all times.
    • Indy Park Rules require that no one or their equipment is allowed on the pool deck before the designated start time and that all boats and gear must be removed from the pool deck promptly at the designated end time.
    • 20 May 2017
    • 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
    • Indianapolis, IN

    Kayaking Skills Classes – Introductory and Intermediate Classes

    This year, we will offer four one-day sessions during the summer on the dates listed above.   However, we are going to try something different to give experienced paddlers more chance for training.

    Since we now have three ACA instructors, we can break our class up into two groups.  In one group, we will cover the Introduction to Kayaking material that we always covered in these classes.   In the other, we will cover ACA Intermediate (Level 2 and 3) Instruction that we have offered only once per year in the past. 

    • ·      Introduction to Paddling -

    Target Paddlers:  HCKC members who have never taken a class or who feel unsure of their strokes in their recreational, touring, or sea kayak.  

    Class Content:  Here’s a way to jumpstart your paddling!  As a new kayaker, you may know how to move your boat around in calm water.  We will work with you to make your paddling easier and more efficient—to give you more control over your boat.  We will work on your basic knowledge, strokes, and other paddling skills that you may need to safely enjoy the sport.  This course is based on the American Canoe Association “Introduction to Kayaking” course.  This is also a great opportunity to ask any question that you might have about paddling or the Hoosier Canoe and Kayak Club.

    Your instructor will first talk with you about the basics and then quickly get on the water to teach you how to move your boat forward, backwards, and sideways as well as how to turn and stop.  .

    • ·      Intermediate Kayak Control (Edging/Turning and Stroke Refinement)

    Target Paddlers:  HCKC members who have taken an introductory class at least one year ago and who are comfortable with their forward-turning strokes as well as with their draw and rudder maneuvers.  This class targets recreational, touring, and sea kayaks.

    Class Content:  Boat control and turning are essential for Intermediate paddlers whether you are paddling on creeks, rivers, lakes, or oceans.  You need to make your boat do what you want it to do. In this class, we will spend the entire class helping you to turn your boat faster, easier, and with more control.   The main topics that we cover are listed below:

    •    Edging your boat and using fore/aft lean to turn your boat or to make it go straight
    •    Bow and stern rudders
    •    Side draws – Maneuvers that move your boat sideway without changing the angle of your boat
    •    Maneuvers to paddle tighter turns with control

    This section will start with a short discussion of boat dynamics and quickly get on the water to start learning to play with your boat. 

    Meeting Place: To be Announced – The instructors will send out an e-mail to participants about one week before the class.   The Introductory Class will typically be held at Eagle Creek but the instructors for Intermediate classes may opt another location.  .

    Your Chance of Immersion: While the water is cool, we will demonstrate rescue skills but you won’t intentionally be getting into the water at this clinic unless you want to.  Thatcher Pool’s Wednesday night sessions are a better place to practice rescues and wet exits when it’s cool out

    Class Size: Attendance for each class will be limited to 5 students for each of the 3 instructors. Enrollees must be registered HCKC Members and will be accepted based on the date that they e-mail Jim Sprandel.    The split between Introductory and Intermediate students will be decided as student enrollments are processed.

    Please do not sign up unless you can stay for the entire clinic (9:00 am to 3:30 pm).

    What to Bring:

    Please bring your kayak, life jacket, paddle, paddling jacket, sun screen, lunch, and water.

    Safety equipment that you normally carry (e.g., pump, paddle float, stirrup, tow or throw rope …) Please don’t buy safety equipment just for this class.

    Paddling Clothing—Even though you won’t intentionally be capsizing, be sure to dress appropriately for the weather and water.  Bring a wind-proof paddling jacket since it may be windy and cool.  We will get out more info on what to wear in the pre-class e-mail.

    Spare clothes in a dry bag!  (Just in case)

    Questions—Please think about what you want to learn before the class and come with questions.

    Schedule:             9:00 am                          Meet at Designated Location
    9:30 am                          Be dressed to paddle with your boat at the launch area
    9:30 am—3:30 pm           Class   
    We will take an hour around Noon for lunch and a safety discussion.

    How to Register:  Click Register in the left-hand column of this page.


    • 17 Jun 2017
    • Indianapolis, IN

      Event Sponsor:  Duane Garloch

    Open Water Rescue Class

    The HCKC will lead a one-day clinic and practice session on Open Water Rescue for sea kayakers. Most of us have taken rescue classes at symposiums or studied techniques on the internet.

    This clinic is a chance for new paddlers to learn open water rescue techniques and a chance for more experienced paddlers to compare techniques and practice them in a safe environment. This clinic is important since kayakers need to regularly practice these skills so they are “fresh” when we get into a real rescue situation —you want to know how to get yourself or someone else back in their boat quickly and on your first attempt. Open water paddlers should take this course before attempting any "big water" adventures with or without a group.

    We will start off each teaching segment by systematically walking through the steps to complete a rescue so that newer paddlers can learn the tricks associated with performing each rescue. After walking through “one way to do a rescue”, we will compare notes and discuss/demonstrate alternative approaches that people may have seen.

    Course Content: At the course, we will cover:

    Wet exiting your boat

    Solo Reentries (Paddle Float, Cowboy, Reenter and Roll)

    Assisted Reentries (T-Rescue, Stirrup Rescue, Scoop Rescue)

    Towing - contact tows, short tows, and regular tows. Will discuss when to start towing and when towing may be needed to assist a rescue

    (I will bring extra tow ropes if you don’t have one.)

    Required Equipment:

    Touring or Sea Kayak - Kayak must have flotation in both bow and stern - either sealed bulkheads or flotation bags

    Spray Skirt

    Life Jacket

    Kayak Safety Gear - Bring the kayak safety gear that you normally carry: pump, paddle float, stirrup, tow line. Please do not buy this equipment just for this class since you can borrow from other participants to see what works for you before you buy.

    Check June newsletter for time and registration information.


    • 24 Jun 2017
    • 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
    • Indianapolis, IN

    Kayaking Skills Classes – Introductory and Intermediate Classes

    This year, we will offer four one-day sessions during the summer on the dates listed above.   However, we are going to try something different to give experienced paddlers more chance for training.

    Since we now have three ACA instructors, we can break our class up into two groups.  In one group, we will cover the Introduction to Kayaking material that we always covered in these classes.   In the other, we will cover ACA Intermediate (Level 2 and 3) Instruction that we have offered only once per year in the past. 

    • ·      Introduction to Paddling -

    Target Paddlers:  HCKC members who have never taken a class or who feel unsure of their strokes in their recreational, touring, or sea kayak.  

    Class Content:  Here’s a way to jumpstart your paddling!  As a new kayaker, you may know how to move your boat around in calm water.  We will work with you to make your paddling easier and more efficient—to give you more control over your boat.  We will work on your basic knowledge, strokes, and other paddling skills that you may need to safely enjoy the sport.  This course is based on the American Canoe Association “Introduction to Kayaking” course.  This is also a great opportunity to ask any question that you might have about paddling or the Hoosier Canoe and Kayak Club.

    Your instructor will first talk with you about the basics and then quickly get on the water to teach you how to move your boat forward, backwards, and sideways as well as how to turn and stop.  .

    • ·      Intermediate Kayak Control (Edging/Turning and Stroke Refinement)

    Target Paddlers:  HCKC members who have taken an introductory class at least one year ago and who are comfortable with their forward-turning strokes as well as with their draw and rudder maneuvers.  This class targets recreational, touring, and sea kayaks.

    Class Content:  Boat control and turning are essential for Intermediate paddlers whether you are paddling on creeks, rivers, lakes, or oceans.  You need to make your boat do what you want it to do. In this class, we will spend the entire class helping you to turn your boat faster, easier, and with more control.   The main topics that we cover are listed below:

    •    Edging your boat and using fore/aft lean to turn your boat or to make it go straight
    •    Bow and stern rudders
    •    Side draws – Maneuvers that move your boat sideway without changing the angle of your boat
    •    Maneuvers to paddle tighter turns with control

    This section will start with a short discussion of boat dynamics and quickly get on the water to start learning to play with your boat. 

    Meeting Place: To be Announced – The instructors will send out an e-mail to participants about one week before the class.   The Introductory Class will typically be held at Eagle Creek but the instructors for Intermediate classes may opt another location.  .

    Your Chance of Immersion: While the water is cool, we will demonstrate rescue skills but you won’t intentionally be getting into the water at this clinic unless you want to.  Thatcher Pool’s Wednesday night sessions are a better place to practice rescues and wet exits when it’s cool out

    Class Size: Attendance for each class will be limited to 5 students for each of the 3 instructors. Enrollees must be registered HCKC Members and will be accepted based on the date that they e-mail Jim Sprandel.    The split between Introductory and Intermediate students will be decided as student enrollments are processed.

    Please do not sign up unless you can stay for the entire clinic (9:00 am to 3:30 pm).

    What to Bring:

    Please bring your kayak, life jacket, paddle, paddling jacket, sun screen, lunch, and water.

    Safety equipment that you normally carry (e.g., pump, paddle float, stirrup, tow or throw rope …) Please don’t buy safety equipment just for this class.

    Paddling Clothing—Even though you won’t intentionally be capsizing, be sure to dress appropriately for the weather and water.  Bring a wind-proof paddling jacket since it may be windy and cool.  We will get out more info on what to wear in the pre-class e-mail.

    Spare clothes in a dry bag!  (Just in case)

    Questions—Please think about what you want to learn before the class and come with questions.

    Schedule:             9:00 am                          Meet at Designated Location
    9:30 am                          Be dressed to paddle with your boat at the launch area
    9:30 am—3:30 pm           Class   
    We will take an hour around Noon for lunch and a safety discussion.

    How to Register:  Click Register in the left-hand column of this page.


    • 16 Jul 2017
    • 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
    • Indianapolis, IN

    Kayaking Skills Classes – Introductory and Intermediate Classes

    This year, we will offer four one-day sessions during the summer on the dates listed above.   However, we are going to try something different to give experienced paddlers more chance for training.

    Since we now have three ACA instructors, we can break our class up into two groups.  In one group, we will cover the Introduction to Kayaking material that we always covered in these classes.   In the other, we will cover ACA Intermediate (Level 2 and 3) Instruction that we have offered only once per year in the past. 

    • ·      Introduction to Paddling -

    Target Paddlers:  HCKC members who have never taken a class or who feel unsure of their strokes in their recreational, touring, or sea kayak.  

    Class Content:  Here’s a way to jumpstart your paddling!  As a new kayaker, you may know how to move your boat around in calm water.  We will work with you to make your paddling easier and more efficient—to give you more control over your boat.  We will work on your basic knowledge, strokes, and other paddling skills that you may need to safely enjoy the sport.  This course is based on the American Canoe Association “Introduction to Kayaking” course.  This is also a great opportunity to ask any question that you might have about paddling or the Hoosier Canoe and Kayak Club.

    Your instructor will first talk with you about the basics and then quickly get on the water to teach you how to move your boat forward, backwards, and sideways as well as how to turn and stop.  .

    • ·      Intermediate Kayak Control (Edging/Turning and Stroke Refinement)

    Target Paddlers:  HCKC members who have taken an introductory class at least one year ago and who are comfortable with their forward-turning strokes as well as with their draw and rudder maneuvers.  This class targets recreational, touring, and sea kayaks.

    Class Content:  Boat control and turning are essential for Intermediate paddlers whether you are paddling on creeks, rivers, lakes, or oceans.  You need to make your boat do what you want it to do. In this class, we will spend the entire class helping you to turn your boat faster, easier, and with more control.   The main topics that we cover are listed below:

    •    Edging your boat and using fore/aft lean to turn your boat or to make it go straight
    •    Bow and stern rudders
    •    Side draws – Maneuvers that move your boat sideway without changing the angle of your boat
    •    Maneuvers to paddle tighter turns with control

    This section will start with a short discussion of boat dynamics and quickly get on the water to start learning to play with your boat. 

    Meeting Place: To be Announced – The instructors will send out an e-mail to participants about one week before the class.   The Introductory Class will typically be held at Eagle Creek but the instructors for Intermediate classes may opt another location.  .

    Your Chance of Immersion: While the water is cool, we will demonstrate rescue skills but you won’t intentionally be getting into the water at this clinic unless you want to.  Thatcher Pool’s Wednesday night sessions are a better place to practice rescues and wet exits when it’s cool out

    Class Size: Attendance for each class will be limited to 5 students for each of the 3 instructors. Enrollees must be registered HCKC Members and will be accepted based on the date that they e-mail Jim Sprandel.    The split between Introductory and Intermediate students will be decided as student enrollments are processed.

    Please do not sign up unless you can stay for the entire clinic (9:00 am to 3:30 pm).

    What to Bring:

    Please bring your kayak, life jacket, paddle, paddling jacket, sun screen, lunch, and water.

    Safety equipment that you normally carry (e.g., pump, paddle float, stirrup, tow or throw rope …) Please don’t buy safety equipment just for this class.

    Paddling Clothing—Even though you won’t intentionally be capsizing, be sure to dress appropriately for the weather and water.  Bring a wind-proof paddling jacket since it may be windy and cool.  We will get out more info on what to wear in the pre-class e-mail.

    Spare clothes in a dry bag!  (Just in case)

    Questions—Please think about what you want to learn before the class and come with questions.

    Schedule:             9:00 am                          Meet at Designated Location
    9:30 am                          Be dressed to paddle with your boat at the launch area
    9:30 am—3:30 pm           Class   
    We will take an hour around Noon for lunch and a safety discussion.

    How to Register:  Click Register in the left-hand column of this page.


    • 19 Aug 2017
    • 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
    • Indianapolis, IN

    Kayaking Skills Classes – Introductory and Intermediate Classes

    This year, we will offer four one-day sessions during the summer on the dates listed above.   However, we are going to try something different to give experienced paddlers more chance for training.

    Since we now have three ACA instructors, we can break our class up into two groups.  In one group, we will cover the Introduction to Kayaking material that we always covered in these classes.   In the other, we will cover ACA Intermediate (Level 2 and 3) Instruction that we have offered only once per year in the past. 

    • ·      Introduction to Paddling -

    Target Paddlers:  HCKC members who have never taken a class or who feel unsure of their strokes in their recreational, touring, or sea kayak.  

    Class Content:  Here’s a way to jumpstart your paddling!  As a new kayaker, you may know how to move your boat around in calm water.  We will work with you to make your paddling easier and more efficient—to give you more control over your boat.  We will work on your basic knowledge, strokes, and other paddling skills that you may need to safely enjoy the sport.  This course is based on the American Canoe Association “Introduction to Kayaking” course.  This is also a great opportunity to ask any question that you might have about paddling or the Hoosier Canoe and Kayak Club.

    Your instructor will first talk with you about the basics and then quickly get on the water to teach you how to move your boat forward, backwards, and sideways as well as how to turn and stop.  .

    • ·      Intermediate Kayak Control (Edging/Turning and Stroke Refinement)

    Target Paddlers:  HCKC members who have taken an introductory class at least one year ago and who are comfortable with their forward-turning strokes as well as with their draw and rudder maneuvers.  This class targets recreational, touring, and sea kayaks.

    Class Content:  Boat control and turning are essential for Intermediate paddlers whether you are paddling on creeks, rivers, lakes, or oceans.  You need to make your boat do what you want it to do. In this class, we will spend the entire class helping you to turn your boat faster, easier, and with more control.   The main topics that we cover are listed below:

    •    Edging your boat and using fore/aft lean to turn your boat or to make it go straight
    •    Bow and stern rudders
    •    Side draws – Maneuvers that move your boat sideway without changing the angle of your boat
    •    Maneuvers to paddle tighter turns with control

    This section will start with a short discussion of boat dynamics and quickly get on the water to start learning to play with your boat. 

    Meeting Place: To be Announced – The instructors will send out an e-mail to participants about one week before the class.   The Introductory Class will typically be held at Eagle Creek but the instructors for Intermediate classes may opt another location.  .

    Your Chance of Immersion: While the water is cool, we will demonstrate rescue skills but you won’t intentionally be getting into the water at this clinic unless you want to.  Thatcher Pool’s Wednesday night sessions are a better place to practice rescues and wet exits when it’s cool out

    Class Size: Attendance for each class will be limited to 5 students for each of the 3 instructors. Enrollees must be registered HCKC Members and will be accepted based on the date that they e-mail Jim Sprandel.    The split between Introductory and Intermediate students will be decided as student enrollments are processed.

    Please do not sign up unless you can stay for the entire clinic (9:00 am to 3:30 pm).

    What to Bring:

    Please bring your kayak, life jacket, paddle, paddling jacket, sun screen, lunch, and water.

    Safety equipment that you normally carry (e.g., pump, paddle float, stirrup, tow or throw rope …) Please don’t buy safety equipment just for this class.

    Paddling Clothing—Even though you won’t intentionally be capsizing, be sure to dress appropriately for the weather and water.  Bring a wind-proof paddling jacket since it may be windy and cool.  We will get out more info on what to wear in the pre-class e-mail.

    Spare clothes in a dry bag!  (Just in case)

    Questions—Please think about what you want to learn before the class and come with questions.

    Schedule:             9:00 am                          Meet at Designated Location
    9:30 am                          Be dressed to paddle with your boat at the launch area
    9:30 am—3:30 pm           Class   
    We will take an hour around Noon for lunch and a safety discussion.

    How to Register:  Click Register in the left-hand column of this page.


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