Bad Ass Class


Bad Ass Class
Take your paddling to the next level

This two-day class will begin with the basics needed to manage yourself in lumpy water then move quickly into conditions that will require those skills.

Over the course of two days, we’ll work our way out of the harbor into more open waters, searching for bumpy water to play in. The focus will be on fun and learning in a supportive and challenging environment. Each day will start with a de-brief of the conditions and discuss route selection to maximize the conditions.

On Saturday we will cover:

  • Creating stability in rougher conditions
  • Modifying boat handling techniques for bumpy waters
  • Efficient/effective forward stroke in conditions
  • Experimenting with trim to manage windy conditions
  • Making self and assisted rescues fast & efficient
  • Getting friends out of trouble using contact tows and tow lines
  • Playing safely in conditions, potentially introducing tide races/tide race surfing
  • Working as a group in conditions
  • Route selection and navigation

On Sunday, we will review what was covered on Saturday and select another route to continue practicing the skills learned on Saturday.


To get the most out of this class, you’ll need to be comfortable with wet exits and have basic boat handling skills.   Be prepared to paddle approximately 10 miles.

Required Gear List

  • Closed cockpit sea kayak
  • Helmet (we have a few to lend, ask in advance)
  • Spray skirt
  • PFD
  • Paddle
  • Waist mounted tow line
  • Paddling wear appropriate to the weather conditions for the day, closed toe paddling shoes (no sandals please)
  • Pump, sponge, or other means to bail out cockpit
  • Water & food

Nice to Have But Not Necessary:

  • Compass & chart
  • Spare paddle
  • Contact tow line
  • Repair kit
  • VHF


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