Paddlers, Visitors, Friends,
These Maine Island Kayak Co written materials, articles and outlines are part of MIKCo’s Ocean School curriculum. We have developed them to support our ‘on-water’ instructional programs. We find that paddlers’ retention and access to the skill sets covered in the on-water sessions is enhanced by their review of written class notes.
You are welcome to peruse and review as you see fit, but these are not designed to substitute for real world training. We meet many paddlers who have an idea about self rescues, for example, but lack a functional, effective real world performance of this critical skill. So please don’t be fooled by memorizing and regurgitating an outline; it’s not enough. Go practice, go train, go to sea in a small boat.
If any of you have suggestions, improvements, or critiques about our materials, we would appreciate receiving them. Also, please send us any reworked examples that you develop out of them. If you are already an instructor who wants to use this information, go ahead, but give us some credit and let us know how you improve upon it! That’s why these materials are offered to you: to improve our understanding of the wonders of the sea. So we hope you’ll share back with us here at MIKCo.