Water Sports Leadership Program

From
Wilmette, IL
Price
$625
Duration
1 weeks
Duration

1 weeks

Skill Rating
1
Van Supported
Yes
From

Wilmette, IL

Accommodation
Tent camping during trip portion
Price

$625

Minimum Age
13
Included
Watersports equipment including kayaks and SUP boards, instruction.
Not Included
Transport each day, daily lunch, clothing for watersports.

Looking for an amazing opportunity to learn leadership skills and build confidence in paddling skills? Our one week leadership development course will teach teens group leadership dynamics and decision making within their peer group through the various watersports paddling. The week is spent getting to know one another through daily paddles on Lake Michigan and the Skokie Lagoons, combined with leadership training from our experienced outdoor education staff. Participants will also learn watercraft maintenance and repair techniques to bring their technical skills full circle.  This is a fantastic opportunity for teens to learn leadership and water skills with their peers!

Group members will spend the week with their instructors in Wilmette, getting to know one another and begin learning about group leadership. Daily paddle outings each morning will allow participants to learn and refine paddling skills and competencies, as well as get the chance to lead the group through a paddle outing (collaborating with their instructors who will be present throughout the leadership opportunity). After paddling we'll head back to land to work on educating and teaching technical outdoor 'hard skills' (knots, shelters, gear repair, map and compass, etc). Group members will be challenged to communicate and work together with one another through group initiatives and challenges. The Northwest Passage instructors will also be teaching the group how to make simple and intermediate repairs to watercraft and get the chance to collaborate with one another on service projects that will promote responsibility and a sense of 'giving back' to the local kayak community. 

Monday: Meet Gillson Park Kayak Launch
9:00am Meet Time 
Confirm paper work/Answer any Parent Questions 
Provide Schedule for week 
9:30 Introduction/Games/Daily Morning Activity 
11:00 Kayak Safety Talk/Outfitting/Paddling 
12:00 LUNCH 
1:00 Paddling Games 
3:00 PICK- UP at GILLSON PARK

Tuesday: Meet Gillson Park Kayak Launch 
9:00 Games/Daily Morning Activity 
9:30 SUP Safety Talk/Outfitting/Paddling 
12:00 LUNCH 
1:00 Paddling Games 
3:00 PICK- UP at GILLSON PARK

Wednesday: Meet Gillson Park Kayak Launch 
9:00 Games/Daily Morning Activity 
9:30 SUP Safety Talk/Outfitting/Paddling 
12:00 LUNCH 
12:30 Commute to Centennial Park, Wilmette 
12:30 Water Park (Centennial Park, Wilmette) 
3:00 PICK- UP at Gillson Park

Thursday: MEET AT SKOKIE LAGOONS
9:00 Games/Daily Morning Activity 
9:30 Safety Talk/Outfitting/Paddling/Orientation to Lagoons 
11:00 ECO-CHALLENGE 
12:00 LUNCH 
1:00 Kayak the Lagoons 
3:00 PICK-UP Skokie Lagoons

Friday: Meet at Gillson Park Kayak Launch 
10:00 Games/Daily Morning Activity 
10:30 Kayak or SUP Safety Talk/Outfitting/Paddling 
12:00 LUNCH 
1:00 Kayak/SUP the lake front 
3:00 PICK-UP at Gillson Park

 * Itinerary subject to change.

Wilmette is a village which borders Lake Michigan. According to stats Wilmette was ranked the best place to live in 2015 based on several factors. Wilmette has a developed urban forest.

History Trivia: Wilmette is the home to the Baha’i House of Worship, the only one in the United States.