WHITEWATER KAYAKING: YOUR BEGINNING
- Person Minimum age of 12
Beginner Kayak Instruction 2-Day Course
This 2-day whitewater kayak instruction course is designed to introduce beginner paddlers to the sport of whitewater kayaking. Our goal is to provide beginner kayakers with a solid foundation of basic kayaking skills necessary to kayak in Class I and II whitewater.
• Outfitting a kayak
• Wet exits
• T-rescues, swimming and self-rescue
• Body positioning
• Basic Strokes, edging and bracing techniques
• Introduce reading rivers and hydrology, eddy turns, peel-outs and ferrying across the current
• Paddling through class I-II whitewater
The course is based out of our Franklin Falls headquarters on the Winnipesaukee River.
On the first day, we will introduce students to the gear and techniques necessary for whitewater kayaking and assist them with equipment selection and boat fitting on land. In the afternoon, we will then spend time in flat water learning the basics of wet exiting, swimming and basic strokes and concepts.
The second day of the course is spent on Winnipesaukee River developing fundamental paddling skills. Progressing from slow moving water to class II whitewater, we will learn strokes and bracing techniques, practice basic boat handling, eddy-turns and peel-outs, ferrying, water reading, self-rescue techniques, and safe paddling techniques.
In this introductory class students will be fitted for a whitewater kayak. All of our whitewater kayaks are enclosed cockpit style like the Pyranha Scorch or Jackson Kayak Antix.
Start times for this two day course are Saturday at 10 am and Sunday 10 am. We will coordinate with you individually regarding lunch options, lunch is included.
Our paddling coursework can be combined into the “Gripper to Ripper” package. This is designed to save you 15% versus the overall value of the courses individually. Consider “Gripper to Ripper” similar to a Gift Card. Individuals can fit the courses into their schedules throughout the year.
Your Beginning is the first session in the “Gripper to Ripper” package. Chronologically, the coursework is as follows:
• Your Beginning, 2 Day Beginner Course
• Strokes & Bracing
• Class II River Running
• Class III River Running
Any student signed up for 3 or more classes can join any and all of our outdoor Roll Practice sessions for free.
SYOTR (See You On The River)!