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River kayak Introductory course - Level 1

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This course is aimed at anybody who wants learn river kayak skills or as refresher. It’s a fun and friendly environment to coach you to paddle safely some easier rapids.

To get the most out of this course you should be able to swim, there is no requirement to have been in a kayak before.

Course Aims 

Our goal is to provide novice kayakers with the right tools for a solid foundation of basic kayaking skills necessary to kayaking in Grade I and II rivers. Focus on developing your personal paddling skills, safe river running strategies as well as whitewater safety and rescue.

Getting solid river kayaking foundations from our top coaches will ensure a lifetime of whitewater river adventures, there is not a better way to start.

Course Content

You will usually be in a group of no more than 4 with one instructor. Meeting your instructor on the first morning provides an opportunity to discuss people’s experience and aspirations, which along with the weather forecast and water levels will enable us to plan the day’s activity with you.

Day one we will start at flat water then go to a Grade 1 river section and pool to start learning the essential skills and develop your confidence in the environment. For the next day we will paddle a river that offers us the best water and at the appropriate grade for the group’s needs, this should include some Grade 2.

The two days could involve the following rivers: Vosso, Raundal or Strandaelv. Whilst on these rivers we will be able to spend time coaching and developing your personal paddling. In addition to this we will be looking at developing your safe river running skills to help you leave the course feeling confident to safely paddle a similar grade of river with friends.

As part of this whitewater safety and rescue is essential, there may be an opportunity to look at a variety of aspects of this during the day as well. 

 

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