5-Day Learn to Kayak

Duration: 5 Days
Price Starting At: $800
Location: Bryson City, NC
Dates: April – October

Ideal for new students who are committed to learning, this five-day course takes true beginners all the way to basic proficiency on class II/III whitewater. Each day is spent working on whitewater kayaking skills such as paddle strokes, boat handling, rolling, river maneuvers and running rapids. This course is a great opportunity to gain significant skills in a short amount of time, while building relationships with other beginner paddlers.

Each day will be split between skills development on our area lakes and afternoons practicing learned skills on one of our home rivers.

Skills you will acquire include:
• Forward and reverse paddling
• Moving your boat sideways
• Balancing and intentionally leaning (or edging) your boat
• Safely exiting from capsized boat
• Skills necessary to up-right (or roll) an overturned boat

In this clinic, you will gain an understanding of:
• Boat design
• Required gear and proper fit
• River terminology
• Boat safety

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Below is a general itinerary of a typical clinic. Our experienced instructors tailor each day to the goals and needs of the group.

Day Time & Location Objective
Day 1 8:30 AM – Paddling School Meet Instructor, Complete Paperwork & Discuss Program Goals
9:00 AM – Paddling School Gear & Boat Brief Overview and Selection
10:00 AM – Lake Paddling Assessment
12:00 PM – Lake Side Lake Side Lunch
1:00 PM – River Introduction of Paddling Skills
4:30 PM – Paddling School End Time/Day 1
Days 2, 3, 4* 9:00 AM – Paddling School Meet Instructor
9:30 AM – Lake Review
10:30 AM – River Building on Skills Learned
12:00 PM – River Side Lunch
12:30 PM – River Continue Developing Skills & Adding New Skills
4:30 PM – Paddling School End Time
Day 5 9:00 AM – Paddling School Meet Instructor
9:30 AM – River/Lake Practice Skills and Rolling
12:00 PM Lunch
1:30 PM End Time

* There will be at least one travel day to a river outside of our normal teaching area.


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