Introduction to Whitewater Kayaking

Duration: 9:00am – 3:30pm
Price Starting At: $130-$150
Location: Bryson City, NC
Upcoming Dates: May 25 – September 2, 2019

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Introduce yourself to the world of whitewater paddlesports with this fun course. The minimum age to participate is 8 years old, and anyone between the ages of 8 and 15 must be with an adult chaperone. A full day introduction to whitewater kayaking, this course focuses on the joys of paddling more than the hard skills. The day begins with understanding the equipment and a morning session on a stretch of flat, gently moving water where students learn basic strokes, boat control and safety maneuvers. After a lakeside lunch, students head to a skill-appropriate stretch of river to see how they like paddling. Intended for those curious about whitewater paddling this program emphasizes scenery, companionship and fun.

This workshop introduces the understanding of:
• Boat design
• Whitewater gear and proper fit
• River terminology
• Boat safety

Skills you will acquire include:
• Forward and reverse paddling
• Moving your kayak sideways
• Balancing and intentionally leaning (or edging) your kayak
• Safely exiting a capsized kayak


Below is a general itinerary overview of a typical program. Our experienced instructors tailor the workshop to the goals and needs of the group.

Day Time and Location Objective
Day 1 9:00 AM: Paddling School Check-in and complete necessary paperwork
9:30 AM: Paddling School Meet Instructor, Gear & Boat Overview & Selection
10:30 AM: Lake Paddling Fundamentals & Skills
12:00 PM  Lakeside Lunch
1:00 PM: River Apply Skills Learned on Moving Water
3:30 PM: Paddling School End Time
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