Four Day Kayak Course
Includes: World Class instruction, all lodging, food and equipment
Lodge Based: June 30 – July 3
Camping Based: September 5 – 8 and September 10 – 13
Prerequisites: No previous experience is required! This course is designed for those of you interested in learning to kayak, or those of you interested in refining your basic skills. If you have some on-water experience and are looking to refine your technique and improve your strokes, this is the course for you!
Description: In this course, our instructors will teach you the basic paddling skills required to successfully read and navigate rapids. Each night you’ll stay at our riverside lodge.
Day 1: The first day, you will be introduced to whitewater kayaks and paddling gear. You’ll discover you CAN easily get out of the boat, and before lunch will gain the confidence to take a short, easy trip down the river!
Once on the river, you’ll begin to learn how to maneuver your sleek river craft and be introduced to the mysteries of the Eskimo roll. At Sundance, we believe it is important to introduce the roll fairly early on in the learning process so as to provide our students will plenty of time to explore more paddling moves after the roll is part of your arsenal of skills.
Day 2: The next morning your instructor will introduce basic skills and maneuvers, such as forward strokes, high/low braces, eddy turns, and finally the Eskimo roll. These skills will form a strong foundation on which to build throughout the class. The afternoon will be spent on the river, applying such skills, testing abilities, and gaining confidence on the water. While we will stick to the easy rapids, you’ll begin to feel the freedom of moving around on the river, going where you want to go!
Day 3 & 4: By day 3, you’ll continue to hone the basic skills learned in days 1 and 2, as well as start playing in the rapids, learning your limits of stability, risking tip-overs and discovering the fun and excitement the river holds. Before long, you will begin to anticipate your next move, reacting to each and every wave. By the end of day 4 you’ll have the skills and confidence you need to start running rapids!