In order to learn how to maneuver your kayak in white water, you must first learn how to paddle. We’ll spend Sunday at Beaver Creek learning the basics of kayaking – the forward stroke, wet exiting, rescue and recovery techniques, and some maneuvers that you use on the river. At the end of each session we’ll spend a few minuted going over the techniques involved in the eskimo roll. After this lesson, you will be qualified to test your skills in white water (where I can take you throughout the year depending on water level). I will break people up into groups of 5 and assign each group a 2 hour block of time. You can then show up at Beaver Creek (about 10 miles west of town; see directions below) at your time and leave when you are finished. The first group will start at 9. I’ll send you an email to let you know your time block. Please plan on arriving 5 minutes before your time slot so that we can get started on time, and allow yourself extra time in case you have problems finding the park. Let me know If you need transportation (email me or call my cell at 760-2739), and drop me a line if you want to be paired with a friend. NOTE: This is a trip for complete beginners, so please DO NOT sign up if you have paddling experience in a white water kayak.
***UVA Outdoors provides:
Kayak, paddle, skirt, helmet, pfd (personal flotation device), wet suit, nose plugs.
***What you should bring:
swim wear, towel, water, sunscreen