Roll & River Run

Roll & River Run clinic

Our Roll & River Run clinic is a perfect combination of rolling  and river running instruction.  This clinic is designed for the kayaker who already has taken basic kayak roll instruction and is are looking to improve either their flatwater or whitewater roll. To balance the day we have combined your rolling instruction with a fun river run on Zoar Gap section of the Deerfield River where our instructor will evaluate your paddling skills and coach you along the way.  Paddlers need to be comfortable with maneuvers in class I-II rapids and have prior whitewater instruction experience.

Our instructors are all American Canoe Association (ACA) certified and have many years of experience teaching kayaking, canoeing, and rolling.  The goal of our river run clinics is to not overwhelm with new information but provide an avenue to delevope the skills that you come into the course with.  We refine and critique your current ability.

Our low student-to-instructor ratio assures that you will receive the personalized attention our instruction program is known for, and our flexible instruction method accommodates people with different body types and makes learning fast and enjoyable.

We are offering this course twice in June, three times in July, twice in August and once in September.  Use the availability widget below to find individual clinic dates.  

Want to do this course as a private, semi-private or with your own group?  Check out our information on custom clinics and when you're ready we will help set-up a great course on your dates.

Price: $135.00 per person includes all equipment, instruction, and transportation from our base to and from the paddling sites.



What To Expect & How to Prepare

Goal of the clinic

To work with those who already have a roll, to perfect their technique and apply it to moving water and whitewater situations. 

Who should take this clinic?

These clinics are for novice to intermediate paddlers who have a flatwater roll and want to learn to roll in moving water. Our minimum age for this clinic is 14.

What will be covered?

We start out by critiquing students' flatwater rolls and then work our way up to rolling on easy moving water and ultimately to rolling on Class II whitewater.

Trip Details

A Typical Paddling Day

Your clinic will meet at our base in Charlemont, Ma. at 9:00 AM.   The clinic will start on time, so please be prompt.  Complimentary hot drinks will be available upon your arrival. Your clinic will come to an end at about 5:00 PM.

In the morning you will spend some time on flatwater fine tuning your roll. Then we will move to the river where we will practice applying the flatwater roll to moving water and whitewater situations. Because this is an instructional clinic, your instructors will be encouraging you to push your physical and mental limits.

The number of students in your clinic may vary.  On rolling clinics we maintain a maximum student-to-instructor ratio of 4:1 and a maximum clinic size of 12 students.

You will be spending somewhere between four to six hours in your boat.  To prepare you will want to stretch your thighs hamstrings and torso (back, stomach, shoulders and neck). If you increase your flexibility, you will have more efficient strokes, and you will be more comfortable in your boat. The book “Stretching” by Bob Anderson is an excellent reference for specific stretches.

Clothing/Gear

What should I wear?

While some of the flatwater areas we use are quite warm in June, July and August, the Deerfield River is always cool, regardless of the time of year or air temperature. When packing your paddling clothes, please plan accordingly, especially if you are coming early or late in the season (April, May, September and October). Our clinics will run rain or shine.

Wear items such as :

  • synthetic long underwear, garments made of plypropylene, capilene, or some polyester/spandex blend.
  • fleece or wool socks
  • bathing suit
  • fleece or wool jacket/sweater (early/late season or if you tend to chill easily)

Other items to bring.

  • sunscreen
  • sunglasses
  • retaining strap for glasses
  • nose plugs
  • towel
  • required medications
  • extra money for snacks, t-shirts, or coin operated showers.

Zoar Outdoor will provide:

  •  boat
  •  wetsuit
  •  paddle jacket
  •  booties
  •  life jacket
  •  helmet
  •  paddle
  •  sprayskirt

We provide a catered picnic-style lunch on all our clinics.  Typical lunches include homemade rolls, sliced turkey, ham or other meats, sliced cheese, tomatoes, lettuce, chips, salsa, hummus, pasta or other salad, cookies or other dessert and hot and cold drinks.  

The following statement is required by state law: "Before placing your order, please inform your server if a person in your party has a food allergy."

We do not use nuts in our food, but can not guarantee that the ingredients in our meals do not contain nuts or other food allergens. If you have food allergies or other special dietary needs, we strongly suggest you bring your own bag lunch in non-glass containers and we will pack it with the other lunches on your trip. Please inform our office at 800 532-7483 or info@zoaroutdoor.com if you intend to do this.

(If you own your own equipment, we suggest you use it in the clinic to get used to its quirks.)

Getting Here

From Boston:

  • Take Route 2 west. Where Route 2 merges with Interstate 91 in Greenfield, take 91 south, but be sure to exit again onto Route 2 west at the next exit (exit 26).
  • Zoar Outdoor is about 17 miles west of this exit. We’re based in a red colonial on the north side of the road. Look for the blue, white and green sign.
  • Driving time from downtown approximately 2 1/2 hours.

From New York City:

  • Take Interstate 95 north to Interstate 91 north.
  • Take exit 26 in Massachusetts and follow Route 2 west for about 17 miles. We’re based in a red colonial on the north side of the road. Look for the blue, white and green sign.
  • Driving time from Manhattan approximately 3 1/2 - 4 hours, depending upon traffic.

From Albany, New York:

  • Take Route 2 east through North Adams.
  • Continue past North Adams and over the mountain, about 20 miles. Our base is the red house on the north side of Route 2 on the western outskirts of the town center. Look for the blue, white and green sign.
  • Driving time approximately 1 1/2 hours.

Additional Information

Shop Discount

At the start of your clinic you will get two shop discount cards good for two weeks from the date of your clinic. One card entitles you to 10% off accessories in our Outfitters Shop. The second card entitles you to a $50.00 discount off a boat purchase. All boat purchases come with free outfitting and 10% off accessories in the Outfitters Shop for the next year.