Paddlesports FAQs

Kayaking FAQs

What time do Zoar Outdoor’s Paddlesports Clinics start?

Most Paddlesports clinics start promptly at 9:00 AM, please arrive ontime as this may affect other clinics going on during the day.  If you do not arrive for the scheduled start time, we cannot guarantee you will be able to make the trip and you will not be entitled to a refund.  Some clinics may have a different start time so be sure to check your confirmation email after booking.  Complimentary hot drinks will be available upon your arrival.

How many people are in my class?

Instructor-to-student ratios are typically 1:4 (Basic Swiftwater Rescue clinic ratios are 1:6; Steep Creekin’ clinic ratios are 1:3); Maximum clinic size: 12

What is the water temperature?

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 for the water temperature, especially if you are coming early or late in the season (April, May, September and October).

What do I wear?

WHAT TO WEAR & BRING:

You are required to wear sneakers or other shoes that can be secured to your feet. No flip-flops or Crocs!

In warm summer weather, some guests are comfortable in bathing suits/swim trunks or light layers. However, we ask you do not wear cotton, as it will keep you cold and wet throughout the trip. Wool and synthetic materials such as polypropylene, nylon and fleece, are appropriate for cooler weather and water temperatures. We suggest bringing any required medications as well as extra money for souvenirs, coin operated showers, etc.

Before the trip, please leave any and all valuables as well as your dry clothes and towels for after the trip in your locked vehicle.  Expect everything you bring with you to get wet. Keep your car keys with you, as we will collect those and put them in a lock box before gearing up, then return them to you when you return at the end of the day. You may also consider bringing nose plugs and a retaining strap for your sunglasses, which can also be purchased in our shop, if necessary. 

What equipment does Zoar Outdoor provide?

ZOAR OUTDOOR WILL PROVIDE:

Paddling gear if needed, such as a wetsuit, paddle jacket, booties, boat, life jacket (PFD), helmet, paddle and sprayskirt (if needed).  If you would like to use your own equipment and are unsure if it is appropriate for the course, please feel free to give us a call so we can discuss it with you.

We provide a catered picnic-style lunch for all our full day 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.  

What else should I bring on the river?

You should bring sunscreen, a towel and a nose clip if you use one.  If you wear glasses, you will want a glasses retaining strap to keep them on your head when you swim. 

Do I get a discount in the Outfitters Shop?

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.

Do your facilities have showers?

At the end of your day, you may want to take a shower. We have coin-operated showers in the changing rooms - you will need quarters to take advantage of them.

If you have any other questions, just call us at 800 532-7483 or email us atinfo@zoaroutdoor.com. We will be happy to help you get ready for your time with us.