Whether your goal is to use Class II as a stepping stone to kayaking more difficult whitewater or as a destination in itself, the skills taught in this class will serve you well.
Learn Advanced Freestyle Kayaking
Your clinic meets at our base in Charlemont, MA at 9 a.m. where you can sip on some complimentary hot drinks before heading into the water.
In this intensive one-day clinic, learn advanced freestyle kayaking techniques from Jim Sullivan that will enable you to do multiple cartwheels, loops, and other more complex moves. With Jim’s prior experience of being an instruction manager on the playboating haven of the Ottawa River and here at Zoar Outdoor, he knows the tricks to help you reach your potential. Jim’s calm demeanor will allow you to experiment and push your boundaries. He will work with each participant individually to help you reach your own goals.
After reviewing basic freestyle technique and filling gaps in students’ knowledge, we take the moves several steps further to work on multiple ends of a cartwheel, advanced flat spinning and looping. We practice stringing moves together in a dynamic sequence that will help you shred with style.
In this clinic, we systematically work to help you break through to a higher level of whitewater play. Moves such as getting the third end of a cartwheel can be a challenge without clear instruction and helpful feedback.
- Class Prerequisites
This clinic is for advanced intermediate and advanced kayakers, as we paddle the Class III-IV Dryway section of the Deerfield River. Participants in these clinics should be able to initiate both bow and stern move, cartwheel on flatwater, and have a solid Class III roll.
- How to Prepare
You will spend somewhere between four to five hours in your boat. To prepare, it’s helpful to stretch your thighs, hamstrings, and torso (back, stomach, shoulders, and neck). If you increase your flexibility, you will have more efficient strokes and be more comfortable in your boat.