Learn basic kayak rolling skills under the guidance of ACA-certified instructors!
- Private (1 person)
- Semi-Private (2 people)
- Semi-Private (3 people)
Improve Your River Running in our Steep Creekin’ Kayak Clinic
Spring runoff allows us to experience some of New England’s best steep whitewater. This one-day clinic, for advanced closed canoe and kayak paddlers only, teaches the specific techniques of creeking including boofing, catching micro-eddies, and reading steep rapids on the fly. If you want to explore New England’s best-hidden whitewater, this clinic is for you.
This clinic is taught by top river runners who pass on their years of experience and in-depth knowledge of creeking techniques. Our instructor-to-student ratio for this clinic is one to three. We stress the use of good judgment in analyzing routes and minimizing risk. Join us to expand your river running repertoire.
Prerequisite skills include class IV paddling ability including catching small eddies in power whitewater, ferrying and confidence. A solid class III-IV roll is required. This course is often held on narrow, shallow, high speed, low volume rivers.
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. A dry suit or thick wetsuit is strongly recommended for the steep creeking course.
Wear items such as:
- Synthetic long underwear, garments made of polypropylene, 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:
- Retaining strap for glasses
- Nose plugs
- Required medications
- Extra money for snacks, T-shirts, or coin-operated showers
Zoar Outdoor will provide:
- paddle jacket
- life jacket
If you own your own equipment, we suggest you use it in the clinic to get used to its quirks.
We provide a catered picnic-style lunch on all our full day clinics.
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 [email protected] if you intend to do this.