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.
- 4 Hour Basic Kayak Rolling
Spend the Afternoon Learning Beginner Kayak Rolling
Your clinic meets at our base in Charlemont, MA. at 1 p.m. The clinic will start on time, so please be prompt. Complimentary hot drinks will be available upon your arrival.
We often warm up with a review of some paddling skills in flat water, concentrating on ensuring proper fit in the boat, maximum use of the hips, and minimum reliance on the paddle. Most people will learn either the modified sweep roll and/or the c-to-c (and any other variations students want to try). Depending on your level, we may move to the river for work on rolling in real river situations.
Don’t let an inability to roll hold you back! Rolling is one of the essential kayaking techniques that can make paddling a joy by lessening the fear and hassle of swimming in whitewater. Our instructors are American Canoe Association (ACA) certified and have many years of experience teaching rolling to a variety of students. Their kayaking tips can help you move from practicing hip snaps to learning the paddle motions to rolling in a logical progression.
Our low student-to-instructor ratio assures that you will receive the personalized attention our instruction program is known for. Our flexible instruction method is accommodating to people with different body types and makes learning fast and enjoyable.
Wet-exits with a sprayskirt from a whitewater kayak and basic understanding and execution of the river running maneuvers (eddy turn, peel out and ferry). This should not be your first whitewater kayak lesson.
You spend somewhere between three to four hours in your boat. To prepare, 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.