Class III Kayak Clinic

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Learn Kayaking in Our One- to Two-Day Class III Clinic

Learn the water skills to take your kayaking to an intermediate level during our two-day Class III clinic on the Deerfield River. Find out how to break Class III whitewater down into smaller, less intimidating sections and practice planning and executing moves more consistently as you paddle the rapids of Zoar Gap.

We begin the first day with a review of strokes and clean up any rust from previous experiences. Based on the knowledge of the participants, instructors may focus on a variety of strokes to help those in attendance improve their paddling. We create self-sufficient paddlers by practicing the use of river signals, scouting techniques and assisted rescue techniques to help fellow paddling friends after a swim. We focus on challenging moves in Class II whitewater that will be used to help push into the Class III realm.

The second day allows paddlers to hone in the skills learned on the first day. More time for coaching and guidance is provided. For those with shaky rolls, time spent practicing the roll in current will be provided. More time is also allotted for paddling Class III rapids

After a review of basic strokes and whitewater moves, we introduce or improve upon a few advanced strokes such as the Duffek, bracing strokes and gliding draw. We then head out to whitewater where we aggressively work on fine-tuning eddy turns, peel outs and ferries, concentrating especially on entering micro-eddies, peeling out into fast current, and ferrying across difficult jets of water. We also introduce stern squirting, attaining drops, wave and hole surfing, and we work on teaching or improving the Eskimo roll and applying it to whitewater kayaking situations. Come prepared to discuss your specific goals or trouble spots in your paddling. The more information you can provide, the better the instructor can tailor your clinic.

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