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 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.
This clinic focuses on improving your precision kayaking and is appropriate for an advanced beginner (Class II) and intermediate kayakers. To take this clinic, participants must be able to perform eddy turns, peel outs and ferries in Class II water, roll (50%) on Class II water, and perform self-rescues. Additionally, participants need to be able to cross challenging eddylines confidently.
What should I wear?
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.
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
- paddle jacket
- life jacket
- We provide a catered picnic-style lunch on all our 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
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 if you intend to do this.
(If you own your own equipment, we suggest you use it in the clinic to get used to its quirks.)