Learn basic whitewater kayak rolling skills under the guidance of ACA-certified instructors!
Indoor Pool Rolling & Freestyle Instruction
Location is at Hampshire College in the Robert Crown Center (RCC) pool in Amherst, MA (893 West Street, Amherst, MA 01002). RCC pool at Hampshire College is located at #32 on this campus map.
- Instructional Pool Clinic
- Open Pool Session
Learn rolling or flatwater freestyle. Practice your skills in an indoor pool at Hampshire College
Skill Level: Beginner to Advanced; Prerequisites: See different clinic descriptions below for more information.
Instruction Clinic: $60
Open Pool Session: $20
We offer instructional clinics (3:45pm-5:00pm) and open pool sessions (5:00pm-7:00pm) on Sundays from December 2023 through March 2024 at the Hampshire College pool in Amherst, MA.
Instructional Clinic: 3:45pm – 5:00pm (includes entry into the open pool session from 5:00pm-7:00pm)
Open Pool Session: 5:00pm – 7:00pm
About Open Pool Sessions
Join Zoar Outdoor at Hampshire College on Sundays from 5pm-7pm for open pool sessions. Keep your boating skills sharp and stay in touch with your paddling pals throughout the colder winter months. Bring your own clean kayak and gear. No formal instruction included.
Looking to demo a boat? Let us know ahead of time by adding a note to your reservation or give us a call at 413-339-4010. (Requests must be submitted the Thursday before your session)
About Instructional Pool Clinics
Our indoor kayaking clinics are geared toward beginner to intermediate kayakers. Each class focuses on learning/improving rolling or flatwater freestyle skills and is three hours long with one hour of instruction and two hours of open pool time. Our instructors are American Canoe Association (ACA) certified and have many years of experience teaching technical paddling skills. In order to fit into your busy schedule, you can sign up for one class/session or several.
Instructional Clinic Timeline:
- 3:45pm – 4:00pm: Meet and Greet – Names & Goals
- 4:00pm -5:00pm: Skills Instruction & Development
- 5:00pm – 7:00pm: Self-Practice during Open Pool Session
Descriptions of Instructional Clinics:
Rolling: Intro to Rolling & Underwater Composure: For those who are just starting to learn how to roll, we start from scratch, leading you through a logical progression from hip snaps to paddle motions to a full-blown kayak roll.
Rolling: Roll Doctor: For folks who are experienced rollers or having difficulty with their rolling progression, instructors will work with you to improve and tune up your technique. Instructors can also offer support and learning with off-side rolls, hand rolls, or any other variation of the basic roll.
Flatwater Freestyle: Join Zoar Outdoor’s own Freestyle Phenom, Jim Sullivan, for our 4 progressive flatwater freestyle instructional clinics. See the instruction schedule for the freestyle topic to be covered on the dates you are interested.
Instructional Clinic Schedule:
12/3: Rolling: Roll Doctor
12/10: Flatwater Freestyle: Intro
12/17: Rolling: Roll Doctor
12/24 & 12/31: NO POOL SESSION
1/7: Rolling: Intro to Rolling & Underwater Composure
1/14: Flatwater Freestyle: Bow and Stern Stalls
1/21: Rolling: Roll Doctor
1/28: Rolling: Intro to Rolling & Underwater Composure
2/4: Rolling: Roll Doctor
2/11: Flatwater Freestyle: Loops & Tricks
2/18: NO POOL SESSION
2/25: Rolling: Intro to Rolling & Underwater Composure
3/3: Rolling: Roll Doctor
3/10: Rolling: Roll Doctor
3/17: Flatwater Freestyle: Cart Wheels