This powerful run is a great place for strong advanced beginner and intermediate kayakers and canoeists to gain experience with bigger, more pushy rapids.
- Person Ages 14 and up
Improve your roll and river running skills
We typically start this day with a short warm-up followed by flatwater roll practice. Our goal is to help participants improve their roll to the point that they will feel comfortable trying some in moving current. After time in flatwater we have a river run on the Deerfield River Fife brook section concluding with an option to run or walk Zoar Gap rapid.
A river run on the Zoar Gap section of Massachusetts’ Deerfield River is a great opportunity for folks to continue to work on their rolls or pick our instructors minds on other skills of interest too. We are here to help develop each paddlers individual needs.
We spend the day enjoying the river, while gaining experience kayaking on New England’s best class II summer whitewater run.
(If you own your own equipment, we suggest you use it in the clinic to get used to its quirks.)
Skill Level: Advanced Beginner | Prerequisites: Class II Skills
What should I wear?
Dress a bit warmer than usual for paddling during this clinic. Rolling involves a lot of time above and below the water. 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.
Zoar Outdoor will provide:
- 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 at 800 532-7483 or [email protected] if you intend to do this.