During this beginner kayak clinic, our river time focuses on fundamental river skills such as leans, setting angles, and performing eddy turns and peel outs.
Learn How to Whitewater SUP
Your clinic meets at our base in Charlemont, MA promptly at 9 a.m. Complimentary hot drinks will be available upon your arrival.
Stand-up paddleboarding is one of the fastest growing sports because of its versatility and coolness factor. Come join us for a whitewater skills clinic and paddle on the beautiful Deerfield River in Western Massachusetts. Typically, this clinic is for those brand new to stand-up paddling and whitewater.
We spend some of the day learning basic equipment, control, strokes, and safety information, and then move into a section of whitewater appropriate for the group’s ability levels. Our experienced, ACA-certified instructors can tailor the clinic to your specific goals.
Although we currently don’t have any dates scheduled, please call our office at 800-532-7483 or go to our custom clinics page and we’ll help set up this course to your schedule.
An individual or group who wants specific instruction, particulars skills or techniques.
What should I wear?
While some of the areas we use are quite warm in June, July and August, there are some areas which are 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:
- bathing suit
- synthetic long underwear, garments made of polypropylene, Capilene, or some polyester/spandex blend
- fleece or wool socks
- fleece or wool jacket/sweater (early/late season or if you tend to chill easily)
- water shoes or other appropriate footware (flip-flops and crocks are not acceptable)
Other items to bring:
- retaining strap for glasses
- required medications
- extra money for snacks, T-shirts, or coin-operated showers
Zoar Outdoor will provide:
- SUP board
- life jacket
- helmet (as needed)
- wetsuit, paddle jacket, booties (if needed)
If you own your own equipment, we suggest you use it in the clinic to get used to its quirks