Introduction to Whitewater Kayaking

Level 1

Our Level 1 River Kayaking course is a perfect course for anyone who would like to learn the basic skills of Whitewater Kayaking to be able to navigate themselves safely down some smaller rapids on Grade II rivers.

The aim of this course is to provide beginner Whitewater Kayakers with a fun two days on the river building a solid foundation of  basic whitewater kayaking skills  We will focus on developing your personal paddling skills, teaching you how to read the river, safe river running strategies as well as some basic whitewater safety and rescue techniques.

Getting some great tips from our qualified coaches is the perfect way to start off building a solid foundation and will guarantee you  a lifetime of Whitewater river adventures, there is no better way to start.

COURSE DURATION

2 Days/16hrs total

FROM

June – October

NEXT COURSES DATES

June –  27th & 28th
July  –  11th & 12th
August – 8th & 9th
September – 5th & 6th

*Specific dates available on request. Minimum 3 participants or payment equivalent.

COST

Adults 3200NOK
Youth 2880NOK

WHAT’S INCLUDED

– Professional Whitewater Kayak instructor
– Kayak
– Paddle
– PFD (life jacket)
– Helmet
– Splash jacket
– Wetsuit
– Neoprene shoes
– Transport

WHAT TO BRING WITH YOU

– Swimming clothes
– Thermal underwear/base layers
– Wool or neoprene socks
– Change of clothes
– Lunch and snacks for both days
– Suncream
– Sense of adventure

COURSE CONTENT

You will usually be in a group of  four with one instructor. Meeting your instructor on the first morning provides an opportunity to discuss people’s experience and aspirations, which along with the weather forecast and water levels will enable us to plan the day’s activity with you.

Day one we will start on flat water or in a pool before moving onto a Grade 1 river section so we can start learning the essential skills and develop your confidence in a controlled environment. On day two we will paddle a river that offers us the best water and at the appropriate grade for the group’s needs, this should include some Grade 2.

Whilst on the river we will be able to spend time coaching and developing your personal paddling skills. In addition to this we will be looking at developing your safe river running skills to help you leave the course feeling confident to safely paddle a similar grade of river with friends.

As part of this whitewater safety and rescue is essential, there may be an opportunity to look at a variety of aspects of this during the day as well.

SKILLS TO LEARN

Basic Strokes Leaning & turning
Simple rescue – self & others
River etiquette
Grade 1-2 whitewater
Scouting & river hazards
Reading water
Breaking in & out of the current
Ferry glides

LOCATION
Summer Outdoor Shop address:
Evangervegen, 14
Voss, Norway
Find us on the waterfront, close to the new gondola, in front of Fleischer’s Hotel.

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