WHITEWATER KAYAK – Novice Course – Level 2

Would you like to consolidate your whitewater paddling skills and build your confidence?
This course will look at all those elements of the introductory course, however, it assumes paddlers will already have some basic grade 2 whitewater experience. This allows us to start the course on grade 2 and spend plenty of time consolidating these skills so as we can start progressing towards the skills and safety awareness required for starting out on grade 3.
In addition to this the two days will focus on safe river running strategies, whitewater safety and rescue as well as developing your personal paddling skills for whitewater.
Getting solid whitewater kayaking skills from our top coaches, there is no better way to improve your paddling and be whitewater confident
The course will begin with a review of skills on moving water, thereafter concentrating on whitewater skills.

Before taking part in a Novice Course you should:
Have completed a Introductory Whitewater Course or have paddled a kayak in grade 2 whitewater for 5 times or more in the last year period.

Be able to paddle in a straight line on flatwater.
Be able to ferry glide.
Be able to break-in & break-out on grade 2 whitewater.
Be comfortable on grade 1 whitewater.

COURSE DURATION

2 days.
16 hours in total, including: Theoretical instruction, gear outfitting, changing time, transport, lunch break.

FROM

June til October
Course schedule: Last weekend every month; or on request with a minimun 3 persons enrolled or payment equivalent
Our course ration is 1 instructor can take 4 guests.
*Send us e-mail to enquiry for special dates.

PRICE
kr. 3200 Adult
kr. 2880 Kids (born in 1999 and after)

GUEST REQUIRMENTS

Min Age 12
We reccomend tha you be physically active
Good swimmer and be confident in the water
Please inform us of any medical conditions like asthma, epilepsy etc.
Weight limit: 130kg (if you more than that you must contact us first)

WHAT’S INCLUDED

– Top quality equipment
– Professional whitewater kayak instructor
– Kayak
– Paddle
– PFD (life jacket)
– Helmet
– Splash jacket
– Wetsuit
– Neoprene shoes
– Transport in and out of the river
– Two warm meals at end of day
– A lifetime whitewater river experience in Norway

WHAT TO BRING WITH YOU

– Swimming clothes
– Thermal underwear if cold
– Wool or neoprene socks
– Change of clothes
– Luch pack for the 2 days
– Snack’s as: fruit/nuts/cereals bars or chocolate… yeah!
– Suncream
– Sense of adventure

COURSE CONTENT

You will usually be in a group of no more than 4 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 activities with you.
We will make use of a local Grade 2 river section of river to work on those essential skills and start to progress your paddling. For the next day we will paddle a river that offers us the best water and are at the appropriate grade for the groups needs, it should include some Grade 3. The weekend could involve the following rivers: Vosso, Raundalselva or Strandaelva.
Whilst on these rivers we will be able to spend time coaching and developing your personal paddling. 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.
Over the weekend we can help you start to develop a roll or make a roll more efficient, which is an essential skill for any white water paddler.
In addition to this you will benefit from your instructor’s wealth of knowledge of additional whitewater paddling venues around the Norway, and more than likely the rest of the world. Stories will be told and hopefully you will leave inspired and with knowledge to confidently take your paddling to other parts of Norway and beyond.

SKILLS TO LEARN

  • Posture, balance, leaning & surfing
  • Effective strokes
  • Grade 1 – 3 paddling: Catching small eddies, paddling with anticipation
  • Reading water, group awareness, scouting & basic throw-rope technique
  • Performing break-ins & break-outs, ferries & linking manoeuvres
  • Rolling introduction on both sides & hand rolls
  • 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

INTINERARY

We are located by the lakeside of Vangsvatnet in Voss.
Only 50mts in front of Fleischer’s Hotel and 50 mts beside the Kulturhus (Culture house – Library) and only 100mts from the Train and Bus station.
Show up 10 minutes before your scheduled time at our operational base

    1- Check-in at our outdoor base
    2 – Gear up
    3 – Drive to the river
    4 – Safety instructions
    5 – Warm-up
    6 – River trip
    7 – Load back in the car
    8 – Back to our outdoor base.