Classes & Activities
This course focuses on developing paddling skills to get you started on whitewater kayaking. You will be introduced to the basics of kayaking and a combat roll in the Arcata Community Pool and progress to moving whitewater during a weekend overnight on the Trinity River. The focus will be on boating safety, basic strokes, boat control, hydrology, wet exits, and rolling the kayak. A combination of inflatable kayaks and hardshell kayaks will be used depending on the individual needs and skill progression. Additional activities may include a river safety section that involves the use of basic river safety equipment specifically adapted for kayaking situations.
This course will initially concentrate on learning improved bracing. From there we will progress to combat roll instruction. This will be accomplished with a combination of individual instruction and practice time at the Arcata Community Pool. If one of these dates doesn’t work with your schedule please contact us about private kayak roll instruction.
For those interested in learning worry-free flat water paddling. We introduce and paddle stable sit-on-top and pedal-drive kayaks. The instruction and information is beginner level: no rolls, waves or capsizing in this class, just a fun foundation for further kayak adventures.
This pool based course will provide a fun and safe environment to learn the base line skills no kayaker should be without. Our experienced guides will support your introduction to a variety of paddle strokes, boat handling, bracing, and safety considerations with an emphasis on injury prevention, and then spend the majority of the time working on self and assisted rescues after a capsize. Time permitting, kayakers will have an opportunity to learn and practice the skills necessary for a combat roll.