Events > 2014 > July > Trained Beginner Kayak - July 12 & 13 - $100

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About this event:

Created by Todd McGinnis

Tuckaseegee River, Dillsboro, NC
USD 100.00

Trained Beginner – Paddler has some instruction and river experience.  Candidate for this class would be looking to improve upon their basic skills as well as learn some new techniques.  Participant is able to maneuver a boat in Class I to Class II rivers.

Topics covered & discussed will include river reading, strokes, boat control as well as basic rescue concepts.

Instructors are ACA Certified Instructors

Instructor – Jesse Hebden -jesse.hebden@gmail.com

Gear/Equipment:

PARTICIPANTS MUST PROVIDE ALL OF THEIR OWN EQUIPMENT! No gear is included in the clinic fee. Participants must have at a minimum the following:

  • Whitewater kayak
  • Helmet
  • Personal flotation device
  • Spray skirt
  • Paddle
  • Appropriate footwear (paddling booties, water shoes, etc.) is required.  Thin, lower-profile shoes are suggested.  Flip flops are not recommended because they will fall off during a swim.  Sandals such as Tevas, Chacos do not fit well in whitewater kayaks and have the potential to get hung inside the kayak during a flip.
  • Also suggested is synthetic clothing such as the following, depending upon how cold-natured you are:
    • Neoprene wetsuit (farmer John/Jane style with no sleeves)
    • Paddling splash jacket or drytop
    • Polyester fleece top
    • Bathing suit (for the ladies a two-piece design tends to be easier when answering the call of nature in the woods…)
    • Polypro underwear/long johns
    • NO COTTON GARMENTS are permitted

We also recommend the following:

  • Plenty of bottled water
  • Lunch you can pack in your boat
  • Sunblock
  • Waterproof camera if desired

Cost/Registration: $100.00 for GCA members $135.00 for non-GCA members (includes GCA membership)

Swimming Ability:

You must be able to swim and should not panic with your head under water. Beginning kayak clinic participants will spend a lot of time upside down inside their kayaks on the lake.

Physical Condition:

Whitewater paddling is a physically and mentally challenging activity that requires fitness, flexibility, and a positive attitude in stressful situations. Kayaking is a high-risk activity for individuals with a history of shoulder dislocations. Applicants should discuss potential physical limitations with the Coordinator before signing up.