American Canoe Association (ACA) sanctioned Quickwater Skills in Whitewater Kayaks

Date and Time

Saturday, June 29, 2019


Upper Winnipesaukee River, Tilton, NH,
New Hampshire, Lakes Region,


Registration is required for this activity.


If you've ever wondered what's it's like to paddle a whitewater kayak on flowing water, this is your chance to "test the waters" in a supported environment. We'll start with a morning on flat water to introduce you to the basic paddle strokes and edging skills you need to steer your kayak around obstacles. Topics covered will include: - kayak outfitting (getting your kayak to fit you) - wet exit (safely exiting your kayak if you find yourself upside-down.) - sweep strokes and draw strokes (to steer your boat) - forward and backward stokes (to propel your kayak where you want it to go) - edging (to help your boat turn and keep it stable in current) In the afternoon, we'll move into gentle currents to learn: - reading whitewater (figuring out where you want to go) - basic whitewater safety (getting yourself and your gear to shore in the event of a swim) - ferrying (crossing a current without getting pulled downstream) - eddy peel out (getting into the current without flipping) - eddy entry (getting out of the current without flipping) All paddlers must have appropriate gear and clothing. We will work with you to ensure you have the proper clothing, footwear, gloves etc. If you do not have access to a boat we will provide one that fits you based on your height and weight, with flotation, spray skirt, paddle, PFD and helmet. Boat rental for 2 days is included in the course fee. Class size is limited to 8 students in whitewater kayaks. Graduates of this training may join us June 30 to build your skills on class II water.

AMC Trip Policy


Adult: $75 member / $75 non-member
*Instruction, ACA fee, boat rental for 2 days. No discounts are given if you have your own boat or choose to paddle only Saturday.

Related Link(s):

NH AMC Boat Rentals
Whitewater Skills Building

Intro Kayak Class


Paddling - Whitewater

Offered By

New Hampshire



Nearby AMC Destination

Cardigan Lodge




Adults (18+)


The AMC was there for me when I wanted to learn how to paddle a kayak on whitewater. Now I'm leading trips and teaching classes to give others the same opportunity.