Intro to Whitewater Kayaking

Date and Time

Saturday, May 23, 2020 - Monday, May 25, 2020


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 with experienced volunteer teachers. Day 1: Upper Winnipesaukee River, Tilton/Northfield NH 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) - wave surfing At the end of the day, everyone who wishes to will have an opportunity to do a "graduation" run through a very short Class 2 rapid. Day 2: Upper Winnipesaukee River, Tilton/Northfield NH On an easy Class 1-2 run we will stop often to: - practice and solidify the skills you learned on Day 1. -For those who want to, we may do a second run in the afternoon. Day 3: Pemigewasset River, Bristol, NH. On this longer, more intense whitewater run, we will - continue skills practice. - scout the more intense rapids to determine the best routes - It may be possible to do 2 runs We will work with you to ensure you have the proper clothing, footwear, helmet, PFD, etc needed for comfort and safety. If you do not have 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 3 days is included in the course fee. No discounts or refunds are offered for those who have their own boats or those who choose not to paddle on Day 2 or Day 3 Class size is limited to 8 students. If more than that are interested, we will start a waiting list and plan additional courses.

AMC Trip Policy


Adult: $75 member / $100 non-member
*Instruction, boat rental for 3 days. No discounts or refunds are given if you have your own boat or choose to paddle only 1 or 2 days.

Related Link(s):

NH AMC Boat Rentals
Upper Winnipeaukee River
Pemigewasset at Bristol

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Intro Kayak Class


Instruction (Skills)
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.



Volunteer leadership for NH-AMC is a great way to encourage others to explore our beautiful state. I am a science teacher at Concord High School and live near Concord, NH. I am active year round enjoying the wilderness. Hope to see you on a trail or river!


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