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Intro to Whitewater Kayaking

Date and Time

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

Location

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

Registration

Registration is required for this activity.

Overview

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

Cost*

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

Activities

Instruction (Skills)
Paddling - Whitewater

Offered By

New Hampshire

Status

Open

Nearby AMC Destination

Cardigan Lodge

Difficulty

Beginners

Audience

Adults (18+)


Leader




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.

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Leader



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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