This past May, Wet Planet once again kicked off its Women’s Paddling series. These clinics cater to women of all skill levels throughout the season and provide a great environment to build solid skills, network with other female kayakers, and have a great time together on the river!
But why are women’s company, support, and instruction on the water important?
When I was learning to kayak, my primary boating buddy was my friend Madison. For years while we were growing up in Salt Lake City, raft guiding in Montana, and starting college in Oregon, she was my sole female kayaking partner. While all the guys we paddled with during those early years were good friends and mentors of ours (hugely supportive on and off the water), her presence was particularly important to me. We learned some challenging lessons together, and I doubt I would have become a kayaker without her support.
Both men and women are capable of paddling whitewater of every type and level. We do, however, learn differently and respond to instruction in different ways. In my experience, paddling with a group of women creates a unique on-water dynamic that most women describe as supportive and relaxed.
This kind of comfortable, stress free learning environment is exactly what the Women’s Paddling series strives to create, because that’s where the greatest “aha!” moments happen!
Both the May and June Women’s Clinics have been great successes, with lots of smiles and many new skills learned. It’s been great to see women of all backgrounds and ability levels coming out to paddle with us, and I’m excited to meet many more throughout the season!
So what is there to look forward to?? Throughout the summer, the Women’s Paddling Series will include kayaking opportunities on the Klickitat River (this coming weekend!), White Salmon River, Tieton River, and Idaho’s Lower Salmon River. Come winter, Wet Planet will partner with Small World Adventures to send a group of women to Ecuador, a warm and spectacular paddler’s paradise!
Don’t wait, ladies – come get on the river with us!!
The author, Elizabeth Tobey, is a Wet Planet kayak instructor. She lives in the Columbia River Gorge and enjoys year-round paddling.