“I think I’m hooked on kayaking.”
“I had so much fun…I need to get back into a kayak soon!”
“I’m itching to get back out, even on calm water, to practice my techniques!”
“The first thing I did when I got home was look for a local pool session to learn the roll. I will blame you if I get totally addicted “
Learning to whitewater kayak honestly changes lives. Students arrive at the beginning of a 2 or 3 day beginner kayak course expecting to paddle around, gain insight into some techniques, and spend the day on the river.
What most students don’t know is that they are about to experience a glimpse into a sport that inspires, challenges, and motivates participants.
A sport that opens up doors to destinations unlike any other outdoor recreation activity.
A sport that awakens passion for living life to the fullest.
A sport that develops physical and mentail aptitude that help simplify the chaotic world we live in, as well as learn to relax.
Mostly, kayaking is a sport where friendships turn into family.
During a beginner whitewater kayak course in the Columbia River Gorge, students learn how to navigate class II whitewater successfully. Instructors introduce the four keys to kayaking, or as Ryan calls them, the 4 Noble Truths of kayaking: Position, Angle, Speed, and Edge. With this knowledge, students can continue their education safely on their own.
We also aim to set new whitewater kayak students on a path that will help them get into the sport. At the end of the course, instructors will review skills learned and recomend what to focus on in order to improve. They will also provide resources for getting back out in a kayak, buying gear, and learning about the rivers.
It takes this type of care and support to overcome the challenges that kayaking presents. With a good kayak instructor, a student can learn to push through fears and tough situations with confidence and ease.
Of course, the only way to experience this is to join the family out on the river.