Any weekend can be the weekend you become a kayaker. Just last week the Wet Planet kayak school was joined by river enthusiasts from Portland, Oregon and Olympia, Washington for our 2-day Rapid Progression instruction.
Hailing from outside Portland, Loree and Gordon came to us with significant water experience in their recreation kayaks. With just a few raft trips to give them a taste of what whitewater kayaking might be like, they signed up to make the transition. Our 2 other students, also from Portland, jumped right into the world of whitewater kayaking in the Pacific Northwest without even having gone rafting previously. For them, the river was a new experience entirely.
Father and son, Ed and Conner, from Olympia wanted to broaden their river experience through learning to maneuver a different type of craft. Spending lots of time in their canoes on long and short trips, as well as various other days on the river, these two proved to be naturals in a whitewater kayak.
The weekend was great for everyone, especially instructors Susan Hollingsworth and Ryan Copenhagen. These two really love working together to share their passion for the sport with new enthusiasts. With such a small ratio of instructor to student, they were also able to spend more time individually with their students. Since everyone learns concepts differently, both instructors helped to describe and demonstrate various exercises.
At the end of day 2 on the Klickitat River, students were blissfully exhausted. Practicing all afternoon the skills it takes to get down the river successfully, everyone was excited for their next day on the river.
Thanks to Loree and Ryan for the photos!
White Salmon, July 5th 2010
Susan Hollingsworth – Wet Planet Lead Kayaking Instructor