River Kayak Introductory Course – Level 1

This course is aimed at anybody who wants learn river kayak skills or as refresher. Its a fun and friendly enviroment to coach you to paddle safely some easier rapids.
To get the most out of this course you should be able to swim, there is no requirement to have been in a kayak before.

Course Aims
Our goal is to provide novice kayakers with the right tools for a solid foundation of basic kayaking skills necessary to kayaking in Grade I and II rivers. Focus on developing your personal paddling skills, safe river running strategies as well as whitewater safety and rescue.
Getting solid river kayaking foundations from our top coaches will ensure a lifetime of whitewater river adventures, there is not a better way to start.

COURSE DURATION

2 days.
16 hours in total, including: Theoretical instruction, gear outfitting, changing time, transport, lunch break.

FROM

June til October
Course schedule: Every second weekend
Minimun 3 persons enrolled or payment equivalent
Our course ratio is 1 instructor can take 4 guests.
*Send us e-mail to enquiry for special dates.

PRICE

kr. 3200 Adult
kr. 2880 Kids (born in 1999 and after)

GUEST REQUIRMENTS

Min Age 9
Normal physical health
Able to swim
Please inform us of any medical conditions like asthma, epilepsy etc
Weight limit: 140kg (if you more than that you must contact us first)

WHAT’S INCLUDED

– Top quality equipment
– Professional whitewater kayak instructor
– Kayak
– Paddle
– PFD (life jacket)
– Helmet
– Splash jacket
– Wetsuit
– Neoprene shoes
– Transport in and out of the river
– Two warm meals at end of day
– A lifetime whitewater river experience in Norway

WHAT TO BRING WITH YOU

– Swimming clothes
– Thermal underwear if cold
– Wool or neoprene socks
– Change of clothes
– Luch pack for the 2 days
– Snack’s as: fruit/nuts/cereals bars or chocolate… yeah!
– Suncream
– Sense of adventure

COURSE CONTENT

You will usually be in a group of no more than 4 with one instructor. Meeting your instructor on the first morning provides an opportunity to discuss people’s experience and aspirations, which along with the weather forecast and water levels will enable us to plan the day’s activity with you.

Day one we will start at flat water then go to a Grade 1 river section and pool to start learning the essential skills and develop your confidence in the environment. For the next day we will paddle a river that offers us the best water and at the appropriate grade for the group’s needs, this should include some Grade 2.

The two days could involve the following rivers: Vosso, Raundal or Strandaelv. Whilst on these rivers we will be able to spend time coaching and developing your personal paddling. In addition to this we will be looking at developing your safe river running skills to help you leave the course feeling confident to safely paddle a similar grade of river with friends.

As part of this whitewater safety and rescue is essential, there may be an opportunity to look at a variety of aspects of this during the day as well.

What you will learn:

Basic Strokes Leaning & turning
Simple rescue – self & others
River etiquette
Grade 1-2 whitewater
Scouting & river hazards
Reading water
Breaking in & out of the current
Ferry glides

LOCATION
We are located by the lakeside of Vangsvatnet in Voss.
Only 50mts in front of Fleischer’s Hotel and 50 mts beside the Kulturhus (Culture house – Library) and only 100mts from the Train and Bus station.

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