WHITEWATER KAYAK – Novice Course – Level 2

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Would you like to consolidate your whitewater paddling skills and build your confidence?
This course will look at all those elements of the introductory course, however, it assumes paddlers will already have some basic grade 2 whitewater experience. This allows us to start the course on grade 2 and spend plenty of time consolidating these skills so as we can start progressing towards the skills and safety awareness required for starting out on grade 3.
In addition to this the two days will focus on safe river running strategies, whitewater safety and rescue as well as developing your personal paddling skills for whitewater.
Getting solid whitewater kayaking skills from our top coaches, there is no better way to improve your paddling and be whitewater confident
The course will begin with a review of skills on moving water, thereafter concentrating on whitewater skills.

Before taking part in a Novice Course you should:
Have completed a Introductory Whitewater Course or have paddled a kayak in grade 2 whitewater for 5 times or more in the last year period.

Be able to paddle in a straight line on flatwater.
Be able to ferry glide.
Be able to break-in & break-out on grade 2 whitewater.
Be comfortable on grade 1 whitewater.

COURSE DURATION
2 days,  16hrs total, 8 hours each day.

FROM
June til October

COURSES DATES FOR 2021
June 28 and 29
July 19 and 20
August 9 and 10
September 11 and 12

or on request with a minimun 3 persons enrolled or payment equivalent
*Send us e-mail to enquiry for special dates.

INVESTMENT
kr. 3500 Adult
kr. 3150 Youth (12 years old to 17 years old)

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 activities with you.
We will make use of a local Grade 2 river section of river to work on those essential skills and start to progress your paddling. For the next day we will paddle a river that offers us the best water and are at the appropriate grade for the groups needs, it should include some Grade 3. The weekend could involve the following rivers: Vosso, Raundalselva or Strandaelva.
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.
Over the weekend we can help you start to develop a roll or make a roll more efficient, which is an essential skill for any white water paddler.
In addition to this you will benefit from your instructor’s wealth of knowledge of additional whitewater paddling venues around the Norway, and more than likely the rest of the world. Stories will be told and hopefully you will leave inspired and with knowledge to confidently take your paddling to other parts of Norway and beyond.

SKILLS TO LEARN

  • Posture, balance, leaning & surfing
  • Effective strokes
  • Grade 1 – 3 paddling: Catching small eddies, paddling with anticipation
  • Reading water, group awareness, scouting & basic throw-rope technique
  • Performing break-ins & break-outs, ferries & linking manoeuvres
  • Rolling introduction on both sides & hand rolls
  • 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

FAQ – FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Min Age 12
We reccomend tha you be physically active
Good swimmer and be confident in the water
Please inform us of any medical conditions like asthma, epilepsy etc.
Weight limit: 130kg (if you more than that you must contact us first)

– Top quality equipment
– Professional whitewater kayak instructor
– River 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

– 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 (if sunny)
– Sense of adventure

Find us on the waterfront close to the new gondola, in front of Fleischer’s Hotel. Our basecamp is a BLUE LOUNGE TENT by the lake.

Show up 10 minutes before your scheduled time at our operational base

  • Check-in at our outdoor base
  • Meeting and greeting with your instructor
  • Theoretical instruction
  • Gear outfitting
  • Drive to the river
  • Safety instructions
  • Warm-up
  • Practical river exercises
  • Lunch break
  • Practical river exercises
  • Going down few rapids
  • Loading equipment in the car
  • Transport
  • Back to our outdoor base
  • Unpacking the gear
  • Changing clothes
  • Day evaluation
  • Warm meal

Our Whitewater Novice Course ratio is 1 instructor can take 4 guests at time.

If the group is 5 or more then there will be two instructors.

Yes. For all whitewater programs provided by Outdoor Norway swimming ability is required due to safety reasons.

You do not need to be a swimmer expert but during the course you may go upside down with your kayak and need to exit from the kayak, in that case you should be confident and able to swimming for about 50 meters (approximately) until reach the shoreline or towards the instructor’s kayak.

We provide PFD (Personal Flotation Device, also knowing as life-jacket) but a PFD can not swim by itself.

It is important for us to know if you have a medical condition when you participate on our whitewater kayak course. In this case we can take better care of you and avoid accidents, if any problem happens, our guides are more prepared and can faster solve the problem.

All of our guides are certified whitewater rescuer, they renew their licence every 2-3 years and have a wide variety of experience.

Unfortunately you can not participate on any of our whitewater program if you are

  • not swimmer
  • under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol
  • blind

Please consult us if you have the below so we can evaluate possibilities together:

  • physically or mentally disabled
  • deaf

You might be able to join to our whitewater tours
Please consult us about your medical condition if you have :

  • asthma, epilepsy or diabetes
  • heart condition
  • spine problem (spinal hernia, problem with discs…),
  • had an operation in the last 2 years
  • blood clotting problem
  • any injury in the last 2 years (broken bones, dislocated shoulder..),
  • serious allergy
  • any other medical condition which is not listed above

Please let us know if you need any medicine during the tour, you can take it with you to the river. Our guides have a waterproof box for First aid kit, they can put your medicine into it. And last but not least Please inform your guide about your medical condition! .

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