Outdoors | Recreation,
Introduction to Kayaking (level 1) is a 4-hour clinic teaching you the basic skills needed to paddle any type of kayak. This includes sit on tops, recreational, touring, whitewater and inflatable kayaks. Accident reports studied by the American Canoe Association indicate the vicitms had little or no formal training in kayaking. 70 of all accidents happen on flat water, with no current. It appears that the simplicity of the design is often misinterpreted as an indication that the boats are simple to operate and inherently safe. Most victims probably would not consider themselves as a "kayaker" and therefore do not seek out kayaking-specific instruction, such as how to do smooth and controlled wet exits, simple rescues that anyone can perform, reading the river or dressing appropriately for kayaking.We believe Kayaking can be fun and easy if you learn the right techniques. It has little to do with strength or age, and much more to do with finesse, techique, and confidence learned through formal training. Here's a few things you'll learn:5 misunderstood concepts to effortless paddling 6 simple rescues that anyone can do in deep-water4 myths to an effortless roll 9 essential strokes and skills you should master before learning the Kayak Roll, Whitewater or Touring classesYou'll also learn the most stable ways to enter and exit the kayak from shore, as well as how to quickly exit and re-enter a capsized kayak in deep water. A variety of self-rescues, including the Kayak Roll and assisted rescues are demonstrated throughout the class. You'll learn the basic strokes and body mechanics to paddle efficiently, comfortably and confidently in any direction on lakes and easy flat water rivers.Learn the safest, most efficient way, while saving time and money in this Intro to Kayak class.Prerequisites:
Essentials of Recreational Kayaking (level 2)
The Kayak Roll (level 2)
2-day Whitewater Weekend (level 3)
2-day Coastal Kayaking on Inland Waters (level 3)Note: Level 2 is not required for Level 3, but may be beneficial for those wanting to start out at a slower pace, or for those simply interested in recreational kayaking. Meet the Instructors:
Our instructors are our greatest assets. Each of our instructors are certified by the American Canoe Association (ACA). Founded in 1880, and funded largely by the US Coast Guard, the ACA is a nation-wide not for profit organization whose role is to make paddling education and instruction standardized and more accessible to the public. Our instructors are certified to the highest levels, up to and including:Level 2 Stand Up Paddling (or SUP'ing) Instructor
Level 4 Whitewater Kayak Instructor
Level 4 Open Water Coastal Kayaking Instructor
Level 4 Whitewater Kayak Instructor-Trainer
Level 4 Open Water Coastal Kayaking Instructor-Trainer
Level 4 Whitewater Paddle Raft Instructor-Trainer
Level 5 Advanced Swift Water Rescue Instructor
Instructors who work with kids are required to pass the same background and fingerprinting checks as required by Albuquerque Public Schools.Our instructors are also leaders in their communities, and in their professions. View Instructor Credentials hereOur Guarantee:
You'll learn more in this 4-hour class than most people would learn in several seasons of informal training. We're so confident your skills will increase, that we'll guarantee it! If you don't feel more confident, more in control and more excited about paddling, we'll donate your course fees to your favorite charity, in your name!
Payment: Payment in full is due within 24 hours of registration. No spot is reserved until full payment is received.CANCELLATION POLICYYour payment is a reservation for an event with limited capacity. Cancellations or rescheduling request 4 or more days before the scheduled event are entitled to receive a refund, less a $25 cancellation fee. We're sorry, but cancellations or no-shows within 3 days of the event are non-refundable, and non-transferrable.