Youth Level 1: Beginner Fundamentals
This class is designed for kids 10 and older to get an introduction to paddling, and have fun on the water! Students will learn the basics of whitewater paddling including safety, strokes and river maneuvering.
Our first day will start by getting to know the students and instructors. We can take this time to talk about any river experience students have, as well as what their goals are for the class. After this we will give out gear, and learn how to properly care for it. From there we will get in our solar heated pool to learn how to wet exit, and introduce the bracing strokes. These skills are essential before getting on the river. After this, we can head to the lake and begin to learn forward strokes, draw strokes and sweep strokes.
The next day, we will discuss river hydrology, hazards, and safety. From there we will head to the Animas! We will start with an easier section of the river, and introduce river maneuvers like eddy turns, peel outs and ferries. As the week progresses, we will continue to work on our strokes and maneuvers, and we will be able to run some moderate and fun class 2 rapids. This class will include all gear and transportation.
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