This is our most popular way to learn how to kayak. As with all of our classes, all equipment is provided. In two days, we cover everything you need to know to get a good start in whitewater kayaking!
On the first day of your class, you’ll learn all about the kayak, all necessary equipment, and the language of kayaking. Safety and good judgment are emphasized at all times.
You’ll be fitted with a fine, Jackson kayak, and once outfitted with the necessary gear, move with us to the water. There you will learn all the basic skills needed to become proficient. We like to see you practice a lot after a good demonstration and brief explanation of when and where you might use a particular skill. All the while you will be laughing—we try to be as entertaining as possible—we think people learn more that way!
Here’s a sampler of a few of the things you will learn:
- Wet exit
- Proper posture and balance
- Bracing Skills
- How to turn a kayak
- How to paddle straight
- Correction or Steering strokes
- Eskimo Roll
On the second day of the two-day class, we paddle on the Lehigh River near Jim Thorpe for 4-8 miles. When we first hit the water, we review everything you learned the day before—just in case you forgot something (we expect you will!) The rapids in which you will paddle are easy, but real. This is the perfect environment in which to hone your new skills. We’ll show you the basic moves required to have fun on rivers, and negotiate them wisely. These maneuvers have cool names like:
- Peel Outs
- Eddy Turns
- Carving Turns
On the river, we work on the art of making your kayak do what you want it to do! Carving turns, paddling in a straight line, reading rapids, and understanding the features present in every river – among lots of other skills. Every stroke, skill, and maneuver is taught in the same manner—demonstration, breakdown, practice—and always with the support of your attentive instructors.