This introductory course for beginning kayakers provides one day of flat-water instruction to familiarize you with equipment and technique, followed by a 73-mile journey down the Lower Salmon River. During this program you will be introduced to the essential skills necessary to confidently and carefully enjoy pleasurable boating.
Expect to gain knowledge of whitewater dynamics including holes, pillows, tongues, eddies, and pour-overs. You’ll learn how to recognize and avoid hazards such as strainers and undercuts using ferry angles, eddies, and other tricks of the trade. Also covered are proper swimming and self-rescue techniques.
In addition to being an educational experience, this is a physically demanding class that can yield high rewards. You won’t have to be in perfect shape, but if you’re not currently active, you’ll want to prepare yourself with both aerobic and strength building exercises.