This is a multi-level class on the South Fork American! Whether are a beginner or are an experienced paddler – this is the weekend for you! For the on-water instruction, the class is divided into 3 groups – Class 2, Class 2/3 and Class 3 & Beyond. In the afternoon, the class reunites for on-land workshops, a restorative yoga class to maintain body alignment and a potluck dinner. There is even a massage therapist on-site to soothe those aching muscles ($1 per minute). In the morning, we’ll practice yoga, pack up camp and hit the water for more instruction!
Class 2 – On the Coloma to Greenwood section (C-G), we’ll focus on catching eddies, making ferries with finesse, the brace, roll and making good decisions on the river. The goal is to make you a self-sufficient paddler ready to explore the river with friends at the same level.
Class 2/3 - This level group will spend day 1 on the C-G section, making Class 3 moves in Class 2. We'll explore surfing, catching more challenging eddies and the all important - combat roll. Day 2 will be spent on the Class 3 Chili Bar section where you'll put your solid skills to the test.
Class 3 & Beyond – The goal in this class is strengthen your existing skills and teach you some new ones to make kayaking more fun and dynamic. We will be covering such skills as jet ferries, surfing, attainments, the combat roll, making Class 4 moves in Class 3 and how to make good decisions on the river. This group will be on the Chili Bar section both days.
The cost of the clinic includes instruction both days, camping and yoga. Please note: The cost of the clinic doe not include kayak and gear. We can demo you the “Big 5” – kayak, paddle, personal flotation device (PFD), sprayskirt and helmet. This gear will be there ready for you when you check in to this clinic.
Whitewater Kayaking Clinic II | South Fork American River. 2 Days/1 Night, $219 ($269 with kayak & gear)
In association with WET River Trips.