Introduction to White Water Kayaking

Running the campsite rapid - nice & easy does it

Running the campsite rapid – nice & easy does it

Last week, I was working with a father and son team providing an introduction to white water kayaking two day course. I always enjoy these courses as the improvement in paddling ability and confidence is simply awesome.

We started the course  on the Llangollen Canal to make sure the basics were in place (forwards, backwards, sideways & turning). With the necessary skills acquired or fine tuned then we head off to the River Dee to put the new skills into practice. As confidence grew, we tackled some of the bigger rapids before calling it a day before performances started to dip.

With much confidence our second day involved a bit of fine tuning of the core white water skills (break in  / out, ferry gliding & river running strategies) before we embarked on a short river trip from just below the Serpents Tail to the Mile End Mill Site taking on aboard the motor museum rapids, campsite rapids, tombstones, middle weir, factory falls and bottom hole. All of these rapids were run with a fair degree of style and the team were grinning like Cheshire Cats at their achievement by the end of the course. Their feedback from the course is shown below and I look forward to working with them on their return visit.

“We had a great time and the thought of running the Serpent’s Tail one day will keep us interested for a return visit.”

To see a few photographs of the course then please click here.

If you would like CHMAS to provide this type of activity for you and your friends then please take a look at our main site by clicking here.

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