Introduction to Moving Water Kayaking

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River kayaking made simple!

Stop "just thinking" about kayaking and GET STARTED! Whether you've never been kayaking before or you've got a few lake or river trips under your belt, these clinics are for YOU!

These introductory kayak experiences will focus on the essential skills you need to confidently and successfully navigate slow-moving rivers like the Catawba. Our American Canoe Association certified instructors will provide all the necessary equipment and personalized instruction to meet your specific paddling needs and goals.

This clinic is based on the American Canoe Association Level 2: Essentials of River Kayaking  curriculum.

Each Introduction Moving Water Kayaking course will be customized to fit the ability and experience level of your group. Course objectives can include:

  • Confidently and successfully paddle your kayak without becoming exhausted and frustrated.
  • Learn to navigate the river more easily and will be less likely to hit rocks.
  • Increase your chances of staying up right in your kayak while paddling in moving water.
  • Choose and fit a kayak, life jacket and helmet.
  • Confidently plan a kayak trip on rivers with rapids up to Class I.
  • Choose and pack proper group equipment for a river trip.
  • Get yourself out of the river and back into your boat after a capsize.
  • Get where you want to go on the river more easily and efficiently.
  • Evaluate Class I rapids and set appropriate safety for a group.
  • Size up common rescue situations and decide on a best course of actions.
  • Coach a swimmer through an efficient and effective self-rescue.
  • Execute a variety of boat-based rescues of swimmers, boats and, and equipment.
Clinic Dates:
Clinics are scheduled based on availability. Call 803-329-5527 or email alloutdoors@cityofrockhill.com to schedule your clinic!                  
Cost:
$200 per clinic (up to 5 students)
Skill Level/Age:
"Never-ever" Kayakers and Beginners/12+
 
Clinic Lengths:
4 - 5 Hours
 
Class Ratio:
1 Instructor to 5 Students
 
Location:
River Park, 1782 Quality Circle, Rock Hill, SC 29730
 
Prerequisites:
None
 
 
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Waiver & Cancellation Policy

Please contact our Outdoor Education staff at alloutdoors@cityofrockhill.com or 803-329-5527 with any questions or to reserve your course date. 

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