So you have run Brown’s Canyon for the 50th time, and you want to move up to the Numbers, but you are not sure that you have the skill or confidence to execute the moves in order to safely navigate class IV whitewater. Or perhaps you have been dreaming of that southern hemisphere vacation over the winter, but hesitate to jump into class IV whitewater where portages are difficult and an early exit from the river means a two day jungle tramping nightmare.
This class is designed to teach you skills required for class IV boating and give you the experience to execute them with confidence. You will learn:
- How to effectively catch eddies and use them to control your progress down a rapid and boat scout.
- How to read the river not just for “The Line” in a rapid, but to find eddies and break down a difficult rapid into a series of easier moves.
- Basic slalom kayak skills and how to apply them to running whitewater.
- Basic playboating skills and how to apply them to running whitewater.
- Advanced paddling skills to help you catch eddies, use the current to your advantage and avoid obstacles.
- Eddy-quete; how to safely paddle difficult whitewater in a group.
This is class one of three. There will also be a river session at the Clear Creek Whitewater Park in Golden from 6:00 - 9:00 pm and on the Cache la Poudre River near Ft. Collins from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm. Dates to be determined.
- Basic river rescue class
- River roll
- At least one season of solid class III boating experience
- Participants should have their own equipment (boat, paddle, spray skirt, helmet, PFD, etc.)
Cost: $200 course fee plus $9.25 pool admission for each pool session. Limited to 6 participants.
Please Note: Before registering for this class, you must complete an application. You can download the application here. Once it's compete, please email to Mark Robbins at email@example.com and he will give you the registration code to enable you to register.
Instructors: Mark Robbins, Tim Bliss