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Kayak Clinic for Beginners and Experienced

Kayak Clinic on the Colorado River

Even if you've been kayaking for a while, it's always good to brush up on the basics and maybe learn some new tricks! In this clinic, taught by Rondo from Rapid Creek, we'll paddle down the Colorado River from Grizzly Creek to South Camp. This is a nice stretch of river to learn the basics, not too difficult but with some small rapids for excitement.

The group will be small so everyone will receive some individualized attention at their skill level. Some of the skills to be covered are:

* reentering the kayak 
* reading the river
* river rescue
* paddling techniques
* boat safety
* exiting eddies

We need a minimum of 4 people to make the clinic a go. You can bring your own kayak, rent one from CMU or Rondo has a few double IKs for rent for $35.00 per day.

The cost is an affordable $50.00 for a full day-8:00-5:00. Expect to be on the river for 4 hours or so.

What to Bring:

* helmet

* life jacket

* kayak (or rent one)

* lunch, snacks, sun screen, in a dry bag

* water or sports drink with a way to attach it to the boat so you can get to it during the day

* dry clothes (can be in your dry bag or left in the car)

* $50.00 to be paid the morning of the clinic

If you are coming from out of town and need a place to stay, please let me know.

Any questions? Laney Heath (970)[masked] See you there!

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  • Jeannie M.

    It was well planned, enjoyed a day learning a lot, thanks Laney for putting it together, and to Rondo for a great job of instructing. I'd do it again.

    July 15, 2013

    • Doug Van E.

      sorry to hear that

      July 15, 2013

    • Jeannie M.

      Thanks, these things happen.

      July 16, 2013

  • Barbara L.

    This offered instruction and confidence to IK beginners. Nice stretch of river with enough rocks and rapids for a taste of what is out there.

    July 15, 2013

    • Jeannie M.

      Fun day on the river, learned a lot and had a great time with the others on the river. Rondo did and awesome job of instructing, thanks Laney for putting this together. Now I don't feel like a total beginner.

      July 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Learned a lot. Very happy I went. Felt a lot more comfortable toward the end in the ducky and I found Rondo to be a great teacher. Thanks for putting this together.

    July 14, 2013

  • Laney H.

    Wonderful day! Rondo did an awesome job of instruction, rescue and support. We had a couple of swimmers but all went well.

    1 · July 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanx so much Laney for getting this clinic together, Rondo was such a good instructor, learned a lot , looking forward to another one.

    1 · July 14, 2013

  • Doug Van E.

    Looks like a lot of interest in this clinic. I suggest doing the basic again and doing a level II a bit after that some members from either of the two Basic clinics can go on to more instruction and supervised experience. This is a great idea Laney and I think we want to support Rondo's business shine all the way around last year and this he has been good to WSA.

    July 8, 2013

  • Doug Van E.

    Great idea/ offering, Laney. So glad you posted this.

    Please, after the class post another day trip, maybe upstream on the Colorado so those who took the class can get some river time right away. Maybe for a reasonable fee you could even make that a Part II to your class.

    June 27, 2013

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