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Roll Sessions / Beginner's whitewater clinic

Don P.
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Nicholasville, KY
Post #: 59
The BWA has roll sessions on Friday nights, 7:30-9:30 at the (heated, tented) Pinnacle Pool, 621 Southpoint Dr, Lexington through at least Feb 8, probably longer. $10 per session for non-members, $5 for members. Volunteer instructors can teach most people to roll a kayak in a few sessions. Not really enough room for 17' boats, and don't know if I'd recommend trying it in a rec boat, Canoe Kentucky should be there staring in two weeks with some demo WW boats and skirts to fit. A few WW kayaks are usually available to borrow. I can help arrange boat/equipment if needed. For more info http://www.bluegrassw...­. No real difference in rolling a WW boat or a touring boat. Technique is the same. Rolling is generally viewed as an advanced technique in the flatwater world, but its taught to beginner's in the whitewater world.

This all leads up to, for those that are interested, a beginner's whitewater clinic in the Spring out on the Russell Fork River (for true beginners, the 'town' or 'lower-lower' section, fairly easy class II), probably the weekend of May 18th. It has been around $80-$90 for two days of instruction (usually 3 instructors to max group size of 6 students, usually 30-50 students overall), semi-primitive car-type camping, two breakfasts, and one dinner have been included in the past. More refined accommodations can be secured on your own at Breaks Interstate Park. I will post more info when it gets finalized.
Don P.
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Group Organizer
Nicholasville, KY
Post #: 74
The BWA Spring Beginner's whitewater clinic is May 18-19 on the Russell Fork (near Break's Interstate Park). Applications are available now at http://www.bluegrassw...­. Its $85 for members, $95 for non-members (membership is $20 for individuals, $25 families). Basic paddling strokes, how to catch and peel out of eddies, how to ferry, and basic rapid running techniques are taught and practiced over two days. Canoe Kentucky usually has a deal on renting boats and some equipment, if needed, and you can usually borrow anything else from club members. There is usually a kid's group too. Sign-up by April 15th. Roll sessions are now every other week March 15-April 26th.
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