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Introduction to River Kayaking - Part 1

In cooperation with the AZ Hiking Shack, I will be presenting a FREE in-store seminar on getting started with River Kayaking as Part 1 of a 2 part presentation. You can choose to only attend Part 1, but you must attend Part 1 to attend Part 2.

See October 27th for details on Part 2.

Part 1

Topics to be Covered will include:

Proper Clothing

Essential Equipment

Types of Kayaks

Transportation of Kayaks and Canoes

Where to Paddle - Lakes and Rivers

and finally What kind of Costs will I expect to get involved with Kayaking?

Part 2

This will be held on the Lower Salt River

See the event calendar for October 27th for details.

You can reconfirm your RSVP for the on-water portion the following Saturday morning during the Thursday evening presentation.

Don't worry if you do not have a kayak, as AZ Hiking Shack is offering you your choice of 3 special rental deals for Desert Mountain Paddlers club members.

Choice 1 - STEAL A DEAL!

Free Kayak Rental with PFD and Paddle!

if you pick up the kayak Thursday evening following the presentation and return it Saturday afternoon.

Choice 2 - $5.00 Deal!

if you pick up the kayak Thursday evening following the presentation and utilize the no-hassle return. AZ Hiking Shack will haul your kayak back to their store and clean the kayak for you for just $5.00.

Choice 3 - $10.00 Deal!

For the nominal fee of $10, AZ Hiking Shack will deliver the kayak for you at the Lower Salt River meeting location and return it back to their store. No hauling of kayaks to and from the on-water portion of the presentation.

Your choice of solo or tandem Inflatable (IK) or Sit-on-Top (SOT) kayaks!

Of course, if you have your own kayak you are welcome to bring it for the on-water portion of the presentation.

You must have a Tonto Forest Parking Pass per vehicle for the on-water portion.These are available at Big 5 Sporting Goods or
convenience stores along Power Rd. I know for sure the Shell Station at Power and McDowell has them for sale. You must purchase the Pass before arriving at the Lower Salt River Recreation Area as they are not
available on site. You will not need the watercraft sticker for canoes and
kayaks. Cost for the Tonto Forest Parking Pass is $6.00.

Here is your chance to meet me, find out what equipment you need to get started, and where to paddle all for FREE! How easy is that!

Be sure and check and RSVP for the event the morning of October 27th!

If the group size limit has been reached and you have an interest in attending, go ahead and sign up for the "Wait List". I will monitor the member interest and adjust the group size accordingly.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Fantastic introduction to river kayaking. Ron was very patient with all our questions and was very informative. We're looking forward to part 2!

    October 25, 2012

  • Claudia

    Great information, and with all of Ron's skill, experience and humor, our first trip out will be great fun i am sure. Thank you Ron for answering all our questions and making us feel like we weren't newbie's!

    October 25, 2012

  • Judy

    It was great! Very Informative. Can't wait to Kayak the river on Saturday with my new Ocean Kayak. I enjoyed meeting everyone. Thanks Ron and Dillon for hosting!

    October 25, 2012

  • Mary T.

    Hello I'm really looking forward to learning about kayaking on the river sure wish I could find a kayak to buy

    October 18, 2012

    • Caroline

      If you like going kayak camping, you'll want a longer boat. Mine is a Necky Eliza 15.25 feet and I've done up to a 10 day trip in it with no problems. Plastic boats are cheaper & more durable, though a bit heavier, but make a good first boat and are in the $1000 range for a longer boat. Boats that are 5K are more likely to be carbon, which are lighter and stiffer & more delicate. Fiberglass is in between. If you just want to play on the water doing day trips, you can get a boat pretty reasonably -- whitewater or recreational, maybe $500 or so. I prefer a sit-in to a sit-on-top. If you rent a few boats you'll have a better idea of what you want. REI has a nice selection of boats on hand & an excellent return policy and, yes, probably a bit more expensive than other places, but have good quality boats.

      October 18, 2012

    • Ron, the Canoe G.

      Mary - I tell beginners to not be in a hurry to buy until you have more knowledge about kayaks and a little experience - If you can't attend thursday evening, then send me an email and I'll reply with my phone number and we can talk kayaks!

      October 19, 2012

  • Claudia

    Mary, I ordered mine from Dicks Sporting, just make sure you buy a one piece molded not a two piece put together. Not sure what kind of prices the Arizona Hiking shack has, but might be worth checking them both. Not sure what your budget is but only wanted to invest a minimal amount and got my one piece molded sit-in with a dry well for $275. Ok for something that may be sitting around occasionally. I have seen them for as much as $5000....more than I have to invest. Good luck.

    October 18, 2012

  • Lisa O.

    Tonto Forest parking passes can also be purchased online at:

    October 14, 2012

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