Intro to White Water

White Water Kayaking is one of the more extreme ends of the sport, our staff at Fluid Adventures love paddling White Water (it’s what we spend much of our winter doing). We feel that we can give you an excellent first experience at paddling White Water, allowing you to develop basic fundamental skills which will enable you to move to more advanced conditions without needing to relearn basic skills. We work on providing you with simple skills, which you will quickly click with and be able to repeat in numerous locations on this flow and others. We will spend time looking at the interactions between your boat, body and blade, as well as working to blend them into the environment. By the end of this session you should be able to feel happy with paddling on basic white water, and understand the effect which the water has on you, as well as knowing what to do to enhance or control this effect. This session can also be excellent for those who have experience at white water kayaking, but have maybe had an incident which has lowered their confidence – please let us know in advance if this is the case so we can be prepared to really target any underlying issues and get you really confident back on the river.

We use the River Adur for these sessions, as it is a very tidal river. Shortly before low tide the water level drops into a small gully and accelerates on it’s way towards the sea. With this decrease in width and the increase in speed the river changes characteristic from an idyllic touring river to being a perfect location for starting your white water kayaking career. This location has a number of eddies, all with different characteristics, from small and sharp to large and gentle, it also has an excellent small easily accessible standing wave which allows us to quickly increase your skills by looking at some fine boat balance on the wave.

During this session we will cover:

  • Basic river river features – understand what the water is doing
  • How to get in and out of the flow
  • Crossing the flow
  • Surfing a small standing wave
  • Safety and Rescues on moving water

Pre-requisites – we recommend for this course that you have a good basic knowledge of paddling, and understand what “edging” is. Rolling is not important – but it’s useful if you know how to rescue yourself from a capsize.

What Fluid Adventures provide:

  • Suitable Kayak
  • Paddles
  • Buoyancy aids
  • Helmets
  • Spray Decks
  • Relevant safety kit
  • Relevant water access licenses
  • Maps
  • Qualified, experienced and CRB checked coach

What you need to provide:

  • Suitable paddling attire
  • Towel – just in case!
  • Complete spare change of clothes for afterwards
  • Lunch/drink
  • Transportation to/from location
  • Car Parking

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