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Level 4: Whitewater Kayaking Skills Course
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5/12/2012 to 5/13/2012
When: 5/12/2012
Where: Cartecay River
2070 Cherokee Ridge Trl NW
Kennesaw, Georgia 
United States
Contact: Ruger Huff

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Beginning whitewater kayak classes use boats that are very maneuverable but unstable and require a spray skirt to keep water out of the cockpit. We start on a lake where I teach how to get out of a capsized kayak safely (wet exits), how to balance and control a kayak with the legs and torso using the "hip snap" technique, how to use the paddle to turn the kayak and make it go straight, and how to return a kayak to an upright position using braces and the Eskimo roll. We then go to a class II whitewater river where I teach how to "read" the river and use the techniques learned on the lake to run rapids and control the kayak in whitewater. You will learn how to stop by doing U-turns into calm spots behind rocks and next to the bank (eddy turns); get back into the current from an eddy (peel outs) ; and cross a current without getting pushed downstream (ferry). I have a variety of whitewater kayaks and will outfit you with one appropriate to your height, weight and foot size.

We can teach kayaking using whitewater design boats at either level 3 (class I - II(-) rapids) or level 4 (class II - III(-) rapids) depending on how much you want to challenge yourself.

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