Whitewater Inflatable Kayak (IK)

Prerequisite:

Ability to swim, plus experience on class I-II water.

What You Learn

This craft is gaining popularity and provides unique opportunities for paddling whitewater. The IK provides an interesting blend of maneuverability, stability, and the ability to take on almost any level of whitewater that gets thrown at it. This class was developed to help people who have moving water and whitewater experience and are interested in learning how to more effectively paddle an IK. This course is designed not only for the beginner IK paddler but also for those with IK experience who want to optimize their ability to maximize the performance of the IK. Day 1 will be on an easy stretch of river getting advice on the effective strokes and practicing eddy turns, peel outs and ferries in current. We'll introduce bracing, surfing, and how to climb back into your boat for a self-rescue after a capsize. The location for day 2 depends on group skills and sense of adventure, but may be a class 2 section of the North Santiam or Clackamas where you can practice your skills, ability to read water features, and maneuver through more complex rapids.

Equipment

  • Students are expected to have all the essentials. This includes an IK, personal floatation device (PFD), paddle, and appropriate clothing. See the Student Information Sheet for more details. IKs are available for rent in the Portland area, though they might not be suitably equipped with thigh straps. Be sure to ask.

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