WHITEWATER KAYAK – Intro Course – Level 1

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Level 1
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GRUNNKURS I ELVEPADLING

Our Level 1 River Kayaking course is a perfect course for anyone who is willing to learn the fundamental skills of Whitewater Kayaking in order to be able to navigate themselves safely down smaller rapids on – Grade II – rivers.
The aim of this course is to provide beginner Whitewater Kayakers with a fun two days on the river building a solid foundation of  basic whitewater kayaking skills.
We will focus on developing your personal paddling skills, teaching you how to read the river, safe river running strategies as well as some basic whitewater safety and rescue techniques.
Getting some great tips from our qualified coaches is the perfect way to start off building a solid foundation and will guarantee you  a lifetime of Whitewater river adventures, there is no better way to start.
COURSE DURATION
2 Days/16hrs total
FROM
May – October
COURSES DATES FOR 2021
May 22 and 23
June 19 and 20
June 26 and 27 (First weekend at Ekstremsportveko)
July 03 and 04  (Second weekend at Ekstremsportveko)
July 17 and 18
August 7 and 8
September 4 and 5
*Specific dates available on request. Minimum 3 participants or payment equivalent.
INVESTMENT
3500NOK
3150NOK Youth (10 years old to 17 years old)
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RIVER KAYAK INTRODUCTION COURSE CONTENT

You will usually be in a group of  four with one instructor. Meeting your instructor on the first morning provides an opportunity to discuss people’s experience and aspirations, which along with the weather forecast and water levels will enable us to plan the day’s activity with you.
Day one we will start on flat water or in a pool before moving onto a Grade 1 river section so we can start learning the essential skills and develop your confidence in a controlled environment. On day two we will paddle a river that offers us the best water and at the appropriate grade for the group’s needs, this should include some Grade 2.
Whilst on the river we will be able to spend time coaching and developing your personal paddling skills. In addition to this we will be looking at developing your safe river running skills to help you leave the course feeling confident to safely paddle a similar grade of river with friends.
As part of this whitewater safety and rescue is essential, there may be an opportunity to look at a variety of aspects of this during the day as well.

SKILLS TO LEARN

Basic Strokes Leaning & turning
Simple rescue – self & others
River etiquette
Grade 1-2 whitewater
Scouting & river hazards
Reading water
Breaking in & out of the current
Ferry glides

Our Kayak Course program evolution:

WHITEWATER KAYAK – Novice Course – Level 2
WHITEWATER KAYAK – Novice Course – Level 3
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Min Age 10 ( We can Taylor made the course for Childs amongst 7 to 15 years old, get in touch)
We reccomend that you be physically active
Good swimmer and be confident in the water
Please inform us of any medical conditions like asthma, epilepsy etc.
Weight limit: 130kg (if you more than that you must contact us first)
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– Top quality equipment
– Professional whitewater kayak instructor
– River Kayak
– Paddle
– PFD (life jacket)
– Helmet
– Splash jacket
– Wetsuit
– Neoprene shoes
– Transport in and out of the river
– Two warm meals at end of day
– A lifetime whitewater river experience in Norway
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– Swimming clothes
– Thermal underwear if cold
– Wool or neoprene socks
– Change of clothes
– Luch pack for the 2 days
– Snack’s as: fruit/nuts/cereals bars or chocolate… yeah!
– Suncream (if sunny)
– Sense of adventure
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Find us on the waterfront close to the new gondola, in front of Fleischer’s Hotel. Our basecamp is a BLUE LOUNGE TENT by the lake.
Show up 10 minutes before your scheduled time at our operational base

  • Check-in at our outdoor base
  • Meeting and greeting with your instructor
  • Theoretical instruction
  • Gear outfitting
  • Drive to the river
  • Safety instructions
  • Warm-up
  • Practical river exercises
  • Lunch break
  • Practical river exercises
  • Going down few rapids
  • Loading equipment in the car
  • Transport
  • Back to our outdoor base
  • Unpacking the gear
  • Changing clothes
  • Day evaluation
  • Warm meal

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Our Whitewater Introduction Course ratio is 1 instructor can take 6 guests at time.
If the group is 7 or more then there will be two instructors.
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Yes. For all whitewater programs provided by Outdoor Norway swimming ability is required due to safety reasons.

You do not need to be a swimmer expert but during the course you may go upside down with your kayak and need to exit from the kayak, in that case you should be confident and able to swimming for about 50 meters (approximately) until reach the shoreline or towards the instructor’s kayak.

We provide PFD (Personal Flotation Device, also knowing as life-jacket) but a PFD can not swim by itself.

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It is important for us to know if you have a medical condition when you participate on our whitewater kayak course. In this case we can take better care of you and avoid accidents, if any problem happens, our guides are more prepared and can faster solve the problem.
All of our guides are certified whitewater rescuer, they renew their licence every 2-3 years and have a wide variety of experience.
Unfortunately you can not participate on any of our whitewater program if you are

  • not swimmer
  • under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol
  • blind

Please consult us if you have the below so we can evaluate possibilities together:

  • physically or mentally disabled
  • deaf

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You might be able to join to our whitewater tours
Please consult us about your medical condition if you have :

  • asthma, epilepsy or diabetes
  • heart condition
  • spine problem (spinal hernia, problem with discs…),
  • had an operation in the last 2 years
  • blood clotting problem
  • any injury in the last 2 years (broken bones, dislocated shoulder..),
  • serious allergy
  • any other medical condition which is not listed above

Please let us know if you need any medicine during the tour, you can take it with you to the river. Our guides have a waterproof box for First aid kit, they can put your medicine into it. And last but not least Please inform your guide about your medical condition! .
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LOCATION
Summer Outdoor Shop address:
Evangervegen, 14
Voss, Norway
Find us on the waterfront, close to the new gondola, in front of Fleischer’s Hotel.
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