Saturday, July 11, 2009

BWWKC Day 1

Beginner's White Water Kayak Class Day 1 was interesting and fun.

First, the instructors are very personable and approachable, so you immediately feel comfortable.
During day 1, we spent about 1.(including lunch) 5 hrs off the water and the rest of the time on water.

We learned:
~ wet exits
~ T-Rescues
~ Multiple Paddle strokes
~ Steering & control

The day was spent on the James @ Dutch Gap. Very open and flat, but just enough current for the kayaks to move around on their own nicely.

We also played some neat little games that would force us into compromising positions w/o us thinking about it. So you learned control, as well as learned to trust in your ability to maintain calm when you did roll and waited for the T-rescue.

Our Day 1 instructors were: Suzan, Thomas, & Daniel.

Thursday, July 09, 2009

So excited...

For m graduation gift I purchased a kayak for myself, but my lacking of training kept me from hitting the James with it.

As soon as my final class ended I attempted to sign up for a White Water Beginner Class, but they were booked solid! I left a message w/the instructor to notify me of any cancellations and with a few days to spare the phone call came.

So this weekend I will spend on the James learning basic how to's! wet water exits, eskimo rolls, & basic routes down the river.

I can't wait...

This also coincides w/the birthday of my youngest brother who while no longer w/us, always inspires me to try new things.