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Preparing to Kayak in Faster Water (Rec K Clinic #5)

  • 01 Aug 2024
  • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • 4900 Ridge Avenue, Philadelphia, PA
  • 10

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Preparing to Kayak in Faster Water (Rec K Clinic #5)

Jere Downs – Lead Instructor

This clinic will help the recreational kayak paddler begin to develop good river judgement about navigating faster moving water safely and effectively.  The clinic will include discussion of how checking water levels, flow speeds, and tides is vital in assessing risks of paddling moving water. Participants will also begin to learn about reading moving water for hazards and challenges and making thoughtful decisions about waters you can safely navigate and which you should portage around. If water conditions on the river permit, there may be some practice of paddling techniques used in faster water: eddy turns, peel outs, and bracing.

Students should arrive by 5:30 to get their equipment and be fitted to boats so all can be on the river by 6:00.

Note: Paddling is a wet sport. Please bring a towel and change of clothes. Do not wear cotton clothing. Cotton absorbs water quickly, becomes heavy and will chill you. A swim suit under synthetic shorts is preferable.  Protect your feet with river shoes or close toed shoes that fit securely, no sandals. Bring drinking water in a plastic bottle. 


ACA Members $20

Non-AACA Members $30

Boat Rental Free.



If you have any questions please contact:  training@philacanoe.org


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