Recreational Program Staff Training
As a Beginner,
you have little to no experience in a kayak. If the term "wet exit
is unfamiliar to you, you are a beginner. You are ready to have fun, get
wet and follow our friendly, experienced instructors out on flat and easy
moving water, learning basic strokes and maneuvers.
We maintain a student to instructor ratio of 5:1 for
all of our classes, and 4:1 for pool rolling classes and trips. We also
offer customized private and group lessons.
Paddling is a great setting for parties or office outings.
|what to bring to class|
|We provide the following equipment for most regular river classes, clinics and workouts. Really, this is all you need for your class. You are welcome to bring your own equipment if you prefer.
PFD (life vest)
You do not need to purchase special clothing. You should wear synthetic, fast-drying clothing or swimsuits. If conditions are sunny, you may wish to cover your shoulders. You are sure to get wet, so you may wish to bring a towel in addition to some dry clothing to change into.
Other optional items people like to bring include:
|equipment and rental policy|
|Playboats: By prior
arrangement, you can demo a playboat from the Springriver Corporation. Use
of these boats is free of charge. We require 48 hours notice to ensure our
ability to bring the boat you’d like to class.
PLP gear rental: We encourage our PLP students to immerse themselves in kayaking for the duration of their package. Students who have the ability to take a boat home with them between classes for the month are welcome to do so. Students who choose this option will be asked for an additional charge of $50 / month along with agreeing to pay for any loss or damage of equipment by signing our rental agreement policy. For this fee, students can borrow the boat for the entire month of the program. Compared to local rental rates, this is a good value option for students who wish to practice outside of class.
Intermediate and Advanced classes: Generally,
students reaching Intermediate or Advanced classes have already acquired
the necessary gear. As a result, we don’t typically arrange to bring
equipment. If you require equipment for these classes, we can provide
what you need at a rate of $15 / day.
The Small Print - very important
To provide excellent instruction in every class, we need to maintain a low student-to-instructor ratio and to tailor classes to match the skill levels of students. Our cancellation policy allows us to pre-plan every class.
Classes run rain or shine. This is probably the only sport for which it doesn't matter if you get rained on! In the unlikely event of an electrical storm, we will either sit out the storm or make the decision to cancel the class beforehand, in which case the class will be rescheduled.
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