Changing The Way We Think, Emphasis On River Safety And New Kayakers

 

Over time certain ideas change in popularity when it comes to whitewater kayaking and the gear we bring on the water. When I began to kayak whitewater I was told as a beginner that the BIG 5, Helmet, PFD, Paddle, Kayak, and a Skirt were all that I needed. As a beginner I was told to stick to shore if there was a kayaker who had just experienced a boat separation, a.k.a. a swimmer. I was told that I needed training to be useful, and not a hindrance. I was told to take a swift water rescue class, and then after that class I needed to get a throw rope and a river knife.

While I still think there is sound advice in the above statement, I feel that we have a duty to act, a duty of care for our fellow paddlers while on the river. It is this thought that has made me give the following advice to all whitewater enthusiasts from beginners to experienced class V kayakers alike.

Buy a throw rope and a river knife and always have it with you while on the river. It's alright if you have no idea how to use it at first, you do not need a swift water rescue course to carry this basic equipment. 10 minutes of shore time, prior to launching for the day is all you need, to learn how to use this basic rescue tool. For it is better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it. 

So to all the whitewater kayakers, I give you this challenge. Always bring the BIG 7, (Helmet, PFD, Paddle, Kayak, Skirt, Throw Rope, and a River Knife) and don't be afraid to ask how to use the tools and practice often. 

 

Upcoming Kayak Instruction Classes

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(Level 1) Introduction to Kayaking - Whitewater & Recreational Saturday, September 2, 2017 - 8:45am - 1:00pm Bernalillo Sandia Lakes Recreation Area
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(Level 2) Essentials of River Kayaking Saturday, September 2, 2017 - 3:00pm - 7:00pm Bernalillo Coronado Campground
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(Level 3) Whitewater Kayaking Made Easy Saturday, August 26, 2017 - 9:00am - Sunday, August 27, 2017 - 5:00pm Pilar Pilar Yacht Club
(Level 3) Whitewater Kayaking Made Easy Saturday, September 30, 2017 - 9:00am - Sunday, October 1, 2017 - 5:00pm Pilar Pilar Yacht Club
Currently there are no Advanced Whitewater clinics scheduled. Please see our Calendar of Events for upcoming Intro, Roll, Whitewater and Touring clinics, or Contact Us for a private lesson.
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"Open House" Kayak & SUP Fun, Games and Practice Wednesday, August 23, 2017 - 5:30pm - 7:30pm Bernalillo Sandia Lakes Recreation Area
"Open House" Kayak & SUP Fun, Games and Practice Wednesday, August 30, 2017 - 5:30pm - 7:30pm Bernalillo Sandia Lakes Recreation Area
"Open House" Kayak & SUP Fun, Games and Practice Wednesday, September 6, 2017 - 5:30pm - 7:30pm Bernalillo Sandia Lakes Recreation Area
"Open House" Kayak & SUP Fun, Games and Practice Wednesday, September 13, 2017 - 5:30pm - 7:30pm Bernalillo Sandia Lakes Recreation Area
"Open House" Kayak & SUP Fun, Games and Practice Wednesday, September 20, 2017 - 5:30pm - 7:30pm Bernalillo Sandia Lakes Recreation Area
"Open House" Kayak & SUP Fun, Games and Practice Wednesday, September 27, 2017 - 5:30pm - 7:30pm Bernalillo Sandia Lakes Recreation Area