Home School Kayak Adventure, kids 5 - 8

Rio Grande Indoor Pool
2312 Arenal
Albuquerque, NM, 87105
See map: Google Maps
From I-40 & I-25, head West on I-40 to Coors. Take Coors South. Go past Central and Old Coors. Turn left on Arenal. Go approximately 1 mile to the Rio Grande High School. The pool is easily identified by the multi-colored waterslide coming out of the building on the West side.
Start Time: 
Tuesday, February 22, 2011 - 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Kayaking is one of the coolest things families can do together in New Mexico.  Kids love it because it's a new way to play on the water.  Parents love it because it builds courage, confidence and character.  It's great exercise and gets kids active and away from idle activities like television and video games, and reconnects them to nature and non-material things.  As their skills improve, kayaking becomes a great way to explore the outdoors, access new campsites, hiking trails or fishing holes. 

Kayaking teaches kids "River Sense" or situational awareness.  Like 'street smarts,' River Sense is an intuitive awareness of their surroundings, how the river or weather is changing, anticipating dangerous situations and where their buddies are and how everyone is doing.  Kayaking is full of natural consequences, where kids learn to balance risk and reward,   Along the way, they're learning valuable team-building and leadership skills, good judgment, accountability and responsibility for their actions.  Many kids are drawn to kayaking because it's a fun and unique social activity, while others are drawn to the competitive games, including freestyle kayaking and 'whitewater canoe slalom' - an Olympic sport. Other kids are drawn to the personal challenge and accomplishment of learning to work with the river.

This class is designed for kids age 5 - 8.  At this age, many kids are just learning to become comfortable in the water, and the kayak opens up new opportunities for them to learn and play.  While some children may have natural fears in the beginning, others will want to jump right in!  This class focuses more on social development than on kayaking technique.  Throughout this class, the kids will play fun games and team building skills that build confidence and courage.

Parents and active adults are strongly encouraged to attend.  In addition to learning basic kayaking skills and having fun with your kids, you will learn to perform simple team-building rescues and develop a watchful eye for common risks.  Familiar adults often give the kids security and confidence to try new activitie, and make the event a lot more fun!


Week 1 - February 22

Assign gear, focus on fun interactions with the boat and water; climbing into the kayak, jumping out of the kayak, riding in or on the kayak. Getting used to being in, on, or around the kayak, working toward independence. 

Week 2 - March 8

Review week 1, Introduce 'Wet Exit,' Introduce parts of the boat, types of PFDs

Game of the Day: "Sponge Bob Tag"

Week 3 - March 22

Review week 2, Introduce paddle and basic strokes

Game of the Day: "Duct Tape Tag"

Week 4 - April 5

Review week 3, Introduce forward and reverse stroke

Game of the Day: "Ultimate Kayak Frisbee"

Week 5 - April 19

Review week 4, Introduce Basic boating safety

Game of the Day: "Simon Says..."

Week 6 - May 3

Review week 5, practice, review and quiz time

Game of the Day: "Indoor Pool Slalom"

Full payment is due at the time of registration, and is non-refundable. Full payment is required to reserve your spot in this event. No spot is reserved untill full payment is received.  New Mexico Kayak Instruction accepts cash, check or credit cards over the phone. CANCELLATION POLICYYour payment is a reservation for an event with limited capacity.  Cancellations or rescheduling request 4 or more days before the scheduled event are entitled to receive a refund, less a $30 cancellation fee.  We're sorry, but cancellations or no-shows within 3 days of the event are non-refundable, and may not be transferred to another date.  You may transfer or resell this ticket to another interested party.  They should, however, complete this RSVP form and understand the cancellation policy. 
It is amazing to do something so challenging. I feel like I have accomplished something that I never thought possible.
Dena Hunt
This is without a doubt the best outdoor class I have ever taken. Kelly and his team are totally skilled as teachers. I plan to sign up for every class I can with this team. My enjoyment and skill level immediately improved after one day. I didn't realize I was using body memory from paddling a canoe many years ago that were not good practice with a kayak. Take these classes! They're a great return on investment and a whole lot of fun besides!--Kate O'Neill, 54yo teacher
Kate O'Neil  -  Teacher / UNM Taos


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