Intro to Kayaking

New Mexico Kayak Instruction

Introduction to Kayaking (level 1) is a 4-hour clinic teaching you the basic skills needed to paddle any type of kayak. This includes sit on tops, recreational, touring, whitewater and inflatable kayaks.

Accident reports studied by the American Canoe Association indicate the vicitms had little or no formal training in kayaking.  70 % of all accidents happen on flat water, with no current.  It appears that the simplicity of the design is often misinterpreted as an indication that the boats are simple to operate and inherently safe.  Most victims probably would not consider themselves as a "kayaker" and therefore do not seek out kayaking-specific instruction, such as how to do smooth and controlled wet exits, simple rescues that anyone can perform, reading the river or dressing appropriately for kayaking.

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