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Introduction to White water Course (Kayak)

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Learn the basics of white water paddling on kayaks or sit-on-top.

Where: Yarra River, Homestead to Wittens (or similar - water level dependant), Grade 1-2 moving water and rapids.
Price: $200. Includes kayak/sit-on-top, paddle, PFD and all safety equipment.
Duration: 9am to 2pm. Bring snacks & lunch for a stop along the way.
Class Size: Maximum 6 participants

PA Basic Skills Certificate can be attained on this course (included in cost).

This is a one-way trip down the river, so the day will start with a car shuffle. Please be aware that we ask participants to make their vehicle available to assist with car shuttles if necessary. 

This course is also available to be undertaken in packrafts.

Whitewater and river safety skills will be practised.

Grade 2 Whitewater Kayaking Skills

  1. Identifies and responds appropriately to Grade 2 river features. Eddylines, wave trains, holes, buffer waves, bluffs, side currents and boils.
  2. Identifies and demonstrates paddling safe and efficient lines.
  3. Demonstrates efficient and effective forward paddling.
  4. Demonstrates efficient and effective forward and reverse sweep strokes. Remains balanced.
  5. Demonstrates effective low brace. Can right self from tipping point. Can use appropriately while paddling in rapid.
  6. Demonstrates breaking in and out of eddies. Can hold desired line. Remains balanced.
  7. Demonstrates ferry gliding. Can hold desired line. Remains balanced.

Grade 2 River Safety Skills

  1. Understands correct use of personal kayaking and safety equipment. Can identify appropriate and inappropriate equipment. Including kayak, PFD, helmet, thermals, paddle, spraydeck.
  2. Recognises and understands hazards associated with kayaking, including broaching, strainers and foot entrapment. The appropriate actions required to avoid or deal with these hazards are described and/or demonstrated.
  3. Demonstrates self rescue with kayak and gear. Candidate capsizes, stays calm, gathers equipment and efficiently moves to bank. Empties boat and paddling again within efficient timeframe.
  4. Demonstrates safe rapid float position (on back, feet first, feet up etc).
  5. Demonstrates assertive white water swimming across wave train and eddyline.
  6. Demonstrates being rescued with aid of another craft (kayaker).
  7. Receives a throw bag as a swimmer in Grade 2. Correct holding of rope and body.
  8. Can describe and identify, prevention, symptoms and treatment of hypothermia.
  9. Recognises basic river signals and describes appropriate response.
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